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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Corrèze

Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Corrèze

Amongst the treasures of the upper valley of the Dordogne is Beaulieu, a charming medieval town to the south of Corrèze. Nestling on the shores of the peaceful Dordogne, its romantic shores over a nice place for a walk. Just next to the river is the picturesque Chapel of the Penitents and its delightful bell-gable with five bays, which visitors can admire. A particularly photogenic place that is certain to enchant lovers of waterside strolls…

The walk to explore the heritage of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne then continues over in the old town, the centre of which is accessible via that Chapel gate or St. Catherine's gate. Lined by old houses, the typical cobbled streets huddle around an old Benedictine abbey founded in the 9th century by the Archbishop of Bourges, Rodolphe de Turenne, of which the majestic Church of St. Peter remains today. So take the time to admire the abbey church's south gate, its splendid sculpted tympanum from the 12th-century is a true gem of Romanesque art! Also worth a look is the abbey's treasure, on display in the north transept, which contains a magnificent Virgin and Child from the 12th century.

Facing the church's west gate on Place de la Bridolle, the Renaissance house reveals its most beautiful attributes, with its superb façade decorated with statues and medallions. Open to visitors, this lavish home is a listed Historic Monument and invites you to experience how daily life used to be for the Beaulieu aristocracy.

Red berry-lovers, be sure not to miss the famous strawberry festival that takes place in the town's streets on the second weekend in May every year! And to stock up on regional produce, head to the local farmers' market that takes place near the Chapel of the Penitents every Monday evening in July and August, starting from 5 pm.

From May to the end of October, visitors can enjoy a barge ride departing from Beaulieu. These picturesque guided trips are an opportunity to step back in time and explore the world of boating.

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Located at the crossroads of the Limousin regions, Quercy, Périgord and Auvergne, the Country of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne offers a wide range of landscapes and activities. Rich in history and architecture, you will discover many Romanesque churches, a leading vernacular heritage and the presence of man in the area for 50,000 years Neanderthal museum. Unspoilt nature and authenticity of the rural heritage are the Pays de Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne a place to live at their own pace, calmly or intensely.

Medieval city born from a fishing village in the year 855, Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne offers the visitor the abbey Saint-Pierre, a masterpiece of Romanesque art known for its eardrum and its rich treasury (the Virgin and Child twelfth century., enamel reliquary from the thirteenth century.), narrow lanes and half-timbered houses. On the docks, the chapel of Penitents is reflected in the Dordogne.

Things to see and do

Hiking trails, bike rides, canoeing and kayaking, swimming, fishing, and all proposed activities will delight sporty; barge trip, tours, exhibitions, concerts for lovers of culture; town festivals, events in bars, dancing and fireworks to the revelers; flea markets and yard sales for bargain hunters; fairs and traditional markets, lively country markets for the greediest... Many festivities mark the seasons and animate the Country Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne.

Guided tours for individuals during the spring holidays and All Saints, and from June to September on Tuesdays at 10 am (registration at the Tourist Office - canceled if fewer than 6 participants). Groups all year by appointment.

Commented Barge rides: The barge "Adele and Clarissa", named after the last of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne setters, was built according to ancient methods, on the banks of Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne in the year 2002. A sign in front of the pier tells you the progress the construction site. This 1:15 commented trip will allow you to discover the history of inland shipping on the Dordogne and the old life in the valley before the dams. Navigation 1 May to 31 October, subject to prefectural authorities and depending on the water level of the river. Reservations and tickets at the Tourist Office: Tel. : +33 5 55 91 09 94.

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Events and festivities

Market for plants, handicrafts and regional products: the last Sunday in April.

Strawberry Festival: the 2nd Sunday of May.

Feast of the Beaulieu-Vayrac Harmony and fireworks: July 14th.

Organic fair and vide-grenier: the 2nd Sunday of August.

Feast of Monturuc and fireworks: August 15th.

Fête des corps-saints: the first weekend of September.


Chapel of the Penitents and barge on the Dordogne
Chapel of the Penitents and barge on the Dordogne
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Beaulieu Fortifications
Beaulieu Fortifications
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Eardrum Beaulieu
Eardrum Beaulieu
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