"A Bastide Town with A View" Domme by hquittner
Domme Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 89 photos
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.
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.
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:What a View!
- Cons:Very Little Else
- In a nutshell:Worth the Trip
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