"Another Dordogne River-Edge Site" Top 5 Page for this destination Beynac-et-Cazenac by hquittner
Beynac-et-Cazenac Travel Guide: 26 reviews and 148 photos
Beynac-et-Cazenac is a small conjoined town (pop. 511) with Beynac nestled at the base of a daunting cliff on the north (right) bank in a bend of the Dordogne river. At the top of the cliff is the heavily fortified (and partly ruined) 12C castle of Bernac which was the forward defense of the French in the Hundred Years War (with the river the as the border)against the English. It was continuously held by the Bernacs except for a 10 year period, starting in 1189, when Richard the Lionhearted took it, and again briefly a little later when Simon de Montfort held it and razed its defenses. In 1962 a millionaire bought it and has been restoring it ever since.
Beynac was the last leg of a day trip out of Sarlat (10 km away). We had visited sights and sites along the Dordogne. We came to see the interior of a real medieval military fortress and were not disappointed. The views were also as impressive as those at Domme. Its owner is lovingly at work making it even more interesting.
- Pros:The Castle Is THE Attraction
- Cons:Walking and Climbing Are Essential
- In a nutshell:Take Off from Boating and Go Inside the Castle
Unless you have pictures from different angles to refer to or a guide with descriptions and a map, it is hard to... more travel advice
The South Bastion has views out over the river and valley, the castle walls and the castle platform. On our tour we were... more travel advice
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