Cadouin is situated at the convergence of several small
valleys (as can be seen clearly from the panoramic view to be
had by following the Rue de La République) which made it the
ideal place for the Cistercians, who were hydraulic
specialists, to settle. They began building in the twelfth
century and over time the landscape was transformed. Today one
can see :
• The abbey, cloisters and courtyard.
• Development of the Griffoul and Bélingou streams which were
channelled via the buildings feeding both mills and smithy and
providing water for the latrines.
• The Saint Louis Gate which serves as a reminder of the space
which separated the abbey from the outside world.
• The market hall representing the abbey’s renewed commercial
activity following the ravages of the Hundred Years War.
• Sources, including that of St Bernard - the best known of
The Association ‘Au Fil du Temps’ (‘Over the Years’) has
produced a guide which is available at the
From the market hall, leave Cadouin on the Le Buisson road
turning right after 50m.
Length : 10km
Time : On foot : 3h20 / By mountain-bike : 1h30