At Camping le Montant, we are happy to share our favourites with you. If you are an avid reader of our blog, you know that these favourites are not what is lacking in Périgord! Today, the village of Domme is in the spotlight, about 15 minutes from Camping le Montant via the D46, to the south.
This old medieval bastide is classified in the Most Beautiful Villages of France. We told you … the “Domaine de Loisirs Le Montant” is in a really good location, at the gates of Sarlat and near picturesque villages which are particularly suitable for family outings. Let us go for this taste of the village of Domme!
There is something fascinating about landing in Domme. It must be said that the scenery is confusing, even for a village in the Périgord. The village is perched on an imposing cliff. You see us coming: the panorama is simply breathtaking, with the Dordogne valley, its lush vegetation and the villages that border it (Beynac-et-Cazenac or even La Roque-Gageac).
We love this golden colour, typical of Dordogne stones, which makes the view sparkle. We like to stroll around the cobbled streets at random, let ourselves be carried away by time, imagine life in the past and soak up the architectural and natural heritage of the region. Now is also the time to explore Périgord craftsmanship and local products: foie gras, truffles, walnuts, Rossini breast, duck confit … Prepare your taste buds and sharpen your senses!
The village of Domme is a bit of a reflection of all the traditional know-how of the region, a true testimony of our heritage. It must be said that the bastide is not very young: it was indeed designed at the end of the 13th century. It is remarkably well preserved, and you will have the opportunity to admire part of its ramparts as well as the gates that gave access to it.
We recommend one of them, in particular: the Porte des Tours. Majestic, imposing, enigmatic, it will intrigue young and old with its mysterious graffiti and inscriptions dating from the time of the Templars … The towers, present on either side of the door, would have served as a prison for 70 Templars between 1307 and 1318. The latter would then have left mysterious messages, through seven religious’ iconographies.
During your wanderings in the alleys of Domme, take the time to discover the sublime historical buildings which give a glimpse of the fabulous past of the Perched City: the Maison du Gouverneur, the Hôtel des Consuls, the Maison du Batteur de Monnaie, etc…
Do not miss a visit to the Grotte de la Halle, the other must-see site in Domme. It is a cave with concretions. The best is just to go, especially as your children will feel the soul of an adventurer walking through the underground galleries! We advise you to end your walk by going to the Belvédère, our favourite moment when we come to Domme, with this magical view of the beautiful Dordogne.
We have no doubt that your children will love discovering the Grotte de la Halle and playing Knight while strolling through the cobbled streets. But if you want to make them even more happy, take them aboard the famous Domme little train! A nice walk that gives the opportunity to pass the monuments for which the City is famous.
Rest assured, you will not have to drive a lot to get to Domme, which is just 11 km from Camping le Montant. To do this, take the D46 south, and you have arrived!
My little ritual is to start from the Porte des Tours to go up this magnificent cobbled lane with its many shops to stop in front of the must-see ice cream maker! They serve you homemade ice creams which are for me the best in the region! My little recommendation: take the time to taste it on a bench on the esplanade, a breathtaking view of the Dordogne valley!