Charming towns and villages

Go back in time and discover the rich medieval past of our unique towns and villages.

The region is full of charming villages, with old half-timbered and granite houses roofed in the traditional way with slate or local stone (lauze). Just perfect for a leisurely stroll!

Discover Argentat, Aubazine, Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, Brive la Gaillarde, Corrèze, Donzenac, Meymac, Pompadour, Treignac, Tulle, Uzerche... These towns and villages are open-air museums in their own right, with a life and character all of their own, forged over the centuries by their proud inhabitants.  

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MEYSSAC
Meyssac
Meyssac - MEYSSAC
Meyssac's history is closely linked to that of the viscounty of Turenne. Fortified in the 12C, Meyssac has a rich cultural and architectural heritage. Of particular interest are the 16C half-timbered
MEYMAC
Meymac
Meymac - MEYMAC
Built on the edge of the Plateau de Millevaches, Meymac is one of the gems of the region, with its steep slate roofs, granite stone, a solidly built market hall and picturesque narrow streets running
DONZENAC
Donzenac
Donzenac - DONZENAC
Perched on a rock overlooking the River Maumont, medieval Donzenac consists of a series of circular streets all of which lead to the Grand' Place. Strolling past old doorways lining the village's
LA ROCHE CANILLAC
La Roche Canillac
La Roche Canillac - LA ROCHE CANILLAC
This little town surrounded by the meander of the River Doustre is divided into two parts: the Roche-Haute, built on the plateau, and the Roche Basse, nestling into the hillside 50m below. Founded in
BEAULIEU SUR DORDOGNE
Beaulieu sur Dordogne
Beaulieu sur Dordogne - BEAULIEU SUR DORDOGNE
The medieval town of Beaulieu stands on the right bank of the River Dordogne. Nicknamed the "Limousin Riviera" because of its mild climate, the area is perfect for strawberry cultivation. The abbey
BRIVE LA GAILLARDE
Brive la Gaillarde
Brive la Gaillarde - BRIVE LA GAILLARDE
The word "gaillarde" has two meanings: used nowadays to mean bold or charming, in the Middle Ages the term described a fortified town such as Brive. This sunny, friendly town has a rich history, an
TULLE
Tulle
Tulle - TULLE
Tulle, the préfecture (main administrative centre) of the Corrèze, has an attractive, unspoilt atmosphere. Its main attraction is the medieval quarter of the Enclos, a maze of narrow streets and
USSEL
Ussel
Ussel - USSEL
Situated on the final spur of the Plateau de Millevaches, between Diège and Sarsonne, Ussel is a fine example of the Corrèze's medieval past. This old town was once a judicial and ducal centre and
TREIGNAC
Treignac sur Vézère
Treignac sur Vézère - TREIGNAC
The medieval town of Treignac is situated at the foot of Les Monédières, on the banks of the River Vézère. Old bridges dating from the 13C, chapels, a corn market, a 15C tower and numerous old
ARGENTAT SUR DORDOGNE
Argentat sur Dordogne
Argentat sur Dordogne - ARGENTAT SUR DORDOGNE
Situated on the banks of the Dordogne, Argentat sur Dordogne was for centuries a major trading port. Traditional flat-bottomed gabare boats once left from Quai Lestourgie loaded with local products
CORREZE
Corrèze
Corrèze - CORREZE
The Corrèze river has given its name to this charming small town and to the département. Dating back to the 9C, the old fortified town has retained its slate roofs and parts of its ramparts last
GIMEL LES CASCADES
Gimel les Cascades
Gimel les Cascades - GIMEL LES CASCADES
Gimel stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the magnificent Gorges de la Montane. Here, the three waterfalls known as the Saut, Redole and Queue-de-Cheval stand at a height of between 38 and 60
UZERCHE
Uzerche
Uzerche - UZERCHE
The origins of this fortified town date back to pre-Roman times, when the area was inhabited by the Gauls. In the 10C, the town was home to a powerful monastery and an influential Benedictine abbey.
AUBAZINE
Aubazine
Aubazine - AUBAZINE
Built on a hill overlooking the Gorges du Coiroux, the small town of Aubazine grew up around a monastery founded in 1135 by St Etienne and his followers. This large Cistercian abbey is the best
ARNAC POMPADOUR
Pompadour
Pompadour - ARNAC POMPADOUR
This small town is famous for its castle, offered by Louis XV to his mistress Jeanne Le Normant d'Etiolles. Pompadour is also renowned as the home of France's National Stud, as well as a Mare Farm,