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Discover the village of Beynac

What is there to do and see in Beynac ? The must‑ sees

Wondering what there is to discover in the villages around Sarlat?
Head for Beynac-et-Cazenac, just 10km/6mi away ! Here you’ll find historical and cultural heritage, a listed castle, and a trip back to the Middle Ages…
Welcome to one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France

Discover the traces of medieval times

in the village of Beynac-et-Cazenac

Nestled between the Dordogne River and an immense rocky promontory, the village is not to be ignored!
With stone-paved streets and houses in blonde stones… For a total immersion in medieval times.
And why not enjoy a guided tour of Beynac to learn all about its old lanes, charming squares and little districts, each of which is called a “barry”?
This is also an opportunity to observe the typical rooftops of the region, build in thackstone
of the Périgord .
To appreciate the details of this local heritage, connoisseurs would recommend standing just underneath the roof’s overhang. Surprises guaranteed!

Become a knight in shining armour

at the fortress of Beynac-et-Cazenac

Grab your costumes!
The magnificent Château de Beynac is the best backdrop imaginable for a family of modern-day knights (and princesses).
It’s easy to find the castle: look for the 12th-century building overlooking the village!
While the fortress has majestic façades, you’ll understand why the castle has been a listed historic building since 1944 as soon as you enter its gates!

Are you getting a feeling of “déjà-vu”?
That’s to be expected! The place is featured a number of times in the cinema, since it has been a location for many well-known films such as The Visitors and Luc Besson’s The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. Not such a surprise when you consider that it is one of the best-preserved castles in the region.

What better way to end the day than with a photo souvenir? Head for the village heights and snap one at the Cross!
From here, you can see the castles of Beynac, Fayrac, Castlenaud, Lacoste and Marqueyssac… A unique panoramic view that hints at the importance of the castles of the Périgord


Drift down the Dordogne River

and explore the port of Beynac

On your way down, enjoy a lovely stroll at the village port.
The river port was still in activity up to the 19th century to accommodate cargo barges, coureauleurs and other small ships that transported merchandise to Bordeaux.
Today, it is the place to be if you’d like to make your own excursion on the river! Board one of the traditional cargo barges of Beynac and step back in time…



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