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Dordogne Tourisme

Dordogne Tourisme | Dordogne | Scoop.it
From Montfort to Beynac, the banks of the Dordogne open and close on a prestigious concentration of awarded sites. Medieval villages, castles and fortified towns appear in a preserved nature, overlooking the river from their troglodytic cliffs. The climate, the light, the golden color of the stone are typical and enhance the magic of the valley in all season.
This  is now protected as "Grand Site d'Aquitaine". This site is the heart of the Périgord Noir and opens the gates of the historical town of Sarlat. It also connects with the Vézère Valley, rich in exceptional prehistorical sites listed on the Unesco Heritage. Museums and castles, listed gardens, farmers markets, terraces and belvederes fill up the days between hikes, and boat or bike itineraries. In Périgord Noir, the agenda is busy all year long with street festivals and concerts.
The Périgord Noir has preserved a lively and colorful farming activity. Strawberries and asparagus, but mostly walnuts, truffles and foie gras are the local culinary icons, together with the duck confit and a side plate of goose fat fries. At the market, creamy goat cheese known as "Cabécou", local honey and homemade jams are plentiful. The neigbouring vinyards of Cahors and Bergerac bring new tasteful and gastronomical discoveries. Here, a foie gras is paired with a Rosette or a Montbazillac.
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Hotel Auberge de La Salvetat 's curator insight, March 20, 2013 8:23 AM

Castles as far as the eye can see & ‘Bastide’ towns & charming villages

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Chambres d'Hotes - Bed and Breakfast Dordogne - Beynac et Cazenac - Balcon en Foret

Chambres d'Hotes - Bed and Breakfast Dordogne - Beynac et Cazenac - Balcon en Foret | Dordogne | Scoop.it

Bed and Breakfast Balcon en Forêt is set among fig and walnut trees on the heights of Beynac. 
This specific location allows a pastoral peacefulness and a directaccess to the village in a 5 mn walk. 
The entire medieval heritage around is accessible within a 10mn drive (Sarlat, Marqueyssac, Domme, Castelnaud, Roque Gageac, Commarque, Puymartin…) and 20mn for the prehistorical sites protected by the Unesco. 
Beynac is an exceptional village, famous for its chateau, medieval streets, terraces by the water, restaurants, canoes and boats.

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Beynac-et-Cazenac: Chateau de Beynac

Beynac-et-Cazenac: Chateau de Beynac | Dordogne | Scoop.it

The Château de Beynac is one of the most beautiful example of medieval castle in France. Never taken but temporarily "occupied" by Richard Lion Heart in the 12th century, it once was defensively facing the english territories across the river. 
Property of the Lords of Beynac until 1962, it has since been undergoing a 100 years renovation plan under the direction of the new owners. 50 years later, it is engulfing the visitor in a tale of war, crusade and architecture. 
If you only have a couple of days in Dordogne this is the Château to see absolutely.
Open everyday of the year.

2mn drive and 20mn walk from Balcon en Forêt.

 

2012 Opening Hours

Every day of the year: 10 am to 6 pm
Last admissions 1 hour before closing.


2012 Ticket Prices

Adult: 7,50 €

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Beynac-et-Cazenac : The Village

The village of Beynac is set in the "Grand Site of Aquitaine" area, together with 6 neighboring villages awarded for their peculiar architecture. But Beynac has a character of its own: more defensive that Roque Gageac though more open than Domme, each step rewinds the time machine and offers a glimpse of a true simple medieval village life. 
Nested between cliff and river, the walk up on tiny paved streets to the Château's doors is steep but truly rewarding. 

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Castles as far as the eye can see & ‘Bastide’ towns & charming villages