Eymet

Road map D2. 23km (14 miles)
from Bergerac on the D933. *
2,552. £ Bergerac. n Place des
Arcades (05) 53 23 74 95.
This bastide town, built in the
Dropt valley in 1270, retains
its original square layout.
Gargoyles look down from the 13th-century keep, and the
15th- and 16th-century houses
have turrets with mullioned
windows. A 17th-century
fountain sits in the main square.
Once an English stronghold,
Eymet now has a large British
expatriate community.

 

Environs
Some 20km (12 miles)
northeast of Eymet is the
medieval village of Issigeac,
with a spiral layout and 13thcentury
ramparts. The 15th–16th-century Gothic church,
with a bell tower over its
entrance, stands on the
site of a priory. The
former bishop’s palace,
its two pavilions set
with corbelled turrets,
is now the town hall,
while the former tithe
barn now houses a
tourist office. The main
street is lined with fine
houses, one of which
has 14th-century
carved beams.