Poudenas travel guide

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Poudenas is a village located towards the southern border of the Lot-et-Garonne department of Aquitaine, about 15 kilometres south-west of Nerac.

Exploring Poudenas

The village of Poudenas falls in two distinct parts: the upper village around the castle and the lower village that is the oldest part of Poudenas and originally developed as a post relay station.

church in upper Poudenas

Upper village

The upper part of the village is centred around the castle, with the main part of Poudenas winding around the base of the chateau and looking out over the surrounding countryside.

The chateau dates back to the 13th century, although it was substantially transformed in the 17th century to create more luxurious accommodation - it was at this time that the long row of arcades were also constructed along with the large terrace above them.

The castle is surrounded by an attractive and extensive park, and it also contains a small museum dedicated to prehistoric activity in the region (castle visits are only available for groups of 10+ and by prior arrangement).

In this part of Poudenas you can also see the 13th century church, in the roman style.


Lower village

At the bottom of the hill is the river Gelise, crossed by a charming Gothic stone bridge.

Opposite this bridge there is a lovely galleried building with a wooden arched verandah - it looks to be in need of a bit of renovation but is lovely none the less. This is the original post relay station for Poudenas.

bridge in lower Poudenas

Local highlights

Poudenas is one of several small villages and market towns in this quiet region of south-west France on the edges of the historical Gascony region that deserve to be explored - preferably at a slow pace, all the better to absorb the tranquil atmosphere that has been associated with Gascony for so many centuries!

Close to the village at Arbussan you can see another very ancient church, with 12th century origins.

Visitors are spoiled for choice with several classified most beautiful villages close to hand such as Fources, Montreal-du-Gers, and Larressingle, a small but perfect fortified village as well as the chance to enjoy the quiet countryside around Poudenas.

You can find more travel ideas in the Lot-et-Garonne guide and the Aquitaine guide.

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Fources guide
Villeneuve de Mezin

Villeneuve de Mezin

This tiny village is just one of several in the northern Gascony region that have a fortified ancient church.

Villeneuve de Mezin guide


After exploring the picturesque village at Montreal-du-Gers you can visit the Roman Villa of Seviac nearby

Montreal-du-Gers guide


Larressingle is a perfect medieval fortified village, with the defensive walls around the town still almost completely intact

Larressingle guide


In the center of Barbaste you can see a 13th century fortified mill and a 12th century bridge

Barbaste guide

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Address: Poudenas, Mézin, Nérac, Aquitaine, 47170, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 44.047222, longitude 0.209444

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Fources: most beautiful village (6 km)
  • Montreal-du-Gers: most beautiful village (11 km)
  • Larressingle: most beautiful village (14 km)
  • Nerac: secteur sauvegarde (14 km)
  • Beaumont sur l'Osee pont d'Artigues (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (15 km)
  • Jardin et arboretum de Coursiana: remarkable garden (24 km)
  • La Romieu Collegiale St Pierre (monuments on French pilgrim routes): heritage site (24 km)
  • Blaziert: ville fleurie 4* (25 km)
  • Walibi Aquitaine: theme park (29 km)
  • Eglise de Sainte Marie (Aubiac): religious monument (30 km)
  • Prieuré de Sainte Marie (Moirax): religious monument (34 km)
  • Lectoure: recommended detour (35 km)

The French version of this page is at Poudenas (Francais)