Domme is a beautiful, medieval bastide town in the Périgord Noir perched high on a cliff face with stunning views over the Dordogne valley.

The town as we see it today was built around 1280 by King Philippe III and served as a key point of defence during the Hundred Years War between France and England. It was captured and held by the English in 1346 and went backwards and forwards between the two sides for a while. Domme weathered the war quite well and today the walled town is well preserved and an impressive reminder of this period in the region’s history.

Domme is classed as one of the most beautiful villages in France with its narrow, cobbled streets, impressive architecture, picturesque golden stone buildings, church and esplanade.

The town has restaurants, cafés, boutiques, caves and a tourist train.

From the esplanade you can see the river, the port of Cenac and as far as La Roque Gageac.

Other sites nearby that you won’t want to miss are Sarlat, La Roque-Gageac, Beynac, Château de Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Château des Milandes, Belvès and Les Jardins de Marquessac.

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