Exploring Domme

The village of Domme sits on the Dordogne river, eight kilometres south of Sarlat and has been listed as part of the association Les Plus Beaux Villages de France 'most beautiful villages of France' in the Dordogne. 

Founded in 1283 by King Philippe III during the Albigensian Crusade, Domme had an unstable early history. Carved graffiti dating back to 1307 when the Knight Templars were imprisoned in Domme during their trail  The Hundred Years War saw Domme change hands between the English and French multiple times until 1437 when it finally fell under French rule. The troubled times continued in 1588 during the Wars of Religion when protestants took the city by climbing the cliffs which triggered many revolts. More recently, the caves were used by soldiers as a hideout during the Second World War.


Today, Domme's history can be seen everywhere you look, from the medieval town houses, to the recently restored gates. 

Stepping outside Maison De La Combe and a short walk up the hill, you come to the main promenade with many local shops and restaurants all leading to the viewpoint at the top of the hill looking over the Dordogne. 

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