Villefranche du Périgord is a Bastide (fortified) village founded in 1261 by Alphonse de Poitiers, the brother of Louis IX. This village is found in the “Land of the Chestnut Tree” in the south easterly region of the Dordogne, bordered by the Lot and the Lot-et-Garonne. This area of “Périgord Noir” is peaceful and with truly authentic countryside whilst being close to the popular tourist sites of the spectacular Dordogne Valley.
The Bastide of Villefranche du Périgord retains beautiful buildings from the medieval era with houses built on the arcades from the thirteenth century. The large, covered market-place is still a popular place for trading, especially the famous mushroom market, which is open every day during the mushroom growing season.
Each Bastide is constructed on a geometric plan and its exact configuration is dependent on its own particular landscape. Here there are two main streets which are located on a type of promontory, with a network of parallel streets and perpendicular alleyways.
After having visited the village, you can visit the “Chestnut House” an instructive and playful place to visit, housed in the tourist office on the main street. This little museum allows you to discover all the treasures of our countryside: chestnut, chestnut tree, mushroom and other delights.
Near Villefranche du Perigord, in the small village of Besse, the beautiful 11th century church and its Romanesque porch will be enjoyed by history and sculpture lovers.
Contact: Tourist office, Rue Notre Dame, 24550 VILLEFRANCHE DU PERIGORD
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