The Dordogne is where history permeates the landscapes, buildings and culture. No era is truly bygone here: evocative traces remain to be explored and discovered. Dotted with prehistoric fortresses and medieval villages, it is a heritage lovers’ haven. Each of our luxury villas in the Dordogne offers heart-stopping scenery interlaced with vast gorges, green meadows, winding rivers, and vineyard-strewn fields. And plenty of its own glorious history.
Discover the Dordogne’s exciting past with a trip to Rocamadour. This ancient settlement is built directly on a sheer golden rock face. In the gleaming sunlight, it is luminescent against the sapphire sky and surrounding forests. There are countless other medieval villages to explore too, such the gourmand paradise of Sarlat.
Beneath its fertile soils, Dordogne takes you even further back in time. Exquisitely preserved caves, such as Grotte du Peche-Merle, offer a chance to see some of the world’s best-preserved prehistoric art. For more active holiday goers, the Dordogne River provides a thrilling playground for all ages.
One of France’s keenest havens for gourmands and connoisseurs of fine wine, the Dordogne is perhaps most famous amongst foodies. Gourmet dishes such as foie gras, roast duck breast and succulent steak all find their home here. This excellent fare is ideally complemented by fantastic local wines, and finished off with delicious liqueurs. Tuck into a feast in your exclusive, historic villa and you’ll soon have a feel for what life in the Dordogne is all about.
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The official currency is the Euro (€). Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent , €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
Tips in restaurants are usually added on at 10/15 % of the bill. However, it is often a subject of controversy whether this amount actually goes to the waiter or not, therefore it is your choice whether to tip more.