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11st April 2020
12nd September 2020

The heritage of the Périgord

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES IN FRANCE

Périgord gathers 10 villages classified among the “most beautiful villages of France”: St-Jean-de-Côle, St-Amand-de-Coly, St-Léon-sur-Vézère, Limeuil, Beynac, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, La Roque-Gageac, Domme, Belvès and Monpazier

VISIT OF BELVES

Built on a rocky outcrop, this medieval city from the 11th century has kept all its authenticity. The charm of its old stones is combined with the sweetness of living close to nature. Come and discover its numerous architectural and historical vestiges, as well as the underground life of the peasants of the Middle Ages by visiting its cave dwellings. Here you will find a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

VISIT OF BEYNAC

Beynac is a village with incomparable charm which offers a remarkable architectural heritage. The castle, a sublime medieval fortress, in balance at the edge of its cliff, has been watching since the Middle Ages on the peaceful river on which canoes and gabarres allows you to take advantage of this prestigious complex. The houses that you can discover along the paved paths has steep slopes and proudly display splendid slate roofs. The harmony of material and color give this village a unique and remarkable attraction.

VISIT OF CASTELNAUD

This village has two castles. A feudal castle containing the museum of war of the Middle Ages and a Renaissance castle which was the home of Joséphine Baker and which today illustrastes its owner. The streets of this village connect the medieval castle to the Dordogne which passes under the bridge. The panoramas are varied from the Céou valley to that of the Dordogne.

VISIT OF DOMME

From the top of its cliff, 150m above the river, the Bastide of Domme overlooks the Dordogne valley and offers the most beautiful panorama. Built in 1281 by the decision of King Philippe III Le Hardi, this "Royal" Bastide had a very troubled past during the Hundred Years War due to its more than strategic location. Its history-laden past can be discovered through the alleys, fortifications, fortified doors and other architectural gems. The Bastide has the distinction of having been built on a limestone rock containing the largest natural cave in Périgord Noir.

VISIT OF LA ROQUE GAGEAC

Built between the cliff and the river, this medieval stronghold benefits from an exceptional location. The alleys abound in Renaissance houses is hidden in exotic vegetation and leads to the small hanging church. The gabarre ride on the river allows you to enjoy a full panorama of the village.

VISIT OF ST-LÉON-SUR-VÉZÈRE

Saint Léon sur Vézère is peacefully installed in a cingle of the Vézère. Dominated by the Côte de Jor, it has the typical charm and authenticity of the medieval villages of the Périgord Noir. Audio guides are available for rent all year long at the Montignac tourist office and at the St Léon Information Point, from May to September.

VISIT OF ST JEAN DE COLE

The medieval village of St Jean de Côle attracts visitors because of its numerous monuments: the Marthonie castle (XV, XVI, XVIIth), the Romano-Byzantine church (XIIth) which is lightened and with sound, the Priory (XVI, XVIIth ) and the hump-back bridge (15th century). The village has kept its splendor thanks to the flowery alleys, the beautifully restored houses and the old streets with half-timbered houses and picturesque roofs.

VISIT OF ST AMAND DE COLY

Come and discover the history of the village and its architecture in an interactive way with a paper circuit, an iPod and a headset. Saint Amand de Coly is comfortably installed between two wooded valleys. Its 12th century abbey, considered to be the most beautiful fortified church in Périgord, watches over the houses in the village which are made of Sarladaise stone and slate stones of the region in a harmonious contrast of ocher and gray tones.

VISITE OF MONPAZIER

Eight centuries after its creation, the Bastide de Monpazier, on the borders of the Pays des Bastides Périgordines, still harbors medieval treasures. The Bastide has preserved its appearance as well as its original dimensions and its streets are decorated with warheads, arcades and superb Renaissance windows. Its famous hall still protects old grain measures. The unique architectural ensemble of houses and fortifications makes this village the model of the Medieval Bastide.

VISITE OF LIMEUIL

From the top of its promontory the church of Ste Catherine watches over the steep alleys and the square of the old port. Its location at the confluence of the Dordogne and Vézère has made this village a place coveted since prehistoric times. Subject to covetousness, this ancient port has known dark hours during the Viking and medieval times and has fortified doors that can still be seen today. The stones that adorn certain façades testify the richness of this port which has an calm and peaceful atmosphere.

The gardens

Nature spaces in the heart of the Dordogne. Come and discover the magnificent Périgord gardens.

JARDINS DE MARQUEYSSAC - BELVÉDÈRE DE LA DORDOGNE

24220 Vezac
Tél. : +33 5 53 31 36 36

LES JARDINS PANORAMIQUES DE LIMEUIL

Place des Fossés, 24510 Limeuil
Tél. : +33 5 53 73 26 13

LES JARDINS DE L'IMAGINAIRE

Place de Genouillac, 24120 Terrasson-Lavilledieu
Tél. : +33 5 53 50 86 82

JARDIN DE LA FERME FLEURIE

Le Colombier, 24250 La-Roque-Gageac
Tél. : +33 5 53 28 33 39

EYRIGNAC ET SES JARDINS

Manoir d'Eyrignac, 24590 Salignac-Eyvigues
Tél. : +33 5 53 28 99 71

JARDIN LES BAMBOUS DE PLANBUISSON

18 rue Montaigne, 24480 Le-Buisson-De-Cadouin
Tél. : +33 5 53 57 68 02

The castles

Périgord gathers 10 villages classified among the “most beautiful villages of France”: St-Jean-de-Côle, St-Amand-de-Coly, St-Léon-sur-Vézère, Limeuil, Beynac, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, La Roque-Gageac, Domme, Belvès and Monpazier

Caves and chasms

The difference between a cave and a chasm :
It's simple: A chasm is a very deep gaping cavity open in the ground and a cave is an open excavation in a cliff. The caves and chasms have of course many things in common: it is cool - 13 degrees all year long - nothing (or almost nothing) has changed there for millennia, children love it.