Beynac is a destination in the Dordogne Valley that is easy to fall in love with. This peaceful village with a population of around five hundred, is one of the nine “most beautiful villages in France” in the Périgord Noir, along with Castelnaud, La Roque-Gageac, Domme and Monpazier.
The old streets and small squares of the village offer visitors a total immersion in the Middle Ages.
It is also an opportunity to discover the many houses with typical Perigord lauze roofs.
Come to our campsite near Beynac in the Périgord Noir and take the opportunity to discover the village and its surroundings.
Where is Beynac?
Beynac is one of the must-see destinations in the Périgord Noir, among the medieval cities, historical monuments and prehistoric remains classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.
The village is located in the heart of the Dordogne valley, which is a concentration of many medieval cities loved for their authentic charm, their historical heritage and the beauty of their natural sites.
Many holidaymakers visiting Sarlat-la-Canéda, a city of art and history in the Périgord, take part in guided tours of these typical villages in the Dordogne valley.
Thus, these visitors can learn more about small towns such as Beynac or Castelnaud, but also Collonges-la-Rouge, Curemonte, Autoire or Loubressac… to name but a few.
Visit the castle of Beynac in the Périgord Noir
You may know the famous Château de Beynac?
Beynac-et-Cazenac, one of the “most beautiful villages of France”, ten of which are located in the Dordogne, nine being in the Périgord Noir, including Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, La Roque-Gageac, Belvès, Limeuil and Beynac. Beynac is located 10 km southwest of Sarlat-la-Canéda, on the banks of the Dordogne.
The village is known for its imposing Purple Perigord castle, once besieged by Richard the Lionheart.
At the foot of this iconic building is a cluster of houses with lauze roofs and pale stone facades.
Holidaymakers also take advantage of their stay in the region to discover other listed villages.
They can discover five medieval towns in the Dordogne valley which are also among the “most beautiful villages in France”, three of which – Autoire, Carennac and Loubressac – are located in the north of the Lot and two – Collonges-la-Rouge and Curemonte – in the south of Corrèze.
Markets in Beynac
Every Monday in Le Ponthou, the seasonal market opens from 8.30 am to 1.30 pm, an opportunity to taste many local products. Fresh kiwis, stuffed cagouilles, truffles, wines (Bergerac, Monbazillac, Pécharmant, Saussignac, Montravel) – there’s something for everyone’s taste buds.
Serve with slices of Perigord miques, a delicious round bread, duck foie gras or Perigord caviar from Montpon. Enjoy a piece of Trappe Echourgnac, a local cheese.
And why not add the finishing touch with one of the wines from Domme?
Sail along the Dordogne from Beynac
From the port of Beynac, which was home to barges, canoes and other boats until the 19th century, discover the Dordogne. Opposite the Post Office, near the Beynac car park, board a gabarre on the trail of the history of inland waterways in the 17th and 19th centuries.
You can relax and enjoy the view during a 50-minute guided tour.
You will see Beynac culminating at 150 metres from the valley, its limestone cliff, the magnificent Gardens of Marqueyssac. Admire some of the most beautiful castles of the Périgord overlooking the Dordogne valley.
The castle of Castelnaud overlooking the valley, that of Beynac or the impressive castle of Fayrac.
Boarding on the barges takes place every half hour in high season, from 10 am to 6 pm.
Prices are €8.50 for adults, €5 for children from 4 to 12 years old (but free for them in the morning until 11:30 am).