Explore the secret of south-west France. Unspoilt Western Dordogne.
West of Perigord Noir lies Périgord Pourpre, the area round Bergerac; this is a low lying area, the limits of the coastal plain, a region most famous for its wines and vineyards. As for the north of the department, this is known as Périgord Vert, Green Perigord, a greener and more undulating region of small villages and farms, streams and rivers.
It is essentially Périgord Pourpre and Périgord Vert that make up the “Dordogneshire” that has attracted such a lot of British expats. Small towns such as Ribérac, Mussidan and Eymet have an olde-worlde charm to them that is in marked contrast to the hustle and bustle of urban life in England or for that matter in big towns and cities anywhere. Yet the small towns of the Dordogne are in this respect much like many other small towns in rural France; in actual fact, the Dordogne is just a typical rural French department. It just happens to have been singled out for special attention by the British.