Castles in the Dordogne

Périgord and its 1001 castles

For lovers of castles, the Dordogne is the ideal département. You’ll have the chance to visit monuments from different eras.

Most of these heritage treasures overlook the Dordogne or Vézère rivers. Grab your cameras and admire Castelnaud, Losse, Les Milandes, Beynac, Fénelon, Biron, Hautefort or Puymartin.

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Castelnaud Castle

This medieval fortress was built on a rocky outcrop. Built in the 12th century, it is a perfect example of medieval fortification. It houses the Museum of War in the Middle Ages.

Every day of the year, you can visit this sumptuous medieval testimonial and get an exceptional view of the Dordogne Valley.

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Château des Milandes

In the 20th century, Château des Milandes was home to Josephine Baker. This remarkable building was constructed in 1489 and was the home of the Caumont family until the French Revolution.

Visit this sumptuous château, its falconry and its French garden, classified as a “remarkable garden”, all year round. Architectural enthusiasts and Josephine Baker fans can admire her stage outfits.

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Puymartin Castle

Château de Puymartin, a listed historic monument, is ideally located just 20 minutes from Les Chalets du Périgord. A tour of the house traces 800 years of family history through its remarkably well-maintained and decorated rooms. The tour can be taken on your own, at your own pace, or accompanied by a guide for all the anecdotes.

This Dordogne château is also full of mystery, with the legend of the White Lady. During the Wars of Religion, Thérèse de Saint-Clar was surprised by her husband and locked up in one of the castle‘s towers. To find out more, take part in the escapes games organized on site.

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