the first impression from this place is that it has a lot of history. each and every one of the buildings you can see are hundreds of years old and to meander through the old town without a direct route is a delight for tourists. the souvenir shops sell typical products of the region and are very good, but you should get your wallet ready, because it's a town that lives off of tourists. however, it is beautiful and highly recommended.
Getting lost in the alleys of the old town of Sarlat is a great experience. This medieval city, known internationally as the "jewel" of the Black Perigord, is rather touristy but charming. The ideal thing is to find accommodation that allows you to discover all of the Perigord. There are so many things to see! It is an area with great cultural heritage, with many dreamy villages, castles, gardens, caves ... I was there for one week, and I needed more days! But if you have a tight budget you can always find accommodation in a village on the outskirts of town which are much cheaper. You can make reservations on the website. The Perigord is one of my favorite areas in France, along with Alsace. Well ... I still haven't been to Brittany. This page is also very interesting: Http :/ / es.Franceguide.Com / edito.Html? NodeID = 1539 & editoID = 185146
Beynac-et-Cazenac is, without a doubt, the most charming and beautiful village in Perigord and is included in the official list of "Les plus beaux villages de France" (Most Beautiful Villages in France). Beynac-et-Cazenac is 10 minutes from Sarlat la Caneda a is located on a cliff which towers over the Dordogne River. The origins of Beynac-et-Cazenac date back to the Bronze Age (2000BC) and you can still see the vestiges of the original settlements in an Archeological Zone.
The castle which tops the village is a pillar which stoically withstood the Hundred Years War and is a shining example of medieval architecture. It's been the backdrop for many famous movies like Joan of Arc by Luc Besson. The stone village is very well taken care of and it gives off a romantic atmosphere (it's great to get lost in the little narrow streets with a significant other!). Aside from visiting the castle, you can also take a walk along the banks of the Dordogne, visit the Archeological Zone, and the Cazeac church.
La Roque-Gageac is a strange village embedded in a cliff on the banks of the Dordogne River. It has a fantastic location, so it's ben occupied by man since the prehistoric era. There are still some remains from the Gallo-Roman era, including a well and part of a villa. In about the year 850 AD, the inhabitants of the area sought refuge in these cliffs for protection from the Vikings. Today, the town is truly charming, with medieval houses and a castle. You can see the barges, the traditional craft of the Dordogne, on the river. Once a freight boat, they are now used for tourism.
This place is part of one of the most beautiful villages in all of France ("les plus beaux villages de France"), and not without reason.
Walking through its streets is like being the protagonist of a story. This village is really charming, small, and very welcoming.
In the heart of the Old Town you'll find the Vesunna Périgueux, a museum designed by the great architect Jean Nouvel. It protects the remains of a decorated and painted Gallo-Roman house. Everyday life and the ancient city are presented through archaeological collections dating back to the 1st century.
A small paradise of sensations and views that we have very close to us, as it is the south of France. Bergerac is a small town where there are hundreds of charming corners and small scenes that catch your attention. And yes, there are several monuments of the large nose of Cyrano ;).
Périgueux Cathedral, named "Cathédrale Saint-Front", is the main point of interest of the city, and it has been named a World Heritage Site from UNESCO as part of the Camino de Santiago. Catholic and constructed in the 17th century Romano-Byzantine style, in white stone on the mound, is lovely especially at night when artificial lighting highlights it by calling the attention of everyone in the zone. For many years, is was seat of the Bishop of Périgueux and Sardat, taking into account the importance of this building. It was dedicated to St. Stephen, patron of the city. It left us speechless, different and majestic, considering that we arrived to Périgueux by chance, and never imaged (without prior information) to find a cathedral like this. Of the most recommended places if in the zone.
A few miles south of Bergerac is the castle which has been owned by the Monbazillac winery since 1960. The Château's kitchens, installed in these walls, have retained all the utensils required necessary for the famous French Southwestern cuisine. At the end of the visit every visitor is offered a taste of Monbazillac.
This castle is in the Sarlat-la-Caneda district and is dedicated to the art of war in the Middle Ages. There's a large collection of weapons and armory. It has a nice view where you can see Beynac and La Roque gageac marqueyssac. Outside, you can see various medieval weapons such as the catapult, trebuchet, pumps, etc.
Here´s a little bit of history for you: Richard I, called "Richard the Lionheart" captured the castle in the year 1197 and then moved to the central tower. The origin of the chapel dates back to the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. A place not to be missed for its history and atmosphere, which is very nice.
The River Dordogne is in the region of Aquitaine, southwestern France, it rises in this country's central massif area and is navigable for about 117 miles until it finally empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Barges are flat boats built in oak wood, built to navigate the Dordogne and serve to transport locals from one small town to the next, during which the can admire the incredible scenery, stone cottages with windows covered with flowers , steep streets and peacefulness. If you have the luck and the time to take a tour barge, discover villages of medieval France, they are really beautiful. Across the valley there are 557 townships. 45,000 years ago this area was first inhabited. In this regionthey build homes in high places as it is rains often it becomes a flood zone. The valley is wonderful, the villages charming and the stone houses give the area a totally different look.
This museum-shop, is around 500m2 big and is situated between the castles of Marqueyssac Castelnaud and Beynac. Entrance is free and inside there are all kinds of gems that they sell by weight. A real treat for the eyes!
Opening Hours: 10.30-12.30 and 15.00-18.30
In July and August: 10.00-19.30 (uninterrupted)
On our trip between Spain and the UK, with our own vehicle, when passing through France, we discovered this city feeling and medieval atmosphere village... For us it was charming. In fact, we almost always stop there when we go back to the area. Precisely, this area is located in the Aquitaine region, in the Dordogne department, a very nice area. From a long distance away you can see the impressive and colorful cathedral, which certainly marks the center of the historical part of the town. Narrow streets, balconies, quirky street markets (where you can enjoy delicious croissants, pates and cheeses) and the like make this town a very special place. The modern area, as in most places does little to impress. The food of the region enhances the fame of French gastronomy. The town's foundation dates back to Celtic times, later inherited by the Romans, it achieved its historical importance as it officially forms a part and a stop on the Camino de Santiago (French).
This place is so much better than it looks from the outside. The facade conceals the underground and overhead rooms, a main hall, a living weapon, a kitchen, several rooms, a chapel, a dungeon, a dungeon and cellar. This fort has many defensive elements: mansard, machicolation, fire hydrants, loopholes. It is a very historical place, with many artifacts from prehistoric times.
These gardens are simply stunning, if you are lucky enough to have the day free you can have a pleasant stroll around them, admiring the animals that are also in the area (peacocks). Highly recommended and very well maintained.