"Visit the famous Abbey" Cadouin Things to Do Tip by Beausoleil
Cadouin Things to Do: 4 reviews and 17 photos
We headed to Cadouin with the express purpose of visiting the abbey. Since abbeys are often outside of towns in quite rural areas, we drove through town looking for signs to the Abbey. No luck so we turned and drove through again. Still no luck so we stopped at a boulangerie and got a baguette for our evening picnic and asked for directions. The baker told us to return to town and the abbey was on the way. Again, no luck.
We decided Cadouin was a cute village so we parked and decided to walk through the village taking pictures. Lo and behold, we got out of the car and looked at the huge building on our left and it was the abbey . . . completely unmarked. It is in the center of town on the Market Square. It was so obvious we hadn't seen it.
That problem solved, we paid and entered the beautiful old Abbey. The cloisters are fabulous. They contain marvelous sculpture and even remnants off beautiful frescoes. The visit is worth it for the sculptures alone. Highly recommended, especially if you like flamboyant gothic sculpture.
Address: Market Square in Cadouin
Directions: D25 south of Tremolat in the Dordogne
Phone: +33 (0)5 5363-3628