Dordogne (24590) Population: 1,123 Altitude: 280 m
Salignac-Eyvigues is only a small town but has a lot of history, some interesting sites, and an impressive 12th-century chateau on the edge of a bluff guarding the valley at the eastern edge of town.
There are a couple of restaurants in Salignac and normally (we suppose) some cafés. There were no cafés open when we were there, quite unusual for an August. We surmised that the café staff were all at the Medieval festival being held in the valley below the chateau that day.
Chateau du Claude
The 16th-century Chateau du Claude, located 4 km southeast of Salignac-Eyvigues and just before the hamlet of Eyvigues, has lauze roofs and is surrounded by a forested hill. Inside is a sculpted renaissance fireplace. There's a 15th-century chapel in a tower and a 17th-century pigeionnier.
The 17th-century Chateau d'Eyrignac is located 4 km south of Salignac-Eyvigues. The castle complex includes an ancient chapel, pigeonnier and gardens. There's a parking area for visitors, and an airstrip for the owners.
The 12th and 15th-century church of Eybènes is located 8 km southeast of Salignac-Eyvigues; 3 km east of the hamlet of Eyvigues; 3 km southeast of Borrèze. The church, rebuilt in the 18th century, has a 12th-c baptismal basin.
History of Salignac-Eyvigues
Medieval: The fortress castle of Salignac was first mentioned in the 12th century, and was the cradle of the important Salignac-Fénelon family.
More Recently: The commune of Eybènes (5 km southeast) was only recently attached to the commune of Salignac. In 2001, the name of the hamlet Eyvigne was changed to Eyvigues, and Salignac-Eyvigne was changed to Salignac-Eyvigues.
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There are good PR (Petite Randonée) loop hiking trails south of Salignac-Eyvigues.
A loop hike south (about 2-1/2 hours round trip) goes to the hamlet and castle of Eyrignac. An additional loop from Eyrignac takes you further south for a nice day-hike.
There are other loop hikes to the southwest of varying distances, visiting sites in the commune of St Crépin and Carlucet, and the Carlucet chapel.
An out-and-back PR hiking trail to the northwest (1 hr each way) goes to the Moulin de Constant at a small lake. To avoid an out-and-back, you can return to Salignac-Eyvigues on country roads.