The 13 most beautiful villages in Corrèze

Argentat et les plus beaux villages de Corrèze

Get out your camera and your road map, we’ll take you on a tour of the 13 most beautiful villages in Corrèze.

How can you fail to fall under the spell of the villages of Corrèze? The department of the former Limousin region boasts both the greenery of the Massif Central and the flavour of the Occitan South. There’s something for everyone here, whether you’re a lover of old stones or wide open spaces, not forgetting the world-renowned gastronomy.

Its built heritage is also well known. It reflects the rich history of Corrèze, with prestigious names such as the Viscounts of Limoges and the Turenne family. They contributed to the construction of fortresses, manor houses and the growth of fortified villages.

Follow the guide with our selection of the 13 most beautiful villages in Corrèze. We’re off!

1. Collonges-la-Rouge

Village médiéval de Collonges-la-Rouge

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It’s the Corrèze village that can’t be ignored, the one that’s on every itinerary. It’s one of the most beautiful villages in France, and it was within its walls that the idea for this appellation was born. Nestled in a valley, its flamboyant red houses dazzle all visitors. In fact, the red color comes from the sandstone used for construction, which is highly concentrated in iron oxide.

There’s no shortage of monuments to admire here, starting with numerous manor houses. That’s why it’s known as the « city of 25 towers ». Among the things to explore, you can look for the mermaid with her comb and mirror on the walls of the house of the same name. Then, of course, there’s the Romanesque church, the market hall and the penitent chapel with its stained-glass windows.

2. Uzerche

Uzerche

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Along the Vézère river, you’ll find this Corrèze village, one of the « Cent plus beaux détours de France » (One hundred most beautiful detours in France). It is dominated by the Saint-Pierre abbey church, which is not only a fine example of Romanesque architecture, but also bears witness to the power of the monastery in the Middle Ages. It was thanks to this power that the village prospered, and that fine residences were built.

From miniature manor houses and castles to vaulted passageways and loggias, there’s plenty of architectural detail to explore in Uzerche. There’s even a saying that goes, « Qui a maison à Uzerche a château en Limousin » (Who has a house in Uzerche has a castle in Limousin), which just goes to show the village’s prestigious reputation. Don’t leave without taking the time to stroll along the tranquil course of the Vézère.

3. Turenne

Turenne

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Turenne, just the name alone evokes the power of its lords and viscounts. To discover this village in Corrèze, a day’s visit will be perfect, unless you’re in a hurry. Firstly, the narrow streets literally climb up the rocky spur on which the fortified castle sits. And secondly, there’s plenty to see, and it’s well worth taking your time.

At the bottom, start by strolling through the charming Place de la Halle and why not explore the artisan boutiques. You can then follow the itinerary of the most beautiful private mansions before beginning the ascent to the top of the hill.

On the way, don’t forget to push open the door of the church, which is well worth the detour. It continues to climb until you finally catch sight of the château and its beautiful formal gardens overlooking the valley. As an added bonus, a number of themed tours are available.

4. Curemonte

Curemonte

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There are three of everything in this village in Corrèze. 3 castles, 3 churches and 3 fountains, it’s sure to be a pleasant stroll. Curemonte is also listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages. Literature buffs can immerse themselves in the writings of Colette to prepare their getaway.

Indeed, the writer lived in the village with her daughter, and her husband had bought two of the three châteaux. Alas, you can’t visit the latter as they are privately owned. However, you can still have fun classifying them chronologically by observing their architecture.

The churches have also been restored thanks to the efforts of local residents. An association also offers guided tours to help you explore the medieval streets. And last but not least, take a walk on the surrounding hills for a superb view of the whole.

5. Saint-Robert

Villages de Corrèze : Saint-Robert

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Choosing which villages to visit in Corrèze is definitely going to be difficult. Saint-Robert is famous for having been used as a film location. Here, manor houses and castles abound, scattered among flower-filled houses. The narrow streets have retained their medieval appearance, while the remains of a former Benedictine monastery and its Romanesque church can still be seen in the center. The fortified gates are also still visible.

Other sights to see include the miraculous fountain, which always attracts a few pilgrims. For music lovers, another way to discover the village’s charm is to attend its festival, with its many concerts. Last but not least, there’s a good chance that the many scenic vistas will tempt you to take a stroll in the countryside.

6. Ségur-le-Château

Villages de Corrèze : Ségur-le-Château

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Let’s leave the hills behind and head for the banks of the Auvézère. As its name suggests, a castle once stood here, more precisely the fortified place of the Viscounts of Limoges. Today, only the keep remains, but the charm of this Corrèze village is still intact. This is particularly true when you stroll along the river, with its old stone houses towering above you.

As you stroll through the streets, you’ll admire many different architectural styles, including beautiful half-timbered buildings. Many of Ségur’s inhabitants were of the « robe » class, as a court of justice sat here. This explains the presence of so many noble houses.

To make the pleasure last longer, you can visit a remarkable listed garden, the Chedal agricultural and landscaped park.

7. Donzenac

VIllages de Corrèze : Donzenac

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The first thing you see of Donzenac is the blue-grey slate roofs. In fact, one of the must-sees in the village is the Pans de Travassac. It’s a unique natural site of vertiginous cliffs from which slate is extracted. The site also boasts a museum retracing the history of slate quarrying.

This Corrèze village is also home to the oldest house in the Limousin region. The historic town center has retained its medieval appearance, with fortified gates, ramparts and timber-framed, corbelled buildings. Don’t miss a visit to the church of Saint-Martin, whose bell tower overlooks the town. The Pénitents Blancs chapel is also worth a visit, as it was built on the remains of a former château arms room.

8. Argentat-sur-Dordogne

Villages de Corrèze : Argentat

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Argentat marks the beginning of the Dordogne valley, and to stroll along its quays is a pleasure to say the least. The village made its name thanks to an important river port, and the comings and goings of the barges gave rhythm to local life for many years. Today, these typical boats still exist, but are reserved for tourist trips.

It’s hard not to fall under the spell of the narrow streets and houses with wooden balconies overlooking the river. From here, you can take a canoe or kayak trip on the Dordogne, or try your hand at stand-up paddling.

The town center is not lacking in charm either, making for a great vacation.

9. Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne

Villages de Corrèze : Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne

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This Corrèze village on the banks of the Dordogne is nicknamed the « Limousin Riviera », and a visit here is an excellent alternative to the crowds on the Côte d’Azur. What’s more, it’s a gourmet destination renowned for its strawberries, garriguette to be precise, as the climate here is known to be most agreeable.

Add to this a number of charming old buildings, including a chapel built alongside the river, and you’ve got a living environment that makes you want to settle down. The village was built around its Romanesque Cluniac abbey church. Narrow streets lined with mullioned, timber-framed houses wind around the monument.

On the program for your visit, you’ll of course be able to enjoy some great walks and water sports, as well as tastings of local produce. In short, a program to die for!

10. Treignac-sur-Vézère

Villages de Corrèze : Treignac

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Back to the banks of the Vézère in the heart of the Millevaches plateau. The village of Treignac, with its machicolated towers, ancient gates and old bridge, winds along the banks of the river.

The lower and upper towns are home to chapels, churches and old medieval buildings. For a breathtaking view of this Corrèze village, climb the Belvédère tower. And if you’d like to relax after strolling through the narrow streets, you can go for a refreshing swim or a lazy break on the Lac des Bariousses.

11. Arnac-Pompadour

Villages de Corrèze : Arnac-Pompadour

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The name of this village in Corrèze is bound to be familiar to you, and with good reason. Louis XV’s favorite bore the title of Marquise Pompadour, because the king gave her the château as a gift. Today, it still stands in the middle of the village, surrounded by its impressive fortified wall.

The other star of the show is the Haras National. As well as being a venue for horse racing, the stud is also known as the cradle of the Anglo-Arab breed. A mare farm has also been created. Numerous events are organized here to entertain visitors, in addition to the historic buildings.

12. Meyssac

Meyssac

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The village got its name from the geological fault on which it and Collonges-la-Rouge are built. As a neighbor of Collonges-la-Rouge, its red sandstone walls are the same color. The architecture is slightly different, however, with many half-timbered houses.

Meyssac is an ancient fortified village attached to the Viscounty of Turenne. And although the ramparts have been destroyed, you can still admire its cultural heritage, such as the old covered market and the fortified church.

13. Corrèze

Le village de Corrèze

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Although not the most famous village in Corrèze, it is nonetheless emblematic for its name, which comes from the river and was also given to the department. Once in front of the arch of the ancient Porte Margot, let yourself be guided as you wish to explore it. You’ll be charmed by the old buildings, the fortified houses, the ancient towers and the little chapel built on the river’s edge.

Which Corrèze village do you really like? Tell us in the comments!

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