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Château de Castelnaud

This summer come and play at knights in shining armour at the Château de Castelnaud near your campsite in the Périgord Noir, justly renowned as the “Land of 1001 castles”! An officially listed historical monument, the Château de Castelnaud is a perfect example of the mediaeval castles that helped shape the sublime landscapes of the Dordogne Valley. So, ready to conquer the battlements?
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From your 5 star Sandaya campsite near Sarlat, take a trip out to explore Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, a fortified town still marked by the Middle Ages and today a member of the French association of the Most Beautiful Villages in France. Sitting protectively above the town, the Château de Castelnaud offers a breathtaking view over the Dordogne Valley and its lush green setting.
Staying at your 5 star campsite near Sarlat, you’ll be able to discover the many treasures of the Périgord at your leisure. From the defensive line of its many mediaeval castles to the valleys with their evergreen oaks, the cave-dwellings cut into the rock and the picturesque stone-tiled houses. On the campsite, in the comfort of your fully-equipped mobile home, or your tent or caravan pitch at the edge of the lake, sit back and soak up the good life in the Dordogne. Outdoor activities, multisports grounds, evening entertainment, your Sandaya campsite in the Périgord Noir offers an impressive range of activities to ensure you make the most of your family holiday. Whatever the weather, you’ll be able to enjoy bathing in the covered and heated swimming pool on your campsite with water park, speed down the fun waterslides and splash with the family in the children’s water playground. As the evening draws in, get together on the terrace of your holiday cottage to prepare for the next day: you’ll never be short of exciting places to discover in the Périgord Noir!

On the banks of the Dordogne

When you’re on holiday in the Périgord, the Dordogne River is never far away! Winding its way through the villages and valleys, it is an integral part of the scenery and forms the backdrop to all your family adventures. Few would argue that the Dordogne is at its most beautiful when seen from the water, aboard a canoe! So come and enjoy a very special view of the sumptuous Château de Castelnaud on its cliff above the river, before cooling off with a dip in its refreshing waters.
On the banks of the Dordogne, stop off for a picnic, set up your rod for a spot of fishing or simply take time out to laze in the sun. And if you’re lucky you may even see an otter or a heron!

The history of the Château de Castelnaud

A visit to the Château de Castelnaud is a journey back through its fascinating history, marked by battles and the wars of religion. Dating from the 12th century, the Château de Castelnaud is one of those tourist sites that has traversed the ages and remains a witness to its era, as shown by its towering keep and the medieval curtain wall. During the Hundred Years War, the Château de Castelnaud was occupied by the English and only returned to its owners at the end of the conflict. Today the “new castle” has undergone some spectacular restoration work, enabling it to be open to visitors 365 days/year. Behind its fortifications, all the family will be able to watch the trebuchet or medieval catapult being fired, demonstrations of weapons handling, and even try to pierce the mystery of the keep! In recent years, the Château has also become home to the “Museum of Medieval Warfare” with over 250 ancient weapons and pieces of armour.

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