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Discover Dordogne: Fortified Castles & Medieval Villages

PopieChateau de Beynac => Castelnaud-la-Chapelle => La Roque Gageac => Domme => Sarlat

Departing from Bordeaux : 8 hours = €875.00Eu

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Chateau de Beynac: This castle is one of the best-preserved and best known medieval fortresses in the Dordogne region. Austerel – perched on top of a limestone cliff to discourage any assault from that side, dominating the town on the north bank of the Dordogne River, it boasts a double set of defensive walls, double moats, one of which was a deepened natural ravine, and double barbican. 

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  Chateau de Castelnaud-la- Chapelle: Across the river from Beynac is another Medieval Fortress, Castelnaud-la- Chapelle. During the 100 years’ war this side of the river was British, and this castle was once occupied by King Richard the Lionheart… Inside  you’ll find a unique collection of arms and armor while outside there are some excellent actual size reconstructions of war machines, such as siege catapults and trebuchets.

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La roque CageacLa Roque Gageac: Among “the most beautiful villages of France”, La Roque Gageac is attractively nestled between the cliffs and the Dordogne River. Take a break from driving to discover the village aboard one of its famous Gabarres – former cargo barges. These traditional flat-bottomed boats were historically used to transport merchandise – mostly wine – along the Dordogne.

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DSC01815Domme: another typically charming Bastide village – built on the cliffs with an enormous, spectacular panoramic view over the Dordogne River valley. Popular stop during the crusades –  there were once some knights of the Templar imprisoned here – you can still see some of the graffiti they left on the prison walls.

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Sarlat: Sarlat-la-Canéda is one of the most attractive and alluring medieval towns in southwestern France. It was developed around a large Benedictine abbey of Carolingian origin. With its old town center of impeccably restored stone buildings and cobblestoned streets – now a pedestrian zone – it boasts the largest collection of 11th century buildings in France.

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