Hidden gems of Beynac

You will remember our blog posted on April 27, 2013 which featured the gorgeous castle of Beynac towering above the village of Beynac-et-Cazenac. Well here are a few of the village of Beynac-et-Cazenac’s hidden gems. You need to walk up the fairly steep road between the gorgeous houses as seen bottom centre in the photograph below and shown in the film ‘Chocolate’.

The majestic Beynac castle

The majestic Beynac castle towering above the rocks, with the village of Beynac-et-Cazenac below.

On your walk up the steep road you may need to stop and take in the magnificent and breathtaking views of the River Dordogne and surrounding countryside.

Road with a vew

Road with a vew

This was interesting, we stopped to look into a small medieval courtyard and found, what I can only describe as a display of a replica Bayeux Tapestry along the wall.


Bayeux Tapestry ?

This medieval stone staircase was on the right of the same courtyard


The medieval staircase

You will arrive at a junction, up to the castle, down to the village centre. We have walked up to the castle twice before and I can tell you that it is not for the faint hearted, it is very steep. This time our choice was to go down to the restaurants, shops and the river with the ‘gabarres de Beynac’ (replica river barges) at the village centre. You will pass this very unusual house close to a junction.

very unusual house

A very unusual house

The medieval village of Beynac is well worth a visit. You will pass this pretty well on the way down to the village.

A well as a display feature

A well as a display feature

This fascinating water fountain is to be found outside the pharmacy in the village

This font is outside the pharmacy

This font is outside the pharmacy


3 thoughts on “Hidden gems of Beynac

  1. These photos are beautiful … I was here a few years ago but missed the well and the fountain. The architecture is amazing! My next trip to Dordogne is scheduled for the first week of September – I can’t wait! Thanks for posting these!

    • Hi Page, thank you for the comments. I have looked at your photos of Paris and your hometown gorgeous. We are planning our next trip to Daglan at the end of August, or the start of September. Have you been to Domme or Monpazier they are both medieval bastides, great places to visit for the architecture. Also Sarlat, we find something new to look at everytime we visit. All the best, Chris and Paul

      • We will be there at the end of August too … and yes, we’ve been to Domme, Monpazier (my personal favorite) and Sarlat. It is SUCH a beautiful area! We’d like to explore some of the lesser-known bastide towns this time, just now starting the trip planning. Love to follow along with your blog! 🙂

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