Welcome to the Dordogne, the country of 1001 castles! Our family set out to storm the medieval castle of Beynac following in the footsteps of the film "The Visitors", before going on to conquest Commarque castle and relive the history of France.
Become a knight at the Chateau de Beynac
Today, we head for Beynac-et-Cazenac, one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of France". The castle of Beynac towering above the village deserves a visit! Crossing two pilgrims, Marc and Francis, we learn that the climb is tough, but well worth the effort! Armed with courage, we go along the picturesque streets of the village and climb to the castle. At the top, the landscape is breath taking! We dominate the Dordogne Valley with a 360 ° view of the valley. Beynac is one of the most impressive castles of the Dordogne! On the horizon, the children are amused to recognise Castelnaud castle that we visited two days ago.
The little ones really want to discover Beynac castle and the valley below aboard a gabarre (traditional flat-bottomed boat) cruise along the Dordogne River, which offers a breath-taking view of the castles! At the beginning of the afternoon, we visit the castle interior; the children imagine themselves as knights or princesses in the magnificent hall of the fortress... It only lacks the medieval music for dreams to become reality.
For nearly an hour, we discover the legend of Richard the Lionheart and the lords of Beynac, plunging us back into a epoch that the children are delighted to discover.
Time for a "gourmet break" and refreshments in one of the restaurants near the castle to taste the culinary specialties of Périgord...
The visit over, we leave for Sarlat, the pearl of Perigord, ten minutes away, in search of local souvenirs for friends.
Go back in time at the fort with Count Hubert of Commarque
15000 years of history waits at Commarque, located at Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil in the Vézère Valley.
Access to one of the most mysterious castles of the Dordogne is by small tree-lined path, leading us to the medieval fortress and a spring that gushes at the foot of the castle. The children were enchanted!
On arrival at the castle, we asked if Hubert de Commarque, the owner of the castle was there. What luck! The count was home! He spoke to us with passion about this fortress that he has restored and all the secrets that he alone knows. The curious children asked him how about the life of his ancestors in the Middle Ages.
Hubert de Commarque showed us the remarkably preserved Roman dungeon and reconstituted troglodyte habitats. He then let us to roam freely in the different worlds of the Castle, so we could understand the importance of this incredible site. For film lovers like us, it was a real chance to discover the scenery of Ridley Scott's film The Duellists. For an unforgettable outing, do not miss the outdoor cinema evenings organized during the summer ...