Collonges la Rouge, France
Collonges la Rouge

The Dordogne Valley is one of the most beautiful places in France. The area is dotted with storybook towns and tranquil countryside, and is famous for agricultural products like black truffles and foie gras. If you visit, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to activities and destinations. To help you navigate your decisions, here is my list of the top 5 places to travel in the Dordogne Valley.

Collonges la Rouge
One of the most truly stunning towns in the region, Collonges la Rouge is straight out of a fairytale. The whole town is built from stone from a local quarry, rendering all of the buildings red. A sense of history pervades the narrow streets, which are lined with shops, boutiques, and cafes.

On the larger end of the spectrum, Sarlat is a golden town in the Black Perigord. Its abundance of historic churches, outdoor markets, and small shops selling all kinds of local produce make it a great place to explore. While there, don’t miss a chance to ride the city’s glass elevator for panoramic views over the pretty rooftops.

Perhaps the most famous of all of the top places to visit in the Dordogne Valley, Rocamadour is a cliffside town that has attracted religious pilgrims to its sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin Mary for centuries. But even non-pilgrims can enjoy the town’s beauty, history, and—this being France—famous Rocamadour cheese.

Pretty in white, Turenne is another great place to go in the Dordogne Valley. Like Rocamadour, its uniformly colored buildings climb a steep hill. The tiny streets contain everything from hotels and restaurants to shops and cafes, making Turenne a great place to stop or stay while traveling through this part of France.

One of the largest urban areas in the Dordogne Valley, Brive is a great place to base yourself when you arrive. There is plenty to do in the city center, from visiting churches and shopping at the large weekly market to touring distilleries and watching rugby. It is a good place to stay if you want to do day trips to the other top places to travel in the Dordogne Valley.