Castles, Cave Paintings and Culture

Castles, Cave Paintings and Culture: An Introduction to the stunning Dordogne region

Named after the wide river that flows through this fertile and scenic region of southwest France, the Dordogne encompasses all things authentically French. An enduringly popular holiday location, the Dordogne has largely avoided the trappings of mass tourism, its naturally beautiful landscapes which feature wooded hills and valleys, vast open meadows and limestone plateaus, rolling vineyards and dense forests of oak remaining unspoilt.

If the Dordogne’s arresting natural beauty wasn’t sufficient justification to visit on its own, the regions remarkable historic attractions surely qualify. The fifteen caves that occupy a twenty-five kilometre stretch of the Dordogne’s Vézère valley between Montignac and Les Eyzies form a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are decorated with remarkable cave paintings created around twelve thousand years ago; among the oldest found on earth.


Prehistoric paintings aside, the Dordogne is dotted with beautifully preserved and restored medieval towns and villages such as the charming Le Bugue, Sarlet and Martel. Perhaps the most compelling, however, is Rocamadour. An ancient pilgrimage site said to house the remains of the biblical St. Zacheus, the entire town of Rocamadour clings to a vertical cliff face overlooking a tributary of the Dordogne River. The region is also notable for its abundance of historic castles; there are said to be more than fifteen hundred in existence.

The Dordogne presents an unmissable feast for wine and food lovers; its cuisine is regarded as some of the finest in France. Many cities and towns host weekly farmer’s markets from which excellent local produce including the black truffles and pates for which the region is famous can be bought.



If holidaymakers to the Dordogne face one difficulty, it’s narrowing down the choice of things to see and do from the wealth of historic, cultural and natural highlights on offer. One solution is to opt for an escorted tour of the region. Specialist rail holiday provider Treyn, for example, provides a selection of Dordogne holiday itineraries that incorporate a wide selection of attractions, excursions and activities and are designed to appeal to holidaymakers with a wide range of interests. The benefit of taking an escorted tour of the Dordogne is that all travel and accommodation arrangements are taken care of, leaving travellers free to enjoy their experience of this beautiful and truly unforgettable corner of France.

Dordogne Rail Tours:


The following two tabs change content below.
Mother of three grown-up daughters I am the ultimate multi-tasker and am passionate about my role as Silversurfers Website Editor and Social Media Manager. Always on the lookout for all things that will interest and entertain our community. Fueling fun for the young at heart!

Leave a Comment!

Not a member?

You need to be a member to interact with Silversurfers. Joining is free and simple to do. Click the button below to join today!

Click here if you have forgotten your password

Community Terms & Conditions

Content standards

These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.

You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.

Contributions must:

be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.

Contributions must not:

contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.

Nurturing a safe environment

Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.

We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!