Périgord is a land where the people have retained their sense of identity and their joie de vivre. Occitan (Langue d'Oc), the traditional language of the south, is still spoken by some of the older inhabitants. Occitan festivals continue to be celebrated in some villages and there is a growing trend to revive this part of the region's cultural heritage.
Following the French Revolution the provinces were renamed, often after local geographical features, in an attempt to weaken links to the aristocratic families who had ruled them. Périgord was renamed Dordogne after the river which ran through it. In their wonderfully anarchic way, the Périgordins chose to ignore this new ruling and still, to this day, call their land Périgord.
Located on the 45th parallel, midway between the pole and the equator, Dordogne-Périgord benefits from a climate which is generally mild. The weather begins to warm from mid April, when the spring fields are covered in wild flowers. Summers are long and hot and the days can remain pleasantly balmy as late as October. In autumn, when the trees are yellow and red, the luminosity and purity of the light emphasizes the beauty of the landscapes.
ARRIVING HERE BY AIR
We are located within easy access of 5 international airports
Trains from Bordeaux or Paris arrive at:
TGV Libourne 136km
From UK: London St Pancras to Paris Nord 2.5 hours. Transfer by metro to Paris Austerlitz then direct train to Brive-la-Gaillarde in 4 hours. An easy day’s journey.