Monpazier, Bastide Country

Welcome to the Bastide Country. 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 (“bastides”). Take your time venturing into this Bastide Country by visiting Beaumont du Périgord, Eymet and, notably, Monpazier. The last one 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”.

 

The Bastides are not the only architectural wealth of the southern Perigord. The Abbey of Cadouin is a World Heritage Site of the UNESCO. Its cloister features sculptures of great finesse. The Bastide Country is also a land of old traditions and good food. Enhance your camping holiday in this region by attending one of the many medieval festivals. The streetmarkets are numerous and they always offer the opportunity to sample some gastronomic specialties of the region. Sainte Alvère, in particular, is renowned for its truffle market. Besides the architectural highlights, the Bastide Country is equally a treasure trove of nature, i.e. do not miss exploring the Caves of Maxange with its amazingly formed concretions.

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