In the middle ages – around 13th-14thcenturies – many new towns were built, the so called bastide towns, especially in the rural areas of south-west France. They were built to promote trade and attracting people to settle in the towns, and working on the surrounding lands.
Their specific layout – the recognizable grid-pattern, with straight streets and alleys leading to a central market square is typical for the bastides.
During the 100 years war between the English and French, many bastide towns were fortified, and provided extra security and safety for the residents.
Bastide towns typically have a church, narrow alleys – the carreyroues – criss-crossing between the streets and market squares were edged with sheltered arcades.
Most bastide towns also had a covered market place. But that is no longer present in Eymet, instead, a large fountain is centering the square.
Eymet is one of the rare bastide towns were remains of the fortification and old castle are still present. It has a pretty Roman bridge over the river Dropt.
Ever since the middle ages, there is the weekly Thursday market, attracting many visitors from the surrounding areas, and especially very animated during the summer months.
During the summer months Eymet also attracts many tourists to visit the nocturnal “marchés gourmands” where local produce and delicacies – as well as local wines of course – can be tasted.