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Last day in the Dordogne; time to visit castles

We had a wonderful time in the Dordogne region of Aquitaine this spring. It is full of prehistory, history, gardens, rivers and great food. We visited some of all of these including caves. We also got rained on a lot but it didn't dampen our spirits. We put up our umbrellas and kept on sightseeing.

Our last day in the Dordogne region we didn't want to drive far so decided to visit the Chateau at Beynac-et-Cazenac just down the road. We drove across the Dordogne, through La Roque Gageac and on to Beynac where we found signs to the chateau.

Next we followed signs to chateau parking that took us through town, out into the countryside and up a huge hill. We wondered where we would end up, but we circled around and ended up at chateau parking. There is a lot of parking (pay parking) and it's about a 2-minute walk to the chateau.

The road back to town is much more direct.

What views!

You drive to the top of the cliff overlooking the river. Then you enter the castle and start climbing. Every time we face the daunting stairs, I am thankful for our morning bicycle rides. Puts you in great shape for stair climbing. Believe me, the climb is worth it. You can see the Dordogne River, the valley, the castle at Feyrac, the castle at Castelnaud and at Marqueyssac. It is an amazing view. It's hard to leave.

The town is really cute too.

The little town of Beynac is strung along the Dordogne River and is made of golden sandstone so looks like a gold cobblestone village. It is great fun to climb all over the cobblestone streets and admire the buildings and flowers.

There are a couple restaurants and rides in the flat-bottomed boats called gabares. We had a lovely day there.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Amazing views from the castle and along the river
  • Cons:We had to leave . . . so sad.
  • In a nutshell:Great beauty, friendly people, wonderful scenery, good food.
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