By the waterside

    • Beynac-et-Cazenac jardin vue château

    Beynac-et-Cazenac lies 10 kilometres southwest of Sarlat, on the banks of the Dordogne, and boasts an imposing castle, once besieged by Richard the Lion Heart, around which "lauze" stone slab-roofed houses with their creamy façades are built.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : The river Dordogne
    • Castles and ramparts : Beynac Castle
    • Gastronomy : Geese and ducks
    • Unusual sights : The Archaeological Park

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    • Bonneval-sur-Arc montagne

    For 6 or 7 months of the year in Savoie, in the Haute-Maurienne Valley, Bonneval-sur-Arc quilts its stone-built houses with their stone-slab roofs in a thick snowy mass from which only the typical chimneys and church spire emerge.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : The river Arc
    • Gastronomy : Charcuterie, salt meats and cheeses

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    Between Rochefort and the Ile d’Oléron, the fortified city of Brouage rises from the marshland. As an ancient port it thrived on the salt trade, which today has given way today to oyster farming. However, it is equally renowned for the fortifications ordered by Cardinal Richelieu in the 17th century; behind its girdle of ramparts, houses typical of Charente’s architectural style rub shoulders with the Halle aux Vivres (a military food store), gunpowder stores, forges and underground quays.  The Canadian stained-glass windows in the church remind us that Brouage was the birthplace of Samuel de Champlain, founder of Quebec…

    By Themes:

    • By the waterside: the marchlands.
    • Castles and ramparts: the ramparts (16th C.)
    • Gastronomy: mussels and Marennes' oysters

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    • Brousse-le-Château rivière

    50 kilometres south of Rodez, where the Tarn joins the Alrance, the towers of a medieval castle overlook the village of Brousse to which it gave its name. An old gothic bridge spans the Alrance and leads to the flagstoned streets and the 15C fortified church.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : The river Alrance
    • Castles and ramparts : The Castle

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    • Candes-Saint-Martin façade Renaissance

    A former fishing and inland water transport port that sprang up where the Rivers Vienne and Loire meet, Candes-Saint-Martin displays great contrast with its black slate roofs and its white tufa walls that adorn the houses and the Collegiate Church of Saint-Martin.

    Themes

    • Abbeys and churches : Collegiate Church of Saint Martin
    • By the waterside : The Rivers Vienne and Loire
    • Wine : AOC Touraine wines

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    • Carennac ruelle

    On the banks of the Dordogne, Renaissance houses with sculpted windows and brown roofs are clustered around an 11C Cluniac priory where French writer and prelate Fénelon once lived. Near the Romanesque church and its cloister, the Château des Doyens invites you to discover the treasures of this Pays d’Art et d’Histoire-labelled region to which Carennac belongs.

    Themes

    • Abbeys and churches : The church, cloister and the sculpture depicting Christ’s entombment
    • By the waterside : The river Dordogne
    • Castles and ramparts : The "Château des Doyens"

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    • Castelnaud-la-Chapelle tour château

    Within 10 kilometers from Sarlat, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle overhangs the confluence between Dordogne and Céou rivers in an exceptional landscape opposite the beautiful villages of Beynac-et-Cazenac and La Roque-Gageac. Well known for its two castles - the medieval castle superbly restored with its Museum of War in Middle Age and the Milandes castle, former property of Joséphine Baker -, the village itself and its typical Périgord architecture is also worth discovering.

    Themes :

    • By the waterside : Dordogne and Céou rivers
    • Castles and ramparts : Castelnaud castle, Milandes castle
    • Panoramas : Views of the Dordogne valley from Castelnaud castle

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    • Domme place Mairie

    Some ten kilometres south of Sarlat, Domme is perched on a breathtakingly high cliff that allows it to enjoy an exceptional view of the Dordogne valley and the neighbouring Most Beautiful Villages of La Roque-Gageac and Beynac-et-Cazenac. This creamy-stoned "bastide" or fortified village boasts a successful combination of architectural, natural and gastronomic heritage typical of Périgord Noir.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : The river Dordogne
    • Panoramas : View of the Dordogne valley and its tourist attractions
    • Unusual sights : The caves and development of concretions

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    • Estaing église

    At the foot of the Aubrac Mountains, not far from the gorges of the Lot and Truyère, Estaing bears the name of a family of Lords one of whom became famous by saving the life of King Philippe-Auguste in Bouvines. The king then gave the village the right to display the royal fleurs-de-lys on its coat of arms. Shale stone houses with their "lauze" stone-slab roofs are nestled around a keep and castle dating back to the 12C and 15C and some of the finest town houses can still be seen.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : Rivers Coussane and Lot
    • Castles and ramparts : The castle
    • Wine : "AOC Estaing" white, rosé and red wines

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    • Eus façade maison

    This former defensive site was built in terraces in the garrigue between the Conflent valley and Mont Canigou and had to repel the French in the 16C and the Spanish army in the 18C. Today, the imposing Church of Saint Vincent stands in place of the old citadel and steep cobblestone streets descend from its doors.

    Themes

    • By the waterside : River Têt
    • Panoramas : Views of the Conflent basin from the old rampart walk

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