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Welcome to our selection of holiday homes to rent in Perigord Noir, France.

The ancient French region of Perigord, found in what today is known as the Dordogne, is split into four different areas, all named after colours. Perigord Noir is probably the best known and most visited of these four, thanks to its stunning natural scenery, picturesque medieval villages and, most famously of all, its impressive prehistoric caves. Some of the most famous cave paintings in the world are located within the borders of Perigord Noir, and though not all of them are open to the public for preservation reasons, there are still many intriguing ones that you can visit, as well as museums dedicated to the artefacts that have been found in the area.

The Perigord Noir is home to over 60 prehistoric sites, which includes caves, archaeological digs and the remains of settlements. One of the most famous prehistoric caves in the world, Lascaux, is located within the region, though because of damage done in the early days of tourism, it is closed to tourists. Only discovered by accident in 1940, the huge cave features hundreds of paintings and frescoes, featuring images of men and animals. Although the real thing is closed, you can visit the Lascaux II cave which replicates the amazing pictures found in the original. There is also a museum detailing the history of the cave since it was re-discovered and featuring some of the artefacts found within.

The town of Les Eyzies is often called the “Prehistoric Capital of the World” and is within a short drive of several outstanding examples of ancient caves. Some feature paintings, others are home to spectacular natural phenomena while some are still lived in today! Some of the older homes in Les Eyzies are built into caves and into the cliffs that tower above the community. There is also an excellent prehistory museum in the town.

Although more modern than the prehistoric caves, the historic towns of Perigord Noir still have plenty to interest visitors. Sarlat is one of the best preserved of the region's medieval towns, and is home to houses, churches and public buildings that date from as long ago as the 8th century. La Roque-Gageac is another popular destination, a picturesque village on the banks of the Dordogne River with a troglodyte fort that was actually built into the cliffs behind the town. The small village does get very busy with tourists and bus tours in summer, but that is no reason to leave it out of your itinerary – just make sure you head there early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

Looking for self catering holiday accommodation in Perigord Noir? Then below is a selection of gites in Perigord Noir and villas in Perigord Noir that can be rented direct from their owners. You can either click on each listing for further details or you can use our search engine on the left if you are looking for something in particular.

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