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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Premise
“Special illuminated visits Thursday nights in July and August. A nice castle but everyone comes here for the gardens a truly outstanding walk along the clifftops through beautifully trimmed hedges as well as more natural forest areas. Amazing views across the valley and of the castle of Beynac, Castelnaud and Fayrac (not open to the public). During the warmer months they have a Via Ferrata along the cliffs, climbing on natural walls for kids as well as giant netted walkways through the trees. They often have activities for kids such as mask making and painting. The cafe on site is a lovely place to spend and hour on its terrace with nice ice creams, crepes and light bites.”
  • 83 locals recommend
Cave
“The most famous and visited site in the region, situated by the lovely town of Montignac in the Vezere valley. It is one of the most important grottos in the world with an amazing collection of parietal wall paintings listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1979. It is advisable to go online at Lascaux.fr to plan your visit and book tickets as in high season it can be sold out. ”
  • 85 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Imposing medieval fortress dominating the river with some of the best views in the area from its rooftop terrace. If you visit the castle be sure to give some time over to visiting the village that has kept its authentic architecture intact.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Museum
“Castelnaud is a lovely castle, restored to its nearly original state in recent decades. Like many of the castles in this short stretch along the Dordogne river it is situated on a bluff with magnificent views both up and down river. Chateau Beynac is clearly visible, where the English were kept under watch (and vice versa)! There are great displays of catapults and a small but fascinating museum of medieval implements of warfare and torture. Well worth the visit.”
  • 49 locals recommend
History Museum
“Lascaux II: A visit you’ll never forget: thanks to this replica, the world’s most famous Palaeolithic ’Sanctuary takes on a new lease of life. ”
  • 55 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Home of the amazing Josephine Baker, singer, actress, spy, civil rights leader and adopter of ‘les enfants du monde’. Fascinating museum of her life, wonderful gardens and twice daily birds of prey display.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“The most beautiful garden in Dordogne. Stunning spot. Beautiful gardens and views. Great lunch restaurant. Incredible! Very close to Les Charmes de Carlucet”
  • 36 locals recommend
Landmark
“Fabulous light show at 10.30pm Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday during summer. Tours during the day. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Amazing views from this chateau set high above surrounding countryside. Pretty little village below with selection of shops and restaurants”
  • 23 locals recommend
Place to shop
“One of the most incredible attractions in the region, a UNESCO World Heritage site, La Roque St Christophe is a 1km long cliff, 80m high with 5 enormous galleries. Since troglodyte days, it has been a place of safe refuge. You get to see how the city was arranged and there are working replicas of the lifts which were needed to bring supplies up the cliff face.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Landmark
“Stunning castle, can be seen from miles away (Monflanquin view point); fun and easy to visit. Cafés, restaurant nearby.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Locality
“The unmissable town in the region which at it’s heart is one of the most complete medieval town centres in Europe, full of cafes, restaurants and shops. It has its markets on Wednesday and Saturday Mornings. Be aware in high season it can be very very busy on market days, so go early.”
  • 247 locals recommend
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Church
“le mercredi matin le samedi matin le dimanche matin (juste autour des halles)”
  • 23 locals recommend
Vineyard
“Chateau Monbazillac is an impressive chateau, high up with views across to Bergerac. A dessert wine is produced at the chateau and in the vicinity and wine-tasting is available at the visitors’ centre. There is a display on the wine-making process inside the chateau. It is off the road to Bergerac, less than 30 min drive from Le Serpen. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Chareau Bridoire is a picturesque chateau with furnished rooms and plenty of medieval games for adults and children alike. Musical evenings are held there in the summer. Half an hour from Le Serpen. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Museum
“The famous caves at Lascaux are a historic place of interest to visit whilst in the area”
  • 24 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Travel Agency
“The most beautiful garden in Dordogne. Stunning spot. Beautiful gardens and views. Great lunch restaurant. Incredible! Very close to Les Charmes de Carlucet”
  • 36 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Consistently good. Open all year around. Prices above the average but so is the food.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“One of the best restaurants in Sarlat. Small family run, fantastic imaginative food. Chef and kitchen visible from restaurant. Great location in centre of Sarlat old town. Need to book!”
  • 7 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Un restaurant étoilé feutré, avec une très belle carte. Profitez des déjeuners ....certains jours... une formule bistrot à tout petit prix ”
  • 6 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Very classy restaurant. Easy driving distance to gite. Special occassion venue not for every day suppers!”
  • 7 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“la Salamandre, le Grand Bleu, l'Esprit, les jardins d'harmonie, le bistro de l 'OCTROI.”
  • 9 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Very friendly restaurant with English speaking serving staff, serving authentic Perigordian menus. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Agent a canoe 3k away at Thonac and cruise along the Vezere riber passing Chateaus / Triglodyte villages and beautiful local villages, Saint Lein sur Vezere, stop for lunch...heaven. Canoe hire is seasonal.”
  • 9 locals recommend

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