We travel to the Périgord region, which is subdivided into several areas, of which Black Périgord is one of them, located in the south-eastern part. It is undoubtedly the most touristic destination of them all, due to the wide range of activities and heritage it offers.
It is also the oldest part of the four subdivisions, and here you will be able to enjoy a very complete trip: impressive castles, charming villages, ancient abbeys and nature everywhere. It's perfect for any type of traveller looking to get to know a very attractive part of France.
The Black Périgord has much to offer and much to be discovered, starting with its name, which is due to the lushness of its forests and the colour of the abundant truffles found here. This is an area where there are places not to be missed. Would you like to know which ones they are?
A good starting point, in the heart of the Périgord Noir, is the town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, which has preserved its medieval essence and whose main attraction is its 13th-century abbey. It has so much to see that it is in fact the European town with the most protected monuments per square metre.
Beynac-et-Cazenac is just 10 kilometres from the previous village, making it a perfect second stop. It is located next to the Dordogne river and if there is something that represents it, it is its medieval castle. It is one of those included in the list of France's Most Beautiful Towns, and no wonder, because its stone and slate buildings create a special atmosphere to enjoy sightseeing.
We could not leave behind the opportunity to enjoy La Roque-Gageac, a spectacular village under an impressive cliff. It has many heritage resources, starting with a visit to the ruins of its castle, the ramparts or the traditional houses that are still preserved today. It is one of the most visited villages due to its impressive scenery.
Equally impressive are the views of Domme, a village that will take you back to the Middle Ages, with its medieval bastide. Don't miss a stroll around the squares of the Wheel and the Market, and enjoy the Château de Guillaume.
There are many castles in Périgord Noir, and in addition to the ones we have just described, there are other very important ones such as the castle of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, the castle of the Milandes, and the castle of the White Lady, also known as the castle Puymartin.
While visiting the Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, a short distance away are the Marqueyssac Gardens, a peaceful area dominated by greenery in the form of a small labyrinth in which you can enjoy taking a very unique stroll through it.
Get ready for a spectacular gastronomic experience in the Black Périgord. You cannot end your trip to this area without tasting its typical products.
One of the mainstays of its cuisine is the black truffle, a product that is honoured in January, during the Truffle Festival. The Périgord walnuts and foie gras are also local delicacies that you must not forget to try during your stay.
A unique and complete experience not to be missed.