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See why we love the PErigord & Quercy

The Perigord and Quercy

Two beautiful regions that share a border: the Perigord and Quercy. Perigord Retreats sits on this border. While the Perigord is certainly more well-known on both a national and international level, it’s safe to say that the Quercy has more than it’s fair share of hidden gems. That’s what makes it so much more interesting, these hidden gems are often less-frequented and so less touristy… They make for some incredible places to paint!

Click on any of the images below to read more about the different locations that we visit. Or, you can check out a video we made here

St Cirq Lapopie

Strategically built into the side of a cliff overlooking the river lot, the purpose of this village hasn’t changed in over 500 years.  Recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in France. Read more…


2nd most visited touristic site in France.  This breathtaking village will make your jaw drop when you see it. You’ll wonder how it was possible to build a Cathedral here! Read more…


A fortified village built on a plateau with panoramic views overlooking the heart of the ‘Perigord Noir’. You could easily spend a week painting in this beautiful place! There’s something for everyone!

Beynac Castle

Home of Richard the Lionheart, this castle was occupied by the British during the 100 Years War. The village underneath the castle makes for an incredible painting!


This castle and village is about a mile away from Beynac, from one castle, you can see the other! This castle was occupied by the French during the 100 Years War. 

La Roque Gageac

Another village that is regularly awarded top 3 status as one of the most beautiful villages in France. This linear village is relatively flat and easy on the knees. Secret gardens, a dominant Chateau and fun boat rides!


One of the larger towns of the Perigord, Sarlat has an excellent market full of local produce. It is one of the most popular locations for filming movies due to it’s perfectly preserved medieval feel!


Gourdon is only 5 minutes from Perigord Retreats. It has a beautiful Cathedral and panoramic viewpoints from the highest point. It’s a calm town with plenty of secluded spots for painting.


A beautiful village, close to other incredible sites including Rocamadour, Padirac and Autoire. It’s nice to spend a morning here painting and enjoying the views.


Another Beaux Village… Close to the historically important sites of Rocamadour and Padirac. Breathtaking scenery and certainly a place to take a lot of photos to paint at home!

Collonges la Rouge

Situated in an area where the natural rock is red, which contrasts the surrounding white limestone… A unique site hidden in the foothills of the mountains. Always near the top of our list of places to visit!


For those of you who are interested, we have multiple caves to visit, which are often combined with another village i.e. Domme has a beautiful cave to visit, so does Rocamadour and Gourdon. It’s an excellent option to have.

Monpazier / Beaumont du Perigord

2 fortified Villages within 3 miles of each other in the flatter area of the Perigord. Rich in history, they both provide some beautiful shaded areas to paint en plein air.


Famous for its AOP wine, Cahors is situated in a peninsula of the river Lot. Surrounded on 3 sides by water and the 4th by a strong medieval wall. It provided safety for its citizens. The bridge has an incredible story.  

Fortified Watermill de Cougnaguet

This isn’t just your regular water mill. It has been functional since the 11th century and uses an innovative method for defending itself against hungry peasants and foreign invasions!

Les Jardins d'Eau

On the road to Sarlat la Canèda, we have the opportunity to stop off at Les Jardins d’Eau (Water Gardens). For those of you who love painting water, flowers and fish, you’ll seriously enjoy yourselves here!

Chateau des Milandes

The home of Josephine Baker! In my opinion, this is the most well-kept chateau in the Perigord. Gorgeous gardens, a beautiful lake, birds of prey and to top it all off, the Chateau is a museum dedicated to Josephine Baker