Bretenoux is a small bastide town with a cobbled square surrounded by 13th century buildings some with arcades. There is a 16th century town hall and the Consuls house to see. The town square is called the Place des Consuls.
Sadly despite some very attractive houses the large cobbled square is used as a car park for the village and without a central halle (present in lots of the bastide towns) to detract from this it falls short of the attractiveness of many of the bastides.
There are however a couple of nice looking bars and restaurants on the square if you are looking for somewhere to stop for lunch or a drink.
Bretenoux is a walled town and sits beneath the Chateau of Castelnau-Bretenoux, a chateau originating from the 12th century and one time home to Jean Mouliérat who restored the castle in the 19th century. The view of the Chateau on top of the hill above Bretenoux is a splendid one.
If you find yourself nearby on a night-time a few of the villages between the Cere river and the Dordogne river, including Bretenoux, are illuminated at night giving them a whole different atmosphere.
Market day is Tuesday and Saturday mornings. Bretenoux is actually in the Lot department but sits in Dordogne valley.
Map of Bretenoux & places to visit nearbyLoubressac 5km
Gouffre de Padirac 10km
Dordogne Valley 15km
This page in French: Bretenoux (version Francais)