Brantôme is pretty enough to be pictured on the lid of a chocolate box. There’s something about its lush green good looks and romantic streets that makes all who visit fall in love with it…
What to see and do in Brantome
You’ll find Brantome in Dordogne, in the north west of Périgord Vert, and it’s one of the most visited towns in the area. Set on the banks of the gentle river Dronne, Brantome boasts some wonderful architecture, Romanesque nods to Renaissance in this town.
The most well-known attraction of the town is the magnificent Benedictine Abbey. The original was built by Charlemagne in the 8th century; rebuilt in the 11th century it is now the location of the town’s mairie and art museum.
Behind the Abbey are caves which go back to the 8th century and one of them contains a depiction of the “Last Judgement” from the 15th century – well worth a look.
The Abbey’s Church belfry, built into the rock, is said to be the oldest in France dating to the 11th century.
Wandering through Brantome’s picturesque streets, you can’t help but notice the smooth cobbles of the streets. Brantome is on the famous pilgrim route to Santiago, Spain and over the centuries, the many pilgrims who’ve walked this route have worn it down.
While you’re there, enjoy a canoe ride on the river from which you can admire chateaux and the stunning landscape (or take it easy on a pleasure cruise). You can also hire a bike and enjoy the local scenery. If you’re lucky enough to visit on a Friday, all roads lead to the weekly market, an exuberant affair.