The Correze department of France is one of the country’s undiscovered (well, almost) highlights and if you are planning to visit the south of France but can’t face Provence or the Dordogne again this could be just place that you are looking for.
Here are five reasons why you should consider Correze for your next visit to France:
Peace and quiet
Located in the southern Limousin, and neighbour to the Lot and Dordogne departments to the south, it has much of the appeal of those two departments, but with less other visitors to share it with!
Uzerche and the Upper Vézère Valley
An unexpected town to come across, Uzerche has an extensive old town, with a fortified section containing several fascinating buildings looking down across terrecs to the Vézère river below. Behind the fortifications is an old town with numerous medieval houses, ancient manors and other sites to explore.
The river provides additional opportunities for leisure, with canoeing, walking along the banks etc.
There are several places in southern France where you find clusters of beautiful villages, and the southern Correze is one of them. All within easy reach of each other you can visit Curemonte, Collonges-la-Rouge, Turenne and Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, and all with their own individual character – and each highly recommended.
Less driving time
If you are used to driving to the Dordogne you will know that the section after Brive-la-Gaillarde can take some time to cross. Although there is a new motorway across the northern part of the dordogne, the journey from Brive to your destination will usually take at least 1 1/2 hours.
Guess what? Stop at Brive in the Correze and your journey is that much shorter, with much fewer small winding roads to navigate at the end of your long journey.
Because I said so!
Whenever I go away I try and allow time on the return to stop off somewhere in Correze, and each time I discover something new. For example, the town of Meymac, the village of Saint-Angel, or the small village of Correze that gave the department its name.
There is always something new to discover and explore, and every reason to keep going back – the Correze is one of my favourite French departments, and much more than a places to explore ‘because you’re passing through’.