The department of Correze is situated on the western edge of France’s Massif Central and its southern landscape shares many similarities with popular neighbouring Dordogne.
Discover pretty villages with Romanesque churches and medieval fortresses such as Collanges-la-Rouge and Segur-le-Chateau and relax in the beautiful countryside around Albussac.
Walkers, mountain bikers and pony trekkers have a wealth of trails to follow, but with over 5000km of rivers and streams and 4000 hectares of man-made lakes and reservoirs, the department of Correze is truly a paradise for water-based leisure activities.
Watersports centres at places like Argentat - once the capital of bargees who transported goods along the River Dordogne - offer holidaymakers the chance to try everything from swimming and sailing to jet-skiing and rowing. Canoes and kayaks are for hire on lakes and rivers which teem with a variety of coarse fish and brown trout for the fisherman.
Northern Correze, part of the Plateau de Millevaches which is the source of many rivers including the River Correze, is a sparsely populated area where sheep and the famous Limousin cattle graze; a land of wild places, coniferous forests, and woodlands of beech and chestnut - beautiful in autumn when nuts and wild mushrooms are gathered. Winter rains produce green and fertile valleys descending to the arable south-west.
Try the local wine from vineyards around Brive-la-Gaillarde with its shops, festivals, museum and one of the best covered markets in France. You’ll no doubt be offered ‘clafoutis’ - a sort of sweet toad in the hole - with cherries baked in batter or ‘flognarde’, which is similar, but uses other local fruits.
In the old centre of Tulle, visitors can learn about the town’s lace-making history and tour the fascinating Maugein accordion factory where workers sometimes give tourists a tune, whetting appetites for the accordion festival - Les Nuits de Nacre - in September.
For excitement away from the water, enjoy the fun of horse racing on May to September open days at the Arnac-Pompadour National Stud, take the family ballooning or to Aubazine Adventure Park offering safe aerial highways amongst the trees.