24590 Saint-Geniès, France
Saint-Geniès hidden gem of the PerigordA little away from the main road connecting Sarlat and Montignac, Saint Geniès is a lovely little village offering a beautiful architectural ensemble made of traditional perigourdine houses, golden stone walls, a 12th century church with fortified bell-tower, a castle now home to a restaurant (hence not visitable), a ruined donjon and a small but wonderful Gothic chapel decorated with beautiful frescoes (recently refurbished).
It is the perfect village for a short stop on the road to Lascaux and the perfect place to get lost in the small streets by exploring the local architecture.
Not to be missed: Sunday is market day with local producers and farmers and during summer, on Wednesdays, there is also an evening ‘gourmand’ market with food stalls to have dinner ‘alfresco’. A little less touristy than the one in Sarlat, these markets can give you the perfect opportunity to feel the true atmosphere of the Périgord and mix in with the locals.