Belvès is officially one of France’s most beautiful villages and is renowned for its seven bell towers and its troglodyte caves. There’s plenty to see and do here throughout the year.

Our building is even a point of historical interest, having served as the gateway – known as le Grand Portail Peint – into the medieval hilltop village.

Belvès draws the crowds, looking to explore its beauty and take part in its many events and activities. Here’s a glimpse of what life is like in the village.

 

Every Saturday, a market in the central square offers delicacies from the Périgord. You can sample pungent truffles from its forests, delicious honey from its fields, creamy cheeses from its dairies, unique wines from its vineyards, and more.

Belvès' Saturday market

Throughout the summer, a foodie night market takes place beneath the market hall and it stretches down the pedestrianised hight street, where we are. You can enjoy an evening of highly affordable dishes and local wines – all in an incomparably friendly atmosphere.

Beneath the central square lie the village’s troglodyte caves. Offering an insight into medieval life in the village, they are not to be missed.

Troglodyte caves, Belvès

An annual medieval festival in Belvès, held each summer, brings together locals and visitors alike. Hundreds of participants help celebrate the village’s colourful past.

Fête médiévale, Belvès

Belvès is in the middle of châteaux country, and nearby châteaux, such as Milandes – once home to Josephine Baker – Beynac, Castelnaud and Biron, have to be seen to be believed. There’s even one literally just a few doors down the road from us.

Château de Belvès

Flying, ballooning and canoeing are all popular local activities. Ramblers and cyclists say they relish the challenge of Belvès’ hilltop location – and for runners, there’s even a 100km race each spring.

View of Belvès

If you prefer a more relaxed break, visit the wool museum just down the hill. Or simply unwind on a terrace outside one the village’s many bars and restaurants and watch the world go by.

The quality of the local produce is what attracts many people to Belvès and the surrounding area. We run gourmet weekends out of season, from October to March, where you can discover wines and cheeses that remain a secret even within France.

Christmas cheese platter

Nearby there are plenty of other spectacular towns and villages to visit, including Sarlat-la-Canéda, la Roque-Gageac, Domme and Monpazier. The Dordogne river itself is also just a short drive away.

Find out more about all that’s going on in the area on the Périgord Noir Dordogne Valley tourism website.