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Distance: 10,2 km
Elevation: 90 D +
Departure: SAINT-MICHEL-DE-MONTAIGNE
Loop
Cultural
History
Nature (fauna, flora)
Panels: Yellow
Campaigns

Walking

By mountain bike

Strolling along Duration: 3h Difficulty : Easy
on horseback Duration: 1h Difficulty : Easy
by mountain bike Duration: 1h Difficulty : Easy

Spared by the flames which destroyed part of the castle in 1885, the historic tower of Montaigne stands proudly in the heart of a vast park. It is here, at the gates of purple Périgord, 40 kilometers from Bergerac, that Michel de Montaigne was born and died.
The highlight of this hike is a visit to the Tour de Montaigne. The chapel, the room where Montaigne breathed his last and the library of Montaigne are open to the public. This is where the great humanist wrote his Essays, between 1571 and 1592. The personality of Michel de Montaigne still seems to be present in this intact place. Lawrence of Arabia, who visited it in 1908, recounts his emotion at seeing the "Great Man" library. Before leaving, enjoy the view over the Lidoire valley and the gardens surrounding the castle.

Equipments & services

Others

  • Animals accepted: yes
  • Disabled facilities: no

Points of interest

Eglise de St Michel de Montaigne

Church of St Michel de Montaigne

la place du village

the village place

Le vignoble et les cépages

The vineyard and the grape varieties

chapelle de bonnefare

bonfare chapel

La bataille de castillon

The battle of castillon

La tour de Montaigne

The Montaigne tower

Your itinerary

SAINT-MICHEL-DE-MONTAIGNE

Spared by the flames which destroyed part of the castle in 1885, the historic tower of Montaigne stands proudly in the heart of a vast park. It is here, at the gates of purple Périgord, 40 kilometers from Bergerac, that Michel de Montaigne was born and died.
The highlight of this hike is a visit to the Tour de Montaigne. The chapel, the room where Montaigne breathed his last and the library of Montaigne are open to the public. This is where the great humanist wrote his Essays, between 1571 and 1592. The personality of Michel de Montaigne still seems to be present in this intact place. Lawrence of Arabia, who visited it in 1908, recounts his emotion at seeing the "Great Man" library. Before leaving, enjoy the view over the Lidoire valley and the gardens surrounding the castle.
1

Around Montaigne

From the call panel located in the parking lot of the schools, go towards the church. In front of the church, turn right (between the town hall and the Montaigne tower). Follow this road for about 500 m, then at the crossroads take the road on the left. At 50m, turn right.
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Step 2

Follow the signs and come back to the starting point.