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’.
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.
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.
This medieval stone staircase was on the right of the same courtyard
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.
The medieval village of Beynac is well worth a visit. You will pass this pretty well on the way down to the village.
This fascinating water fountain is to be found outside the pharmacy in the village