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Perigueux is in the Dordogne department of south-west France. The name is from Petrocorii, a latinization of the celtic words for ‘four tribes’ - the pre roman inhabitants of the area. The best places to stay in Perigueux make an ideal base for exploring this interesting area.
There are two aspects to the town: Roman Perigueux, to the west, and the medieval town centre. The roman part is smaller but very worthwhile.
- Visit the remains of the Vesunna Temple and its imposing tower.
- The Gallo Roman Vesunna Museum, which is enclosed in a modern building designed by the internationally acclaimed architect Jean Nouvel, is the remains of a Roman villa,
- and the ‘Jardin des Arenes’ was once the site of the Amphitheatre.
The medieval town is dominated by the extraordinary Saint Front Cathedral which dates from 1120. It is laid out in the shape of a Greek cross similar to St. Marks Basilica in Venice. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 and is an important stage on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route. The area around the cathedral is full of interesting boulevards and streets lined with medieval buildings, and plenty of bars and cafes for refuelling and people-watching!
Perigueux is also well known for its colourful Saturday market in the Place de la Clautre. Come for the usual touristy stalls and fabulous produce from the surrounding area.
The town gets extremely busy during the peak summer months. So if you want to guarantee a bed in one of the best places to stay in Perigueux during July or August get organised and book well ahead. Alternatively come during the shoulder season, when the crowds have gone, but the sun is still warm!
Just outside town
- Chateau de Lalande is a charming property to the west of Perigueux. The style is traditional with floral wallpapers, parquet flooring and plenty of antique furnishings. You'll also find a gourmet restaurant serving fabulous food, and a pool for relaxing after a day's exploring.
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Chateau de Lalande 17 rooms from $131Perigueux
A picture perfect chateau in the heart of the Dordogne. Traditional rooms with floral wallpaper, quaint beamed ceilings and antique furniture. Elegant reception rooms to enjoy a tipple in and an excellent restaurant to boot. Glorious grounds complete with a well sized pool. Come for a relaxing stay.Country Escape - An idyllic chateau in beautiful surrounds perfect for completely unwinding.Foodies - A gourmet restaurant serving up exquisite regional cuisine.Sights nearby - Numerous historic chateaus and cathedrals to visit. The owners will be more than happy to hand out recommendations.Great walks - Lovely walks through the picturesque estate.