The south of Corrèze embodies a sweetness of life: it is Collonges-la-Rouge, with ‘its straw wine’. It is also an authentic terroir that provides the esteemed elements of French gastronomy: asparagus, foie gras, confits, walnuts, ceps and local cheeses…
The cultural and historical heritage of Corrèze and its landscape are breathtakingly beautiful.
The Dordogne valley
The Dordogne valley, with its historical heritage, its exceptional villages and its outdoor leisure activities is an ideal playground for discovery. The Gibanel campsite is at the heart of a magnificent valley where history has been progressing for millennia. The first people left traces of their passage in the caves, through the magnificent examples of cave art and prehistoric drawings.
From the Gibanel campsite, you can explore a region rich in châteaux, churches and medieval villages in the heart of nature and remarkable landscapes. All this without even mentioning three of the most beautiful villages in France: Autoire, Carennac, Loubressac, and the sacred city of Rocamadour.
Four kms from the Gibanel campsite, you can explore Argentat-sur-Dordogne, a pretty tourist town with 300 residents and slate roofs, at the entrance to the Dordogne valley and at the meeting point of three regions: Limousin, Auvergne and Midi-Pyrénées. It is the former capital of the Scows which left the Port of Argentat towards Bordeaux.
This welcoming town has an excellent cultural and gastronomic tradition.
Rocamadour, favourite village of the French in 2016, audaciously clings to the cliff in a jumble of houses and chapels, 15m above the Alzou stream. From the Basilica of Saint-Sauveur and the Saint-Amadour crypt, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can admire the entire valley.
Known worldwide, this is one of the largest caves in Europe that can be visited, and the leading underground site in France.
103 metres underground, with a network of more than 40km of galleries, you will first explore this monumental natural cavity in a boat, before you discover underground rooms which are as vast as deep.
This medieval town, built on a meander in the Dordogne, developed around a Benedictine abbey with an impressive circular rampart. A spiritual site, witness to the epic Scows, Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne embodies the sweetness of life. There, you can enjoy foie-gras, confit, walnuts, strawberries, cep mushrooms, asparagus, local cheeses, straw wine…
In Beaulieu, thanks to the Aubarèdes lock gates, the Dordogne becomes a lake for swimmers and canoeists in summer.
The Lascaux cave, an exceptional Mecca of prehistoric art, was discovered by four teenagers in 1940 in the commune of Montignac-en-Dordogne.
The site was opened to the public in 1948, but had to close in 1963 because of too intense tourist exploitation.
Today, Lascaux 4, an international centre of parietal art, allows us to visit this cradle of the Cro-Magnon era, which is now a world treasure.
Constructed on the Mayssac geological fault, Collonges-la-Rouge owes its name to the ferrous red sandstone of its houses which stand in a hilly green setting with chestnut and walnut trees.
An ideal place for hikers and heritage lovers, Collonges-la-Rouge is also renowned for its gastronomy and its wine, which has been its richness for centuries.
Close to Turenne and Collonges-la-Rouge, Saint-Robert, located on a 320 metre high mound on the borders of Périgord, has retained a medieval character that makes it one of the most beautiful villages in France. You can appreciate its old stately homes, its narrow, straight streets and the remains of its fortifications.