Bastide of the XIII century

The bastide of Castillonnès, founded in 1259 by Alphonse de Poitiers, has a central square with traditional arcades and a covered market hall which has a  charming "pepperpot" clock tower.

The Town-Hall is located in a beautifully restored medieval 'chateâu', originally a tithe barn and later the local govenor's house: the property has a beautiful renaissance-style main courtyard.

You can see remnants of the old walls as well as vestiges of an old chateâu.  Two medieval post gates remain, as well as a charming well, and there are several elegant eighteenth century houses.  The 13th Century church is worthy of a visit and has a baroque-style altarpiece and modern and non-figurative stained glass windows.  There is an Iron Age tumulus just outside the village.

Close by you will find many small villages, with half-timbered houses, pigeon lofts, watermills, castles and elegant houses, reflecting a rich historic past.