Mar 27, 2007
Domme is a small village within the Département Dordogne. It was built in the year 1281 at the instigation of King Philip III. Domme is a so called "bastide". These fortified villages were built in parts of medieval France during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The village is located on a 250 high rock that towers over the river Dordogne.
Domme is deemed to be one of the most beautiful villages in France. It has been labeled by the association of the same name ("Les Plus Beaux Villages de France").
I visited this lovely village during a canoe trip on the Dordogne river back in 2003. Since there was no car available we climbed to the top of the rock. Within the village there are some nice little shops offering local delicacies along the "Grand'Rue". View from the viewing platform "La Barre" over the Dordogne river and the surrounding landscape is great. The platform is located in a corner of the "Place de la Halle" which is the central plaza of the village.
Domme hosts a small museum of local history ("Musee d'Art et de Traditions populaires") and a cave ("Grotte de Domme") which is located below the market hall ("la Halle").
Please note: I did not visit the museum and the "Grotte".
Two other beautiful villages are just a stone's throw away: Beynac-et-Cazenac and La Roque-Gageac.
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