Domme is one of the jewels of the Black Périgord. You're going to say: another one? It is true that our Dordogne valley is full of remarkable towns and villages such as La Roque-Gageac, Beynac and Saint-Cyprien. But Domme, a fortified town founded by King Philippe III in 1281, has something extra special in our opinion: it overlooks the Dordogne, offering an unbeatable view of our region.
Want to find out more? Follow the guide for a visit. Domme is just a few kilometres from the city of La Rochelle. town of Sarlat !
Domme, a magnificent village overlooking the Dordogne
You're going to love walking on the Barre esplanadeYou'll find it in the extension to the Place de la Halle in Domme! Imagine a breathtaking view over the Dordogne valley: you'll be able to admire all the colours of our Périgord, especially the black of the oak forests below. It's for this reason that this part of the Dordogne is known as the "Dordogne Valley". Black Périgord !
In the distance, on your right, you will see Montfort castle; on your left, the village of La Roque-Gageac You'll also find the Château de Beynac, and the famous Marqueyssac gardens in between. Thanks to its location, Domme benefits from a panorama ideal for observing the geography and history of the Dordogne valley. But that's not all bastide in itself also has something to dazzle you.
Domme, one of the most beautiful bastides in the Dordogne
Do you know what a bastide is? It is a fortified village dating back to the Middle AgesIt is a typical example of this region of south-west France. They are built on a regular plan, usually around a square with arcades. Domme has had to adapt to its cliff-side location: its layout is less geometric than that of other Périgord villages.
But don't let that stop you from getting lost in the narrow streets of the village of Domme once you've passed under the la porte des Tours. You can admire the traces left by the Templars during their imprisonment in the 14th century.e century. Tourism in the Périgord also means opening a French history book!
You'll be seduced by this village, which has preserved all the treasures of its heritage, such as the mullioned windows and pointed arches of the magnificent residences, typical of the architecture of the Dordogne.
The Domme cave, the other surprise of the bastide
This Périgord village is truly amazing, as not only do you have an incredible panorama from the esplanade, but you can also visit a cave that was discovered in 1912. It is located under the Place de la Halle.
As you stroll through the village, you'll have no idea what lies beneath your feet: 450 metres of galleries adorned with natural concretions. During the hour-long tour, you can admire hundreds of stalactites and stalagmites. It's also a great place to cool off in summer or warm up in winter, as the temperature is 13/15°C all year round.
The little extra: our four-legged friends are welcome as long as they are kept on a lead (don't hesitate to stop by the tourist office next to the entrance to the cave for more information on visiting times and prices).
An idea for a tour in the Dordogne, around Domme
Here's a suggestion for visiting some of the other listed villages in the area the most beautiful in France. You can leave from Domme and go down towards Cénac-Saint-Julien to head towards the village of la Roque-Gageacand why not plan a visit to the Marqueyssac gardens ?
Then it's time for Castelnaud-la-Chapelle castle then to the Château de Beynac-et-Cazenac. If you prefer, you can also discover the magnificent château des Milandes of Joséphine Baker and its magnificent garden. They are all within ten kilometres of each other.
You can use your own car, but this tour can also be done by car. electrically assisted bicycle to make climbing easier for you! Be your own guide and let yourself be tempted by all the incredible sites around Domme and Sarlat in the Dordogne.