Donzenac, Limousin: tourism & sightseeing
Visit Donzenac (Limousin, France)
Located in the Correze department, the small town of Donzenac is 10 kilometres north of Brive-la-Gaillarde in the Limousin region of southern France.
Donzenac town itself is not very large and is best explored on foot. Walking peacefully through the narrow streets of Donzenac, lined with ancient houses – some in colombage – one always finishes at the Grand Place, then after exploring the town centre you can follow the walk around the ramparts.
The town contains all the local businesses – butchers, small supermarket, bakers and restaurants serving the traditional cuisine of the Corrèze. Those who enjoy confit de canard will be especially at home!
We arrived at Donzenac at the beginning of August, when the town was holding its annual two-day medieval festival. This festival is a true journey back in time, with the streets filled with entertainers, jugglers, dancers and various other spectacles, and people wearing traditional medieval costumes. There are also storytellers, minstrels and demonstrations of traditional trades and crafts, and the chance for children to participate in various activities. The medieval festival ends with a traditional feast.
In Donzenac, as in much of the region, the roofs of the houses have a peculiarity – they are in blue-grey slate, rather than the red clay tiles that are more usual in the southern half of France. The slate for these tiles is quarried, as it has been for 300 years, in the neighbouring hamlet of Travassac.
The quarry can be visited – the enormous rocks (known as the Pans de Travassac) create an interesting and fascinating landscape with crevasses up to 100 metres deep. Your exploration will take you across suspended footbridges and up staircases carved into the rock. There is also a small exhibition and museum showing the history and techniques used in a slate quarry.
Eau de Noix
There is a drink that is local to the area around Donzenac called ‘eau de noix’ and made using a recipe handed down from generation to generation. As a base the recipe uses walnuts that are still green and in their shells, eau de vie, wine and sugar. Our friends offered us some to try and it was delicious, and even better it apparently has medicinal qualities!
The area around Donzenac
The region around the town is valleyed, interspersed with steep escarpments, which for us contributes greatly to its beauty. It is also very verdant, and interspersed with numerous streams and small rivers – much appreciated by the many trout fishers in the region. For those who enjoy nature and walking in the countryside there are numerous marked pathways in the vicinity, in the beautiful Valley of Maumont – a guide is available (small charge payable) in Donzenac.
There are many other places to visit in the region, although many of the most popular are south of Brive around Collonges-la-Rouge (to the south-east) and Saint-Amand-de-Coly (in the Dordogne department to the south-west of here). To the north of Donzenac you should visit the historic centre of Uzerche and to the west you can visit one of the most popular castles in France at Chateau de Hautefort.
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Address: Donzenac, Brive-la-Gaillarde, Correze, Limousin, 19270, France || GPS: latitude 45.2281, longitude 1.525
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Gouffre de la Fage: site of natural beauty (14km)
- Turenne: most beautiful village (20km)
- Jardins de l'Imaginaire: remarkable garden (21km)
- Collonges-la-Rouge: most beautiful village (21km)
- Uzerche: village d'etape (22km)
- Cascades de Gimel: site of natural beauty (27km)
- Segur-le-Chateau: most beautiful village (28km)
- Saint-Amand-de-Coly: most beautiful village (28km)
- Abbaye de Saint Amand de Coly (Saint-Amand-de-Coly): religious monument (28km)
- Jardins du château de Hautefort: remarkable garden (30km)
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