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  • 1 Grottes de Villars Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Le Cluzeau F - 24530 Villars

    Of the 13km/8mi that have been explored since the cave was discovered in 1953, only 600m/656yd are open to visitors who can walk along galleries linking chambers dug by an underground river and decorated with amazing and varied concretions: draperies..

  • 2 Maxange caves Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Mestreguiral F - 24480 Le Buisson-de-Cadouin

    These caves, discovered in 2000 by Angel Caballero, consist of galleries hollowed out of the yellow limestone by the sea. The tour starts in the lower gallery with a presentation of the different layers of sediment and moves into the upper gallery wh..

  • 3 Marqueyssac gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Jardins de Marqueyssac F - 24220 Vezac

    Covering an area of 22ha, Marqueyssac gardens are laid out on a rocky spur overlooking the Dordogne valley. In front of the charming 18C château, the main terrace is arranged in a geometric pattern which evokes the symmetry of the building. The basti..

  • 4 Pont Valentré bridge Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pont Valentré F - 46000 Cahors

    With its three machicolated towers, crenellated parapets and pointed cutwaters alternating with seven pointed arches, this magnificent bridge is a bold and elegant masterpiece of medieval military architecture and has become a symbol for the city!

  • 5 Gouffre de Padirac caves Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    D 90 F - 46500 Padirac

    First explored by Édouard-A. Martel in 1890, these caves consist of a 22km network of galleries and underground rivers located beneath the Causse de Gramat limestone plateau. The Galerie de la Source just after the chasm leads to the Rivière Plane, a..

  • 6 The village of St-Cirq-Lapopie Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 46630 St-Cirq-Lapopie

    The maze of narrow alleyways and fine half-timbered houses with their corbelled façades bear witness to the importance of this village in the Middle Ages. The workshops once inhabited by wood turners have been restored, returning the village to its f..

  • 7 Figeac's old quarter Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place de la Raison F - 46100 Figeac

    The fortified medieval centre of Figeac retains evidence of its thriving past in the architecture of its houses. The local material, beige sandstone, makes the buildings particularly bright. Typical 13C, 14C and 15C architectural elements include lar..

  • 8 Musée Champollion - Egyptology and the History of Writing Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    pl. Champollion F - 46100 Figeac

    This museum dedicated to Jean-François Champollion occupying the 13C house where he was born has been extended with a new building that triples the exhibition space. Now, as well as focusing on Champollion, his work and Egyptology (sarcophagi, mummie..

  • 9 Château de Castelnau-Bretenoux Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 46130 Prudhomat

    Located on a rocky spur dominating the confluence of the Cère and Dordogne rivers, this "jagged outline of blood-coloured stone", as French novelist Pierre Loti called it, is considered one of the finest examples of medieval military archit..

  • 10 Grottoes Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Le Bourg F - 46200 Lacave

    The beautiful Lacave grottoes, cut under the Gramat limestone plateau, were discovered by Armand Viré in 1902. The underground tunnels enable you to admire the relentless work of nature. You can see splendid stalactites and stalagmites, as well as a ..

  • 11 Noirlac Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Noirlac F - 18200 Bruère-Allichamps

    Built around 1150, this superb Cistercian abbey comprises a 12C-13C church, cloisters, outhouses (late 12C-14C) and what remains of the conventual buildings. Built in the lovely local white stone, it boasts enormous paving slabs and modern stained-gl..

  • 12 Floral Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 18150 Apremont-sur-Allier

    In order to create this 4ha park, inspired by 18C English examples, it was necessary to dam a valley for water features, transform a former quarry into a waterfall and meadows into lawns and woods, necessitating bulldozers to plant mature trees weigh..

  • 13 Waterfalls of Gimel-les- Cascades Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Parc Vuillier F - 19800 Gimel-les-Cascades

    The Corrèze has its very own Niagara! The River Montane squeezes through a tight gorge, carving a rocky path before dropping from a height of 143m. The first waterfall, called Grande Cascade or Grand Saut, drops 45m and is closely followed by the sec..

  • 14 Suc-au-May Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - Treignac

    From the orientation table at a height of 908m, the panoramic view encompasses the Limousin landscape and the Millevaches plateau. The Monédières massif rises in the foreground, a series of humps and gentle depressions. On a good day, the distinctive..

  • 15 Tours de Merle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 19220 St-Geniez-ô-Merle

    Standing proudly atop a rocky outcrop, this old frontier post between the duchy of Aquitaine and county of Auvergne emerges amidst abundant vegetation. In bygone days, the lords of La Xiantrie each had a château-refuge on this very rock, very useful ..

  • 16 La Brenne Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 36300 Rosnay

    Surrounded by Berry, Touraine, Poitou and the Limousin, this region of legends covers some 166 000ha, a mosaic of wild and mysterious landscapes which have long inspired poets and artists. Characterised by the juxtaposition of lakes and forests, moor..

  • 17 Château de Bouges Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    15 r. du Château F - 36110 Bouges-le-Château

    In 1759, Count Charles Le Blanc de Marnaval, owner of the Clavières forges and director of the Châteauroux Royal fabric manufactory, acquired the Bouges estate and began building this Louis XV residence, subsequently owned by Talleyrand between 1818 ..

  • 18 Lake Vassivière Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 87470 Peyrat-le-Château

    In a verdant landscape of wooded hills, this artificial lake covers 1 000ha, the result of the construction of the Vassiviere Dam on the River Maulde. Each year this is the venue for major sailing events, and one of its islands (bridged access on foo..

  • 19 Collegiate Church of St Pierre du Dorat Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Rue de la Psalette F - Le Dorat

    Le Dorat has one of the Limousin's most majestic and sober works of architecture. The collegiate church's facade has a lobed doorway showing mozarabic influence perhaps attributable to Compostela pilgrims. Above the crossing is an elegant three-story..

  • 20 Oradour-sur-Glane Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Champ-de-Foire F - 87520 Oradour-sur-Glane

    On 10 June 1944, four days after the D-Day landings, an entire village of 642 people was wiped out by German troops of the Das Reich division. Whitewashed walls, a memorial, and a cemetery where lie these victims of Nazism comprise this "martyr ..

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