10 good reasons to visit Limeuil, a multi-faceted hilltop village in the Dordogne
N°1 The breathtaking panorama
If you open the map of villages awarded the "Most Beautiful Villages in France" label, you can quickly see the concentration of these in Périgord. Limeuil is one of the 10 listed villages listed in the Dordogne. Like Belvès, Saint-Amand de Coly and Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, the panoramic views from the village of Limeuil are a reflection of the ancestral beauty of New Aquitaine.
The village is divided into a upper part with a church, panoramic gardens and old houses. La lower partis focused on the confluence of rivers.
The most impressive thing about arriving in Limeuil is the panorama!
On the one hand, these two bridges spanning the Vézère and Dordogne rivers. And on the other side, the immense promontory that shelters the village. It's best to go to the other side of the Dordogne, near the Port campsite, to admire the view.
This is undoubtedly one of the most photographed panoramas in the Dordogne!
No.2 Panoramic gardens to marvel at
At the very top of the village is one of the most visited sites in the Dordogne: the panoramic gardens of Limeuil. This is certainly the best view from which to admire the confluence. The gardens overlook the whole of Limeuil.
From its terrace, you can see the lauze roofs and the layout of the narrow streets of the upper village of Limeuil, as well as the commune's second religious building: the church of Saint-Martin, around a kilometre to the north-east of the village.
Inside these gardens you will discover different universes. Themed gardens have been laid out in the form of trails for families. Stroll through this wooded park of 2 hectares discover a wealth of anecdotes about medieval life in Limeuil, about the tinctorial plants but also about beekeeping and the hundred-year-old trees that will be standing in front of you.
Holidays in the Dordogne also mean enjoying the mild weather and the surrounding countryside.
The panoramic gardens have recently created a garden of well-being, where contemplation is the watchword.
N°3 The typical village of south-west France
The charm of stone is omnipresent in this commune of New Aquitaine.
The signposted route to discover the village starts at the water's edge and continues rapidly through the maze of carreyrousThese are the narrow streets typical of the villages of south-west France.
Passing under the 15th-century port gate is the start of your journey into the heart of the city. medieval architecture périgourdine.
As you walk along the village's main street, you'll admire the houses with their arched doorways and the narrow alleys leading to the village centre. the old fortress of the village, the old forge and the many other vestiges that Limeuil has preserved over the centuries. Recently restored, the street is narrow and needs to be good shoes to climb it.
The upper village is organised around theSainte-Catherine church which officially replaced the chapel of Saint-Martin as the parish church in the 19th century. Two other medieval gates can be seen in this upper section: the Récluzou gate and the Marquisat gate.
Each of these doors leads to hiking trails to discover the extent of the commune of Limeuil.
No.4 Local crafts
Through this maze of alleyways, numerous shops and a crafts still present throughout the commune.
The artists have taken up residence in Limeuil to find inspiration and tranquillity during the winter months.
At the entrance to the village, a number of craft shops line up opposite the garden adjoining the Town Hall. A little further up the road, painters, ceramists and other artists open the doors of their studios during the summer months.
The glassblower, who has lived in Limeuil for many years, shares his passion with visitors by offering tours and demonstrations as part of the Know-how at your service in particular.
Craftsmanship is celebrated every year in Limeuil with the organisation of the Potters' Market on the village square. This event brings together artists from the Dordogne and all over the world.
N°5 A vibrant village life
Each Sunday morning, in summer, the small market de Limeuil creates a lively atmosphere in the harbour square.
The painting competition and concerts organised by the town hall, restaurant owners or campsite owners, are all good reasons to come to one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France.
Just like sporting events! People from neighbouring towns come together in Limeuil for football matches or pétanque competitions.
N°6 Limeuil, the past of an ancient port
The Vézère river flows into the Dordogne at Limeuil.
In the Place du Port, you can see the canoes which end their journey in the Dordogne and Vézère valleys. This confluence offers a real spectacle, unique in Périgord.
In the past, the "gabarres", flat-bottomed boats that transported goods, embarked and disembarked at Limeuil. Until the end of the 18th century, river transport was the main economic activity.
It's easy to see why restaurant owners in Limeuil have chosen names that evoke this prosperous past. Don't hesitate to try the local gastronomy au " Chai "or to "L'Ancre de Salut "It has preserved its beautiful 15th-century façade.
No.7 Feet in the water
Limeuil now only sees canoes disembarked on its shores. No more barges! Take advantage of this tranquillity to refresh yourself.
La bathing is not supervisedHowever, both rivers are calm. Bathing in this idyllic setting is very much appreciated in hot weather.
Do you simply want to protect yourself from the heat? The tables of picnic in the shade of the trees on the forecourt facing the river are ideal for a brunch with friends.
You can also enjoy a drink while taking in the panoramic views from the restaurant terraces.
No.8 Walking trails for everyone
Limeuil has numerous paths a great place to stroll.
The Dordogne is a department where the forest is omnipresent. This is also the case in Limeuil.
The " Grande boucle de Limeuil The "Périgord Noir" appellation stands on its own.
This 13kms takes you part way along the Vézère. You'll pass by the La Ferme de Perdigat campsite, a restful base for those who like to get out and about. In the footsteps of the men of Lascaux ".
Another small loop of 4 kms allows families to enjoy the unspoilt nature of the Périgord.
For a more cultural experience, the medieval alleyways are adorned with explanatory panels with questions and answers for all ages.
N°9 The Voie Verte starts in Limeuil
The starting point (or finish line) of the Voie Verte along the Vézère river will be Limeuil.
From this year onwards, you can take advantage of the new development on the banks of the river. From the stadium, take the path on your left and discover a wild and unspoilt nature, with its wildlife and flora.
After a few metres, take a life-saving break and enjoy the local beer: la Lutine. The brewery is on the road between Limeuil and Le Bugue.
Eventually, the greenway will link two villages classified as the Most Beautiful Villages in France: Limeuil and Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère.
No.10 Gateway to the Bastides region
Limeuil is in Black Perigord but so close to Bergerac and the bastides.
The border between the Périgord Noir and the Périgord Pourpre is approximate, so you'll be ideally placed for a tour of the Middle Ages. Country houses Lalinde and Monpazier are 20 minutes from Limeuil. The cloister of Cadouin, a magnificent listed building, is 10 minutes away.