Visit Carennac (Midi-Pyrenees, France)
Carennac is a marvellously picturesque village on the banks of the Dordogne river. The town existed as early as the 11th century, when it developed around a priory, although its history dates back to neolithic times.
In the village you can still see the ancient fortifications, and the priory and church. Saint Peters Church is a roman style church dating from the 11th century and once part of the priory and is particularly interesting - admire the carvings of the tympan above the door then enter to take a look at the medieval cloisters (partly 12th century although largely 15th century rebuild after damage during the Wars of Religion) and the lovely 'mise au tombeau' statues (15th century).
The perfect houses in Carennac are in the local white-yellow stone (bring your camera - it is very photogenic) and the single lane bridge entering the village adds further to the charm. Many of the houses feature ornate windows and other interesting architectural features.
Many of the houses have been lovingly restored, and one or two of the houses have simply beautiful wooden balconies. There is also a delightful 'Rapunzel' tower to discover while you are walking around the narrow streets. When we visited the town was not inundated with tourists, which also counts in its favour!
There is also a 16th century castle in Carennac in which Fenelon wrote his 'Adventures of Telemachus', and where you can also see an exhibition which explains the history of the town and region.
In Carennac it is hard to believe you are still in the 21st century - try and visit if you are in the area and want to escape the beautiful but over-commercialised nearby Rocamadour.
Carennac is also 20km from Rocamadour, pilgrimage town and one of the most popular destinations in France.
Photos of Carennac
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Tourist classifications for Carennac
Carennac is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)
Address: Carennac, Vayrac, Gourdon, Lot, Midi-Pyrenees, 46110 || GPS: latitude 44.919, longitude 1.7318
Map of Carennac & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Carennac, France
- Eglise de Saint Pierre (Carennac) - religious monument
- Gouffre de Padirac - site of natural beauty (7km)
- Castelnau-Bretenoux Chateau - national monument (8km)
- Loubressac - most beautiful village (8km)
- Curemonte - most beautiful village (9km)
- Autoire - most beautiful village (10km)
- Chateau Montal - national monument (12km)
- Rocamadour - grand site of france (16km)
- Le rocher des aigles (eagles) - zoo or wildlife park (16km)
- Rocamadour basilique Saint-Sauveur (monuments on French pilgrim routes) - heritage site (16km)
The French version of this page is at Carennac (Francais)