A LAND RICH IN HISTORY!
At the north of the campsite you will discover the Dordogne valley along which some of the most beautiful villages in France are strung: Beynac, Castelnaud or La Roque-Gageac. To the south, the Lot valley and its superb landscapes await you. The Lot and Périgord region has a unique heritage with a number of sites classified by UNESCO such as Beynac, Rocamadour or Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. And of course Sarlat, one of the most beautiful towns in France.
ROCAMADOUR - THE SACRED CITY__________________________
Rocamadour, The sacred city clings to the cliff in a superposition of houses and chapels. Its castle, which crowns this daring construction, takes shape on a sheer drop of some 150 meters at the bottom of which the l’Alzou stream winds. On the way to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, the Saint-Sauveur basilica and the Saint-Amadour crypt, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, are available to visitors once they have climbed the 216 steps of the pilgrims’ staircase . The Miraculous Chapel, one of the 7 other chapels built in the hollow of the rock, houses its jewel, the Black Madonna, venerated for over a millennium.
ON THE BANKS OF THE DORDOGNE - BEYNAC__________________________
Just a few minutes by car from the Moulin du Bel-Air campsite, Beynac awaits you, on the banks of the Dordogne. The village of Beynac-et-Cazenac is not only one of the most beautiful villages in Périgord but quite simply one of the most beautiful villages in France. It stretches out from the banks of the Dordogne at the top to the peaks of the hills. Its main street winds through the blond stone mansions to the castle which dominates the Dordogne valley. As you walk along the cobblestones, appreciate the beauty of these perfectly restored houses. In several places, you can stop to appreciate the views over the Dordogne and its valley stretching out to the horizon. However, if you want to take a photo of Beynac, the best vantage point is at the entrance to the village, from the riverside. There, you will be able to appreciate the village in all its height.
Journey to the center of the Earth - The Padirac chasm__________________________
Who has not dreamed of one day living the novel by Jules Vernes “Journey to the center of the Earth” and accessing the antrailles of the earth …. The Padirac chasm is the first underground site in France, the orifice is 35 meters in diameter and the chasm plunges 75 meters from the surface of the causse. At the bottom, 103 meters underground, flows the Padirac river which flows in a network of galleries of more than 40km! The visit, carried out in part on board a boat, will mark your mind, it is essential during your stay in the Dordogne Valley.
MEDIEVAL CITY AND CAPITAL OF PERIGORD NOIR - SARLAT-LA-CANEDAT__________________________
Sarlat-la-Canéda, more commonly known as Sarlat, is a medieval town, and the capital of the Perigord Noir. in the pretty Dordogne department, on the edge of the Causses du Quercy. It is one of the most beautiful towns in France, with no less than 66 listed monuments: Convent of the Order of Notre-Dame, Old Sainte-Marie Church, Town Hall … Between Dordogne and Vézère, Sarlat today constitutes one of the most beautiful medieval complexes in Europe. Rooted in the heart of its terroir, Sarlat is the ideal place to discover Périgourdine gastronomy: in the paradise of truffles, porcini mushrooms, foie gras, confits, pâtés, and fine country meats, Périgord have been able to maintain for many centuries, this great culinary tradition, a true quintessence of aromas and flavors that you will find on the magnificent Sarlat market.
ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES IN FRANCE - SAINT-CIRQ-LAPOPIE__________________________
Clinging to a cliff nearly 100 meters above the Lot, St Circq Lapopie, a true masterpiece of medieval times, is classified as one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France. Its charming little town center offers a maze of narrow lanes. The construction of the oldest houses with half-timbered facades dates back to the 13th century. Overlooking the Lot and its valley, many vestiges recall the time when the city lived to the rhythm of the floods of the river and the shipping activities. Mills, ports and locks still stand at the foot of the rock on which Saint-Cirq-Lapopie stands.