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Visit Saint Aulaye

Saint Aulaye is an attractive village not far from Riberac in the north of the Dordogne department. It is situated on the northern edge of the Double forest.

Explore Saint-Aulaye

Saint Aulaye is a small bastide town and was built in 1288 by Pierre de Bremond. It is the only bastide town in the Green Perigord part of the area, most are further south.

Park your car in the centre of the village and the Romanesque church of Saint Aulaye is a pleasant stroll out to the edge of town. Narrow streets meander down towards the church which is 11th century and has good sculpted capitals.

Saint Aulaye church

From the church you get very good views of the Renaissance chateau of Saint Aulaye. From here it looks a bit like one of the Loire valley chateaux! Most unexpected in this little village. The chateau is now the town hall. The chateau dates back to the thirteenth century with nineteenth century additions.

As well as the castle some of the original ramparts still exist and, like the village, date back to the thirteenth century.


The village is also known for its rare 11th century bridge spanning the river Dronne. There is a river beach in the town which is a very popular spot in the summer. As well as the river beach there is a campsite, water slides and a mini golf which all help to amuse summer visitors and facilities include a shower and a bar / restaurant.

There is a museum of cognac and wine in the village - the Musee du Cognac et du Vin.

Market day in Saint Aulaye is a Saturday morning making this a particularly good time to go - see Saint-Aulaye at its most colourful and stock up on the deliciously tasty local fruit and vegetables at the same time.

Saint Aulaye

Every year in spring and autumn there is a village fair, the Foire de la Latière, which has existed for many years and involves a livestock market, a plant fair, a small fairground and lots of stalls with things to eat and drink. The fair attracts lots of locals and visitors and is a nice animated time to visit Saint Aulaye.

Places to visit nearby

This is a fairly quiet and peaceful part of the Dordogne with pleasant rolling countryside and pretty villages to see. The main sight to see in the area is Aubeterre-sur-Dronne with its magnificent monolithic church. The church is carved out of the rock and is the tallest of its kind in the world. The village is also very pretty.

The market town of Riberac has one of the best weekly markets in the area and is a pleasant town to visit.

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Map of Saint Aulaye and places to visit


Saint Aulaye places to visit

the subterranean monolithic church of Saint-Jean

the subterranean monolithic church of Saint-Jean

The subterranean monolithic church of Saint-Jean in the pretty village of Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is an incredible church hewn out of the rock.

the subterranean monolithic church of Saint-Jean guide
Aubeterre sur Dronne

Aubeterre sur Dronne

Aubeterre-sur-Dronne is home to one of the tallest troglodyte churches in the world.

Aubeterre sur Dronne guide
Riberac Churches

Riberac Churches

There are a number of pretty Romanesque churches near Riberac.

Riberac Churches guide


Riberac is a vibrant market town in the north of the department.

Riberac guide
Mussidan Villages

Mussidan Villages

Some pretty villages near to Mussidan.

Mussidan Villages guide


Mussidan is a pleasant market town in the north of the Dordogne.

Mussidan guide