The Dordogne Valley Exceptional by nature

Follow the river as it carves its way through the Dordogne Valley in all its natural and enthralling glory. The river runs through the Lot département before flowing into Périgord north of Occitanie. All along its twists and turns, it introduces you to a whole host of charming villages and outdoor activities where water reigns supreme.

The Dordogne

World Biosphere Reserve

Did you know? The Dordogne is listed as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. It's the only river in France to have the title.

It goes to show how rich and abundant nature is in the Dordogne Valley. Embrace its untamed personality to wind down and reconnect with the elements.

The Dordogne seeps you in its unspoilt surroundings as it winds its way through Occitanie. River bends lined with cliffs, sandy islets home to willows and reeds, pebble beaches, walnut and plum tree orchards and more: this leafy river setting speckled with brown from the old tiles from villages or castles can only belong to the Dordogne Valley.

Your voyage along the Dordogne

In Occitanie, in the Lot

The mouth of the Dordogne River is in Auvergne. It flows into Occitanie, running around 60km through the Lot département: you can then follow it from Sousceyrac to Souillac. Then it continues its journey in Nouvelle Aquitaine. It's a unique historical and cultural destination whose lifestyle, heritage and food & drink have sculpted the structurent les territoires.

Things to see in the Dordogne valley

Charming villages and unique sites

Deep in the Dordogne Valley's unspoilt landscapes, you'll find unusual places like caves and chasms, sensational scenery and incredible built heritage: take a deep dive into the many sites listed as Towns of Art and History or Most Beautiful Villages in France.

Must-sees: the villages of Loubressac, Autoire, Carennac, Martel, Creysse and its bathing area and, of course, Souillac. Experience the incredible underground world at Padirac and Lacava Caves. Drink in views of the Dordogne Valley from Montvalent or Copeyre. Visit the castles of Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux and Château de Montal. Spend a day in Rocamadour, the famous clifftop village and Grand Site Occitanie.

The wonders of water

Soak up the great outdoors in the Dordogne

The destination's ever-present water makes the Dordogne Valley a fresh haven ideal for swimming and relaxing.

Its natural surroundings give you the chance to experience all kinds of outdoor activities: hiking, cycling, canoeing, paddleboarding, fishing, canyoning, rafting and via ferrata.

Canoe down the Dordogne

A must-do in Occitanie

The Dordogne has canoe routes suitable for all ages with fabulous ever-changing views. An absolutely unmissable experience.

Food & drink in the Dordogne Valley

The good life

Last but not least, the Dordogne Valley stands out for its pleasure-seeking nature.

The Dordogne's riverside lands are joyful, generous and unspoilt with all kinds of gourmet delights for you to indulge in: visit our restaurants, local markets and producers who bring a land bursting with little gems to life.

Fattened duck, AOP free-range Quercy lamb, AOP Périgord walnuts, AOP Rocamadour cheese, truffle, wine and more: prepare to be blown away!

How to get here?

  • By plane: Brive–Dordogne Valley Airport (45 mins away).
  • By train: Souillac and Brive La Gaillarde stations with Intercités (SNCF) and liO Train (TER Occitanie) train services.
  • By car: 2 hrs from Toulouse on the A62 then A20 junction 56. 2 hrs 45 mins from Bordeaux on the A89 then A20 junction 54. 5 hrs 20 mins from Paris on the A10 then A71 and A20 junction 54.

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