Perigord - South West

    • Castelnaud-la-Chapelle vue générale

    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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    • Collonges-la-Rouge Relais Saint-Jacques nuit

    The matchless red sandstone is the hallmark of this former stronghold of the Counts of Turenne. It is everywhere : beneath the "lauze" stone-slab or slate roofs of the impressive 15C and 16C houses, and adorning the corn and wine mart and the Church of Saint Pierre too.

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    • Unusual sights : Maison de la Sirène (Mermaid’s House)

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    • Curemonte château

    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.

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

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    • Domme halle

    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.

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    • 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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    Built around a castle which has today been replaced by a tree-shaded square, Fourcès is an original "bastide" with a circular ground plan whose houses form a dramatic setting of half-timbering and arcades. In addition to some must-taste gastronomic delights of this Gascon land, the village also attracts visitors with several key events such as its Flower Market in April or "Marciac in Fourcès" an extract from the now famous jazz festival.

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    • By the waterside : The river Auzoue
    • Castles and ramparts : Porte de l’Horloge (west gate in the Clock Tower), the castle (hotel-restaurant) (Châteaux et remparts)
    • Gastronomy : Armagnac, foie gras, duck breast and confits
    • Wine : AOC Côtes de Gascogne wines

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  • In Périgord Noir, at the foot of a south-facing cliff, the creamy stone houses with their "lauze" stone slab or brown-tiled roofs are mirrored in the waters of the River Dordogne where the famous "gabares" (traditional flat-bottomed boats) laden with goods used to pass in the 19C.

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    • By the waterside : The river Dordogne
    • Castles and ramparts : Castle of the Bishops of Sarlat
    • Unusual sights : Troglodytic fort built in the cliff face

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    • Larressingle entrée du village

    The walls of Larressingle rise up amid the vineyards in Armagnac country, just a short distance from Condom. The ochre and grey stone houses still with their mullioned windows and arched doorways are clustered around the castle keep and its twin-nave church. This is an ideal spot to appreciate not only the charm but also the food of the Gers.

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    • Abbeys and churches : Church of Saint Sigismond
    • By the waterside : The river Baïse
    • Gastronomy : Armagnac, floc, foie gras, etc.

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  • This village is the birthplace of painter Toulouse-Lautrec’s family and is also famous for its pink garlic of which it is the main French producer. Of the ramparts, only the Caussade gateway remains intact and this leads to the central square where visitors can still admire 14C timber framed and corbel houses. The pale blue of Saint Rémy’s Collegiate Church is a reminder that you are in "Pays de Cocagne" here

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    • Abbeys and churches : Collegiate Church of Saint Rémy
    • Castles and ramparts : Caussade gateway, ramparts
    • Panoramas : View of the Lacaune Mountains, the Black Mountains and Castres plain from the Calvary

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  • Perched above the valleys and hills of Quercy Blanc, this fortified village founded in the 12C by the Count of Toulouse is on the "via Podiensis", one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela. Many traces of its historical and religious past still remain intact : the main square and its cobblestones, stone-built or half-timbered houses, and the pilgrim’s garden to name but a few

    Themes

    • Gastronomy : Lauzerte macaroon, AOC Chasselas grapes, fruit and duck products
    • Panoramas : View of Quercy Blanc valleys
    • Unusual sights : The square surrounded by an arcade with its raised paving in one corner
    • Wine : Coteaux du Quercy wines

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  • Just about 20 kilometers from Auch, the impressive Lavardens' castle, lays as a ship on a rocky spur watching over the village and the undulating landscapes. This former capital of the counts of Armagnac has kept some medieval heritage : the ramparts and the small alleys with its charming houses and hollyhocks.

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    • Castles and ramparts : the castle (16th C) and vestiges of the ramparts
    • Panoramas : views of the countryisde from the castle

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