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Summer evenings in the south of the Dordogne region

Fire Walker in the Dordogne

Yes, we know that most of you know the Dordogne area for its castles, prehistoric caves and medieval villages. Also well known is the beautiful countryside - paradise for bikers, cyclotourists and hikers. Even more famous is the gastronomy with the world famous ‘foie gras’ and the monbazillac sweet wine to accompany the duck liver.

However, did you know that summer evenings in the Dordogne are quite a festivity?  Many festivals take place in this area of France during the summer season.

There is a yearly returning medieval festival, performing every week in a different village. The locals dress up as medieval lords, ladies, knights and farmers and everywhere in the small streets are artists performing, such as medieval dance groups, acrobats, fire artists and musicians. Each of these festivals is ended with a medieval dinner and a spectacular show.

Dordogne Chateau

For lovers of classical music and dance, there is the yearly Bergerac festival, with concerts and ballet performances spread over several villages in the Dordogne. The venues are magnificent, from medieval castles to public gardens. We went to the opera ‘Carmen’ set in an open air amphitheatre in the woods in Fumel as well as to a performance of the Ballet of Maurice Bejart in the Chateau de Biron. These settings serve to add to the atmosphere.

Apart from this, there are the famous evening gastronomical markets (nocturne). Imagine sitting on a lovely old square, several foodstalls with local produce, live music and lots of wine from local vineyards. Almost every reasonable size village has its weekly ‘nocturne’ so if you don’t like cooking during your holidays, you can choose to visit one of these markets in the neighbouring villages every evening. The atmosphere makes it a really worthwhile experience. It conjures up thoughts of old french movies with village parties in the countryside.

Street Festival

So, if you are not into visiting chateaux, caves and museums but you love music, friendly atmosphere and good food, then the south of the Dordogne is definitely an area that you will love.

See you soon in the Dordogne.

Hilde

La Ferme d'Emilie - Côté Vigne


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