Bastide and hilltop villages
The Gironde and Dordogne regions have several ‘Bastide’ towns and villages which were fortified ‘new’ towns built during the time of English occupation during the Hundred Year’s War. These towns/villages were constructed around a central market square (often with covered walkways) with a grid work of streets branching beyond. In the Gironde there are some excellent examples, many of which retain much of their original architecture and charm. Some fine examples of ‘Bastides’ to visit include Libourne, Sauveterre de Guyenne, Blasimon, Creon, Pellegrue, Monsegur and Duras. In addition the picturesque hilltop villages of Gensac and Pujols have great charm.