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Visit Riberac

Riberac is in the north of the Dordogne to the north of Mussidan. This is a much quieter part of the Dordogne department and far from the busy summer crowds to the south.

Explore Riberac 

Dating from the 9th century and set in the Dronne valley, Riberac is at its best on a Friday, market day for reputedly the biggest market in Perigord. At most other times it is fairly quiet.

The town lacks significant individual attractions but is a pleasant town in an attractive setting in the rolling countryside of the northern Dordogne region.

Church of Notre Dame de la Paix in Riberac

In the town are two interesting churches. The 20th century Notre Dame de la Paix church is built in neo-Roman style and has attractive slate domes. It is very much in the same style as the much bigger cathedral of Perigueux. The much older church of Notre Dame dates back to the 12th century and was once the chapel of the chateau in Riberac. Sadly the chateau was destroyed in the 13th century.


Look out for the mairie of Riberac which is housed in a beautiful building. The tourist office is housed in another imposing building - the ancient gendarmarie!

Riberac is a pleasant market town which is pleasant to explore, stop for lunch or a coffee or browse the shops along the high street. It is popular with the English and there are quite a number with second homes here.

Riberac chateau

If you are travelling with children or want to work off some of the pounds gained eating the delicious Perigordine food there is a decent outdoor swimming pool at Riberac. It is clean and very cheap to visit.

Places to visit nearby

There are two main attractions near the town - a large forest, the 'Foret de la Double'; and lots and lots of Romanesque churches. For me, three or four suffice...some examples can be seen at Festalemps, Faye and Siorac-de-Riberac.

If you are keen, there is a pretty circuit that passes by many of the little villages and churches of the region - see Riberac Churches - ask in the tourist office for map and details

Riberac makes a very good base for exploring this northern part of the Dordogne - don't miss Lusignac, a very pretty little village with good views, a nice medieval church and a chateau.

The highlight of this area has got to be the village of Aubeterre sur Dronne. Not only is this classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France, it is also home to an incredible church hewn out of the rock.

Bourdeilles to the east is another pretty village and has an impressive chateau at its centre, the Chateau de Bourdeilles.

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Photos of Riberac

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Map of Riberac and places to visit


Riberac places to visit

Riberac Churches

Riberac Churches

There are a number of pretty Romanesque churches near Riberac.

Riberac Churches guide
Aubeterre sur Dronne

Aubeterre sur Dronne

Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is home to one of the tallest troglodyte churches in the world.

Aubeterre sur Dronne guide
Saint Germain du Salembre

Saint Germain du Salembre

Saint Germain de Salembre is a small village with an attractive private chateau in the centre.

Saint Germain du Salembre guide
Saint Aulaye

Saint Aulaye

Saint Aulaye is a bastide village with a small Renaissance chateau.

Saint Aulaye guide
Saint Astier

Saint Astier

Saint Astier is a pleasant market town.

Saint Astier guide


Neuvic is home to the Chateau de Neuvic which is open to visits in the summer.

Neuvic guide
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