BelvesMedieval Belves, listed 'most beautiful village in France'
IssigeacHistoric Issigeac with our favourite market every Sunday!
DommeThe caves and lovely village of Domme


Lots of suggested car tours
Explore the regions architectural heritage
Visit a traditional French market

Lot-et-Garonne & south Dordogne - travel guide

This travel guide covers the Lot et Garonne region north of Villeneuve-sur-Lot, and the Dordogne south of the Dordogne River. A lovely area of South-West France, including the southern part of the Dordogne region, the northern part of the Lot-et-Garonne department, and the Dropt Valley, together forming one of the most beautiful and unspoiled parts of France.

Note: If you are looking for tourist information for the Lot department (i.e. not Lot-et-Garonne) please see Lot, France

Up until now, it has been the area to the north of the Dordogne river, that has attracted a higher percentage of visitors. Now, with improved travel links, the equally beautiful area of northern Lot-et-Garonne is ready for you to explore.

Beynac, Dordogne, FranceChateau Bonaguil, Lot and Garonne, FranceLimeuil, Dordogne, France

Beynac, Chateau Bonaguil and Limeuil

Why visit?

The Lot and Garonne and south Dordogne area of France offers the perfect combination of things to do and see, a perfect place to relax and unwind, and lots of interesting things to see.

In the region you will find chateaux, including Bonaguil, Beynac and Biron; medieval towns, including Domme, Belves, Monpazier and Sarlat; caves, including those at Domme; unspoilt countryside, rivers and caves, beautiful gardens and small unspoilt villages - several classed as 'most beautiful villages in France'.

Much of the most beautiful rural architecture in France, or perhaps to be found anywhere, is to be seen here - ancient houses, barns, pigeonniers and churches simply form part of the unchanging landscape.

Sarlat, Dordogne FranceMonpazier, one of the most beautiful villages in FranceIssigeac, Dordogne

Sarlat, Monpazier and Issigeac

Spotlight on Lot-et-Garonne...

Some of our favourite chateaux...

Chateau de Beynac - Chateau de Biron - Chateau de Bonaguil - Chateau Castelnaud - Chateau les Milandes - see all castles

Some of our favourite towns and villages...

Beaumont - Belves - Bergerac - Castillonnes - Domme - Eymet - Issigeac - Molieres - Monflanquin - Monpazier - Pujols - Villereal - Villefranche-du-Perigord - see more towns and villages

This Dordogne / Lot-et-Garonne visitor guide will also introduce you to some of the more popular tourist attractions in the area, such as Parc Walibi and P'arc en Ciel.

Even if you can only spend a few days or a couple of weeks learning to appreciate the beauty and tranquillity of the Lot-et-Garonne area, you will leave with memories of a world that you thought no longer existed.

Chateau Bonaguil, FranceChateau Biron, Lot et Garonne

Two sites, one goal!

The Lot et Garonne / Dordogne region of Aquitaine has a great deal to offer the visitor - it is sometimes referred to as the 'Tuscany of France', or the 'Chilterns of France'. Because the region falls into two distinct regions - to the north of the Dordogne River and to the south, each with different characteristics, we have decided to use two websites to promote the region.

This site focusses on areas south of the Dordogne river and into northern Lot-et-Garonne. Our partner site covers the region to the north of the Dordogne river - see Dordogne. Several places along the river itself such as Sarlat and La Roque-Gageac appear in both travel sites.

This site is part of the Europe travel series of sites - covering all destinations in France and across western Europe...