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The Dordogne Valley

The ravishing Dordogne Valley, bursting with natural wonders, never fails to enchant travellers. Now it’s your turn to follow the Dordogne Valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in the Midi-Pyrenees region. Follow its twists and turns, admiring the many treasures dotting its banks on your way from Sousceyrac to Souillac in the Lot Department.

The cool, fast-flowing waters of the Dordogne wind along a stunning 60 kilometre route in the north of the Lot Department. Start your journey in Sousceyrac, a stately village in the shadow of the Massif Central, and then head down towards Souillac at the gateway to Périgord. This will take you right into the heart of the Dordogne Valley, a Land of Art and History, where you will meet the men and women who bring the valley to life.

After Sousceyrac, explore the narrow streets of Bretenoux, a pretty 13th century bastide town. The magnificent Castelnau Castle is worth making a small detour away from the Dordogne, as is Saint-Céré, with its opulent historical town centre dominated by the Saint-Laurent-les-Tours Castrum.

Return to the Dordogne to enjoy the numerous gems along its course: Carennac, a beautiful village clustered around a Cluniac priory; Montvalent and its guard tower watching over the cliffs on the right bank of the river; Gluges huddling beneath its cliff, with its church where Edith Piaf used to come to pray; Creysse with its Romanesque church and its small port on the Dordogne River and Belcastel Castle.

You will soon reach the impressive Lacave Caves and Martel, the "City of Seven Towers", full of medieval houses built by well-to-do merchants. Then comes Souillac, which was once the hub of the Dordogne River trade. Its remarkable heritage is commemorated by monuments such as the splendid Romanesque triple-domed Abbey Church.

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