June 20th 2019

Monpazier, a few miles South-East of Bergerac is probably the most famous of the Bastide, fortified, towns.

It’s the one by which the others are judged.

Bastide perfection?

We used a free Aire de Camping Car, 5 minutes walk to town for the 2 nights we were there. It was basic but shady (essential during the heatwave experienced by central France currently).

Superb location for an Aire

We did the obligatory lunchtime Rosé at a cafe in the centre then an evening meal the following night, Friday.


What was surprising was how empty it was on a Friday night. I expect it will be packed come August but it was a bit of a ghost town today.

The only activity came from a lively bar, at the main gate, full of British twenty-somethings, presumably making use of mummy’s and daddy’s holiday home.

Anyway it was a surprise to find that Eymet is more lively out of season.

Beautiful, but rather ghostly for Friday evening.

I think we need to return on market day. All the Bastide towns spring into life on a market day as people converge from miles around.

You can literally spend your week driving to the different markets….which isn’t a bad way to spend your week really.


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