The Four Perigords of the Dordogne

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The South-Western region of France known as the Dordogne is named after the River Dordogne which winds its way across the area past traditional towns and villages such as Montignac and Eymet.

The Dordogne region is made up of four different Perigords, each with their own cultures, traditions and local foods.

In the north is Perigord Vert, centred around the town of Nontron. The east of the region is known as Perigord Noir, with the village of Sariat.

Perigord Pourpre is in the west, containing the famous town of Bergerac. While in the centre of the region is Perigord Blanc with the main town of Perigueux.

No matter which Perigord you choose you can expect freshly produced local food, traditional markets, and excellent restaurants.

Activities abound in the Dordogne, literally when it comes to swimming, boating and canoeing, or relaxing on the river beaches.

There are also many cycle trails for the energetic, that can be used to visit numerable Bastide towns with a plethora of historic sites to see and cobbled streets to discover.

The historic caves at Lascaux are a UNESCO heritage site, boasting paintings that date back over 17,000 years and the abbey in Brantome was built in the year 769 by Charlemagne, to spark the interest of history buffs. Or you can just travel out into the idyllic countryside and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Although the Dordogne has long been popular with the British for relocation, the department is huge at over 9,000 square kilometres, so it is easy to escape more touristy and expat areas and find yourself with just locals for company.

Unless overseas property investors want to live in the exclusive areas such as Sarlat, Brantome or Bergerac, properties in the Dordogne region can be very affordable, with small properties starting from as little as 40,000 euros.

A three-bedroom house can be purchased for around 100,000 euros, and if you have a bigger budget, 350,000 euros will get you a stunning house with land, views, and quite possibly a swimming pool.

For those lottery winners among you, or investors who might have sold a small house in London, 1 million euros will get you a country estate, or for a mere 15 million euros you could find yourself owning a historic French chateau with land as far as the eye can see.

Whatever their budget, overseas property investors can find their dream property in the Dordogne region.

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