The Cityof Seven Towers

Nicknamed the “city of 7 towers”, Martel is a charming town, the former capital of the Viscount of Turenne, which has managed to strike the perfect balance between tourism and medieval authenticity.

Classified as a ” Ville d’art et d’histoire “, its rich heritage is full of surprises.

Built on the causse (limestone plateau) that bears its name, Martel was born from a convergence of roads, an ancient North-South axis crossing a West-East axis where precious salt from the Atlantic and wine from Aquitaine passed through.

This privileged location made Martel a rich and active trading town from the early 12th century onwards. At the same time, it became an important stopover on the pilgrimage route to Rocamadour.

Martel has become an essential stop-off point for discovering the Dordogne Valley.

Strolling through Martel, each street offers something different. Lots of imposing doors, beautiful arches, half-timbered houses, wooden shutters and, of course, towers.

After strolling through the streets of Martel, you’ll want to stop for a bite to eat in the beautiful 18th-century covered market!
Every Wednesday and Saturday morning, the traditional market takes place here.
It’s a great opportunity to stock up on local produce and taste walnuts, truffles and other noble products.

Take advantage of your visit to Martel to discover the local must-sees:

  • The little Martel train is one of them!
    In Martel, you can take a ride on a small steam train that follows the old railway line, cut into the cliff at a height of 80m.
    A 13 km round trip from Martel to Saint-Denis to discover the Dordogne Valley.
  • Want to learn more about reptiles?
    Reptiland boasts Europe’s finest reptile collection, as well as France’s largest collection of venomous species: snakes, turtles, lizards, crocodiles, tarantulas and scorpions. Sensations guaranteed! What’s more, it’s covered and air-conditioned!
  • The Castagné family walnut oil mill.
    As nut growers and oil makers, they master their product from the tree to the bottle. This traditional, century-old mill offers tours and tastings. A stone mill grinds the kernels, a stove heats them and a hydraulic press squeezes out the walnut oil.
  • Uxellodunum Gallo-Roman Museum
    Labeled a “Musée de France”, this municipal museum is located in the heart of Martel, in the Palais de la Raymondie. It contains a permanent collection from excavations carried out in the Dordogne-Lot region, ranging from the Upper Paleolithic to the Gallo-Roman period: carved flints, arrowheads…