This area is actually very close to Bordeaux, and it is our mistake for not visiting sooner. We based in Sarlat and then traveled around the area visiting several castles and ancient towns in the area. The highlight was the ancient cave drawings in Lascaoux. Now, we did travel out from Bordeaux on a Monday, which caused a bit of concern. Seems that in the outlaying areas, Monday’s off is a serious concern Finally in St. Foy La Grande along the Bordeaux Wine Route, we discovered a wonderful place to dine.
Sarlat la Caneda was our base for this trip. It is situated in an area that was never of any importance during the history of France. It was basically untouched thru the French Revolution, the 100 Years War, the Religious Wars, and during WWI and WWII. So the buildings best represent life as it was in the 1300-1700’s in France. In the Mid 1900 the city decided to clean up, bring in some shops, restaurants, etc. and become a tourist spot. It is really well done. While we visited in late April, I understand that June-August gets very busy. Our hotel was in a building dating to the XVc AD. Great very helpful owner at the B&B. Directed us to some fine dining away from the touristy places. Really enjoyed our stay here.
One of our side trips took us to Domme, Laroque-Gageac, and Castelnaud. Three small villages each with its own history, completely different than the next even though all in a very close proximity to each other. Domme due to its steep cliffs surrounding the village was never taken in war, Castelnaud and Beynac continually changed occupation either French or English during the 100 Years War. and La Roque Gageac was ancient homes built into the cliffside with other at river level below the cliffs. The approach to this town was very narrow along the Dordogne and the city built a hospital to treat leprosy at the narrowest position. No invading army wanted to come close.