• Capdenac-le-Haut falaise

    Within a stone's throw from Figeac, the medieval fortress of Capdenac-le-Haut is built high up more than 110 meter above a meander of the Lot river. The village is also one of the most important Gallo-Roman site of the region, known as the seat of the last Caesar's battle in Gaul.


    • Castles and ramparts : dungeon, fortified doors and ramparts
    • Panoramas : Views of the Lot valley from the dungeon and the terrace of Sault
    • Unusual sights : Caesar's Fountain and Gallic well

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    • Castelnau-de-Montmiral vue générale

    This “bastide” or fortified village near Albi overlooks the Vère valley and lies in the heart of the Gaillac vineyards. It was founded by Raymond VII, Count of Toulouse, and its church is home to the reliquary cross of the Counts of Armagnac, adorned with 310 precious stones.


    • Panoramas : view of the Vère valley from the promontory "Pechmiral"
    • Wine : AOC Gaillac wines

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    • Castelnaud-la-Chapelle façades

    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.

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    • 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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    • Castelnou ruelle

    Some twenty kilometres southwest of Perpignan, Castelnou is nestled at the base of Les Aspres foothills and the Canigou, the Catalans’ mythical mountain, is in the background. Vicomtal Castle overlooks the village and had to adapt its pentagonal shape to the sheer, jagged ridges of the rock it was built on.


    • Castles and ramparts : Vicomtal Castle, the fortified walls and their 8 towers
    • Panoramas : View of Mont Canigou and the village from the car park at the pass

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    • Châteauneuf bâtisses

    Watching over flat open country and the Burgundy Canal, Châteauneuf and its imposing 12C stronghold bear witness to the strategic position the village occupied between Dijon and Autun. The medieval streets reveal the houses of rich Burgundy merchants from the 14, 15 and 16 centuries and lead up to the viewpoint which offers a splendid all-round vista.


    • Castles and ramparts : The fortress
    • Panoramas : View of the Morvan Mountains and the Auxois Plain from the panoramic viewpoint

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    • Curemonte maison volets bleus

    At the southernmost tip of Corrèze, not far from the Lot, Curemonte stretches out along a ridge overlooking the Sourdoire and Maumont valleys. In addition to the round and square towers of its three castles and its 12C Romanesque church, the village also has several “noble houses” and a corn exchange dating back to the early 19C which houses a 16C cross shaft.


    • Castles and ramparts : The castles and ramparts
    • Panoramas : The view of the two valleys

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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.


    • 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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    • Eus passage couvert

    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.


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

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    • Flavigny-sur-Ozerain façade et enseignes publicités

    Built around a Benedictine abbey founded in the 8C, this Burgundian village not only relates its medieval history through its ramparts, fortified gates, cobblestone streets, houses and mansions but also through its aniseed-flavoured sweets that are still made in the former abbey and the smell of which will welcome you as you arrive !


    • Castles and ramparts : The ramparts, the fortified gates of Val, Bourg, and Poterne
    • Gastronomy : Aniseed sweets
    • Panoramas : View of the Auxois hills from the rampart walk
    • Wine : Locally produced Coteaux de l’Auxois wine : Flavigny vineyards

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    • Gassin clocher

    Once you have climbed your way up the flower-decked alleyways lined with pastel walls to Place Deï Barri, you will enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the Golfe de Saint-Tropez bay and the Maures Massif. This is also a delightful spot to stop and savour a bite to eat and a glass of Côte de Provence wine at one of the village restaurant’s terraces.


    • By the waterside : Mediterranean Sea
    • Panoramas : View of the Golfe de Saint-Tropez and the Maures Massif from Place Deï Barri

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