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Bergerac, Dordogne, France

Moving to Dordogne, France

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 11, 2023

Summary: Moving to Dordogne, France: Expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about everything you need to know before moving to Dordogne.

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What do I need to know before moving to Dordogne?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Dordogne, they said:

"Dordogne, located in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of France, is known for its picturesque landscapes, historic sites, and delicious cuisine. Before moving to Dordogne, expats should be aware that the primary language spoken is French, so it would be beneficial to learn the language or improve your French skills. The cost of living in Dordogne is generally lower than in larger French cities like Paris, but it's still important to budget and plan for expenses. The region is known for its rural lifestyle, so if you're used to city living, you may need to adjust to a slower pace of life. Dordogne has a temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters, but it can be quite rainy, especially in the spring and autumn. The healthcare system in France is excellent, but it's important to understand how it works and to ensure you have the right health insurance coverage. The region is famous for its gastronomy, particularly its foie gras, truffles, and wines, so food lovers will be in heaven. However, if you're a vegetarian or vegan, you may find fewer options than in other parts of France. Public transportation in Dordogne is not as extensive as in larger cities, so you may need to consider buying a car for getting around. The region is also quite spread out, so be prepared for potentially long distances between towns and amenities. Dordogne has a rich history and culture, with many castles, caves, and medieval towns to explore. However, it's worth noting that some attractions may have limited opening hours outside of the peak tourist season. Finally, while the Dordogne is a popular destination for British expats, it's important to understand the legal requirements for living in France, including visas, residence permits, and taxes. It's recommended to seek advice from a legal professional or expat support service to ensure you're fully prepared for your move," explained one expat living in Dordogne, France.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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