The Dordogne valley in Central South West France is where the river extends upstream from the department of the Dordogne, through the Lot and the Corrèze and on to its source in the Puy-de-Dôme mountains. The Dordogne department itself is split into 4 areas. These are known as the Perigord Vert, the Perigord Blanc, the Perigord Pourpre and the Perigord Noir. The area is easily accessible by road, rail and air, making it an ideal destination for those wanting to get married in France.
The Dordogne is an area of outstanding natural beauty and diversity; dramatic limestone cliffs and steep gorges, undulating hills and verdant pastures, prehistoric caves and cascading waterfalls, majestic rivers and still lakes. It offers perfect scenery for your French wedding!
Steeped in history and culture, the region has numerous ancient castles, caves and monuments and many of France’s classified prettiest villages to explore. In the Perigord Vert to the north, you can enjoy the Dronne riverside towns of Brantôme and Bourdeilles and also Riberac . In the Perigord Pourpre to the south west, there are the famous vineyards and the historic port of Bergerac. The Perigord Blanc is in the centre and has the roman city of Perigueux. Probably the best-known area of the Dordogne is the Perigord Noir which is crossed by both the Dordogne and Vézère Valleys and is home to beautiful villages and towns such as Domme, La Roque Gageac, Castelnaud and Sarlat. Just east of the Dordogne, there is Rocamadour, a pilgrimage site on the route to Santiago de Compostela and the attractive riverside towns of Souillac, Beaulieu and Argentat.
Enjoy some of France’s finest cuisine with specialties such as Limousin beef, duck, black truffles, cabécou goat’s cheese, walnuts, fruit clafoutis, stuffed cèpe mushrooms and wines from the Bergerac vineyards. Weekly, bustling markets and a choice of gourmet restaurants and delicious seasonal produce await you here.
Whether you fancy navigating the river in a canoe or kayak, cycling or hiking along the thousands of kilometres of country trails, fishing the many lakes and rivers, enjoying a round of golf, discovering the rich variety of wildlife, trekking on a horse up into the hills or just relaxing amidst the peace and tranquility, the Dordogne Valley is a haven for nature and outdoor enthusiasts. With so much to do, the area offers a perfect destination for those looking to combine their French wedding with a relaxing holiday.
The Dordogne Valley is ideally located, with its gateway at the crossroads of the A20 linking north to south and the A89 linking east to west. It is a comfortable day’s drive from the main channel ports.
There are frequent national and international flights into Bergerac, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Brive, Limoges and Rodez.
The fast speed TGV links Paris to Brive in approximately 4 hours.