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Attractions

Visitor Attractions

Listed below are some of the highlights to be found within 15km of Le Roc des Milandes.

Sarlat

The medieval and Renaissance town of Sarlat was the first to benefit from Malraux's law for the restoration of the built environment. The town is an unparalleled example of civic and religious architecture.

The Dordogne valley

  • Les Milandes, with its Renaissance castle built by the Lord of Castelnaud and later associated with Josephine Baker.
  • The village and medieval castle of Beynac, dominating the Dordogne valley.
  • Castelnaud, whose massive castle often confronted Beynac. The castle has a museum of medieval warfare.
  • The unforgettable village of La Roque-Gageac, winding narrowly between the river and the cliff, with its troglodyte fort.
  • The royal fortress of Domme built in 1281 and reputed to be impregnable due to its position high above the valley.
  • Montfort, whose castle overlooking the Dordogne was destroyed three times.
  • Carsac, with its lovely Romanesque church and gallo-roman ruins.

Les Eyzies

The 'Capital of Prehistory' was a modest hamlet on the Vezere when the first remains of Homo sapiens were discovered in 1868 at Cromagnon. The excavations, still in progress, revealed numerous sites occupied by man for 450,000 years. Several caverns, caves and rock shelters are of particular interest, notably Font de Gaume and Les Combarelles, with their engravings and paintings. Visitor numbers to these sites are limited. The National Museum of Prehistory, renovated and enlarged in 2004, offers educational tours for both adults and children. The hamlet of Tayac also boasts an imposing 12th century fortified church.

Belvès

This historic town is a fusion of ancient feudal city, later gothic and Renaissance town (with 15th century covered market) and the ruins of Montcuq Abbey, famous since the 14th century for its school of logic, grammar and choir.

The Ceou

This river, renowned for its trout, skirts the village of Daglan, with its Renaissance architecture and numerous 'bories' (stone huts typical of the region).