Perigord Pourpre is one of four Perigords of the Dordogne, famous for the wine making region which is concentrated around Monbazillac in the south of the region. Each of the four Perigord’s of the Dordogne (Noir, Pourpre, Blanc and Vert) has a distinct atmosphere, and yet share a number of common attractions, including stunning caves networks, dramatic castles and fine cuisine, meaning the Dordogne is one of France’s leading holiday destinations. Perigord Pourpre is an excellent destination for getting away from the tourist crowds, surrounded by the best of French scenery, vibrant bastide towns, and colourful markets throughout the summer.
Bergerac is the only city in Perigord Pourpre. Bergerac is a bustling market town, filled with fantastic museums including the Musee Regional de la Batellerie, the Musee du Tabac and a collection of fine art galleries. Talking a Perigord Pourpre villa rental in Bergerac is a great base to explore the whole department.
Ste-Foy-la-Grande, a Bastille town on the River Dordogne, has retained its ancient layout and feel. The Saturday food market has an amazing spread of mouth-watering delicacies, with plenty to discover and experiment with whilst staying in a self catering villa rental in Perigord Pourpre. The town of Montcaret nearby is home to some fascination Roman ruins, and the villa boasts extravagant mosaics, baths and a museum.
Perigord Pourpre is a very relaxed region. During the summer months, the many bastide towns which adorn the countryside are bought to life with a huge range of markets, both day and night. The finest, most flavourful local produce, including wine, can be bought for rock bottom prices, and locals are always more than happy to give you tips for the finest local recipes.
Perigord Pourpre has some of the most scenic landscapes in all of France, and taking a car of bicycle to explore the region is a hugely popular way to get the most out of a Perigord Pourpre holiday, and the hilltop villages of Sarlat-la-Caneda and Rocamador are certainly worth a visit. There is an amazing amount to see from a villa in Perigord Pourpre, with stunning chateaux adorning the countryside, including the beautiful Monbazillac Chateau, which is well worth visiting. The River Dordogne is a huge asset for those staying in a rental villa in Perigord Pourpre. Fishing thrives in the peaceful Dordogne Valley, with licences available from many tackle shops in the region.
Golfers will also be at home in a self catering Perigord Pourpre rental villa. There are eight excellent golf courses in the Perigord, with fairways carving through the undulating, wooded countryside.
The Lascuax Caves and castles of the region are fascinating, but the cafes, isolated view points and secluded walks in the area will probably keep you returning to a Perigord holiday villa year after year.
Like much of Western Europe, Perigord Pourpre has four distinct seasons. Winters are mild but wet with average temperatures remaining above 5°C throughout, and summers are warm, dry and sunny averaging around 25°C.
Bergerac Airport (EGC) is located in the middle of Perigord Pourpre, and cheap flights arrive from the UK, just an hour away, on a daily basis. Bristol (BRS), Southampton (SOU), Liverpool (LPL), Birmingham (BHX) and other British Airports are connected by Ryanair and Flybe.