Welcome to the Green Perigord, the green part of the Dordogne department! The department of 1001 castles is an ideal destination to discover with family with young children or friends because it offers many possibilities of activities, leisure and discovery. The very unspoilt nature constitutes a vast playground for lovers of walks with its very dense network (582 km) of marked hikes to walk, by bike or on horseback, swimming (supervised leisure bases, rivers, etc.)activities, whitewater activities (kayaking or canoeing down rivers), thrills (rock climbing, caves, speleology) and unusual activities such as finding gold in a small river with a small sieve.
The important historical heritage with its manors, its majestic castles built between the 12th and 17th century, its numerous villages and cities of character such as Brantôme, the «Venice of the Périgord» and the city of Bourdeilles will delight art and history lovers. The must-see markets in the Périgord: traditional markets and markets for local producers, nocturnal and festive, will allow you to discover and taste the authentic products of the Périgord. Crafts in the Périgord Vert, more than 300 workshops and companies create or restore beautiful and useful exceptional pieces, discover their diversity and creativity.
In the heart of the Périgord Nontronnais and the "Parc Naturel Régional Périgord-Limousin", Nontron is a small cutlery town built on a hillside overlooking the Bandiat valley. It is famous for its knife «the Nontron» whose tradition dates back to the 17th century and its "Knife Festival" taking place every year in August. You will be seduced by its landscapes with Tuscan sweetness, its Garden of Arts, its numerous rivers, its half-timbered houses and its markets.
Nontron, labellised "Ville et Métier d'Art»
and an essential stage of the Route des Métiers d'Art in the Périgord Vert, push the door of the workshops and discover the creativity of craftsmen, and why not take advantage of your stay to introduce you to crafts? Many workshops or courses are offered, for young and old, novices or amateurs already initiated. The "Centre Expérimental des Métiers d'Art" (PEMA) of Nontron and the Périgord Vert, located in the Château de Nontron, presents numerous thematic exhibitions and organizes courses and internships in crafts for the general public.
Distances from major cities:
- Angoulême: 45 kilometres
- Limoges: 70 km
- Perigueux: 46 km
- Sarlat la Canéda: 110 km