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.