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Monflanquin

Monflanquin

 

Monflanquin

 

 

Monflanquin is a charming 13th century bastide town, perched in a hilly region of the Lot-et-Garonne department in south-western France. It’s easy to see why it has been ranked as one of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France - the most beautiful villages of France.

Founded in 1256 by Alphonse, Count of Poitiers and Toulouse and brother of St Louis, Monflanquin has retained its medieval charm and holds many reminders of its past.  This medieval village is traversed by a network of carrerots – picturesque, narrow pedestrian streets crossed by little house-to-house bridges. You won’t be able to resist taking photos of the half-timbered houses and the Place des Arcades, a magnificent central square bordered by arcades.  

On the corner of the main square, you’ll find the Maison du Prince Noir. The House of the Black Prince dates from the 14th century. The son of King Edward the Third and father to King Richard the Second, his most important role was as the representative of the King of England in Aquitaine (southwest France) where he lived with his wife (and cousin), Joan of Kent.  He defeated King John II the Good at the battle of Poitiers.  When he wasn't travellig the country, he would have spent some time gazing through the elegant arched windows overlooking this pretty square. 

Also worth a visit is the Musée des Bastides, a fun, interactive museum where you can discover the history of medieval towns built in southwest France in the 13th and 14th centuries – a time of profound social, political and urban change. The town is also home to a Gothic cathedral.

And of course, what French town would be complete without a market bursting with local produce. The Monflanquin market has taken place every Thursday morning in the Place des Arcades since 1256! A local producers market is also held on Thursday evenings in July and August.

In August each year, the Médiévales de Monflanquin festival takes locals and tourists back to the Middle Ages with entertainment, shows, processions, a market and a medieval banquet.

 


 

If you’d like to visit Monflanquin, why not stay in a stunning house just off the Place Des Arcades.  Constructed in the 1400's, the house has recently been lovingly renovated while enhancing the original features.  With bucket loads of charm, the house sleeps six people.  And with Australian owners, booking is a breeze.  See the Moonflanquin rental property here.

 

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