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What is the most charming village in the Dordogne (nearest airport Bordeaux) and what's the best site for holiday rentals?

Asked by beachwriter (361points) March 22nd, 2010

For an upcoming trip, I am landing in Bordeaux and would like to spend a week exploring the Dordogne. Would love suggestions for villages and rentals. Thanks.

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Oh there are so, so many – you can’t really go wrong. However, my very favorite village in that region is Ste. Cirq la Popie. It is actually in the Lot valley so a little ways from Bordeaux, but is a magical medieval village high on the cliffs overlooking the Lot valley. There are art galleries and a few restaurants, great hiking and the ruins of an ancient fort to climb on. Nearer to Bordeaux. there is St. Emilion, the wine center. It is a larger town, very beautiful, with lots of shops, wineries and restaurants; also medieval ruins. Two other great towns in the Dordogne region are Sarlat le Canada, fairly large and very beautiful, and Domme, a bastide or fortified town on a cliff. Sarlat has a great open-air market on Wednesdays and Saturdays; Domme would be nice for a day or afternoon. I have been to France many, many times and the Dordogne is my absolute favorite region. Try to schedule a visit to one of the prehistoric caves; Lascaux II is a replica but still beautiful and worth seeing. If you’re into kayaking or canoing , there are rental places on the Vezere river. Bon vacance!

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