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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

10 Reasons to Visit Dordogne in France
 by: MIRO


This beautiful fairy tale region in the south west of France is famous for its castles, Châteaux and other monuments, reminiscing an ancient era. Visitors are sure to be captivated by its quaint villages, scenery and architecture as well. Here are some reasons you should visit Dordogne.

1. Sitting amidst the ruins of a 12th century castle, the Commarque Castle gives visitors the opportunity to walk through ancient woods and see a real castle from the inside. The walk can be tiring although there is a large shaded area, along with a drinking spring and space for children to play.

2. The Château de Beynac is one of the most significant landmarks of Dordogne. Here, visitors can get an insight into the history of the war and marvel at this resilient architectural masterpiece.

3. Le Village du Bournat is a charming open air museum with an array of replicated buildings to recreate popular community edifices. Here, you can watch potters and weavers at their crafts, and get family portraits taken while wearing costumes depicting ancient times.

4. Gouffre de Proumeyssac or the Crystal Cathedral Cave is a well-known tourist hotspot in the region. This is an experience that is definitely not for the faint hearted as it involves venturing into the cave in a basket from the ceiling.

5. Canoeing on the Dordogne is a popular tourist activity and there are several companies offering good deals on canoeing between River Dordogne and the River Vézère. Here, you can experience the serenity of the pristine waters and view the many attractions nestled on its banks.

6. Chateau de Jumilhac is a castle circumscribed by a picturesque landscape and is a delight to see. It has one of the most interesting roofs in the country.

7. Sarlat is a romantic town and is a shopper’s paradise. Famous for its Saturday market, visitors can expect fabulous bargains on souvenirs and other art paraphernalia. You can also get a portrait done from one of the skilful caricature artists in the market.

8. Château de Marqueyssac has expansive gardens encircling its cliff top and offers a superb view from different vantage points. Horse drawn Barouches and musical performances will only add to the magic of your visit here.

9. La Roque St-Christophe is a troglodyte structure climbing up the Vezère valley. Discover ancient ruins along this half mile stretch of land.

10. The Corn Maze is a colossal maze on a maize field. Try to track your way through the Corn Maze with a route map and have a picnic in the surrounding area. Make sure to take lots of water with you as it can be very hot here on a summer day.

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