A bastide town founded in 1261, Villefranche du Perigord is to the south of Monpazier and set in wooded countryside above the River Lemance.
Built largely in the local honey-coloured stone, Villefranche is centred around its main square, with its market hall and church typical of the bastide town style.
Off the main square is the main street, and a couple of rather quaint (neglected?) parallel streets.
Villefranche is a quiet town, with little tourist activity, that won't itself detain you for long. It provides a good base for exploring this particularly attractive corner of the Dordogne, with its numerous small villages, woodlands and valleys.
Villefranche is also now renowned for its ceps (mushroom) market.
Map of Villefranche-du-Perigord & places nearby
Castle Town village