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    Southern France for Beginners

    A splendid wine region, with multiple outdoor activities and exquisite cuisine, rich in culture, steeped in history. You must be wondering what place it could be! Welcome to the Dordogne Valley!

    Nestled in the heart of southern France, the Dordogne starts in the mountains of Auvergne and flows through wine regions to meet the ocean north of Bordeaux. The Dordogne Valley is home to a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The beauty of the river attracts tourists from France and abroad, and the best time to visit is from June to September.

    The diversity of the Dordogne lures visitors with many outdoor activities, such as gorge-walking in the north part of the valley, where the river flows through cliffs and steeped banks. In several places where the river is dammed it forms large lakes, where tourists have a wide choice of activities, be it swimming, sailing, or water skiing. Next to canoeing, gabare boat trips are very popular on the Dordogne. There are numerous camp sites, holiday cottages and homes along the valley for nature fans.

    Dordogne Valley offers not only a rich world of wild life and plentiful outdoor activities, but it is also home to the best vineyards in France. Therefore, visitors to the region should take advantage of the plethora of wine testing venues and sample some of the best vintages while there. The cities of Bergerac, Bordeaux promise exceptional culinary experience of traditional French cuisine, which, combined with fine regional wine, make the Dordogne Valley a true heaven for dining.

    The Dordogne winds its way through the the beautiful countryside which is home to castles and medieval towns. The best way to learn about the history of the region is to visit its cities, take in the local culture and experience the slow pace of rural life of little towns, such as Tulle. Clermond-Ferrand, close to the Dordogne's origin, is one of the oldest cities in France and a cultural hallmark of the country. Bordeaux, situated south of the river's outlet to the Atlantic Ocean, is called little Paris due to its splendid architecture.

    The region hides many gems to discover during a holiday... Plan your break in the Dordogne Valley and let Auto Europe assist you with car hire.

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