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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Corrèze

Turenne - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Corrèze

Turenne superb medieval village is located 15 km south of Brive la Gaillarde and is one of the most beautiful villages of France.

Until 1738 the Vicomte de Turenne stretched over one third of the lower Limousin, Quercy and high Perigord Sarlat. There were then about 100 000 inhabitants, 111 parishes and 1 200 villages. The construction of the castle lasted about 4 centuries. Turenne has seen a succession four families in eight centuries (984 to 1738). In 1738, Turenne is sold to Louis 15th to 4 200 000 pounds to repay debts games Charles Godfrey of Bouillon, the last of the Viscounts of La Tour d'Auvergne (which was excerpted Marshal Turenne). Thus ends the quasi-independence of the last French stronghold. The Viscomtins, became subjects of Louis XV, were forced to tax and the king ordered the dismantling of the fortress. In this long period display, a set of beautiful villages around Turenne make a kind of capital.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude45.0531900 (N 45° 3’ 11”)
Longitude1.5800030 (E 1° 34’ 48”)
AltitudeFrom 140m to 408m
Surface area28.03 km²
Population810 inhabitants
Density28 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureTulle (40 km, 47 min)
Insee code19273
IntercommunalityCA du Bassin de Brive

Nearest cities & towns

Jugeals-Nazareth4.8 km (7 min)
Ligneyrac6.3 km (11 min)
Sarrazac6.7 km (12 min)
Noailhac7.8 km (12 min)
Nespouls8 km (12 min)
Saillac8.2 km (13 min)
Les Quatre-Routes-du-Lot8.9 km (9 min)
Cressensac9.7 km (13 min)
Noailles9.8 km (12 min)
Cavagnac10 km (12 min)
Cazillac10.1 km (13 min)
Collonges-la-Rouge10.1 km (13 min)
Condat10.6 km (11 min)
Strenquels11.6 km (14 min)

Things to see and do

The medieval village descends in cascades of the hill, it is ranked among the most beautiful villages in France. It is a city-landscape, the center of a green.

The castle, with its two towers (the tower of the Treasury and the Caesar Tower separated by the Great Garden Browsers), can be visited throughout the year.

The village kept its medieval structure. Most homes are townhouses, because the city was the capital of a quasi-independent territory, a sort of state within the state. The village still retains its structure Protestant in its lower part.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

The Turennoise in March

The votive festival in early July.

The big garage sale in July.


The village of Turenne
The village of Turenne
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Overview of Turenne
Overview of Turenne
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The village
The village
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A village street
A village street
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Castle 12th and 13th centuries
Castle 12th and 13th centuries
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Tour Caesar and Clock Tower
Tour Caesar and Clock Tower
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Clock Tower
Clock Tower
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Entrance village
Entrance village
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

The Circuit of the most beautiful villages: Collonges-la-Rouge, Curemonte, Beaulieu, Bretenoux Saint-Cere, Autoire Loubressac, Carennac Martel, Rocamadour.

The town of Brive-la-Gaillarde.

Caves: the abyss of Fage Padirac.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Hot air balloon trip
Nature and the great outdoors215 € to 585 € Turenne
2-9 day hike with a donkey
Nature and the great outdoors138 € to 599 € Ligneyrac (2.6 km)
Treetop trail - barefoot paths
Nature and the great outdoors19 € Ussac (16.3 km)
Visit an Angora - Mohair goat farm
Arts and Crafts3 € Peyrillac-et-Millac (22 km)
Horse ride in the Dordogne Valley
Nature and the great outdoors20 € Saint-Jean-Lagineste (32 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The fountains and bread ovens tour
HikeIntermediate5h00Sérilhac (12.1 km)
Puy de Mont Circuit
HikeEasy2h00Vayrac (14.8 km)
Alzou Gorges
HikeIntermediate5h00Gramat (32 km)
The vineyards
HikeIntermediate3h00Concèze (38 km)
Balade N°1 de la Cité Médiévale de Gourdon
HikeEasy20 minGourdon (39 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals