Monflanquin is similar in style and perfection to Monpazier. If it loses a few points by no longer having its central market hall, it gains them back by being on top of a hill with lovely views on the surrounding countryside and by being slightly less touristy. Monflanquin is on quite a steep hill, that adds to its charm.
It has kept its arcades around the central square, and is listed as 'one of the most beautiful villages in France'.
Monflanquin was founded in 1256 by Alphonse de Poitiers, and you can see the home of the Black Prince in Monflanquin centre (top right corner of the square).
Monflanquin has a good number of restaurants including some very good ones (see restaurant page), an outdoor swimming pool and a couple of small museums.
You can do a guided visit of the town with Janouille la Fripouille - these are in French but the humour and interest is apparent even for non French speakers. Inquire at the tourist office for details.
It is worth driving a few miles south of Monflanquin on the Villeneuve-sur-Lot road simply to turn around and drive back again - the view of the town, with its ancient houses spreading down the hill, always seems to catch the sun and is one of the great views of the area.
Monflanquin Photo Gallery (click any photo to expand)
Map of Monflanquin & places nearby
Castle Town village