Visit Correze, France
With great scenery, perfect walking and cycling opportunities, traditional unspoiled towns and some of the most beautiful villages in France, Correze is one of our favourite French departments - but don't tell anyone because its undiscovered charm is part of the appeal!
Selected places to visit in Correze
Correze sights and places to visit
Correze is the southern department of the Limousin region of France, sandwiched between the Dordogne to the west and the Auvergne to the east, and with Tulle as department capital.
To the north lies the Haute-Correze region, with the Plateau de Millevaches and the Massif de Monedieres. The landscape of moorlands, forests and peat bogs has its own special charm.
One highlight with far-reaching views (and a 'table d'orientation' so you know what you are looking at) is the summet of Suc au May (near Treignac). A good view point across the region is found at the Porte de Correze at Masseret (north of Brive-la-Gaillarde).
It is at Arnac-Pompadour (south-east of Segur-le-Chateau) that the national stud was established, in the large chateau and grounds (both the chateau at Pompadour and the stud are open to visitors). The department namesake village at Correze also has an interesting medieval centre near here.
The centre of the department is where most of the more sizable towns are found. These include Brive-la-Gaillarde, capital of the Correze, and also Tulle, Egletons and Meymac (town with an pleasant historic centre, and a good stop off town if you need a break from driving along the motorway that bisects the department).
Close to Meymac visit also the small village of Saint-Angel and its fine abbey on top of the hill.
The south of the Correze is where most tourists head for, especially along the borders with the Lot and Dordogne departments to the south-west. The countryside here is very scenic, with woodlands and small fields, numerous pretty medieval villages, and the upper reaches of the Dordogne river to explore.
Close to hand you also have a cluster of ancient castles (the Tours de Merle is among our favourites), and some of the finest scenery along the Dordogne river to the north-east of Argentat at the 'Gorges de la Dordogne'. The village of Donzenac is also to the south-west of Correze.
Visit also the village of Bort-les-Orgues, sat below a hill with curious rock formations (like organ pipes, hence the name of the village) and see also the Chateau de Val near the village on the edge of the (man made) lake.
The natural beauty and character of the southern Correze carries on southwards into the Lot department and westwards into the Dordogne, hence why the south-west Correze is especially attractive to visitors.
A river runs through it...
Both the Dordogne river and the Vézère river run through the Correze department, along with a handful of tributaries, and there are also numerous lakes in the department.
As a result outdoor activities that are water focussed are very popular, from canoeing and kayaking to a quiet spot of fishing. Canoeing especially is a very lovely way to quietly appreciate the countryside and small villages that line the rivers.
See a list of all Correze communes
Map of Correze
French version: Correze (Francais)