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Villeréal

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Lot-et-Garonne

Villeréal - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Lot-et-Garonne
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The royal bastide town of Villeréal, located in the Haut Agenais region in the Dropt valley, was founded in 1267 by Alphonse of Poitiers, the brother of St Louis. From its past as a medieval new town, Villeréal has preserved a superb arcaded square with a 14th-century covered market, and a 13th-century fortified church featuring arrow slits and a crenellated rampart walk.

A local produce market is held every Saturday morning in Place de la Halle.

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Villeréal

Station Verte de Vacances, royal bastide, Villeréal is a county town with 13 communes. It is located just north of the department of Lot-et-Garonne, on the border of the Dordogne. Its population is about 1400 inhabitants and nearly 3500 on the whole of the canton. In this region of verdant hills of the Haut Agenais, Villeréal is located in the rich valley of the Dropt, river whose sides are bordered by several bastides: English on the right bank such as Beaumont or Monpazier, French on the left bank as Castillonnès or Villeréal.

Quality of life, conviviality and traditions characterize the Pays Villeréalais. The landscape has certainly changed over the decades but nature has kept this privileged setting of the Haut-Agenais Périgord. The economic data of the region show a diversity and richness of the rural space. Hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking, swimming and fishing await you... You will be able to appreciate in passing the accent of the soil and its gastronomy, the perfume of its lands, the beauty of its sites and monuments.

It was in 1265 that Gaston de Gontaud-Biron was obliged to grant to Count Alphonse de Poitiers (brother of Saint Louis) a land situated in his Montlabour forest where the new bastide of Villeréal was to be erected in just four years, Limits of jurisdiction were fixed by letters patent as early as March 1269. Its regular plan perfectly corresponds to that of the bastides: eight main streets intersect at right angles; In the center, surrounded by corners, a large square square, where a large-scale hall was later installed (end of the 14th century), which was endowed with a rare cobblestone floor. The church, slightly breaking with the rigid plot of the borough, true fortress, dates from the thirteenth century. These two monuments are today classified.

Thus, created by the will of a prince of royal blood, the bastide of Villeréal was born and its blazon forever will be "azure three golden towers two and one"... and if Villeréal n ' There were never any fortifications, there were excavated around them enormous ditches called "moats," which, roughly speaking, occupied the site of the present-day exterior boulevards; They were filled in the eighteenth century but the existence of these moats, about seven meters wide, made Villeréal a strong place despite the absence of ramparts.

Things to see and do

The pillars, originally, lay on the bare ground. In the long run, as the base deteriorated, they were laid on stones and this operation lasted for a long time because the last to be consolidated were there. As for the tiles it is also very recent.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres

Events and festivities

Baroque Evenings: Love or not Love
Exhibition 750th Anniversary of Villeréal
Flea Market - Flea Market
Discover the Bastide de Villeréal With Janouille!
Estiv'Art - Art Exhibition
Evening Show: The Band From New York
Evening Show: The Band From New York
Nadau in Concert & Meal
Music Hall
Concert

Photos

The hall
The hall
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The hall (© Jean Yves Leveau)
The hall (© Jean Yves Leveau)
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The hall (© Jean Yves Leveau)
The hall (© Jean Yves Leveau)
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Town hall
Town hall
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Entrance of the church
Entrance of the church
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Astonishing horse head, vestige of the sign of a butcher
Astonishing horse head, vestige of the sign of a butcher
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Numerous half-timbered houses in the village
Numerous half-timbered houses in the village
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Street sign
Street sign
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Magnificent tortuous willow
Magnificent tortuous willow
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Parvis of the church
Parvis of the church
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In the church, an astonishing collection of cement pavers
In the church, an astonishing collection of cement pavers
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Cement paving in the church
Cement paving in the church
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The church (© Hubert Boulitreau)
The church (© Hubert Boulitreau)
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Bodéga (© Didier Veysset)
Bodéga (© Didier Veysset)
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Horse races
Horse races
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Market day
Market day
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Aerial view (© Didier Veysset)
Aerial view (© Didier Veysset)
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Pottery workshop
Pottery workshop
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Puces-Brocante the 2nd Sunday of each month and the 1st of May
Puces-Brocante the 2nd Sunday of each month and the 1st of May
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

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