Seniors Visit One of France’s Beautiful Villages

Beynac-et-Cazenac is a commune in the Dordogne department in southwestern France. The medieval Château de Beynac is located in the commune. The village is classified as one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. If senior travelers don’t know much about those villages, check out this great site whose superb photos exemplify rural France at its best. Just touch the link on the right side of the page to access Beynac-et-Cazenac and all rest of the beautiful villages in France.

The Dordogne region is one of most scenic in the entire country. This attractive village is spread along the northern bank of the river, and then continues up the hill to the chateau perched above.

The Château de Beynac is one of the best-preserved and best known in the region. My travel hero Rick Steves notes that “The feudal village of Beynac (bay-nak) tumbles down a steep hill from its massive castle to the river far below and sees fewer tourists than its big brother, Sarlat.

You’ll have the Dordogne River at your doorstep, and a perfectly preserved medieval village winding like a sepia film set from the place where you beach your canoe to the hill-capping castle above. Some of the film Chocolat was filmed here, adding to its popularity with tourists.”

Seniors Love Medieval Charm of Village


Beynac-et-Cazenac is a magnificent medieval village, which has managed to retain all of its medieval charm. Beynac lies just 10km (~6.2 miles) southwest of Sarlat, on the banks of the Dordogne. Beynac boasts an imposing castle, once besieged by Richard the Lionhearted, around which “lauze” stone slab-roofed houses with their creamy façades are built.

The village is unmissable if you are in the Dordogne region, and senior visitors remark that it is one of the most impressive sights in France. The current tranquility of Beynac stands in stark contrast to the turbulent battles it has known during the course of the last few centuries.

Senior travelers just can’t go wrong exploring La Dordogne Region of France. Of course I remain a little bias as I have often told my wife that if she can’t find me “look for me in Provence.”  That’s still my favorite region in France.  As you travel anywhere in France it is always wise to check in with the local Office de Tourisme and in Beynac, it’s no exception.

Senior travelers will find TripAdvisor offering things to do, places to eat and where to stay. Access TripAdvisor on Google and you will find all the information you may be seeking. France Voyage kicks in with their links that will fill out your itinerary with a travel guide, towns nearby and most all of the Dordogne region.

Enjoy your visit to one of France’s most beautiful villages.  jeb


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