Visit Curemonte (Limousin, France)
Curemonte ('most beautiful villages of France') is at the southern end of the Limousin region, near the borders with the Lot and Dordogne departments. It is close to two other most beautiful villages - Turenne and Collonges-la-Rouge.
In a lovely setting on a hilltop overlooking the valley of the Sourdoire river, Curemonte is surrounded by the rolling countryside typical of the region. Because of its position on the ridge of a hill, Curemont has lovely views across the surrounding Limousin valleys.
A small village, Curemonte won't take you long to explore but a visit is highly recommended. It is less 'modernised' than many of the most beautiful villages, adding to its charm, and also has less facilities than many. That is, there aren't lots of gift shops and cafes.
There are three 'chateaux' in Curemonte - the Chateau de Plas, the Chateau de Saint-Hilaire, Chateau de la Johannie - around the church in the village itself, which must be something of a world record (although two of them are together and might be seen as one - the older castle is the Chateau de Saint-Hilaire (14th century) with the square towers, the Chateau de Plas is more recent (16th century) and with round towers). The Chateau de la Johannie, next to the market hall, dates from the 15th century.
Curemonte also a church originally dating from the 12th century, and various other interesting buildings and attractive houses - follow the main street through the village and you won't go far wrong. Take time to explore, and to admire the little details such as the ornate doorways and windows, the rooves of the houses.
The village gives a genuine impression of being little changed through the centuries, best appreciated out of season or early morning when the village is quiet and there are few visitors around.
Interesting footnote: Colette, the renowned French author, stayed here during 1940.
Places to visit close to Curemonte
Two further little churches can be seen in the nearby hamlets of Saint-Genest and La Combe. The second of these is for me the most impressive, being a very early (11th century) roman style church, now also used for artist exhibitions during the summer months, while the church of Saint Genest is a small museum of local religious items.
Photos of Curemonte
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Tourist classifications for Curemonte
Curemonte is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)
Address: Curemonte, Meyssac, Brive-la-Gaillarde, Correze, Limousin, 19500 || GPS: latitude 45, longitude 1.7575
Map of Curemonte & places nearby
Highlights close by
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Curemonte, France
- Carennac - most beautiful village (9km)
- Eglise de Saint Pierre (Carennac) - religious monument (9km)
- Collonges-la-Rouge - most beautiful village (10km)
- Castelnau-Bretenoux Chateau - national monument (12km)
- Loubressac - most beautiful village (15km)
- Turenne - most beautiful village (15km)
- Gouffre de Padirac - site of natural beauty (16km)
- Autoire - most beautiful village (17km)
- Chateau Montal - national monument (17km)
- Gouffre de la Fage - site of natural beauty (22km)
The French version of this page is at Curemonte (Francais)