In the Middle Ages, Beynac was the seat of one of the four baronies of Périgord. With its medieval streets and its castle overlooking the Dordogne, the village has survived the wars and was only taken twice, by Richard the Lionheart and Simon de Montfort, despite numerous sieges. The castle has been the setting for several film shoots. From cobbled streets to stairways, a visit to the village is an enchanting parenthesis. A path leads from the village to the castle on foot, to better observe the houses of the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries: it is then a spectacle that is deserved, by the sweat of one's brow. It is all the more beautiful. On leaving the castle, after having taken a look at this well restored upper part of the village, you can walk along the path that runs alongside the cemetery to enjoy a panorama often beaten by the wind, offering a magnificent view of the Dordogne valley. As you take the path that goes down, you pass a strange house in the cliff, both primitive and futuristic, at least out of time.

Further information: Tourist Office Sarlat Périgord Noir - 3 rue Tourny - ✆ 05 53 31 45 45.

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