France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Lalinde, Dordogne, France
This small medieval fortress-town is a pretty stop on your wanderings through the Dordogne valley.





In 1242, Diolindum, a way-station on a Roman road became an English bastide (fortified town) when King Henry III of England (also Duke of Angoulême) fortified it as part of the defenses of his Anglo-French realm. The fortifications were built by an English knight by the name of Jean de La Lynde, whose name remains on the town more than 1,250 years later.

A few vestiges of the bastide remain, but Lalinde today is an attractive Dordogne town of nearly 3000 people. Market day is Thursday when Le Marché Hebdo (weekly market) fills the main square in front of the town hall.

The prime place for a promenade is along the 19th-century Dordogne canal, built to facilitate commerce and the shipment of countless barrels of wine along a stretch of the Dordogne river where dangerous rapids imperilled boats and boatmen.

Where to Stay

Always known as a place to rest on the journey from Bergerac to Libourne and beyond, Lalinde and vicinity has several dozen good hostelries. Look for yours here:












Serene - a novel of the Belle Époque


19th-century market building in Lalinde, Dordogne, France.

The 19th-century market building in Lalinde.




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