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Beynac et Cazenac

The stunning Château de Beynac

Beynac is arguably one of the most impressive castles in the whole of France. Dating from the middle ages and standing in a commanding position high above the river Dordogne in the Black Périgord. It towers over the pretty village (a Plus Beau Village in fact), of the same name making a visit here doubly worthwhile.

The original castle fell into the hands of the redoubtable Richard the Lionheart during the late 12th Century but was later destroyed by Simon de Montfort. Rebuilt by the Lords of Beynac, it was strategically very important during the Hundred Years War, when in French hands, due to its extensive views of the river and nearby Castelnaud Château which was in English hands.

Allow at least a couple of hours to see both the castle and village.

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Plus Beaux Villages 0f Dordogne & Quercy


A Gabarre cruise

A trip to remember on the Dordogne

The Southern Périgord Noir (2 days)

Bastides, medieval castles and a hanging garden in Dordogne

Text © Paul Shawcross

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