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Varaignes - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Dordogne

Varaignes is at the crossroads of three departments. This town in the north of the Green Perigord, Charente key west and north, Haute -Vienne.

Memories of the Middle Ages are many Varaignes. The castle (XIV in the early 17th century) and the church gathered once by an underground passage. Recipes (now restaurant) was the place where people brought in kind tax they owed the lord.

The village mill and oven ( not visitors) and the fountain of Saint John, former fountain devotions. A former coaching inn with its sign still visible " Loge foot and on horseback."

The old houses huddled against each other in narrow streets that climb the hill leading from the creek at the top of the plateau.

Frequently Asked Turkeys of Saint Martin ( 11 November ) since at least the time of Henry the fourth and Sully. This is the only fair which is constantly maintained over the centuries. Turkey flocks come to the fairgrounds in procession as they once were able to walk with the farmers. That day, in the marquee and restaurants Varaignes is served turkey.

Many turkey farmers have settled in and around Varaignes.

Geographical information

Latitude45.5988110 (N 45° 35’ 56”)
Longitude0.5293020 (E 0° 31’ 45”)
AltitudeFrom 115m to 241m
Surface area16.60 km²
Population432 inhabitants
Density26 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePérigueux (59 km, 1h02)
Insee code24565
IntercommunalityCC du Haut Périgord

Nearest cities & towns

Souffrignac3.3 km (6 min)
Javerlhac-et-la-Chapelle-Saint-Robert5.6 km (8 min)
Soudat5.6 km (10 min)
Feuillade6 km (7 min)
Eymouthiers7.1 km (11 min)
Teyjat7.4 km (13 min)
Mainzac8 km (13 min)
Marthon8.3 km (10 min)
Hautefaye10 km (17 min)
Bussière-Badil10.1 km (16 min)
Saint-Martin-le-Pin11 km (15 min)
Montbron11.6 km (15 min)
Saint-Germain-de-Montbron12.6 km (15 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities


Varaignes and castle
Varaignes and castle
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Lud'eau RAM
Lud'eau RAM
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Frequently Asked turkeys
Frequently Asked turkeys
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Country Farmers Market
Country Farmers Market
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Market Weavers
Market Weavers
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Karting on a circuit
Sports sensations18 € La Rochefoucauld (18.7 km)
Free guided hike
Nature and the great outdoorsFreeBrantôme-en-Périgord (30 km)
Gyroplane microlight flight over Charente
Sports sensations60 € to 160 € Saint-Ciers-sur-Bonnieure (35 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Banks of the Tardoire
HikeEasy1h30Eymouthiers (5 km)
From Saint-Estèphe in Piégut
HikeEasy4h00Saint-Estèphe (10.5 km)
Trotte-Renard Mill
Village visitEasy1h30Bunzac (17.9 km)
La Vallade loop
HikeEasy3h30Saint-Saud-Lacoussière (23 km)
Ancient loop Paussac Saint-Just
HikeEasy4h00Paussac-et-Saint-Vivien (28 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals