Argentat travel guide

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Argentat is a historic riverside town in the Correze department of the Limousin region, on the upper reaches of the Dordogne River of south-west France. 

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France This way review: it is without doubt the section of Argentat old town along the riverfront that is the highlight of a visit, but there are also interesting historic buildings to discover elsewhere in the town.

Your best starting point for a visit is at the Argentat tourist office, to get a copy of the map of the town showing a recommended route for walking and highlighting the main places to visit.

view across the bridge in Argentat

Medieval houses line the streets that run down to the river in Argentat and are pleasant to explore on foot. Several small chapels and convents are also located in the streets of the town.

As you explore you will also come across some grander medieval houses of note such as the 15th century Manoir de l'Eyrial and the Chateau Neuville, although the pleasure of exploring the town comes as much from the small details that you pass such as the ancient stone rooves and the stone cross in the wall on the quais as the major monuments.


Continue your walk along the river front, past the old houses and quais, which is very attractive - indeed this is the highlight of your visit to Argentat - and there are cafes where you can sit gazing across the river at the pretty houses opposite, enjoying a cool drink and watching the ducks.

This quai area was constructed in the 19th century. From here you should cross the bridge for a nice view back across the river and town.

The town also has a small museum (summer only) that explains the history of Argentat.

There are a handful of restaurants along the river if you wish to extend your stay a little to enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

ancient house in Argentat

Attractions nearby

The countryside of the region is characterised by wooded valleys and small unspoiled villages, and of course the scenery river itself which is very attractive. It is downstream from Argentat that the Dordogne Valley that is most visited by tourists really starts - above the village there are various dams and barrages (the first being the barrage of Argentat, close to the village) that make water navigation impossible.

One trip from Argentat that we particularly enjoyed was to see the Tours de Merle, a series of ancient towers and fortifications in an attractive, and naturally defensive, valley near the town in a bend of the river.

The river above the town, along the series of barrages and the Gorges de la Dordogne, also has many scenic highlights - viewpoints, chateau remains, watersports on the lakes etc and small villages to explore tucked into the valleys. You can take a trip along the Dordogne from Argentat in a traditional boat called a gabare.

There are numerous small towns and villages to explore, especially to the south of Argentat, including the lovely town of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne just a few kilometres downstream along the river.

Explore elsewhere in the Massif Central. You can find more travel ideas in the Correze guide and the Limousin guide.

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Tours de Merle

Tours de Merle

The Tours de Merle is a group of medieval castles in ruins in a picturesque setting above a river

Tours de Merle guide


The town of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne you can explore the attractive old town and walk along the Dordogne river

Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne guide


In a lovely hilltop position, Curemonte is less touristic than many of the 'most beautiful villages in France' but certainly should be visited

Curemonte guide


Meyssac is a village in Correze with an interesting historic centre built in the famous red sandstone of the region

Meyssac guide


The town of Bretenoux has a medieval square, colombage houses and a river to explore

Bretenoux guide


The village of Collonges-le-Rouge is very distinctive, being built almost entirely from red rock

Collonges-la-Rouge guide

... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Correze

Address: Argentat, Tulle, Limousin, 19400, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 45.0942, longitude 1.93861

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Curemonte: most beautiful village (18 km)
  • Collonges-la-Rouge: most beautiful village (23 km)
  • Castelnau-Bretenoux Chateau: national monument (23 km)
  • Cascades de Gimel: site of natural beauty (24 km)
  • Carennac: most beautiful village (25 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Pierre (Carennac): religious monument (25 km)
  • Chateau Montal: national monument (26 km)
  • Loubressac: most beautiful village (27 km)
  • Autoire: most beautiful village (28 km)
  • Turenne: most beautiful village (28 km)
  • Gouffre de Padirac: site of natural beauty (30 km)
  • Gouffre de la Fage: site of natural beauty (33 km)

The French version of this page is at Argentat (Francais)