Château de Val – a castle straight out of a fairy tale !
On a little peninsula beside Bort-les-Orgues reservoir, its silhouette reflected in the peaceful waters of the River Dordogne, the Château du Val is a ’must see’ attraction of Cantal ! Built for defensive reasons in the 15th century on a 30m high rock, the castle used to overlook the Vallée of the Dordogne. 60 years ago when the dam opened and the valley was flooded, its surroundings were totally transformed into today’s magical setting !
The castle is one of the finest and best-preserved historic buildings in Auvergne, thanks to its Gothic chapel and numerous towers. It is in an amazingly beautiful location, surrounded by water and nearby forests. You can explore the castle on your own with an audio guide or have a guided tour. A free game for children is available on request in which they have to help the Chevalier de Val to free the princess who has been imprisoned in the castle by a wicked wizard. At the end of the game each player is awarded a certificate.
Château de Val – a fortress surrounded by the Dordogne