Medieval Eymet

Eymet is a medieval bastide town in the Dordogne situated approximately 20 kms south of Bergerac. The town has been inhabited since pre-historic times but as a medieval town, it was founded by Alphonse de Poitiers in 1270. Eymet is a good example of a layout of the handful of medieval bastide towns found in the south of the department of the Dordogne with straight roads leading to/from a central square. The roads criss-cross the rest of the town centre. Like all typical bastide towns, many of the buildings around the edge of the square are arcaded with a mix of stone and colombage facades. Unusually for a bastide town, Eymet boasts a castle which existed before the town was built.

The enchanting castle at Eymet

Eymet during the Hundred Years War

The Hundred Years War was a series of conflicts fought between the kingdoms of England and France during the late Middle Ages. It originated from English claims to the French throne. Eymet was an important stronghold during the war and changed hands several times during the conflicts.

The river Dropt runs close to the bastide and was once navigated by gabarres that transported goods along the river including wine. It is no longer used for navigation.

The river Dropt was always an important aspect of commerce at Eymet

What to see and do in Eymet

Today Eymet is a popular town to visit in the Dordogne. Its central “place” with fountain draws visitors in from far and wide. There is also the castle to visit and quaint alleyways.

Eat well

Eymet boasts a good selection of bars and cafés plus a wide choice of restaurants serving traditional Perigourdine cuisine as well as pizzas, crepes, burgers and curry. There is even a Peruvian restaurant.

Torch-lit guided tour

A wide range of events takie place in Eymet from live music to night markets, from photography and art exhibitions to car boot sales, from aperitifs in Eymet’s castle garden to classic car get-togethers. You can also hire canoes, bikes and quad bikes and even go on a wine tour. In the summer, just as it starts to get dark, a torch-lit guided tour sets off around the town. It’s absolutely enchanting!

A buzzing market

Eymet has a year-round, weekly fresh produce market that takes place on Thursday mornings. The market is buzzing in the summer months and is a favourite spot for meeting friends and chatting over a cafe.

There is a campsite and a wide choice of accommodation. The town has its own tourist office with very helpful staff.

The market at Eymet is buzzing in summer

The white wine and oyster festival is a “must do”

The main event of the summer is the white wine and oyster festival which takes place on the 15 August in the central square. The festival goes on all day and ends with an open-air disco in the square. Not to be missed!

Eymet's white wine and oyster festival is my favourite event

Enjoy a carless Eymet

A few years ago, the council in Eymet made the wise decision to close the square off to cars and motorbikes in the evenings during the summer. This has meant that restaurants can spill out onto the cobbled place and people can stroll and chat while children play around the central fountain. As a result, Eymet has become even more popular with tourists who come to dine on a summer’s evening.

Romantic Eymet

Eymet has many picturesque alleyways

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