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Bergerac, Dordogne, France


The Insider's Guide to Dordogne

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Our Guide to Dordogne: Top Attractions, Culinary Hotspots, Nightlife, and More. Plus, Tips on Making Connections with the Locals and Finding Fun Recreational Activities

Welcome to Dordogne! If you're planning to move to Dordogne, congratulations on taking the first step towards a new adventure. While there are many things to think about before you leave, such as visas, housing, and transportation, it's important to remember that once you arrive, the fun really begins. In this article, we'll introduce you to some of the best sites, restaurants, and nightlife that Dordogne has to offer, as well as provide tips on recreational activities and making friends in Dordogne.

The Dordogne region in France is a treasure trove of historical, cultural, and natural attractions. One of the most famous sites is the Lascaux Cave, a UNESCO World Heritage site, known for its prehistoric paintings. The cave complex is a significant archaeological site, offering a glimpse into the lives of our ancestors. Another must-visit is the medieval town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, with its well-preserved 14th-century buildings, bustling markets, and the stunning Cathédrale Saint-Sacerdos. The Château de Beynac, a 12th-century fortress, offers breathtaking views of the Dordogne River and the surrounding valley. The Gardens of Marqueyssac, a beautiful 17th-century garden, is a perfect place for a leisurely stroll. The Dordogne region is also known for its gastronomy, particularly its truffles and foie gras, and many local farms offer tours and tastings.

The Dordogne is a gastronomic paradise, with a rich culinary tradition that is reflected in its diverse restaurant scene. One of the most renowned restaurants in the region is Le Vieux Logis, located in a 16th-century priory in Trémolat. The restaurant offers a seasonal menu that showcases the best of local produce. Another popular choice is Les Jardins d'Harmonie in Sarlat-la-Canéda, known for its innovative dishes and extensive wine list. For a more casual dining experience, La Table du Marché Couvert in Bergerac offers a variety of regional specialties in a lively market setting. The nightlife in Dordogne is relatively low-key, with a focus on wine bars and traditional pubs. Le Vin'Quatre in Bergerac is a popular wine bar that offers a wide selection of local and international wines. The English Pub in Sarlat-la-Canéda is a favorite among locals and tourists alike, known for its friendly atmosphere and live music.

Recreational activities in Dordogne are largely centered around its stunning natural landscapes. The Dordogne River is a popular spot for canoeing and kayaking, with several rental companies operating along its banks, such as Canoës Loisirs and Canoë Rivière Dordogne. Hiking is another popular activity, with numerous trails winding through the region's forests, vineyards, and hilltop villages. The GR 36 long-distance footpath, which passes through the Dordogne, is a particular favorite among hikers. For those interested in cycling, the Voie Verte cycle path offers a scenic and safe route through the region. The Dordogne is also home to several golf courses, including the Golf de la Marterie and the Golf Club de Périgueux, both of which offer stunning views of the surrounding countryside. For a more leisurely activity, hot air ballooning is a popular way to take in the region's stunning landscapes, with companies like Montgolfière du Périgord offering flights.

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Insider Tips from Expats in Dordogne: Making the Most of Life and Connections

"Expats in Dordogne, often join a variety of clubs and activities to meet people and integrate into the local community. These include language exchange clubs, where they can practice their French and help locals with English. They also participate in sports clubs such as cycling, hiking, or tennis, which are popular in the region. Cultural activities are another great way for expats to meet people. They can join local cooking classes, wine tasting groups, or art workshops. There are also book clubs and film clubs that cater to English-speaking audiences. Expats often volunteer in local charities or community events, which is a rewarding way to meet people and contribute to the local community. They can also attend local festivals and markets, which are a big part of life in Dordogne and a great way to meet locals and fellow expats.Networking events and social gatherings organized by expat groups are also common. These groups often organize trips, dinners, and parties, providing a great opportunity to meet other expats in a relaxed setting. Many expats also meet people through their children's schools. Attending school events and parent-teacher meetings can lead to friendships with other parents. Finally, simply frequenting local cafes, restaurants, and shops can lead to casual conversations and potential friendships. The people in Dordogne are known for their friendliness and hospitality, so expats often find it easy to strike up a conversation and make new friends," said one expat living in Dordogne.

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"Life for expats and digital nomads in Dordogne is often described as peaceful and idyllic. The region is known for its beautiful landscapes, charming villages, and rich history, providing a serene backdrop for those working remotely. The cost of living is relatively low compared to larger French cities, making it an attractive option for those looking to stretch their budget further.The pace of life in Dordogne is slower than in urban areas, allowing expats and digital nomads to enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle. The region is famous for its gastronomy, with plenty of opportunities to sample local wines, cheeses, and other delicacies. There are also numerous outdoor activities available, such as hiking, cycling, and canoeing, providing a great work-life balance.While the local population is generally friendly and welcoming, the language barrier can be a challenge for some. Although English is spoken in tourist areas, it's less common in rural parts, so learning some basic French can be beneficial. The region has a strong expat community, providing opportunities for socializing and networking. There are also various cultural events throughout the year, allowing expats and digital nomads to immerse themselves in the local culture.Internet connectivity in Dordogne is generally good, especially in larger towns, making it suitable for remote work. However, those based in more rural areas may experience slower speeds or less reliable connections.Overall, Dordogne offers a unique blend of tranquility, culture, and affordability, making it an appealing destination for expats and digital nomads," commented an expat living in Dordogne.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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