Awarded the “Plus Beaux Villages de France” label (Most Beautiful Villages in France), the bastide of Monpazier dazzles with its exceptional character; it has remained virtually intact since it was founded in 1284 – in the name of King Edward I of England.
Acknowledged as the ‘model’ bastide with its perfect orthogonal layout, it would influence the style of some of the greatest architects.
Stroll along its narrow streets and alleyways, wander under its arches and explore its Thursday-morning market, on the Place des Cornières that has existed for over 700 years!
Go and visit the artists, craftspeople and producers based in the village.
Enjoy the wide range of events and activities proposed during the summer.
And, if you are curious... you can be sure this jewel of medieval architecture will have a lot of surprises in store for you!
A dedicated centre to discover all about bastides...
The Bastideum takes you on a journey into the history of bastides and invites you to discover the architecture, the heritage and life in these new towns during the Middle Ages based on one of the finest examples that still exists today in South-West France: Monpazier. Animations, games for children, a medieval garden... Continue your journey using your smartphone or tablet as you stroll through the streets!
Arts & crafts workshops...
Around the corner of a street, of an alleyway, a passageway, a square, enter the world of our arts & crafts workshops...
Local craftspeople will share their passion, their know-how with you and may even demonstrate their manufacturing techniques to you in their workshops