Fumel is a large town on the River Lot, there are many larger retail outlets on the outskirt of town and the main part of town does not have too much to report, other than its medieval castle.
This medieval castle, which was damaged during the Hundred Years War was rebuilt at the end of the 15th century. After further damage during the Wars of Religions, the castle was rebuilt again with stronger defences.
During the second half of the 18th century the building was completely re-modelled and the spectacular terraces were laid out in 1793. The castle now takes the shape of an Italian villa. Some of its rooms are used for meetings, weddings, concerts, exhibitions...
Close to Fumel is the lovely Chateau de Bonaguil. It is hard to imagine a more splendid setting for such a lovely old building.
This Chateau was constructed in the 13thcentury, and extended in the late 15th and early 16th centuries – a time when similar buildings were falling into ruin or being converted into more modern homes.
It was built originally using the most modern defence techniques to protect it against an enemy that did not exist and in fact it never saw any fighting. Later the family ended up fighting on different sides of the Wars of Religion and what followed were periods of abandon and occasional repair. It remains one of the best examples of military engineering to be seen locally.
The pretty hamlet of Bonaguil has a few cafes and plenty of car-parking. It is a steep walk up the path to the Chateau but worth the effort. There are a few craft shops on the way up. It is also possible to drive right up to the entrance to the Chateau.
Busy in summer and deserted in winter.
You can contact the Tourist Office on: 05 53 71 13 70