Domme Travel Guide

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    Cave entrance in Domme
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    Entrance to Domme
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    Salad at the Pot de Fer
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Domme Things to Do

  • The view points

    Behind the church, you find the “Belvedère de la Barre”, a terrace with a fantastic view on the Dordogne valley. You can see La Roque Gageac and the rocks of Marquayssac gardens. From this view point, you can walk along the border of the cliffs on the “Pomenade des Falaises” to the public garden from where you also have very nice views.

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  • Domme, a “bastide” town

    Differently than other fortified medieval towns, Dommes streets are not arranged recangular, but instead it has a trapezoid city plan. This is probably due to the uneven location. There are three town gates, of which we passed two by car. As we came from La Roque Gageac, we approached the town from the west and took the western gate “Porte del...

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  • Strolling through Domme's Streets

    Domme is a nice place for a little walk. Located on top of a plateau, it is not as hard to access as other villages in the area - the ground being uneven, but not steep it's even possible for wheelchair users to come up here. The streets of Domme are beautiful in an unobtrusive way - nice old sandstone buildings, flowers here and there, a few...

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  • Promenade de la Barre

    Located at 250m above the Dordogne, the promenade and the little square at its end are the place to be in Domme. From here, you can enjoy an unhindered view over the valley with the Dordogne meandering through it. To the west you can see as far as Beynac (another unmissable village of the Dordogne region), to the east as far as the Cingle de...

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  • Visit the Folk Museum in Domme

    The Folk museum is located on the main Market Square behind the ancient Halle (that is now the entry to the grotto). The large sign on the museum simply says, “Musée” and there is not much indication of what is inside. We’ve been to Domme several times so were looking for things to do and noticed the sign so decided to see what was inside.Good...

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  • View the Panorama from the Belvedere

    The Belveder de la Barre is at the cliff edge in Domme and gives a view of the Dordogne river and its valley. It is visible to the West (downstream) to about Beynac, upstream past a bridge nearby and past a 90+ degree turn North to La Roque-Gageac and Montfort. These features can be seen clearly (especially through a pair of binoculars)

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  • Walk to the Center of Town

    Not surprisingly, the church and Place de la Halle are at the center of the town. This is typical of bastides. Just beyond the Halle (whose age we do not know) is the Governor's Mansion (18C). The parish church was rebuilt in the 17C and has a flat bell-tower extending the plain facade. The original church was destroyed in the Wars of Religion....

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  • See the Gates and Ramparts

    The damages ramparts exist between the gates Porte del Bos and Porte de la Combe. You can walk along side of them. They are in lesser condition and quite different from the impressive Port des Tours whose towers once imprisoned Templars.

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  • Walking around the walls for picturesque...

    Almost from any direction the views from the city are spectacular. You will need plenty of film or memory cards when you visit this town.The local market was one of the best that we have been to. Unlike many markets, most of the stalls displayed local products.

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Domme Restaurants

  • Fun, friendly, good budget restaurant

    We arrived in Domme and walked to the restaurant a friend had recommended and it was closed. I took a photo and we walked on. At the corner we saw a sign to Pot de Fer Domme! We quickly found it and the special for the day was three favorites so we entered. It had turned into a beautiful day so we sat outside under a big umbrella and beside a long...

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  • Fun, good food, right on the square

    We read the book "A Castle in My Back Yard" before going to the Dordogne and wanted to try L'Esplanade Restaurant. Well, we got there, admired the views, looked at the menu and didn't find anything that appealed to us. Tastes are very individual and the authors obviously enjoyed different foods . . . or this was a different season.At any rate, we...

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  • Culinary magic in the countryside

    A Logis de France hotel set in a beautiful garden with a pool, tennis and parking. It is an easy walk to the Dordogne River and a 5-10 minute drive to Domme and La Roque Gageac . . . or Cenac et St. Julien where we had rented a small farmhouse. It is a few km south of Sarlat la Canéda and well worth the short drive. Plenty of parking!The owner of...

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Domme Transportation

  • Tourist trains

    There are two tourist trains:- Le petit train Dommois: a white train that goes from the Porte des Tours through the village, passing the Place de la Halle, Place de la Ronde, all three town gates, Porte del Bos and La Promenade des Remparts- Le Domme Express: a red-yellow train which traverses the town and starts at the Place de la Halle.

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  • Don't park in the lots below the town

    Just before you start climbing towards the town you will see two huge parking lots. They are located a long way from the center of town and could be a very long, hot, walk up the hill. We always avoid the parking lots on the outskirts of towns if they are isolated. We continued up the hill and found lots of parking. As you enter the town there are...

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Domme Local Customs

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    by hquittner Written May 29, 2009

    This eye-catching 3 m high wooden statue (of elm) is a"peasant child" and is stated to be an allegory celebrating the European Charter of Children's Rights. The sculptor (whose name we do not recognize) is said to be from the locality. But why is it here? Certainly as a bastide in which peasants had an opportunity have rights, Domme would have actively supported the peasant revolts in the area in 1593-5, called the "Jacquerie des croquants". This feeling of standing up for something has been romanticized in recent times by Eugene le Roy's novel and subsequent movie and television versions on the events. Can anyone enlighten us?

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Domme Off The Beaten Path

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    by hquittner Written May 30, 2009

    The town of Cenac-et-St.-Julien (pop. 900) sits at the base of the cliff that holds Domme above. It is 11 km from Sarlat. It has a Romanesque church of 1130 which was mostly destroyed in the Wars of Religion by Geoffrey de Vevans, the local Protestant leader(the same men who destroyed the church above in Domme). The fine chevet was left and the rest of the church restored in the 20C. The chevet was decorated originally by stone carvers (from Moissac) who were the third or fourth generation of artisans, The sculpture here is contemporary with Vezelay and Autun but not under the guidance of great masters like Gislebertus. These workers created the modillions and foliage capitals on the outside (and those we illustrate at Carsac-OTBP under Sarlat). What is most delightful here are the historiated capitals inside the chevet. The figures are still ill-proportioned but the activity is vigorous and there is planning of distribution of masses in a naive manner. The finish is crisp and there is emphasis as usual on Evil and wild beasts real and imagined. We think we recognize a Daniel and a Samson and a wild scene on the sin of dancing (like at Vezelay) but you must see and decide for yourself.

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