Turenne, classified among the Most Beautiful Villages of France and located south of Brive, bears the name of a powerful viscount having reigned over Limousin, Périgord and Quercy for ten centuries.
Rocamadour is located in the Dordogne Valley: The sacred city is clinging to the cliff in a superposition of houses and chapels. From the castle crowning this audacious construction, there is a steep slope of some 150 meters at the bottom of which winds the Alzou stream. On the way to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, the Saint-Sauveur basilica and the Saint-Amadour crypt, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, are available to visitors after climbing the 216 steps of the pilgrim’s staircase . The miraculous chapel, one of the 7 other chapels built in the hollow of the rock, shelters its jewel, the Black Virgin venerated for more than a millennium.
Collonges’s hallmark is undoubtedly its blazing red buildings (hence the name) built with sandstone rich in iron oxide, unusual for other areas in France but characteristic of parts of the region.
Visitors can enjoy a stroll along the narrow alleyways fringed with these flamboyant medieval gems and draped with either clusters of grapes, lashings of wisteria or crowned with an elaborate tower.