The Dordogne and Nature

Unspoilt nature

To disconnect from the urban bustle and relax at the heart of nature, the Dordogne is the perfect place. Follow the many hiking trails of the area and stop at the Regional Natural Park of Périgord-Limousin, which has exceptional landscapes and wildlife. Among the most remarkable natural sites lie the two green and lush valleys of the Dordogne and the Vézère rivers, where you can visit small villages and prehistoric sites.

Admire the Dordogne’s many famous views, such as the belvedere of Marqueyssac, the Cingle of Trémolat or the Côte de Jor. At the Retenue d’eau de Miallet, one of the largest reservoirs in the département, nature lovers will truly be in their element. A stopping point for migratory birds in winter as well as in spring, the lake also boasts a discovery trail and an observatory.

Beautiful gardens

Lose yourself amongst the box trees at Marqueyssac with its bucolic walks. There’s romance in a beautiful suspended labyrinth where you’ll cross paths with peacocks, and a dinosaur skeleton can be seen in the Nature Pavilion. Overlooking the valley of the Vézère, the Jardins de l’Imaginaire at Terrasson invite you to reconnect with your inner child. Discover the different atmospheres of the garden and let yourself be carried away by the magic of this verdant setting.

To enjoy an exceptional view of the Périgord landscapes, head to the panoramic gardens of Limeuil, overlooking the medieval village. Don’t miss the gardens of Eyrignac with their 10 hectares of plant sculptures – a real breath of fresh air and greenery. The gardens at Château de Losse are labelled ‘jardins remarquables’, and the Botanical Park at Château de Neuvic is the place to smell the numerous fragrances filling the air.