Discover and visit the most beautiful castles of the Lot and Dordogne Valleys.
Castle of the English:
Also called the fortress of the Roque d'Autoire. This castle clinging to the cliff is only a vestige. This medieval feat is a must-see in Autoire, the most beautiful village in France, a few kilometres from Ventoulou.
The castle stands at the end of a rocky plateau forming a spur owing to the presence of a natural fault. It overlooks a part of the countryside known as the four rivers. This castle is one of the finest examples of medieval military architecture.
Located on an overhang looking out over the Dordogne Valley, the castle was built between 1519 and 1534 by Jeanne de Balsac, Lady of Montal. Never completed, the distinction of this Renaissance masterpiece is the exceptional wealth of its sculptures that are worthy of the royal palaces.
Near Rocamadour, right in the middle of the Causses de Gramat on the remains of a Cistercian barn, the Pannonie Castle is a privileged destination for all lovers of art, history and nature who want to get off the beaten path.
Towers of Merle:
A 12th century citadel overlooking the River Maronne, the Towers of Merle are located on the borders of Limousin, Aquitaine and Auvergne. This jewel of medieval Limousin invites you to discover its fortress in a park of 10 ha, a reconstituted peasant farm and a garden of plants cultivated in the Middle Ages at the House of Madège.
A feudal fortress of Black Périgord, Fénelon Castle, a listed Historical Monument, is located in the Department of Dordogne in the centre of the triangle formed by the three cities of Sarlat, Souillac and Gourdon. Its striking architecture rises behind three fortified enclosures whose defensive system has been kept intact.
Elders’ Castle is one of the historic and heritage jewels of the medieval city of Carennac, listed as one of the "most beautiful villages of France". A superb residence of the 16th century, all in stone, it now houses the Dordogne Valley History and Art Heritage Centre.
Cabrerets Castle was built in the 15th century by the Gontaud family, Lords of the castle. Both of its towers and its residence, crowned with machicolations, distinguish it from the cliffs of the valley. The castle cannot be toured. It is open to visitors only on Heritage Days.
Built on the cliffs of the village in the Causses du Quercy Nature Reserve, Cénevières Castle, dating from the 13th to the 16th centuries, is one of the most splendid monuments of the Renaissance in Quercy. Listed as a Historical Monument, its owners will welcome you to the castle, located 6 km away from Saint-Cirq Lapopie, its terraces overlooking the Lot Valley.