Holiday rentals, homes, and cottages in Perigord Noir are located between the valleys of the rivers Vézère and Dordogne in the Southeast of France. Perigord Noir is the ideal location for your holiday home because of its extremely pleasing climate and its unique landscape combining valleys, steep cliff, and plateaus carved by the Dordogne and the Vézère. Perigord Noir has been the favourite place for holiday seekers since prehistoric times. Even the region of Les Eyzies de Tayac, a small town by the Vézère, has been nicknamed ‘world capital of prehistory.’ Holiday homes in Perigord Noir’s towns and villages are built in the typical gold-yellow natural brick, covered with gorgeous flat roof tiles. Walks through the small romantic streets and lanes of the Perigord Noir will give you the opportunity to discover the beauty of a well-preserved traditionally French city.
Beynac - A quiet village on the bank of the Dordogne, holiday cottages in Beynac are built along a steep cliff. The heart of the city is found in the famous castle from the 13th-14th century. The castle offers one of the most amazing views on the valley of the Dordogne. In Beynac, also visit the archaeological park.
Castelnaud- This town is scattered across the valleys of the Céou and the Dordogne. It also has a spectacular castle that was built in the 13th century and recently restored. Holiday homes in the town offer some of the most spectacular panoramic views on the valley of the Dordogne. The Museum of the Middle Ages is also worth a visit.
Domme- Nicknamed ‘Acropolis of the Perigord,’ Domme was founded in the 13th century on top of a lime plateau. The city is full of romantic paths along the cliff. Also don’t miss visiting the City Hall with its gorgeous gardens built in the 17th century. Domme has one of the most excellent markets in France. It becomes a haven for truffle, crepes, various pastries, and other delicatessens. Domme maintains the centuries old Perigord culinary traditions.
Sarlat- The capital of the Perigord Noir has the appropriate nickname of “The Medieval Jewel.” The city is a collection of narrow streets with Gothic and Renaissance style holiday homes available throughout. Visitors enjoy the numerous street artists that come out daily. Sarlat also hosts several art events such as "Festival des Jeux du Théâtre" at the end of July, film festivals beginning in November, and numerous shows at the Centre Culturel, including exhibitions and live performances.
La Roque Gageac- Holiday homes in La Roque Gageac are in a charming village squeezed between the Dordogne and a beautiful 15th century castle. Several old buildings with medieval architecture add to La Roque’s beauty and charm.
Les Eyzies- Known as "the capital of the pre-history," holiday cottages and rentals in Les Eyzies are located near the banks of the Vézère and are completely surrounded by cliffs. In Les Eyzies visitors will find several prehistoric sites including cave dwellings. Also the National Museum of pre-history can't be missed.
Belves- A medieval city on a rocky plateau, Belvès is a genuine Perigord village amidst famous sites such as Sarlat, Lascaux II, the Dordogne, Rocamadour, Cahors, Bergerac, the Pays des Bastides. The city is ideal for holiday home renters who love to enjoy art, as well as living art, such as sports, relaxation, and eating.
Perigord Noir is a great getaway for everyone. Holiday homes in Perigord Noir escape the bustle of everyday life and forces visitors to rediscover the joys of wandering along old village streets in the countryside. While tranquillity is abundant in Perigord Noir, there is also plenty to keep visitors active. Holiday home renters can easily enjoy an array of activities in the areas including golf, cycling, horse riding, balloon flights, and paragliding.
The Dordogne and Vézère are also excellent sites for canoe and kayak expeditions. And for the less adventurous, the area is also ideal for a midday picnic or a relaxing swim and marvel at the scenery and chateaux which rise above the river banks. For a day at the Dordogne, Domme or Beynac are the best spots to stay. For the Vézère, holiday homes in Les Eyzies are ideal.
Perigord Noir’s prehistoric legacy has made it home to also numerous cultural attractions throughout the year. The Féstival du Perigord Noir offers concerts of classical music in towns and villages throughout the region in July and August. The city of Montignac hosts a colourful music festival each summer and Sarlat has a popular film festival in November.
The climate in Perigord Noir is mild. The weather is warm from mid April until late October. In autumn, it can start to get a bit colder and snow is not uncommon in the winter. But regardless of the time of year, holiday homes in Perigord Noir maintain their beauty.
By plane, the Bordeaux and Toulouse Airports are about two hours away with daily scheduled flights from London. Discount airlines from easyJet and Ryanair, flying from Stansted and Southampton to Bergerac in 45 minutes. By train, the nearest TGV station is Libourne or Bordeaux, and Périgueux is the regional station.