The Dordogne

This small interpretative centre is a good stop for history buffs interested in reading up on bastides, or, for a bit more family fun, playing one of the two dozen plus 'medieval' games.

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1. Place des Cornières

0.05 MILES

From the town’s three gateways, Monpazier’s flat, grid-straight streets lead to the arcaded market square (also known as place Centrale), surrounded by an…

2. Château de Biron

3.49 MILES

Eight kilometres south of Monpazier, this much-filmed château is a glorious mishmash of styles, having been fiddled with by eight centuries of successive…

3. Cloître de Cadouin

9.14 MILES

This Unesco-listed 12th-century Cistercian abbey and its Gothic cloister hide in the forest just south of the Dordogne, along the River Bélingou.

4. Grottes de Maxange

10.82 MILES

Discovered in 2000 in a stone quarry, this cave system is packed with stalagtites and mineral deposits.

5. Château de Bonaguil

11.42 MILES

About 15km west of Puy l’Évêque, near St-Martin-Le-Redon, the imposing feudal Château de Bonaguil is a fine example of late-15th-century military…

6. Château de Lanquais

14.52 MILES

This château, with portions dating from as early as the 12th century, though much of it is in the later Italian Renaissance style, is fully kitted out…

7. Château des Milandes

14.57 MILES

This 15th-century château, 3km southwest of Beynac, is famous for its fabulous former owner: glamorous dancer, singer and music-hall star Josephine Baker …

8. Gouffre de Proumeyssac

15.18 MILES

In high season, reserve ahead for a guided tour of this vast cave with sparkling stalactites. It has an aerial basket for viewing the cavern.