Martel, the city of seven towers

Discover the history and timeless charm of one of France’s most beautiful villages.

Just a few kilometers from Le Ventoulou campsite, Martel stands proud with its rich medieval heritage and picturesque atmosphere. Nestled in the heart of the Dordogne Valley, this historic city offers a fascinating escape, where every street tells a story and every monument bears witness to a glorious past.

The Medieval Pearlwith timeless charm

An Epic Story

Founded in the 10th century, Martel is a village that has preserved its medieval soul. Nicknamed the“City of Seven Towers“, Martel was a prosperous trading center in the Middle Ages, thanks to its grain market and wine trade. As you stroll along its cobbled streets, you’ll discover many remarkable buildings, including half-timbered houses, mansions and majestic towers.

Monuments and Architecture

Martel’s architecture is a veritable open book on history. The 13th-century Palais de la Raymondie is a landmark building that now houses the Tourist Office and a local history museum. Don’t miss a visit to Saint-Maur church, a jewel of Romanesque art, and Tournemire, offering panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Martel Market

The twice-weekly Martel market is a must for visitors. A veritable local institution, it offers a variety of fresh, local produce, including cheeses, charcuterie, fruit and vegetables, and of course, truffle specialities. It’s the perfect opportunity to sample the region’s authentic flavors and meet local producers.

Activities and Leisure

Martel offers a multitude of activities for the whole family. Come aboard the Truffadou, a tourist steam train that takes you through the magnificent landscapes of the Dordogne Valley. For nature lovers, numerous hiking and cycling trails criss-cross the surrounding countryside. History buffs will appreciate the guided tours that trace the town’s evolution over the centuries.

Tasting and Gastronomy

Gastronomy has a special place in Martel. The village’s restaurants and inns invite you to sample the region’s culinary delights, including foie gras, duck breast, walnuts and the famous Périgord truffles. Accompany your meal with a glass of Cahors wine for an unforgettable gastronomic experience.

A Festive Village

Martel is also known for its many festivals and events throughout the year. Medieval festivities, gastronomic fairs and open-air concerts regularly enliven the village, offering visitors a glimpse of local culture and traditions in a convivial atmosphere.

An Unmissable Destination

Martel is an essential stopover during your stay at Le Ventoulou campsite. Its medieval charm, architectural riches and numerous activities make it the perfect destination for a day trip or extended stay. Whether you’re a history buff, a gourmet or simply looking for an authentic place to recharge your batteries, Martel is sure to please.