Elizabeth Thorpe of Poshbrood shared her exciting plans to go to Dordogne over Spring Break with me last night; our conversation reminded me how much I adore this region of France. It’s not widely known as a tourist destination — surprising, as the Dordogne is brimming with wonderful attractions and scenic villages to explore.
Our last visit was with three boys under 11. In addition to our fantastic farmhouse dinners and zip-line adventure, we all adored the village and castle of Beynac above the Dordogne River. This stunning attraction is an excellent subject for this week’s Photo Friday post.
We’ve visited many castles in Europe and the Fortress of Beynac is one of my absolute favorites for kids and adults alike.
The views of the surrounding countryside and Dordogne River are exceptional.
The castle is well-maintained and atmospheric. It’s easy to imagine what it was like to live here hundreds of years ago. It’s staged just enough to make the castle come to life, but not enough to make it feel contrived.
Big doors, dark and dank spaces — all the castle essentials are here.
The 12th century chapel, Notre-Dame de Beynac, is a mesmerizing sight perched on the edge of a cliff.
If you are dreaming of the Dordogne be sure and catch Budget Travel’s feature about where we stayed as part of their Best Places You’ve Never Heard Of report. Kristi vacationed in the Dordogne last summer and fell in love with the seriously kid-friendly Le Chevrefeuille.
Photos by Amie O’Shaughnessy