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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Cantal

Village du Cantal, Pleaux is a former priory taking place between Dordogne and Puy Mary. It is located about forty kilometers from Aurillac, near Chaussenac and Escorailles.

The town was born in the late eighth century around a community of monks. Very old, the city merged in 1973 under the regime of the fusion-association with the communes of Loupiac, Saint-Christophe-the-Gorges and Tourniac. Between the fifteenth and seventeenth century, Pleaux, then very prosperous city, sees the construction of five castles still visible in part on the territory.

Full of charm, the town seduces visitors passing through its architectural heritage, but especially by its unspoiled nature and authentic. Lovers of outdoor living will be able to learn about hiking or other leisure activities, while enjoying the flora and fauna, while gourmets will delight in local specialties such as truffles, pounti, stuffed cabbage. or cheese and Salers meat.

Geographical information

Tourism labels
Latitude45.1339780 (N 45° 8’ 2”)
Longitude2.2258490 (E 2° 13’ 33”)
AltitudeFrom 264m to 765m
Surface area92.39 km²
Population1549 inhabitants
Density16 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureAurillac (28 mi, 43 min)
Insee code15153
IntercommunalityCC du Pays de Salers
TerritoryAuvergne, Massif Central

Nearest cities & towns

Barriac-les-Bosquets2.4 mi (6 min)
Rilhac-Xaintrie3.2 mi (10 min)
Chaussenac4.8 mi (9 min)
Saint-Julien-aux-Bois4.9 mi (10 min)
Ally5.5 mi (11 min)
Escorailles6.3 mi (13 min)
Brageac7.3 mi (15 min)
Saint-Privat7.4 mi (14 min)
Auriac7.5 mi (19 min)
Saint-Martin-Cantalès8.6 mi (20 min)
Sainte-Eulalie9.3 mi (21 min)
Cros-de-Montvert9.8 mi (20 min)
Drugeac10 mi (21 min)
Besse10.4 mi (25 min)
Arnac10.4 mi (25 min)

Things to see and do

Located on the former town of Loupiac, the castle of Branzac is a former Renaissance manor listed historical monument. In ruins and forbidden to the public, the site still has two towers encircling the main building, as well as an enclosure. Today in very bad condition, it still presents some murals and humanist currencies.

Beautiful Romanesque building, the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church of Pleaux presents an old fortress tower classified as an historic monument. Inside, you can admire two classified statues, a Pieta of the fifteenth century or the relics of Pius I. Do not miss to appreciate the Saint-Loup church of Loupiac or the Notre-Dame du Château chapel in Saint-Christophe-les-Gorges.

Also Romanesque, the church of Saint-Victor Tourniac unveils a beautiful altar of white marble, and a stone cross of the twelfth century in the cemetery.

Created in the middle of the 20th century, the dam Enchanet can be admired during a hike in the surroundings. It retains the waters of the Maronne and its reservoir extends over fifteen kilometers.

But it is mainly for its landscapes that the municipality of Pleaux is appreciated by visitors. It is possible to go hiking, mountain biking, swimming and tennis.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities


Tuesday 14 july
Min. 11°C - Max. 25°C
Wednesday 15 july
Min. 13°C - Max. 20°C
Thursday 16 july
Min. 10°C - Max. 23°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Wakeboarding with a water-skiing school
Sports sensations20 € Lanobre (25 mi)
Adventure sightseeing on a river with a nature guide
Nature and the great outdoors35 € Vayrac (28 mi)
Quad bike ride in the Corrèze Valley
Sports sensations45 € to 199 € Saint-Hilaire-Peyroux (29 mi)
2-9 day hike with a donkey
Nature and the great outdoors157 € to 680 € Ligneyrac (30 mi)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Medieval city of La Roquebrou
HikeIntermediate30 minLaroquebrou (11.6 mi)
Village of Fontanges
Village visitEasy1h00Fontanges (13.6 mi)
The banks
HikeEasy2h15Argentat-sur-Dordogne (14.2 mi)
Heritage tour
HikeEasy40 minArgentat-sur-Dordogne (14.3 mi)
From Seyviolle to Tiolade
HikeIntermediate2h00Veyrières (15.9 mi)


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