Belvès

Belvès is a medieval “bastide” town perched on a rocky spur above the Nauze Valley. It is about 20 Kilometres West and a little North of Daglan. In early August the town reverts to the 15th Century for their summer festival where you can see falconry, jugglers, costumes etc. We have not yet had the opportunity to see this spectacle but we will be definitely going to see the medieval festival when we move to France, we can not wait!

From the car park (at the bottom of this picture) walk up to the town square

The way in

The way in

This photo was taken at the top of the road leading up to the town square. On the left you can just see the market hall.

Belves market square

Belves market square

The 15 Century covered market hall. There is a pillory chain on one of the pillars which was put around the neck of criminals for at least two to three days. Thank goodness this does not happen today. Market days are on each Saturday in the Market hall with evening markets in the months of July and August. The evening markets are for anyone to buy food to eat at the many tables next to the market. Bring your own napkin, knife and fork.

Belves market hall

Belves market hall

Narrow streets full of shops in the medieval quarter. We have been twice to Belves arriving each time at lunch time so the shops were either shutting or shut, the next time we will go earlier in the day. Be warned that in France all shops close from about 12.30 to 2 or even 4 o’clock This includes tourist sites, smaller supermarkets, everything except cafes and restaurants.

Lively and narrow streets

Lively and narrow streets

Belves is famous for its seven bell towers and is listed as “one of the most beautiful villagers in France”.

One of seven bell towers

One of seven bell towers

This is a private Chateau.

Chateau.

Chateau.

Gorgeous 15 and 16 Century buildings line narrow streets.

15 and 16 Century buildings abound

15 and 16 Century buildings abound

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