Above: The view of Château de Bonaguil from the road in the Dordogne, France

Evidence of the Dordogne region’s prehistoric civilizations is hidden from view, but medieval châteaux positively litter the landscape. The Dordogne River became a front line in the Hundred Years’ War, and both the English and the French strengthened their positions with fortified towns and imposing castles. We toured three on our recent visit to the region. In addition to the ones listed below, I also recommend visiting the 15th-century Château des Milandes, once owned by Josephine Baker, with a collection of her costumes among the exhibits.

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