What to see in France

Domme, the must-see bastide in the Périgord Noir on a campsite

Vue sur la Vallée de la Dordogne à Domme
Vue sur la Vallée de la Dordogne à Domme


Located in the Dordogne in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, just a few kilometres from Sarlat, Domme is an ancient fortified town built in 1281 by King Philippe III, perched 210 metres high on a rocky promontory. Overlooking the Dordogne valley, this village is one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France, and its main attraction is its belvedere, which offers an unrivalled panorama of the magnificent valley, as well as a host of other treasures. Camping as a form of accommodation will be an excellent way of discovering these in the best possible conditions.

Campsites in Domme

There's no shortage of campsites here. In fact, you can choose between six campsites in Domme itself and around twenty in the surrounding area. Here's a selection:

Camping Le Perpetuum **** in Domme is situated on the banks of the river with direct access for swimming and canoeing. The campsite also has two swimming pools, one of which is heated, and a paddling pool for the little ones. On site you can play table tennis, volleyball, basketball and football, as well as hiking and cycling from the campsite. There's a children's play area with a swing, trampoline and bouncy castle. Something for all the family.

Camping Les Rives de la Dordogne ** in Domme is also located on the banks of the river. It has 78 rental units and 43 traditional pitches. The campsite offers evening entertainment and dancing, as well as shows, daytime entertainment and a mini-club. You can play tennis, basketball, volleyball and table tennis. There are also organised walks.

Les 2 Vallées *** campsite in Vézac is less than 10 km from Domme. This family campsite has 21 mobile homes and 110 traditional pitches. It also has a heated swimming pool. The campsite is located at the foot of Beynac castle and close to Marqueyssac castle. There's a restaurant and bar, a grocery shop, a mini club in high season, canoeing on the river 500 metres away and mountain biking.

Explore the medieval bastide

The medieval bastide town of Domme is full of character, with a landscape that changes with the seasons, allowing you to dream away and be surprised by each new discovery.

Inside the bastide
Inside the bastide© iStock

One of Domme's treasures lies beneath the fortified town. Dressed up in all its finery, the Domme cave is the largest cave in the Périgord Noir. 450 metres of gallery decorated with stalagmites, water mirrors, colonnades and other stalactites await you for a fantastic exploration. Thanks to a panoramic lift at the end of the visit, you can enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the Dordogne valley that's not to be missed. It's an activity that's sure to please children and parents alike. Don't forget your woolly jacket - the tour lasts 45 minutes in temperatures of 13/15°C. A refreshing activity for the summer season!

There are three gates on the ramparts of Dom

me: the Porte des Bos, the Porte de la Combe and the Porte des Tours. The latter, which rises up in front of you, is impressive. It is made up of two half-towers that were used as prisons by 70 Templars in the 14th century. During their imprisonment, the soldier monks engraved the walls with enigmatic drawings that make the place absolutely unique. The Tourist Office offers a fascinating interpretation of this graffiti for anyone who wants to extend their visit.image

One of the three gates of the Domme ramparts
One of the three gates of the Domme ramparts© iStock

The Tower Gate at Domme
The Tower Gate at Domme© iStock

If you don't want to miss out on all that Domme has to offer, it's also a good idea to take a walk along the cliff, 150 metres up towards the public garden, where you'll find a beautiful orientation table. As you walk past the pretty abbey church, or from the belvedere, the view over the Dordogne valley is exceptional. On a clear day, you can see the Château de Beynac, the Château de Montfort and the village of La Roque-Gageac.

Panoramic view of the Dordogne from the belvedere
Panoramic view of the Dordogne from the belvedere © iStock


Located in an old traditional house with remarkable architecture, the Oustal du Périgord is the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions. With a collection of objects and themes such as the bedroom and ceremonial dress, it brings to life the daily life of the last century and immerses you in the atmosphere of bygone days. The museum is both fascinating and perfectly designed, but it's also fun for all the family.





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