"Every man has two countries: his own and France."

H. de Bonnier (1875)


The Lot-et-Garonne and Dordogne are perfect areas for anyone who loves castles.

About 15 miles north of Monflanquin you can visit Chateau Biron. Situated on a hill it is clearly visible from Monflanquin. This castle is well restored and is a mix of architectural styles: medieval, gothic, renaissance and Versailles style. Chateau Biron has been the location for several films.

Near Fumel you will find the fortress Bonaguil, impressively situated between the hills. The castle is not really a ruin but doesn’t have furnished rooms either. In the summer months the castle has its medieval festivities and there are performances during the festival of Bonaguil.

In the south of the Dordogne you can visit Chateau des Milandes, made famous by Josephine Baker. This castle, build in 1489, was bought in 1947 by the American singer and revu artist. During her life she adopted several children from all over the world who all grew up in this castle. At the end of her life she was penniless and had to leave the castle.
In the summer there are daily shows with birds of prey, held in the castle gardens.

Just south of Bergerac you can visit Chateau Monbazillac, known for its sweet dessert wine.

Along the Dordogne river are many interesting castles worth visiting; Beynac, Castelnaud, Château de Commarque.