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Dordogne or Périgord?

The Dordogne is also known as the Périgord and is divided into four coloured regions.

The Périgord Vert (Green Périgord) to the North is known for its lush greenery, oak and chesnut forests and many rivers (l’Isle, la Dronne and l’Auvézère).

The Périgord Blanc (White Périgord) sweeps across the middle of the department and is so named for its limestone plateaux whose white stones are a favourite with sculptors.

The South is divided into 2 parts Périgord Pourpre (Purple Périgord) and Périgord Noir (Black Périgord). Black Périgord is so called for its large, dark oak forests. There are also a lot of truffles. It’s the place of the majority of the prehistoric sites. As for Purple Périgord where we are located, it was only named as such in 1970 due to the increase in tourists. There is no mystery over the name as the area is full of vineyards of purple grapes.

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