At Christmas, we were offered a week-end in Perigord with 2 nights in bed and breakfast and dinner at Etincelles restaurant. At the beginning of April with the beautiful days that were coming slowly, desires of countryside, relaxation, farmers’ markets, good wines … suddenly decided me to drive to Dordogne (to Sainte Sabine Born more exactly) to enjoy our beautiful gift!
Here is how I organized this 2 days tour in Perigord through the small villages (the Bastides) and the vineyards of Monbazillac and Bergerac.
Where is Perigord in France? Where is the Dordogne in France?
Even if Toulouse is only 2:30 of Perigord, I confess shamefully that I did not know at all this region of Perigord and Dordogne. In fact, I stupidly discovered tha Perigord and Dordogne are the same place. Perigord is the old name of the region which included the department of Dordogne. It is located north of Toulouse, east of Bordeaux and south of Limoges (see map below).
The territory of Perigord is delimited in 4 parts:
- Green Perigord in the North. Green for its forests and especially its Regional Natural Park Périgord-Limousin.
- White Perigord from East to West. White as its soil and its limestone reliefs,
- Purple Perigord to the southwest. Purple for its vineyards (especially around Bergerac).
- Black Perigord in the South-East. Black for the many green oaks whose foliage darken the landscapes. It is the black Perigord which is the most tourist and it is there that I will spend my week-end!
2 days in Perigord – How to visit Dordogne in 2 days?
To discover Perigord green, white, purple and black, it obviously takes more than 2 days. Indeed, this beautiful region is home to many small medieval villages, hundreds of castles, chasms, prehistoric caves and beautiful vineyards.
To choose the places to visit in 2 days, I simply selected those that are close to the Mansion La Gentilhommière therefore all around Sainte Sabine Born. Thus, I could enjoy visiting some beautiful villages and vineyards of Perigord without spending too much time on the road.
Dordogne in 2 days – Itinerary of the 1st day in Perigord
From Sainte Sabine Born, I will drive to Monpazier, Villereal (farmer’s market on Saturday morning), Issigeac, Chateau Tour des Gendres and return to La Gentilhommière for dinner at Etincelles restaurant.
Dordogne in 2 days – Map of the circuit in the Black Perigord (1st day)
Circuit 2 days in Perigord – Visits of the 1st day
2 days tour in Perigord – Monpazier
Our first stage begins with the best preserved country village in Perigord : Monpazier. It was founded in 1284 and magnificently retains much of its original construction.
2 days tour in Perigord – Villereal
This is a small village where we discovered the colorful and lively Saturday morning market.
2 days tour in the Perigord – Issigeac
Then unique medieval village in the middle of the Bastides. This village is built in snail inside its old enclosure.
2 days tour in Perigord – Château Tour des Gendres
The Domaine des Gendres is a wine farm of Château de Bridoire where the vineyards are worked to develop a 100% organic wine. Attention, it is necessary to reserve in advance your visit Tel 05 53 57 12 43.
2 days tour in Perigord – Restaurant Etincelles
It’s a beautiful evening that we will spend at the restaurant Etincelles where the cuisine has character while being refined.
2 days in Perigord – where to sleep?
Dordogne in 2 days – Itinerary of the 2nd day in Perigord
From Sainte Sabine Born, our tour brings us to Beaumont du Perigord, pass by Issigeac to go to the Château de Monbazillac. Then direction Wine domain of Julien de Savignac and continuation to my last stop: Bergerac in the purple Perigord.
Dordogne in 2 days – Map of the circuit in Black and Purple Perigord (2nd day)
Circuit 2 days in the Perigord – Visits of the 2nd day
2 days tour in Perigord – Beaumont du Perigord
English Bastide of 1272, it was built in 1272 and retains some remains of fortifications and beautiful arcaded houses.
2 days tour in Perigord – Monbazillac Castle
Of course a step to taste and buy good wine Monbazillac (my favorite) was needed!
Circuit 2 days in Perigord – Wine domain of Julien de Savignac
Here, it is to discover the wine of Bergerac that we choose this area (although it also offers Monbazillac wines). It is a family of enthusiasts who owns the vineyard and produces a range of wines (3,500 references) for all tastes and all budgets. Tel: 05 53 07 10 31.
2 days tour in Perigord – Bergerac
At the heart of the Dordogne valley, in the center of the vineyards of Monbazillac and Pécharmant, Bergerac really charmed us with its tranquility, its architecture dating back to the 11th century and its castle on the edge of the river.
And why not another circuit in France?
This is my Brittany-Normandy itinerary