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21 January 2023  |  Tourism

Holidays in the Périgord Noir

The Dordogne, also called the Périgord Noir, is an appellation of the historical region but also of the current department and the river which crosses the department and which gives its name to the Dordogne Valley.

The Dordogne is very popular with tourists with the atmosphere that emerges from this region.

There are 3 different colours referring to the Périgord, and referring to 4 tourist destinations inside Périgord:

  • Le Périgord Vert: to the North with meadows and the Périgord-Limousin regional natural park.

  • The Périgord Noir: to the South East, around Sarlat.

  • Le Périgord Pourpre: South of the Dordogne, around Bergerac with its vineyards and purple foliage.

Sarlat-la-Canéda, a city rich in history

The cobbled streets of Sarlat-la-Canéda, a charming city in France that can be visited on foot. The monastery built in the 9th century makes this place rich in history. Its religious activity allows it to reach dimensions comparable to Périgueux or Bergerac in the 12th century.

An exceptional heritage that can be visited all year round, with guided tours offered by the Sarlat Tourist Office. You can also enjoy its gastronomy and cultural festivities. Indeed, you can come and attend the Theater Games Festival in July and August, the Sarlat Film Festival in November, the Painting exhibition from June to September and other activities/shows at the Cultural Congress Center.


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Our holiday homes for rent in Sarlat-la-Canéda

Maison de vacances à Sarlat, Maison des Cordeliers.

Holiday rental in Sarlat, Dordogne

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A rare pearl! Charming character house with garden and private swimming pool, located in the fabulous town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, the jewel of the Dordogne, with all the restaurants, cafes, shops and medieval town center within walking distance.

The house is at the end of a long private road, on a small one-way road. Large garden with mature trees and several parking spaces. 3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | Sleeps 6

  • Charming character house

  • Located in the beautiful town of Sarlat-la-Canéda

  • 2 minutes walk from all amenities

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Holiday home in Sarlat, La Chartreuse de Monfort

Location de vacances avec piscine à Sarlat

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6 bedrooms | 6 bathrooms | Sleeps 10

  • Beautiful country house overlooking the river

  • More than 3 hectares on the wooded side of a hill

Top-of-the-range chartreuse, completely renovated, on more than 3 hectares of land in the countryside with magnificent views and woods, just 15 minutes from Sarlat-la-Canéda.

Large living room with patio doors leading to the terrace. Fully equipped contemporary kitchen and adjoining dining room.

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Maison de vacances à louer avec piscine, Manoir de l'Hermier.

Holiday home in Sarlat

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6 bedrooms | 6 bathrooms | Sleeps 13

  • Exceptional mansion set within 6 hectares of private land

  • Large lawn and private grove

  • Private heated pool 15m x 7m, private tennis court, pétanque court

7 km from Sarlat-la-Canéda, this exceptional traditional country house within 6 hectares of private land. With a grove and large lawned garden, the property comprises a main house with a tower and a summerhouse next to the private heated swimming pool.

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Belvès, medieval city with 7 rocks

A medieval town with 7 rocks overlooking the Nauze valley. Belvès is full of historical and archaeological remains.

  • 12th century belfry

  • 11th century castrum

  • 14th century hall and pillory

  • Troglodyte sites* (Troglodyte*: since Prehistory, an architecture, rudimentary or sumptuous, present in different traditions consisting of underground habitats or dug into the rock on hillsides.)

Examples of Wrens:

Exemple de Troglodyte

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Above Kandovan troglodyte in Iran.

Dara Troglodyte en Turquie.

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Above Dara troglodyte in Turkey.


Located in the south of the department, you will discover the market hall animated by the market on Saturday mornings, the Gothic arcades which shelter some restaurants and the Notre-Dame church.

It is also the country of the chestnut, fruit honored in the dishes and in the streets of the village. Gourmet walks and tastings await to be discovered.

Les Eyzies

Le Boug des Eyzies occupies a pleasant site in a setting of crowned cliffs. This world center of prehistory is known mainly for the abundance of its archaeological riches.

The caves, awnings and flats of the rock lent themselves to the installation of dwellings. The testimonies of primitive life are numerous, they have been spread out continuously for 400,000 years, up to the Gallo-Romans, High-Medieval, passing through Neanderthal man, and the artists of Cro-Magnon (Lascaux, Font-de-Gaume, 15,000 years).

Houses for rent in Dordogne

Holiday rental in Dordogne


Maison de vacances en Dordogne, Maison Amand.

3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | Sleeps 6

  • High-end renovated traditional house

  • 1 minute walk to restaurants

Exceptional traditional house, completely renovated with great care. Located in a small village in the middle of the Dordogne countryside near Montignac and Sarlat.

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Maison Forgeron - Maison de vacances à louer en Dordogne

4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms | Sleeps 8

  • High-end renovated traditional house

  • 1 minute walk to restaurants

Top-of-the-range traditional house completely renovated with neat and quality equipment, furniture and decoration. Fully air-conditioned.

10 minutes from Montignac, known for the cave paintings of Lascaux and 21 km from Sarlat-la-Canéda.

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Amélie Roca

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