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Beynac et Cazenac - What is there? What is it like?

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Beynac et Cazenac - What is there? What is it like?

We are thinking of renting a holiday villa in early September in Beynac et Cazenac later this year. Anybody been? Are there restaurants/shops/boulangerie/shops in the town/village? Are there nice walks within its environs (max 6 miles round-trip from Beynac)? What is there to see within a reasonable drive of Beynac (we plan to hire a car)? Any other recommendations on Beynac or the area around there? Any must-sees or don't bother seeing? All help very much appreciated. Thanks.

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1. Re: Beynac et Cazenac - What is there? What is it like?

Have you taken a look at a guidebook for the area?

Have you googled anything about tourism in Beynac and the Dordogne region? www.sarlat-tourisme.com (available in English)

It's a small village, but with most services - the entire region is one enormous walking adventure, and it's in the middle of more wonderful things to see and do than you could ever have time to see.

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It's wise of you to go in September, as opposed to August like we did last year. You might be aware that August is the main French holiday and therefore it was extremely busy, with clogged up roads.

The chateaus are very interesting and a good walk uphill.

There are a lot of Bastille villages around, also much worth visiting

The local area is good for walking, with some pretty circular routes around the village (I recommend the cicerone walking guide for the area);

Favourite restaurants in the village was the one right on the river, otherwise there is an excellent. Pizzeria over the road from the campsite, next door to a small supermarket;

Sarlat is worth a drive to, very picturesque town with some good historical buildings

We also enjoyed a day out visiting the caves.

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3. Re: Beynac et Cazenac - What is there? What is it like?

In 2008, we spent a week in Sarlat, not far from Beynac. There were far more things to see than we could fit into a week. For some photos and comment, see http://nickbooth.id.au/France08/Sarlat.html

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those would be bastide towns -- fortified villages.

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If you are more interested in spending time in restaurants/shops in a town, you should stay in Sarlat then visiting places like Beynac et Cazenac,La Roque Gageac and Domme. Beynac et Cazenac is a good place to enjoy climbing up hill to the Chateau after your long lunch. Visit the Chateau late afternoon, you will enjoy the breathtaking view of the Dordogne valley. If you prefer the town smaller than Sarlat, Domme may be a good place to stay.

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Beynac and Cazenac is a hillside village right by the Dordogne river.

…wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:Beynac_et_son_ch…

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Beynac01.jpg

Beynac and the villages nearby are EXTREMELY popular with tourists in the summer as other posters have noted.

As you will have a car don't miss 2 bastides (medieval new towns with streets at straight angles from one another and a central square with arcades all around): Villefranche du Perigord and especially Monpazier, the best preserved bastide of all.

northofthedordogne.com/villefranche-du-perig… check the list of interesting places nearby.

The whole of the Perigord aka Dordogne is full of interesting sights, including many prehistoric caves.

There is a Casino nearby (a supermarket, not a gambling place) but Sarlat--10 km away-- is the best bet for a variety of shops. Is the house you are interested in actually in Beynac or NEAR Beynac...like a few km away in the countryside?

Edited: 1:26 am, January 26, 2012
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3Conils raises a very good question -- be very clear about locations, as in this area, many properties are attached to a certain commune as an address, but they wouldn't be considered as being IN that place by any stretch of the imagination.

Where is the Casino near Beynac - are you thinking of the one in St Cyprien? That's the only one I can think of that would be close to Beynac -- although there's a huge new Casino on the outskirts of Sarlat, too.

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8. Re: Beynac et Cazenac - What is there? What is it like?

Hello Everyone,

Thanks for all the input so far. The house that we are renting is in Beynac itself beside the chateau.

Regards

Alan

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9. Re: Beynac et Cazenac - What is there? What is it like?

We rented this place last June: http://www.vrbo.com/255275

Loved the house. It was almost like staying within an amusement park, as the house was along the trail up from the lower village to the chateau.

Beynac-et-Cazenac has several restaurants. However, if you are staying up at the top of the hill, and are looking for restaurants within walking distance for your evening meal, so as to be able to drink without concern about driving, that might be a problem. We found the restaurants at the top of the hill to only be open for lunch. Basically, once the chateau closed in the evening, they closed. Mind you, this was June, so maybe it's different in September. But, if walking to dinner is the priority, Sarlat is probably the destination of choice (although I think foodies would say that one might need to venture beyond Sarlat in order to fill a week's worth of evening dining experiences adequately, but I'm not a foodie).

There are more restaurants in the lower village, but you'd still probably want to get in your car for a few meals. There are quite a few places to eat in La Rocque, and it's a very short little jaunt over from Beynac, with easy parking just on the western edge of town.

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10. Re: Beynac et Cazenac - What is there? What is it like?

Forgot to mention that there are a couple of boulangeries in Beynac, but only one that our landlord reccommended, that being Delices du Vallee, in a little 3 store shopping center on the eastern outskirts of town (it's a brach--main store, where I believe the baking is done, is in St. Cyprien). There's a trail along the river and plenty of scope for walking (although a lot of it is on a considerable grade). We spent a week there and never drove further than Les Eyzies. Within that distance, you have Sarlat, Domme, La Rocque Gageac, Castleneau, Les Milandes, and St. Cyprien (good Sunday market if you don't get enough market day from Saturday in Sarlat). You can also take canoe rides down the river. Like I said above, probably the only drawback to Beynac is not as many dining options (and commerce generally) as in a larger town.

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