Vitrac and Vitrac Port, Dordogne tourism & sightseeing

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Vitrac is a small village but in the summer its river beach and port is extremely popular with visitors wanting to swim or canoe in the river. Vitrac is about seven kilometers south of Sarlat.

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France This Way comment: There are not many river beaches along the Dordogne and so in the summer Vitrac Port is very popular with visitors in the area.

Vitrac Port on the edge of the Dordogne river has beaches on both sides of the river which are very popular with visitors in the summer. The main beach attracts lots of people to swim and sunbathe and also has places where you can hire a canoe or kayak and paddle along the river to either Beynac or Castlenaud la Chapelle.

Vitrac Port

This is a popular stretch for canoing as you not only get to see Beynac and Castelnaud la Chapelle from the water but you also pass by the beautiful village of La Roque Gageac.

There is a snack bar on the port and so you can sit and have a drink or snack on the edge of the river and watch the canoes paddling by.

Vitrac village itself is set a little back from the river and so tends to be quiet even in the summer but is is a charming small village with a 12th century church. The church of Saint Vincent has been built in Romanesque and Gothic style and inside you can see some frescoes painted on the walls.

The door to the church was renovated in the 13th century and above the door are carvings of a lion and a leopard.

Also in the village is an old schoolhouse, l'ecole Buissoniere, which has been converted into a tea shop selling tea and coffee and homemade cakes. 

There are a couple of walks that lead out from the village. One leads to the imposing Chateau de Montfort. It is well worth walking (or driving) along to here as the Chateau occupies a great spot on the river above the Cingle de Montfort which is a deep bend in the river. The castle is private and not open to the public but there is a restaurant below it and a small hamlet and it is a very picturesque scene.

Vitrac church

A walk down from the chateau to the river on the 'chemin des pecheurs' takes you past a lavoir, an ancient washhouse, and a fountain. 

If you leave the Cingle de Montfort in the direction of Carsac there is a great viewpoint where you can see the castle, the walnut orchards and the river Dordogne.

Attractions to visit nearby

Vitrac sits between Sarlat and Domme. Sarlat is a splendid medieval town that you definitely won't want to miss.

Domme is one of France's "most beautiful villages". This area has a high concentration of these classified beautiful villages and the neighbouring villages of Beynac, Castelnaud la Chapelle and La Roque Gageac are amongst them. The Chateau de Beynac and the Chateau de Castelnaud are also excellent.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Dordogne guide and the Aquitaine guide.

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Address: Vitrac, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Aquitaine, 24200, France || GPS: latitude 44.8314, longitude 1.2281

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Jardins du château de Caudon: remarkable garden (3 km)
  • Domme: most beautiful village (3 km)
  • La Roque-Gageac: most beautiful village (4 km)
  • Eglise notre-Dame de Nativité (Cenac-et-Saint-Julien): religious monument (4 km)
  • Jardins de Marqueyssac: remarkable garden (5 km)
  • Cathédrale Saint-Sardos (Sarlat): religious monument (6 km)
  • Jardins de l'Albarède: remarkable garden (7 km)
  • Sarlat: town of art and history (7 km)
  • Beynac: most beautiful village (7 km)
  • Notre Dame des Cordeliers (Gourdon): religious monument (12 km)
  • Gourdon: recommended detour (12 km)
  • Jardin de Conty: remarkable garden (14 km)

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