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Top Choice Castle in Beynac-et-Cazenac

Château de Castelnaud

The massive ramparts and metre-thick crenellated walls of this quintessential medieval fortress (occupied by the English during the Hundred Years War) contain an elaborate museum of medieval warfare with displays of…
Top Choice Gardens in La Roque Gageac

Jardins de Marqueyssac

Horticulture fans won’t want to miss these famous manicured gardens, stretching along a rocky bluff overlooking the Dordogne Valley. Signposted paths lead through painstakingly clipped box hedges and decorative topi…
Top Choice French in Domme

Le Petit Paris

Friendly staff serve you on little Daglan’s central square, promoting an elegant ‘there’s all the time in the world’ feel, while wowing with impeccable seasonal local cuisine. Spring brings lovely asparagus; the res…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Domme

Le Saint Martial

Details, details, details. Valérie and Jean-Marc Réal get them all right at this small restaurant in low-key St-Martial-de-Nabirat, 8km south of Domme. The church bells chime lightly and the terrace stretches out in…
Top Choice Chateau in Beynac-et-Cazenac

Château de Beynac

Towering gloriously atop a limestone bluff, this 12th-century fortress’ panoramic position above the Dordogne made it a key defensive position during the Hundred Years War. Apart from a brief interlude under Richard…
Museum in Beynac-et-Cazenac

Château des Milandes

This 15th-century château, 3km southwest of Beynac, is famous for its fabulous former owner: glamorous dancer, singer and music-hall star Josephine Baker (1906–75), who took Paris by storm in the 1920s with her risq…
Bar in Domme

L’Esplanade

The main reason to stop in at L’Esplanade is for a terrace drink in Domme as the sun sets over the Dordogne with mind-boggling valley views. Teetering on the edge of the village ramparts, the hotel (double €100 to €…
French in La Roque Gageac

La Belle Étoile Restaurant

This restaurant in a riverside hotel has the best position in La Roque, lodged in a solid stone building with river vistas. It is renowned for its sophisticated French food, and opens onto a vine-shaded terrace with…
French in La Roque Gageac

Hôtel La Treille

Gourmet food is dished up riverside at this sweet, small hotel (double/family rooms from €59/76) in Vitrac, 6.5km east of La Roque Gageac. It's one of the few local restaurants open on Sunday nights.
French in Domme

Cabanoix et Châtaigne

This diminutive, welcoming restaurant is your best bet in the centre of Domme. All dishes are created seasonally, with an emphasis on local duck and produce. It's best to reserve ahead for a spot.