The purple grapes of the Périgord Pourpre
In the Périgord Pourpre, part of the Dordogne, you’ll live in the middle of the purple vineyards. Discover more about the purple Périgord Pourpre.
In the south-east of the Dordogne, you’ll find the Périgord Pourpre—or ‘Purple Périgord’. The vineyard district in the Dordogne owes its name to the leaves of the grape vines: in the autumn, they turn a distinctive red-purple hue. A genuinely special sight to behold as you travel through the Périgord Pourpre.
Bergerac: a city for wine lovers
Bergerac is not just known for Cyrano. The medieval centre, with shops and restaurants, is steeped in history. The Saint Jacques Church, the tobacco museum, and the museum of wine and shipping are all worth visiting.
Bergerac is a must for lovers of boat cruises, wineries and vineyards.
As well as this, Bergerac is the perfect place from which to set off on a boat cruise along the Dordogne river, to visit the wineries (and more than 120,000 hectares of vineyards) in the area, to make an excursion to Bordeaux and its wine region, or to explore any of the many little villages and hamlets in the Périgord Pourpre.
Eymet: the best-preserved fortified city
You’ll find Eymet on the southern border of the Périgord Pourpre. A ‘bastide’ or fortified French village from the 13th-14th century, it is typical of the Périgord and the Dordogne. Around its square market are eight blocks of houses, like a checkerboard divided by a rectangular-grid street pattern. It is one of the best-kept bastides in France, with its keep in immaculate condition.
Monpazier: one of the most beautiful villages in France
Built by King Edward I of England, a similar bastide can be found in Monpazier. This is the perfect example of the villages in the Périgord and the Dordogne, and is renowned for being one of the most beautiful towns in France. The town square, surrounded by arched houses, and with an open, 16th-century, wooden market hall, is simply too beautiful to describe. The houses are covered in climbing roses that give the fortified city a unique charm.
In the Périgord Pourpre, you live between the vineyards and orchards, meadows, castles, chateaus and fortresses.
Travelling through the Périgord Pourpre
Happy to spend time in nature? The Dropt river runs through Périgord Pourpre for 130 kilometres. Surrounded by vegetable and tobacco fields, vineyards and orchards, meadows, oaks and chestnut trees, it’s a delight to follow from windmill to windmill. From the Dropt, you’ll see the villages, castles, forts, mills and bridges that were built during the Hundred Years’ War in the Périgord and the Dordogne.
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