While passing your holiday in the Dordogne, you should take the time to visit one of the region's many castles. Below is a brief selection of some of the most popular sites. For further information, we suggest you visit a tourist information centre in the region (Point I, Office de Tourisme), such as that in Tourtoirac (July and August), Hautefort or Excideuil.
Château de Bourdeilles, Brantome - comprises two historical buildings: a mediaeval (XIII century) fortress with an octagonal keep, and a renaissance palace (XVI century) with richly furnished rooms, such as the 'Salon Doré, and an impressive collection of furniture.
Château de Hautefort - an imposing property perched above the pretty town of Hautefort. You can explore elegantly decorated rooms inside this classic castle, and stroll through the imposing gardens.
Château de Jumilhac le Grand - with architectural roots in the middle ages, this decadent castle with its cone-shaped roof is a delight to explore, both inside and out. Evening tours also possible during the summer months.
Château de Losse, Thonac - this medieval fortress, perched high up on a spur overlooking the Vézère river, is surrounded by high walls and a deep moat. The towers and gardens are open to the public
Château des Milandes, Castelnaud La Chapelle - built in 1489 by the Lord of Castelnaud for his wife, this Renaissance château later became the home of Joséphine Baker.
Château de Monbazillac - built in the XVIth century overlooking the Bergerac Valley, this château combines military architecture and elegant early Renaissance style. Houses a Museum of Wine and a Museum of Furniture.
Château de Puyguilhem, Villars - an elegant building dating back to the early rennaisance. Admire the ornate architecture and richly decorated rooms.
Château de Puymartin, Between Sarlat and Les Eyzies - first built around 1270, the complex was rebuilt and enlarged in 1450. Admire the ornately decorated rooms with rich tapestries. Haunted by the infamous "La Dame Blanche".