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Our Top Ten Things to Do in the Black Périgord

The Black Périgord is a stunning area in the Dordogne region and is brimming with exciting and enthralling things to do on a holiday with family or friends.

Here are the top ten must-do activities not to miss during your stay in the Black Périgord. 

1) Visit prehistoric caves

Explore the famous caves of Lascaux, with their cave paintings dating back more than 17,000 years, or discover the caves of Font-de-Gaume to admire even older drawings.

2) Explore medieval castles

Immerse yourself in history by visiting the impressive castles of Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Beynac-et-Cazenac and Hautefort, which offer panoramic views and fascinating exhibitions. 

3) Taste the local food

The Black Périgord or Périgord Noir is renowned for its delicious cuisine. Don’t miss tasting some foie gras, truffles, duck confit and local wines when visiting local markets and restaurants. 

4) Canoe on the Dordogne

Rent a canoe and enjoy an adventure on the Dordogne, admiring the beautiful scenery, castles and picturesque villages along the river. 

5) Wander medieval villages

Stroll through the charming medieval villages of the Périgord Noir, such as Sarlat-la-Canéda, Domme and La Roque-Gageac, losing yourself in their cobbled streets and discovering their historical buildings. 

6) Cycle along the Voie Verte

Take the Voie Verte, an old railway transformed into a cycle path, to explore the region by bike, passing through picturesque scenery and traditional villages. 

7) Visit extraordinary gardens

Discover the enchanting gardens of the Périgord Noir, such as the Jardins de Marqueyssac with their topiary hedges, the Jardins d’Eyrignac with their plant sculptures and the Jardins de l’imaginaire in Terrasson-Lavilledieu. 

8) Take a hot air balloon ride

Enjoy the unique experience of flying over the Black Périgord in a hot air balloon, for spectacular panoramic views of castles, valleys and green landscapes. 

9) Visit local markets

Spend time at the area’s bustling markets where you will find regional produce, culinary specialities, and local handicrafts. Sarlat market is particularly famous. 

10) Hike in unspoilt nature

Explore the hiking trails of the Black Périgord and discover a variety of landscapes, valleys and verdant forests, as well as stunning views. 

Whether you are passionate about history, gastronomy, nature or adventure, the Black Périgord area offers many exciting activities. Let the magical atmosphere of this region draw you in and get ready for unforgettable experiences during your stay in the Périgord Noir.