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At the heart of the Dordogne valley

To see within 15kms of Le Roc des Milandes

Natural attractions

  • The Montfort Loop, a bend where the river has eroded the cliff underlying the castle. Within the loop is a large walnut farm.
  • The Domme Cave is the largest cave with stalactites and stalagmites in the region.

Viewing points

There are numerous outlook points over the Dordogne, on both north and south cliffs, notably at the strongholds of Beynac, Castelnaud, Domme and Montfort.


Take a tour in :

  • A 'gabarre' on the Dordogne. A 'gabarre' is a flat-bottomed boat traditionally used for goods transport.
  • A hot air balloon over the Dordogne valley and surrounding castles.
  • An aeroplane or helicopter from Domme airfield.


  • The hanging gardens of Marqueyssac, designed by a pupil of LeNotre, overlook the Dordogne valley from a height of 130 metres. The gardens, planted with thousands of box trees, offer walks, carriage rides and candlelit trails.
  • The exotic garden of Roque-Gageac enjoys a microclimate due to its southerly aspect and protection from the wind brought by the cliffs.
  • The water gardens of Carsac boast beautiful collections of water-lilies, lotus and papyrus.

Worth a visit

  • The falconry show in the Milandes castle gardens.
  • The Eco-museum of Walnuts at Castelnaud.
  • The Walnut oil mill of Grolejac, built in the 17th century and still in operation.