Welcome to Monpazier Online, your guide to Monpazier and the surrounding area.
Monpazier is one of the best preserved bastide towns in the Dordogne. In our view, it is the prettiest of them all.
The town was founded in 1284 by Edward I, King of England and the Duke of Aquitaine and is laid out to a strict geometric plan.
The square has been carefully maintained and hosts a weekly market on Thursday. The church is a regular venue for touring musical events throughout the summer season.
Monpazier is convenient for basic provisions and has several small supermarkets, three bakers, several butchers, a petrol station, bank and post office, and a large number of interesting curio shops. Look out for antique fairs and other events held in the square during the summer.
Chateau Biron is just south of Monpazier, on the road to Villereal. Biron was the home of Pierre de Gontaut, Lord of Biron. He was an ally of Edward 1, King of England and Duke of Aquitaine, the founder of Monpazier.
We strongly recommend you visit this beautiful chateau that sits in a stunning location. If you want to go inside the chateau you may want to call in advance to check opening times, otherwise you can just turn up to wander around outside. There is a good cafe just outside the chateau's high walls.