Highlights of the Dordogne
One of the main and most striking highlights of the Dordogne is
the river itself. This incredible body of water is actually a
UNESCO listed biosphere, thanks to its amazing range of flora and
fauna, as well as its route through some of the most stunning areas
of France. UNESCO itself cites the fact that the river passes
through predominantly low density population areas as one of the
main reasons for its listing, as its surroundings are virtually
untouched by continuous human presence.
However, the Dordogne is still an incredibly popular tourist
destination, and for good reason. Some of the towns along its route
are frankly breathtaking in their beauty. One of the towns, or
'communes', include Beynac et Cazenac, an ancient site that started
its history in 1115 and is topped by a stunning château, as well as
Argentat, a delightfully quaint collection of houses and bridges
that are mirrored nearly perfectly in the serene waters of the
Dordogne. Thanks to the tourism, it is possible to do a wide range
of activities on the Dordogne, including kayaking and fishing. You
might even want to go out in a Gabare, which is a skiff that is
unique to the river.
Another interesting fact about the Dordogne is it is one of the
few rivers in the world to show the very rare 'Tidal Bore'. This is
where a large body of water funnels into the narrower river, making
a wave effect.