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Cardaillac

The village is divided into three parts: the original village that developed in and around the medieval fort; the area around the church; and the region around Place Marcadiol and the medieval garden. While all the parts of Cardaillac are interesting and deserve to be explored, it is the part around the fort that contains the most buildings of interest.

As you go to enter the village pay attention to the sign (French only) that tells you to ignore the urge to walk straight into the village! Instead take the steep track to your right that turns into a path underneath the cliff on which the village is built, and useful to see why this naturally defensive position was chosen for the village.

You soon enter Cardaillac from below, and discover a medieval centre that includes several stone towers, a myriad of picturesque houses (some of them half-timbered) and the Chapel of Saint Thomas. You can also see the well that was once the main water supply for the village.

It is possible to ascend the Tour de Sagnes for views across the rooftops and valley.

After leaving the fort, elsewhere in Cardaillac you should also visit the small medieval garden with a pleasant picnic area and the cluster of houses around Place Marcadiol.
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