Welcome to the Bastide Country. Choosing to spend a few days at a campsite in Monpazier means being surrounded by these typical villages from the land of Bergerac. They were built in the XIIIth or XIVth centuries, according to a precise, regular map, during the Albigensian Crusade and the Hundred Years' War. All the bastides have their own particular atmosphere and appeal which literally blooms in high season: street artists, farmers markets nothing changed since their medieval heyday!
From Limeuil, at the confluence of the Vézère river, the Dordogne river meanders among its limestone cliffs to Bergerac. At Limeuil and Trémolat, on the heights above these bends, you’ll discover a natural lookout point with an exceptional view of the region. Looking to the south, you’ll have a birds’ eye view over a mosaic of forests and farmlands. From these landscapes arise the medieval cities and fortified towns or bastides. Take your time venturing into this Bastide Country by visiting Beaumont du Périgord, Eymet and, the one which is probably the most beautiful of them all thanks to a campsite in Monpazier. It is an architectural masterpiece and one of the most perfect and best preserved fortified towns of the Southwest. It is also classified as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France”.
Founded in 1284 for the King of England, it has perfect orthogonal layout and, of course as it is something of a trademark in all bastides, beautiful arcades. Its local farmers market has been taking place at les Cornières square every Thursday morning... for over 700 years now! You can always tour the town with a guide to learn more about it. You should also visit Bastideum, a unique centre dedicated to bastides in France, with fun, educational activities, games for children and a medieval garden… An absolute must-go, all the more so if you're staying on location, at a campsite of Monpazier !