Tourism around Brantôme-en-Périgord, Dordogne


Brantôme, La Venise du Périgord

In Brantôme each Friday morning and Tuesday (in July and August) there is a market with local produce. There are numerous shops and businesses: restaurants, bakers, butchers, newsagents, cafés, tobacconist, supermarket, banks, etc. You can visit the Benedictine Abbey with its cloisters, church and bell tower which is the oldest in France and the museum. The troglodyte tour, the monks’ garden. Nôtre-Dame church as well as many other places of interest.

Bourdeilles – 8 km

The Castle of Bourdeilles, a classified historical monument, was built around a medieval fortress and will charm art and history lovers. Two castles from two different eras (Medieval and Renaissance), built on a rocky terrace raised by a rampart overhanging the Dronne. The first is a feudal fortress (13th – 14th Century) which is dominated by a unique 35 m high octagonal keep. The second is a Renaissance dwelling (16th Century) with its richly ornate state rooms housing a prestigious collection of furniture (most notably the bed of Charles V).

Périgueux – 25 km

A welcoming town that never ceases to amaze. A gem of the South-West, it is avant-garde in its arts and heritage. A land of tradition and gastronomy, reputed for its gentle way of life.
Capital of Art and History: A town with exceptional architecture in the heart of Perigord. From the ancient Gallo-Roman ruins of the city of Vesunna to the medieval city and Renaissance not forgetting the influences of the 18th and 19th Centuries: Perigueux offers more than 2000 years of history with 39 registered or classified historic monuments. In one of the largest protected sectors of France, the Byzantine cathedral of Saint Front, is a major point on the pilgrimage to Saint Jacques de Compostella, and has been an Unesco World Heritage site since 1998. A town with four museums: the Vesunna Museum, the Museum of Art and Archaeology of Perigord, the Perigord Military Museum and the museum-workshop of tromp-l’oeil and paint decoration.
A gourmet capital: the mention of Perigueux and its famous sauce, truffles and foie-gras come to mind. Farmers markets are held each day from 8H to 13H in Place du Coderc. Markets: Wednesday and Saturday in Place du Coderc, Place de la Clautre and Place de la Mairie (farmers’ market 8h to 13h).

Villars – 12 km

The castle of Puyguilhem, a classified historic building, dates from the first era of the Renaissance and is as beautiful as some of those of the Valley of the Loire from the time of François I. The Villars’ Grotto is small but has as much to offer as some of the larger ones in Black Perigord. And the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey at Boschaud built between 1154 and 1159 were built with money donated by Perouse Abbey nearby. Its architecture is inspiring, uniting Cistercian principles with typical Perigordian style (an unusual domed and pillared construction). This sacred place, rediscovered in the 19th Century, exudes mysticism.

Saint-Jean de Côle – 19 km

Classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France a jewel of greenery, history, peace and tranquillity enshrined in the green hills on the banks of the Côle the town is architecturally stunning. Saint-Jean de Côle is proud of its 11th Century Byzantine church, Marthonie Castle, cloisters, stone bridges, main square surrounded by half-timbered houses, covered market and houses with their picturesque roofs. In May it is host to a renowned floral display and throughout the summer months there are musical concerts organised in the church. It is a beautiful place to visit.

Nontron – 22 km

From its traditions and history, Nontron has seen the birth of its ambitions, a countryside like a soft Tuscany, artistic and colourful gardens, running water fountains and markets of a thousand scents make it an excellent area to discover.