Although not strictly in the Dordogne, I couldn’t resist including a post on the world-famous town of Saint-Émilion in the Bordeaux wine region which is so close and easily accessible from the department of the Dordogne. Hop on the train at Bergerac for Saint-Émilion and you are just a few stops away (Sarlat to Saint-Émilion is 1 hour 45 mins). By car, it is around an hour from Bergerac.

Saint-Émilion is a pretty, medieval town that sits up high and is surrounded by vineyards. The town was made a UNESCO World Hertiage Site in 1999. It has a long history of wine-making plus Romanesque churches and steep, narrow streets. It’s all very pretty and pleasant to wander around.

Don’t miss the underground Monolithic church, the cloisters and the Tour du Roy with its panoramic view of the town. The little town is packed with wine boutiques selling the quality wines the region is known for all over the world. And there are numerous restaurants with mouth-watering menus.


If you want to eat, arrive in the town well before midday in order to get a table.

Wear good walking shoes as the town is very hilly with most narrow streets being cobbled.

Don’t be surprised that parking is difficult.

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