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Cities in the country

Cities in the country

Following the Roman occupation, kings, religious authorities and local lords instigated the building, consolidation and development of many towns and villages. Over the centuries, the wars died down and, slowly, life got back to normal.

More and more thoroughfares were built and gradually, with the roads and rivers, and later on with the advent of the railways, craftspeople and peasants founded these trading crossroads. These places of human and commercial exchange, built by the people, still remain today. These countryside towns are, more than ever, the nerve centres of daily life. This is where people come to do their shopping; the markets are lively and it is here that the festive and cultural soul flourishes. Thanks to the existence of these homely towns, there is always life about the place.

Visite d'Excideuil   

Set among the high valleys of the Isle and Auvézère, in a landscape of limestone plateaus, this old city dating back at least 1500 years was once attached to the county of Limoges. ...

Visite d'Eymet   

As you come into Pays du Périgord from the south, or Pays des Bastides from the west, Eymet is ideally situated halfway to Dropt. An economic hub offering every useful service and ...

Visite de Lalinde   

Lalinde is a borough in the triangle formed by Bergerac, the Cingle de Limeuil, and the Bastide de Monpazier (Monpazier’s fortified town). It stands between Dordogne and the Canal, ...

Visite de Mareuil en Périgord   

Halfway between Périgueux and Angoulême, Mareuil en Périgord is one of the gateways to the Périgord. This small market town, bustling during the summer, invites you to come and st ...

Visite de Neuvic sur l'Isle   

Located 25 km west of Périgueux, the beautifully renovated village of Neuvic, built around its church, has maintained the appearance of a large village, a place of peaceful convivi ...

Visite de Nontron   

Nontron is a cutler town nestled in the Périgord-Limousin regional national park, and earned a Ville et Métiers d’Art award for its craft in 2006. It is oddly built on a hillside a ...

Visite de Ribérac   

Located in the Val de Dronne (Dronne valley), Ribérac lies in the heart of the astonishing Périgord region, an enjoyable place to live and to roam around. The lively nature of this ...

Visite de Saint-Astier   

A zero pesticide town. As you follow the Isle River Valley to the west of Périgueux you will come to Saint Astier, where you will be charmed by the authenticity of this thousand ye ...

Ville de Saint-Aulaye   

In the bastide town of Saint-Aulaye, founded in 1288, situated to the west of Périgord Vert, and close to neighbouring Charente, you can see its ramparts, its château, its Romanesq ...

Visite de Thenon   

Thenon, situated between the Causse and the Vézère in the heart of Périgord Noir, equidistant from all of Périgord's outstanding tourist sites, offers all the conveniences of a sma ...

Visite de Thiviers   

Thiviers is a town leading into Périgord-Limousin Natural Park on the road between Périgueux and Limoges, and its merchant spirit ripples through the surrounding countryside. Its w ...