The romance of the Black Perigord

Montignac

The treasures of the city of Montignac – Lascaux located a few kilometers from our campsite

The town of Montignac is located in the Dordogne, just 8 kilometers from our family campsite.

Bordered by the river Vézère, this ancient city is full of treasures of the history of France.

It also has a cave known worldwide: the cave of Lascaux.

 

Montignac in a few dates

The history of the city begins with the discovery of Gallo-Roman remains. Men took advantage of the presence of water, rock and forests to settle in the area.

In medieval times, the city is enriched by a fortress and men erect a castle that will be destroyed in 1826. During walks through the streets of the city, it is possible to see the remains of the tower and part of its infrastructure. At this time the main street of the village is the rue de la pégerie, neighborhood gathering notables, religious and merchants. It is also in this street that lived Jeanne D’Albret, mother of Henri IV.

At the end of rue de la Pégerie a bridge built around 1380 allowed to cross the Vézère, but was burned by the Protestants in 1580, repaired and destroyed during a major flooding in 1620. For more than a century the crossing of Montignac was then only by boat provided by the Marquis d’Hautefort.

A new bridge was built between 1768 and 1799: this is the current “old bridge” near the town hall.

In 1940, children discovered a cave on the heights of Montignac: the very famous cave of Lascaux in Dordogne.

Montignac is now the small capital of the triangle Périgueux, Brive and Sarlat. It is modern and dynamic and thrives on trade, crafts, industry and tourism.

 

Some historical places having marked the village of Montignac in Dordogne.

By walking along the old picturesque streets of the city near our family campsite, you will discover many wash houses and places full of history.

Left bank side of the river Vézère near Lascaux:

Saint John Hospital, built in the 14th century to rescue only the inhabitants of the left bank. Burned in 1569 by the Protestants and rebuilt, it welcomed the inhabitants of both banks from 1759.
Becoming too small, it will be attributed the convent of Poor Clares. Later transformed into a gendarmerie, he then became a tourist office and tourist office and conservatory of music.

  • The convent of Clarisse used from the fifteenth century until 1752 and converted into a hospice a few years later until the mid-twentieth century
  • The priory of the church dating from the fourteenth century, used first as a chapel of the hospital then became unique parish church from 1761
  • The house Duchêne built after the French Revolution, housed a boarding school for girls then became a secular school from 1881. The kindergarten will stay there until 2009.

Right bank side of the river Vézère in Dordogne:

  • the hotel Bouilhac, built in the seventeenth century by the Bouilhac family, judge of the city between 1719 and 1749. The building was transformed in 2017 into a luxury hotel.
  • The house of Joseph Joubert (1754 – 1824), street of freedom, moralist philosopher of the village and justice of peace, friend of Chateaubriand and secretary of Diderot.
  • The castle now owned by a private family
  • The church: probably built in the place of the Church of St. Mary of Montignac whose only remains today is the entrance gate (face bakery)

The ideal location of our campsite in the Dordogne

The campsite is located a few kilometers from the town of Montignac in Dordogne.

Your stay with friends or family on the campsite, you will limit your trips by its location.

Many things are to discover in this village equipped with all shops. No need to move far.

Contact us to check availability for a pleasant stay in a family campsite in Dordogne.

La Roque Saint-Christophe, a unique troglodytic site in the Dordogne

Located in Peyzac-le-Moustier, in the Périgord, the Roque Saint-Christophe is a cliff high of 80 meters and stretching on 5 levels. It is the largest troglodytic site of the West and was inhabited from prehistory to the end of the Renaissance. It is therefore a key witness of the history of the Dordogne where we can still discover the dwellings of our ancestors. In the opinion of all, it is a wonder that has preserved its authentic beauty, wild and its many mysteries! Throughout the year, you can visit it, especially since the rates are within the reach of all the scholarships. You can also enjoy lunch or dinner at one of the delicious restaurants in the area!

An immense and remarkable cliff in the heart of Périgord 

La Roque Saint-Christophe rises in the valley of the Vézère in the Dordogne, in a magnificent green setting. One kilometer long, it shelters a hundred underground shelters and aerial terraces. In Prehistory, the population had chosen to live there. In the Middle Ages, it was transformed into a fortress and a city. Today, we find these very old dwellings as well as a conservatory of medieval lifting machines. Everything has been superbly reconstructed in order to make us discover the history of this mythical cliff of Périgord! The opinions are unanimous on this subject: it is a true troglodytic masterpiece!

Practical information to prepare your visit 

During your stay in our campsite in the Dordogne, it would be a shame not to go for a ride in the commune of Peyzac-le-Moustier. Indeed, we strongly advise you to visit the Roque Saint-Christophe. The rates are affordable. For an adult, it is necessary to count 8.75 € against 5 € for the children from 5 to 13 years. A special price is provided for students and under 25 years which is fixed at 6,50 €. There are also rates for groups of 20 people or more. Activities are also organized at certain times of the year at no extra charge, such as guided tours, demonstrations of washing machines and medieval entertainment.
And before or after your site, do not hesitate to stop in a restaurant to taste the gastronomic specialties of Périgord, another aspect of the history of our region!

The caves, prehistoric vestiges to visit in the Dordogne in the Périgord Noir

The Dordogne is famous for its gastronomy, its green surroundings, its charming villages, its heritage and its many prehistoric caves. Indeed, the department shelters several fabulous sites, in particular in the Périgord Noir, which one can visit and thus, to leave to discover a part of our history. Close to Sarlat and therefore of our campsite, you find some well preserved natural treasures and / or paintings. If you are looking for ideas for outings for your stay, these places will offer you beautiful surprises and unforgettable memories!

Emblematic sites in the history of the Dordogne

Testimonies of prehistoric age, the first traces of human life and the evolution of Man, the caves allow us to dive into the heart of prehistoric times. In the Périgord Noir, in the Dordogne, there is a fine sample of sites, some of which are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And there are certainly more to discover ! Most of them can be visited, revealing their charms and particularities such as stalactites, stalagmites, concretions and drawings, carving and painting (ex bison friezes). Getting around is a real source of wonder and discovery for young and old.

Our selection of places to discover in Sarlat and the surrounding area

To help you with your visits, we have selected for you several prehistoric caves open to the public in the Périgord Noir. They are all more or less close to Sarlat and our campsite in the Dordogne. So you can access it easily and quickly. We recommend :

the Cave of the Sorcerer of Saint-Cirq which is nestled in the hollow of the cliff and surrounded by greenery and where you can admire frescoes ;
those of Cougnac to Payrignac, where illustrations of animals and human figures tell the story of Cro-Magnon’s men ;
the cave of Font de Gaume in Eyzies-De-Tayac-Sireuil where you find more than 200 figurations painted and engraved ;
that of Bara-Bahau au Bugue, which is classified as a Historic Monument ;
the shelter of Cap Blanc in Marquay which is full of sculptures and whose discovery dates back to 1908 ;
and the most famous, Lascaux, an exact three-dimensional copy of the original which has been closed to the public since 1963.
 

So, if you are interested, don’t wait any longer and prepare your visits now ! And during your stay in our village near Sarlat, if you need more information, do not hesitate to come and see us!

Milandes castle: the footsteps of Joséphine Baker in Dordogne!

Located in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle in the Dordogne, Château des Milandes is best known for being the home of Joséphine Baker. Indeed, it settles there from 1937 and leases it for 10 years before buying it with her husband Jo Bouillon ten years later. During all those years, she had work done in this house dating from the Renaissance in order to install water, electricity, central heating and thus, welcome its 12 adopted children. Unfortunately, in 1964, it had to be auctioned due to the serious financial problems of Joséphine Baker and was sold in 1968. Several families will succeed each other until the acquisition of the estate in 2001 by Claude de Labarre and his daughter, Angélique , the current owners.

 

A house labeled “Maison des Illustres”

 

It was in 1489 that this property was built. At that time she belonged to the family of Caumont. Over the centuries, several owners will take up residence there. And in 1986, part of the Château des Milandes is listed in the Supplementary Inventory of Historic Monuments (its facades, roofs and its upper terrace which enjoys a magnificent view of the Dordogne valley). Then, in 2009, the Ministry of Culture inscribes it in full under Historical Monuments. And in 2012, it was awarded the Maison des Illustres label as it was for many years the home of Joséphine Baker, an artist of extraordinary fate ! Moreover, by visiting this building, you immerse yourself in the world of its most famous owner. Dresses, decoration, furniture, photos … its presence is everywhere!

 

More than 500 years of history to discover

 

If you come to spend a holiday in the Dordogne in our campsite, this place is part of the monuments that must be seen absolutely! For visits, know that the opening of the Château des Milandes often begins in the spring until the end of the year. The timetables vary according to the period, it is better to inform you before going there. Same for the rates since there are several offers. Besides the interior of the Castle, you can walk in the Park and the Garden (the opening hours are the same). During your visit, do not miss the spectacle of falconry. They are about 70 to live in the field and this animation makes it possible to discover the ties that unite them to their falconers. Also note that inside, photographs are not allowed.

To know more about rates and opening dates, we advise you to consult the website of the domain. And if you have any questions during your stay in our campsite, do not hesitate to come and see us at the reception!

Discover Sarlat-la-Canéda a few kilometers from the camping la Fage

A stone’s throw away from our campsite, discover Sarlat capital of the Périgord Noir. Sarlat is a medieval historical city whose origin is before the ninth century, which developed around a Benedictine abbey.

It is height in the thirteenth century.

The town is  composed of alleys, mews and squares is exceptionally well preserved.

This state of conservation and the 65 monuments and protected buildings which make up the historical centre of Sarlat have allowed it to be the first city to benefit in 1964 from the Malraux law concerning the restoration of the protected sectors.

15 minutes from our campsite, discover this colourful city, its picturesque streets, its mansions with their slate roofs or even the house where Étienne de La Boétie was born.

See the city from abovefrom the belvedere in the old church of Sainte-Marie, which also hosts the covered market with its gigantic door, next to the famous statues of the three geese,with a popular place for a snapshot.

Sarlat, activities throughout the year … 

The architecture and the state of conservation of Sarlat make the framework of many films, more than 80 since the fifties of which “Joan of Arc” of Luc Besson, “Les Misérables” by Robert Hossein and  “The Daughter of d’Artagnan” by Bertrand Tavernier.

The city is also home to many events including the Truffle Festival, the Goose Festival “Fest’oie”, the film festival and La Ringueta, a festival of traditional games of yesteryear.

Throughout the summer season, many shows, musicians and artists entertain in the streets and squares.

Markets on Saturdays and Wednesdays are also a must for our campsite guests.

From our campsite located on the axis of Montignac Sarlat, you will be able,  to discover and rediscover this wonderful city, which is only a few kilometres away .

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Castle Commarque near Sarlat and camping

Only a few kilometers from our campsite, the castle of Commarque is built between the valley of the Vézère and the valley of the Dordogne.

It is located in a wooded environment, and dominates its surroundings near Sarlat la Canéda.

This edifice is the typical example of the occupation of the valley by man since prehistory.

It is indeed built on a cave containing many traces of occupation during prehistory. Around it there are several troglodytic habitats used throughout the Middle Ages, only in a first time then with the castle.

This visit is a journey through the ages of prehistory until the 18th century!

The origin of the castle of Commarque

It is located on a rocky outcrop at the bottom of the valley of the Beune.

This privileged place has been occupied by man for millennia and especially the cave located at the bottom of this spur.

This cave contains thirty engravings including 9 representatives of equines and 11 anthropomorphic figures, as well as a spectacular bas-relief depicting an extended pregnant woman.

The building on top of this spur is a “medieval Castrum” gathering around the castle a chapel as well as noble houses.

Its origin goes back to the 12th century, it was built by the abbots of Sarlat to counter the powerful barons of Beynac, who became their masters a few centuries later.

Its role was to ensure the safety of the valley where the commercial routes crossed to Périgueux, Cahors, Brive la Gaillarde and Bergerac.

Over the centuries the stone replaces the wood, the keep, the fortified enclosure, the seigniorial dwelling appear.

The cliff on which is built Commarque is dug many natural caves, some of which are called Cluzeaux are integrated in the defensive system of the castle

The castle plays a major role during the one hundred year war and the wars of religions.

The last squire, Guy de Beynac died there in 1656.

It was abandoned in the 18th century.

In 1962, Hubert de Commarque undertook the rescue of the Castle now covered with vegetation.

In 1972, he redeemed this family cradle and obstinately carried out work of consolidation and restoration with the help of the Administration of Historic Monuments.

It saves much of the walls in elevation which was in great danger of collapse.

Visit the Castle of Commarque

A few minutes from our campsite discover this major element of the Dordogne heritage.

Through the ruins of the castle of Commarque, cross the different epochs of our history.

Enter the world of châtelain, and travel 15,000 years of history for all ages.

The site is built in a preserved environment of the valley of the Beune, in valley Vézère and near Sarlat the Caneda.

Its Donjon as well as the ruins of the houses located around it, overlooks a magnificent panorama.

At the same time, he conducts a program of archaeological excavations.

The visit is presented in three stages:
– the Prehistoric Cave of Commarque through a photo exhibition (with the support of the National Museum of Prehistory and the International Pole of Prehistory) and a video film projected in the main room of the donjon.
– developed troglodytic habitats
– the medieval castrum and the Romanesque keep which dominates the valley of the Beune.

Visit the Chateau de Commarque, half way between our 4 star campsite and Sarlat la Canéda:

During your visit, the site offers many services, including free wifi, picnic tables …

Dogs are allowed.

If you come in a group, there are special rates.

Many family events are offered during the summer.

 

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The Dordogne videos

You do not know our beautiful region that is the Dordogne, nor the 4 Périgords that composes it?

Discovering the Périgord through videos


The team of the campsite proposes to you to visit the Perigord Noir through beautiful realizations of videos.

You will discover panoramas of the area, splendid views of the valley of the Vézère and the valley of the Dordogne, bordered by the castles along the rivers.
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Tourists informations in dordogne


Discover all the information and sites useful for organizing your visits in the Dordogne.

For a stay in the Dordogne, near the many sites to visit, our family campsite, 4 stars, with aquatic space and playground, is ideally located.

For all information, estimate or reservation of your stay, don’t hesitate to contact us

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Tourist map

The Black Perigord is in the South Eastern Department of the Dordogne, it is renowned for its Tourist attractions. It is an area of historic interest with Sarlat-la-Caneda as its capital. The landscape is breathtakingly beautiful with a variety of valleys and forests each one teeming with nature. There are many sites to see on family visits, gardens, castles, caves, medieval ruins were history and culture abound. Through the woodlands are many hiking trails which are sure to please.

During your holidays at our campsite we can help you plan your visits to these areas and for this purpose we have put together a little guide for places which you may wish to see, you will also find information at the Tourist offices.

Many Historic Monuments to visit

Although we are not a tourist office we know the area very well and have selected several site seeing places in the Black Perigord. These are located not far from our campsite and are easily accessible on foot, by car or bicycle. To start the tour we recommend the historic monuments at Lascaux Caves situated in the beautiful Vezere Valley which are very interesting and are just one of several pre-historic sites in the area. If you are interested in finding out more details of these together with the gardens, castles etc please ask a member of our team who will only be too pleased to inform you of the addresses, times and price of admission.

Don’t forget, there are many charming and interesting villages in our the Black Perigord which are well worth a visit.

Preserved Natural sites typical of the Dordogne

This area is a magical place, very old with an exceptional natural environment you can discover it on foot, bicycle or horseback, travel down the river by boat or canoe. Wherever you go you will discover ancient sites with guided tours to help you understand the wonders of the Black Perigord.

Maps and routes are often available for free from the tourists offices of the department, or you may use our inter-active map to locate places. You will find many outdoor activities in the Valleys of the Dordogne and Vezere, similarly, the peace and quite of the rolling green countryside is ideal to relax and unwind in with maybe a picnic.