Chateau de Beynac, Beynac-et-Cazenac

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One of the best-preserved and best-known castles in the region--and a location for films such as several films, including "Ever After" (1998) and "Chocolat" (2000)--Chateau de Beynac was built in the 12th century. Perched atop a limestone cliff for defensive purposes, it's been included on the French Ministry of Culture's Historic Monuments list since 1944. Restored in 1962 by Lucien Grosso, highlights include rich tapestries with scenes from the lives of the castle 's former medieval residents. Use our Beynac-et-Cazenac road trip site to visit Chateau de Beynac on your trip to Beynac-et-Cazenac, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • It is quite easy to find this chateau. To reach this place, it is much easier if we just go around the village and go up to parking spot next to the chateau. The parking spot is not free though. The.....  more »
  • Unlike, say, Commarque, which is still only partially standing, Beynac is intact and well cared for. This fortified chateau is beautifully situated above the river, with spectacular views, even on to....  more »
  • If your time is limited and you can choose only one fortified castle, it's a touch choice. Castlenaud has that fabulous display of medieval weaponry, but Beynac has been thoughtfully restored so that....  more »
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  • Lovely place to visit.. Don't miss the delightful look into the medieval times with a gorgeous lush surroundings and views. We spent several hours walking the grounds on a self guided, freely roaming the ruins. I was not disappointed and feel the entrance fee was fairly priced...
  • One of the most interesting "fighting" castles ever. Not only does it have the greatest of views 360° over the hilly Périgord, but its sheer presence tells a tale of ruthless resistance throughout its 900 yr history. Get a guide to explain the finer points of its defense mechanisms.
  • Great castle, even interesting without a guide. We visited it around Xmas. Hardly any visitors, so great experience. Summer will most probably be super crowded...
  • Steep climb but the views make it all worthwhile. Stunning.
  • This is a cool castle. You can see forever in all directions and look across to Castelnaud.

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