The Dordogne Valley

The Dordogne Valley

The land of castles ….. about 80km starting from Sarlat.

Take the D 704 towards SOUILLAC. At CALVIAC visit the Réserve Zoologique. 

Take SOUILLLAC until ROUFFILLAC. Turn left towards CARLUX and follow the signs for Les Jardins de Cadiot (English style gardens with more than 1000 varieties of plants).

Turn back to ROUFILLAC, cross the bridge opposite. At SAINT JULIEN DE LAMPON turn right towards SAINTE MONDANE on the D50. Visit the Chateau du Fénelon, a furnished, feudal fortress (15th -19th century).

Continue towards VEYRIGNAC on the D50. GROLEJAC, then CARSAC. Just before the village on the left: visit Jardins d’eau (aquatic plants). Romanesque church (12th century).

Continue towards the Cingle de MONTFORT (magnificent view). 12th century castle, renovated in the 19th century.

At VITRAC, 1km after the village, direction LA ROQUE GAGEAC: visit Jardin de la Ferme Fleurie (Mixture of English style and French Grandmother style). Turn back and cross the bridge to the right, direction DOMME then TURNAC. After 3km visit Labyrinthe de l’Ermite (a maize maze!).

Turn back towards DOMME, superb 13th century French Bastide, one of the six Most Beautiful Villages of France in the Perigord Noir: panoramic views, cave with concretions, Knights Templar’s prison, guided visit. Possibility of tour in little train.

Come back down to CENAC. Cross the bridge over the Dordogne to the left, direction LA ROQUE-GAGEAC; Another village classed among the Most Beautiful Villages of France, nestling at the foot of imposing cliffs, with its beautiful houses built in the white stone of the area, troglodytic fort, tropical garden near to the church  and Chateau de la Malartrie. Trips in the traditional “gabare” boats (Gabares Norbert and Gabares Caminade) 

CASTELNAUD. Visit Chateau de Castelnaud, imposing fortified castle with museum devoted to medieval warfare. On the way to the Chateau: Eco-Musée de la Noix (walnut oil mill, organic walnut grove). Maison Terre-Enjeux, free entry to site about sustainable development.Go back to the village of CASTELNAUD. Direction LES MILANDES. You will pass the Château de Fayrac before arriving at the Château des Milandes, formerly owned by Josephine Baker from 1947 to1968.

Continue towards ALLAS LES MINES and rejoin the D703, direction SARLAT.                                                                                             

BEYNAC. Visit the feudal fortress of Beynac, seat of one of the four baronies in the Perigord. Take a boat trip in a traditional gabare with the Gabares de Beynac.

VEZAC (beautiful Romanesque church with lauze tiled roof). Take the time to walk in the Jardins de Marqueyssac and their one hundred year old box gardens. Fabulous views of the Dordogne valley. 

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: At CENAC, take the D46, then the D60, direction FUMEL. Before DAGLAN, turn left towards BOUZIC and follow the signs for “Chai du vin de Domme”. Tower with panoramic views (free access), visit, free tasting and direct sales.