Beynac-et-Cazenac Travel Guide

  • The imposing Chateau de Beynac
    The imposing Chateau de Beynac
  • My favourite house in Beynac et Cazenac
    My favourite house in Beynac et Cazenac
  • View from the chateau
    View from the chateau

Beynac-et-Cazenac Things to Do

  • Always take a walk

    Beynac et Cazenac is built up the side of a cliff and is on two levels. The castle is at the top (of course; castles always are) and there is a small piece of town outside the castle. The larger part of town is down along the river and you can walk along the river or take a gabare ride on the river, but the most fun is climbing the steps or going...

  • Château de Beynac

    The Château de Beynac dates from the 12th century and is found on a cliff above the village of Beynac. From the village you can take some narrow steep stone paths up to the castle, which takes about 10-15 minutes. It’s a nice walk which already offers good views. You only need to take care as the stones can be slippery, even if it’s dry.You can...


    THIS IS A MUST DOIf you have a car, take the drive up the top to the Chateau, or if walking, try to make the effort to reach the top. No need to visit the Chateau, because from here, there are many vantage points for views over the valley. We could see the Dordogne River and the Bridge with its reflections, more than one Castle, the Farmer's...


    Yes, you read correctly, there are two parts to the Village, The Upper & The Lower. If we hadn't wanted to see the Chateau, we would have never realized there was more than the Chateau up the top of the cliff face!This village has the title of "One of the most beautiful villages in France,' so it is one that we wanted to explore. Cobbled streets,...


    We arrived at Beynac-et-Cazenac knowing that we were going to do this River Cruise. The car was parked in the carpark, and as we walked the short distance to the Promenade and ticket office, we could see the Gabarre [boat] waiting at the Pier. Quickly, we bought our tickets and hopped onto the Boat. There weren't many people on this cruise, but as...


    The Chateau de Beynac sits high above the village on a limestone cliff top. What a sight this is!It was built in the 12th century, to close the valley off by intruders. When we saw the sheer cliff face it was built on, I doubt if this would have been a problem, at least not on the river side!The oldest part of the Castle is the romanesque Keep,...

  • There is A Church at the West End (4)

    Befor we left the grounds we walked to the church. Iy looked Romanesque with an early Gothic recessed door on the north side. It was locked, so we could not really tell.( It should be late 12C). Above the doorway at the roof line were the type of modillions we saw elsewhere in this area, plus a worn attempt at figurative carving

  • Go to the South Bastion for the Views...

    The South Bastion has views out over the river and valley, the castle walls and the castle platform. On our tour we were taken there via a battlement passage and an inner courtyard with a Renaissance balcony above. From our view point we could see the nearby castles (which we could only tentatively identify) and the platform at the castle base...

  • Examine the Oratory (2)

    Off the Great Hall is the Oratory which houses a charming naive 13C fresco of the Last Supper. This is supplemented by some unusual early tapestries, but the light was very dim. The original inner staircases were narrow, steep and spiral for defensive purposes but a fine Renaissance stairway was added in the 14-15C for comfort.

  • Take a Tour of the Castle (1)

    The castle can only be seen via a guided tour (7 euro fee) in French (although special groups can get it in other languages). The first room entered is the Hall of State with a tall slightly pointed modified barrel stine vaulting. It has a fine carved fireplace and some decorative ancient banners and sparse furnishings.

  • Approach the Beynac Fortress

    The fortress was built in the 12C on a quadrilateral plan. The austere keep was added in the 13C. Bastions reinforce the lower levels on the river side, but of course the defenses are directed toward the plateau to the north. It has a double moat and double crenelated walls. It was entered by a drawbridge with a barbican. In the 15C after the...

  • Enjoy the view of the Dordogne valley

    The view from the top of the chateau where you get a stupendous sweep over the surrounding chateaux in the Dordogne valley.

  • Chateau de Beynac

    One of the finest castles in the Perigord region. Leave the car in the car park and climb the many steep steps leading to the chateau and you will be rewarded with a manificent view of the valley. The castle is a fine example of 13th century fortress.

  • Canoeing the Dordogne River

    Rent a canoe with one of the companies that line up the river and canoe to your heart's content pass quaint villages like Castelnaud-La-Chapelle, La Roc Gageac, and Beynac. You can also park your canoe on the river bank, have a picnic lunch or go for a swim. Bliss! After you finish, a minibus will pick you up at a pre-determined location and bring...

  • Visit Font de Gaume

    This is the only cave with polychrome paintings in the Acquitaine still open to public viewing. It is about 120 meters long. You must make a reservation at the visitors center for a tour. In May, we were able to do this in the morning for an afternoon tour. Groups of about 10 are taken in to view the paintings and carvings on the walls of the cave....


Beynac-et-Cazenac Hotels

  • Hotel Du Chateau

    La Balme, Beynac, 24220, France

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Beynac-et-Cazenac Restaurants

  • Good food and a view on the river

    We have our big meal at noon so the morning always involves a restaurant search. There is actually quite a choice for such a small town.We finally settled on the Hotel Pontet-Hostellerie Maleville right on the river. They advertised a rabbit in mustard sauce as a special. When we went in to be seated, the maitre told us the special was for local...

  • A riverside STAR!

    This restaurant is located in a hotel in the town La Roque Gageac...just down the road from Beynac. I think I had the best meal of the trip here! Oysters on the half shell, but they'd been lightly poached in cream, with truffles. oh yum. I rarely order steaks, but this filet de boeuf Limosine was extraordinary. Perfectly done, dark pink but not...

  • In the land of foie gras...

    Beautiful dining room, elegant and professional. We ordered one of the menus, and enjoyed foie gras, and breast of duck in a ginger/honey sauce. With a bottle of "local" wine (Bergerac) it was better than many meals we've had in Paris! Two people can have a full meal here, with wine and coffee, for 80 Euros. The duck was done perfectly....medium...


Beynac-et-Cazenac Shopping

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    by Radiomom Updated Mar 5, 2004

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    A near-by town, Domme, is high and commands extraordinary views of the Dordogne valley. We headed there in the morning on a market day, to pick up some gifts and to buy provisions for lunch!

    What to buy: Local cheese --- after having a fabulous cheese plate at Hotel Bonnet for dinner, we wanted some of the local cheese which is infused with a walnut flavor -- buttery, rich and delicious. Also, we wanted what is probably some of the best Roquefort cheese you'll ever taste. Couple that with crusty fresh bread, sausage, and some perfect strawberries (and of course some red wine)....ah! Heaven! They let you taste before you buy -- (well, not the berries, but the cheese and sausage). MMMMMmmmmm

    Ask for a taste before you choose!
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Beynac-et-Cazenac Off The Beaten Path


    We liked Beynac et Cazenac and were surprised to find another similar pretty village only a few kilometres away. This is another of Frances 'MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES."In fact, it may have been a twin! Similar golden yellow houses with Perigord rooves, Cliffs, a Chateau, an arched bridge, the Dordogne River, and here, you could also do Boat trips,...

  • Unidentified Chateaux and Other Abodes

    Unless you have pictures from different angles to refer to or a guide with descriptions and a map, it is hard to identify buildings you have never seen before. In cities with tourist offices, brochures and maps may be provided. Recently many of them have begun to charge for the materials. Maybe a GPS will someday solve this. But not from a view...

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