Dordogne is a department in southwestern France, with its prefecture in Périgueux. The department is located in the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine between the Loire Valley and the Pyrenees and is named after the Dordogne river that runs through it. It corresponds roughly with the ancient county of Périgord. The county of Périgord dates back to when the area was inhabited by the Gauls. There are four Périgords in the Dordogne.
- The “Périgord Vert” (Green Périgord), with its main town of Nontron, consists of verdant valleys in a region crossed by many rivers and streams;
- The “Périgord Blanc” (White Périgord), situated around the department’s capital of Périgueux, is a region of limestone plateaux, wide valleys, and meadows;
- The “Périgord Pourpre” (Purple Périgord) with its capital of Bergerac, is a wine region; and
- The “Périgord Noir” (Black Périgord) surrounding the administrative centre of Sarlat, overlooks the valleys of the Vézère and the Dordogne, where the woods of oak and pine give it its name.
Dordogne has earned the nickname “Dordogneshire” for its thriving British community. The region counts between 5,000 and 10,000 British residents and 800 British entrepreneurs, drawn by a laid-back lifestyle, warm climate, and lower cost of living. The village of Eymet is at the heart of the trend, with 200 British families among 2,600 inhabitants.
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