Useful information : When to go...
When to go
If you can, avoid visiting Périgord Noir between mid-July and mid-August, when traffic can come to a standstill in the narrow, winding roads around Sarlat, Domme and along the River Dordogne and the Vézère. But if your only option is to come then, head to the southern region (Villefranche-du-Périgord or Monpazier), which is less busy and yet close to the tourist sites.
Summer is all the same ideal in terms of climate if you like dry and hot weather, and ushers in a wealth of leisure activities (canoeing, cruises on the traditional gabarre, swimming etc) and an abundance of events (villages fêtes or fêtes votives, local farmers' markets).
Spring, generally mild, and early autumn, still hot, will be the choice of hiking enthusiasts, the itineraries being particularly well thought out here. As an added bonus, the rental accommodation is cheaper then.
Formalities and useful addresses
Dordogne Tourist Board – www.dordogne-perigord-tourisme.fr