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Monflanquin is  one of the most beautiful and intact medieval towns in the country, and is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. It is strategically located along medieval trade routes in the Lot-et-Garonne department of southwest France, and is part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

While its history dates back to the Roman era, Monflanquin was redesigned in 1252 as a military bastide. The town was rebuilt in 1256 in a grid pattern surrounded by fortified walls and towers. The fortifications, including eleven towers and gates, were dismantled in 1632 under the orders of Cardinal Richelieu, who served as First Minister of State, Governor of Brittany, and Grand Master of the Navigation, under King Louis XIII.


In the centuries that followed, Monflanquin remained an important center for trade and commerce. Today, it is a well-preserved medieval town known for its picturesque streets, charming houses, and relaxed atmosphere.

The square is home to the weekly market each Thursday, as it has been since 1256! Most of the restaurants in Monflanquin are clustered around this central square. It is also home to a hugely popular medieval festival  each August.


Noteworthy on the square is the House of Edward, the Black Prince.  He resided here during the Hundred Years War and not surprisingly kept the best house for himself.  (However, all of the corner houses have suitably impressive stone arches, or arcades.)

Just outside the square is the impressive 13th century Church of Saint-André. Continue a little way beyond the church to reach the top of the hill and find scenic views across open countryside, extending to Château Biron on the distant horizon. (More local history can be discovered at the Bastide  Museum -- a short walk from the church.)

Peruse our local attractions page to see more. And, here are some of our favorite photos of Monflanquin and local activities.

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