Domme lies in the shadow of La Roque-Gageac and Beynac-et-Cazenac in more ways than one. It is the gooseberry of three neighbouring villages that flank the Dordogne river.
However, it has no reason to feel inferior – after all, it has been named one of France’s most beautiful villages. It is perched on a cliff top, in the heart of the Périgord Noir.
The fortified town – known as a bastide – was built in 1281 for King Philip III and switched between French and English rule numerous times during the Hundred Years War. Unlike many of the other bastides, its streets aren’t laid out in a strict rectangular pattern. Instead, they accommodate their rocky terrain.
The local tourist office organises trips around the village – both on foot and using the Domme Express tourist train – both in high and low season.
The advantage of being named one of France’s plus beaux villages is the income it brings from tourism. Mind you, that can have its downsides too – just ask any local trying to get through Beynac-et-Cazenac on a Saturday afternoon in August.