"A Bastide Town with A View" Domme by hquittner

Domme Travel Guide: 17 reviews and 79 photos

Some History

Domme is a small bastide town (pop. 1K) founded by Philippe le Hardi in 1281 on a cliff with a rounded top (un dome=domme). It is situated 212 m above the Dordogne valley floor. The town took a trapezoidal shape to fit the falaise and was fortified. We only visited two of its gates and saw only a two arcaded house fronts typical of bastides. The views of the Dordogne valley were worth the trip.

How We Got There

We based ourselves at Sarlat to continue our exploration of the Dordogne in the Perigord Noire after having seen its Quercy region. (See our Tips in the Midi-Pyrenees and the many towns we visited in its North) On the day we visited Domme we travelled first to Carsac and then along the north bank of the river, crossing at Domme and visiting Cenac below before ascending to see Domme and the river again.

Nearby Site to See

At the base of the cliff is Cenac a village which luckily still has a fine Romanesque church from about 1130. (Described by us here as Off the Beaten Path)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:What a View!
  • Cons:Very Little Else
  • In a nutshell:Worth the Trip
  • Last visit to Domme: May 1994
  • Intro Updated May 29, 2009
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