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24250 Domme, France

The medieval bastide of Domme

Perched on a breathtakingly high cliff, Domme is a Medieval “bastide” or fortified village boDommeasting a perfect combination of architectural, natural and gastronomic heritage typical of the Périgord Noir. From the Belvedere, behind the main square, visitors can admire an exceptional view over the Dordogne valley and the neighboring villages of La Roque-Gageac and Beynac-et-Cazenac. Underneath the main square sits a 400m cave system filled of beautiful stalactites, used in the past to shelter the town’s inhabitants during the Hundred Years’ War.

All around the fortified village is surrounded by medieval walls and ramparts with its three main entrances to the city: the Porte del Bos and the Porte de la Combe (linked by a protected footbridge behind the ramparts) and the Porte des Tours, the more imposing of the three.

Thursday morning is the best day to visit as the village is enlivened by a cheerful farmers market.
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