Towns and Villages
The little village of Saint Amand de Coly
Don’t miss the magnificent village of Saint Amant de Coly a stone’s throw from the campsite, listed among the most beautiful villages of France, with its incredible fortified 12th-century abbey.
La Roque Saint Christophe
Not far from there, 20km from the campsite – between Montignac and Les Eyzies – you can see one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Périgord: the huge cliff of La Roque Saint Christophe, with its natural caverns inhabited by man since prehistoric times (55,000 years ago).
Visits – no waiting necessary – duration 45mins,; unguided, marked circuit: explore one of the largest and oldest cave sites in the world.
Contact: +33 (0)5 53 50 70 45 - www.roque-st-christophe.com
Sarlat, capital of Périgord Noir
In the Dordogne, meet up with history at Sarlat, an 8th-century town, and the frontier between the Kings of France and England during the Hundred Years’ War (1337-1453). The town became English in 1360, then was liberated ten years later by Du Guesclin. Sarlat is the top European heritage town, and contains the highest density of listed or registered historical monuments. Walking through the cinema-set little streets of the mediaeval town, you will see numerous grand private houses.
Magnificent chateaux and villages
Numerous chateaux line the road to Sarlat. Beynac: with the organisation of the Comté de Périgord, Beynac became one of the four baronies conquered by Richard the Lionheart. Castelnaud (where the film “Les Visiteurs” was made), Les Milandes (former home of Josephine Baker), and so on. La Roque-Gageac, magnificent mediaeval village with exotic gardens, listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France, nestles at the foot of its high cliffs facing due south, on a bend of the River Dordogne.