We headed for Bergerac then took the D660 to the east following the river Dordogne along until we reached Beynac-et-Cazenac, where we stopped to take a look around the riverside town. There is also a chateau at the top of the town but we didn’t walk up to that just took some photos from below.
We moved on to our overnight stop at the Aire in La Roque Gageac, situated right next to the river Dordogne and the lovely town. We walked through the town before getting out our chairs and soaking up a bit more sun as we know it is not going to last for long!
The following morning, we visited the amazing Les Jardins Suspendus de Marqueyssac (The Hanging Gardens of Marqueyssac). The gardens are situated in a private estate dating back to the 17th Century and after extensive restoration work, was opened to the public in March 1997. The garden overlooks the entire Dordogne valley with exceptional panoramic views.
The Chateau is open to the public and on show are several furnished rooms, The dining room, bedroom and dressing room and drawing room.
There are three main walks that all lead to the Belvedere with stunning views over the Dordogne and to the town of La Roque Gageac.
There are also children play areas and an elevated adventure through the trees walk that Tony thought he should do!
I highly recommend a visit to the gardens if you are ever in the area.
Our next stop was to the town of Domme, one of the area’s best preserved bastides, retaining most of its 13th Century ramparts and three original gateways. There are fabulous views across the valley from the esplanade du Belvédère and the promenade de a Barre. It’s a lovely old town in which to take a stroll and purchase local delights from the numerous shops selling lots of produce.
You can also visit the caves underneath the village that are decorated with ornate stalactites and stalagmites.
This concludes our trip to Spain and Portugal and our quick tour of the Dorodogne, I am sure there is much more to explore and do here, so something to come back to another time. We are staying in a campsite just on the edge of Sarlat-la-Caneda and will be taking the next couple of days driving north to catch our Eurotunnel train on Friday.
We have had a fantastic journey through, France, Spain and Portugal, the weather has been totally amazing, now we need to get home to reality and plan the next trip!