10 good reasons to visit Saint-Amand de Coly

N°1 : The most beautiful fortified church in Périgord is in Coly Saint-Amand


Coly Saint Amand Abbey sits enthroned in the middle of the village. Impossible to miss with its 30m highIt impresses every visitor to the Périgord. This religious building dates from the XII century. The church has been restored many times since then and is still being renovated. 

It is a perfect illustration of Romanesque art of New Aquitaine with its domed vault overhanging the transept crossing.
As you enter the abbey, you will discover exceptional stained glass windows and a whole range of defence systems, including a hidden staircase in the pillars of the building.

N°2 : The village is listed as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France

Coly Saint-Amand Abbey contributes to the reputation of this picturesque little village of the Périgord Noir. However, it was the charm of the village as a whole that won it the label Plus Beaux Villages de France. The Dordogne department is proud to boast 10 villages awarded the label Most Beautiful Villages in France, including 3 in the Vézère valley: Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, Limeuil and Saint-Amand de Coly.

The village is now called Coly Saint-Amand, while the listed village has kept its original name of Saint-Amand de Coly.

In 2018, the municipalities of Coly and Saint-Amand de Coly have merged to form a single village. The hamlet of Coly There are also many sights to see, including the old paper mill de la Cassagne and a former fortified enclosure still somewhat visible: le roc de Gafier.

N°3 : Typical Périgord Noir architecture

Village of Coly-saint-amand

As soon as you arrive in the village from Montignac-Lascaux or Sarlatyou will notice lauze roofs that characterise old villages du Périgord.

You will find this Périgord tradition in other villages in the Vézère valley such as La Chapelle-Aubareil or Fanlac. Many houses still bear witness to the Dordogne's past and know-how.  

Besides, framework and roofing are not the only aspects of Coly Saint-Amand's habitat to be admired as you stroll through the narrow streets near the church or the town hall. Contemplate soils ! The main artery is made up of of old cobblestones traces of the Middle Ages preserved only in old villages of France. Just like the shop fronts stalls which lend an undeniable elegance to the village of Coly Saint-Amand. The heritage houseIn this medieval street you will find a wealth of information on village architecture.

Surveying the village of Coly Saint-Amandyou will discover its architectural heritagehis magnificent Château de la Filoliea gentle way of life.

N°4 : Craftsmen welcome you to their stalls

At Coly Saint-Amand, you'll still find trades of yesteryear. Take a tour of an authentic medieval village and discover ancestral know-how.
The coppersmith welcomes you to its little shop at the foot of the abbey to help you discover copper work. Le cutler offers courses or opens its workshop to make custom knives.
The traditional brasserie La Chavagn' introduces you to brewed beer and packaged with local products to reduce its environmental impact.

No. 5: The village of Coly Saint-Amand is bustling with life

In summer, the village welcomes festivals from all walks of life. The most emblematic is the Périgord Noir Festivalartists from all over the world will captivate music lovers from all over the world. jazz and baroque music. The concerts take place in the fortified church which offers incomparable acoustics.

The local associations are not to be outdone in their efforts to liven up your holidays. Friends of Saint-Amand organise entertainment throughout the year, guided tours during school holidays, mappings on the abbey, ...

The "Saint-Amand fait son intéressant" Festival

 is a free event that attracts street theatre aficionados as well as residents of the surrounding villages. It's an opportunity to experience the conviviality of the Dordogne, just like the gourmet markets held every Tuesday evening in summer.

No.6: Walking routes suitable for everyone

For nature lovers, Coly Saint-Amand is not to be outdone.
Visit hiking map of the Vézère valleyIt is easy to see that Coly Saint-Amand offers an abundance of signposted routes.

La "Vallées et Coteaux" loop  makes it possible to 16kms admire the village and its Abbey as well as the surrounding woods. Further north, on Coly, climb up the hillside and follow the "loop on the Causse de Coly" to admire Coly castle or browse the " back of mouth loop " to admire the small Coly stream.

There are car parks near the Coly town hall and at the entrance to Saint-Amand.

N°7: The Coly, a tributary of the Vézère

The little stream will refresh you and amaze you with its beauty and preservation.
You'll be dazzled by the lush green surroundings this protected area in the Dordogne.
A holiday at Cottages du lacroute de la Chironde, is sure to delight all lovers of nature. fishing or canoeing.

Unlike the Vézère, le Coly has some waterfalls. This makes it the perfect postcard for your Périgord holiday.

N°8 : Quality accommodation at Coly Saint-Amand

Whether you want to stay in the heart of the village or contemplate the surrounding countryside, there is a wide range of accommodation on offer.

The Abbey guest house offers an ideal setting for enjoying the view, comfortable rooms at reasonable rates and a chance to soak up the atmosphere. the village atmosphere with its terrace overlooking the main street of Coly Saint-Amand.

Campsites are located on the outskirts of the village. The Yelloh! or camping Les Cabanes de Jeanneare a promise of a successful holiday at Coly Saint-Amand.

If you wish to stay in a guest room or in a holiday rentalColy Saint-Amand, classified as one of France's Most Beautiful Villages, boasts a dozen or so. Coly Saint-Amand, an ideal destination for exploring the discovering tourist sites and leisure activities in the Dordogne!

N°9: So close to the Lascaux cave

Lascaux IV - Axial diverticulum

The Lascaux cave is located in the commune of Montignac-Lascaux. It's a must when you're on holiday in New Aquitaine!
The village of Coly Saint-Amand offers a architectural heritage medieval town. Don't forget to learn about the Périgord's more distant past by discovering the International Centre for Cave Art of Montignac-Lascaux and the others prehistoric sites in the surrounding villages of the Dordogne.

No.10: Coly Saint-Amand, within easy reach

Situated in the golden triangle of the Périgord Noir, this commune is easy to get to, whether you're coming from the north or the south. Zoom in on the map of Périgord Noir :


Coly Saint-Amand is just

  • 15 minutes of Terrasson-Lavilledieu,
  • 20 minutes of Sarlat,
  • 20 minutes of Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère,
  • 30 minutes of Eyzies,
  • and 10 minutes of Montignac-Lascaux

Book your stay at Coly Saint-Amand, we're waiting for you!

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