As our whole French trip was shaping up we had a few tough monetary decisions to make; one being to rent a car for the entire trip, part or none of it. We were very close to only renting a car for a portion of our French stay and in hindsight that would have been a huge mistake. We would have missed out on some, if not all, of the amazing area immediately surrounding Sarlat. We wouldn’t have seen the houses carved out of the sides of the cliffs, all the chateaus and of course the beautiful and very swift Dordogne River.
Out of Sarlat you can pretty much drive in any direction and wind up with a spectacular view. Nestled around the Dordogne and Vezere Rivers are too many quaint villages to count. Our favorites of them were probably Beynac, Le Roque-Gageac and Domme (for its great perspective). The plus about going in low season is we had the towns pretty much to ourselves. We were able to explore and roam with out a soul in sight. The downfall of traveling in low season is, you guessed it, everything isn’t open. We were dying to go into the caves with prehistoric paintings in them and also explore a castle that was recently unearthed (only 40 years ago), but they were closed. Womp womp.
Low season or not, there was still so much to see and eat! Duck, duck and more duck is the mainstay here in the Dordogne region. Foie gras, translated as “fat liver”, is the fattened liver of a duck or goose and is their main specialty. It was Chris and I’s first experience with this interesting fare and we loved it, very buttery and rich, a nice starter.
We would definitely recommend this region for a visit—winter or summer—trust us, it’s worth it. Check out the pictures below if your arm needs to be twisted a little more.