The Vézère Valley

The Vézère Valley is 2 hours from Bordeaux, Limoges and Toulouse. It's one of Périgord's major tourist attractions. With its rich cultural, prehistoric, architectural and natural heritage, the Vézère Valley is a must for your stay in the Dordogne.

The Vézère River

The Vézère River rises on the Plateau des Milles Vaches in the Massif Central, crosses the Corrèze and enters the Dordogne via the town of Terrasson Lavilledieu, after passing through the villages of Condat sur Vézère, Aubas, Montignac, Thonac, Saint Léon sur Vézère, Payzac le Moustier, Tursac and Le Bugue, it quietly ends its course at Limeuil classified as one of France's most beautiful villages, flowing into the Dordogne.

The Vézère Valley

The Vézère Valley: Valley of Man.

A unesco World Heritage site, the Vézère valley is marked by the testimony of over 100,000 years of human history, from prehistoric times through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the present day.
Here you'll find 147 sites, including 25 decorated caves and 14 Unesco World Heritage sites. Among the must-see sites are the Lascaux IV International Center of Cave Art with its fabulous replica of the cave of the same name, also the village of la madeleineThis medieval troglodyte village, halfway up the cliff, was settled by nomadic hunter-gatherers 17,000 years ago (Magdalenians). You also won't want to miss the impressive Roque saint Christophe fort and troglodyte city cliffside.
Continue on to the village of Les Eyzies de Taillac, home to the PIP: Pôle International de la Préhistoire (International Prehistory Centre), dedicated to prehistory and archaeology.
Within the village itself, there are many rock shelters to discover, such as the Cap Blanc shelter, and the deposits of Laugerie-Basse and Laugerie-Haute and the famous caves of Font de Gaume and Combarelles famous for their rock paintings and engravings.

The Vézère Valley

Leisure Valley.

The Vézère will delight all fishing enthusiasts: salmon, trout, shad, lamprey, pike, pike-perch and carp await you. Numerous service providers offer descents in canoe kayak criss-crossing breathtaking sites in unspoilt natural surroundings.
You can also enjoyaccrobranche and discover prehistoric theme parks and even more incongruously a dinosaur park.
Stroll along the many hiking and horse-riding trails.

The Vézère Valley
The Vézère Valley

Castles of the Vézère Valley.

The Vézère valley is home to many castles and fortresses. At Thonac, there's the Château de Losse and its gardens dating from the 16th century, with its period furniture. At Tursac, you'll discover the Reignac fortified house which, behind its cliff-encrusted facade, conceals impressive underground and aerial chambers. Impressive too, Château de Commarquebuilt in the 12th century on an ancient prehistoric site mixed with more recent troglodytic dwellings. Along the way, you'll see other castles that are unfortunately not open to visitors.

The Vézère Valley

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  1. Claudia Eggeling

    Genau so ist es.
    Zur Zeit lese ich die Bruno-Reihe von Martin Walker und bin hin und weg...

  2. Michael Scherm-Markow

    Verehrte Damen und Herren,

    der Schriftsteller und Krimiautor Martin Walker mit seinem Kommissar BRUNO erwähnt x-Male das Vézère-Tal und die Schönheiten incl. Kochen + Essen im Perigord, so dass man Lust hat, dort einmal Urlaub zu machen.

    Freundliche Grüße aus Süddeutschland

    Michael Scherm-Markow

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