About the Dordogne

The Dordogne is famous for so many things but most of all as an area of outstanding natural beauty, one of the most unspoilt and beautiful in Europe. A verdant land of hills and valleys with huge forests, truly rural France at its best.

It is one of the gastronomic centres of France and famous for its foie gras, duck, truffles and mushrooms. It is also well known for its wines. The world famous vineyards of Medoc and St Emilion are close by and the local wines of Bergerac, Monbazillac and Cahors are also excellent.

The area has a rich history from its world famous pre-historic art to be viewed in the caves of LASCAUX and LES EYZIES to the many medieval chateaux and forts dating from the 100 years' war. There are so many castles, bastide towns and fortified farmhouses to visit and in summer, many medieval pageants are staged throughout the area.

Around Cussac and it surrounding towns and villages, there are many excellent restaurants where you can sample the gastronomic delights for which this region is famous. There is a good market on most days in one of the local towns. On Mondays during the high season, you can eat at the night market in Cadouin which is 5 minutes drive and makes a memorable evening for all the family. For recreation, there is canoeing on the Dordogne river, horse riding and bike rental close by and lots of historic sites to visit. There are prehistoric cave paintings to see at Les Eyzies (you must book in advance) and for the kids, Pre-Histo Park is a must. Cussac is also well positioned for visits to the chateaux of Beynac, Castelnaud and Les Milandes, the medieval market town of Sarlat and the gardens of Marqueyssac and Erygnac.