Nestling in a meander of the Vézère between the Massif des Monédières and the Plateau de Millevaches, Treignac is a gateway town to the Millevaches Regional Nature Park in Limousin.
A village on the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostela
To visit this Petite Cité de Caractère® is to discover a remarkable architectural and natural heritage: Old bridge 13th-century churches and chapels, fountains, granary, 15th-century panoramic tower and half-timbered houses.
The first inhabitants settled near the Saint Méen fountain in Gaulish times. Around the year 1000, a castle was built on a meander of the Vézère. This stronghold of the powerful lords of Comborn and later the Pompadours was completely destroyed during the French Revolution. Treignac was already a free town by 1284. It was then that the walled town was created, of which the Chabirande doorThe only remaining reminder of the town's fortified past. In this city of three churches, you can admire the twisted bell tower of the Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix chapelIts astonishing shape has earned it the distinction of being listed as one of Europe's twisted bell towers. Close to the Place de la République, the Pénitents chapel hosts cultural events from time to time.
Situated on one of the routes to Santiago de Compostela, pilgrims were welcomed in houses bearing the scallop shell. Even today, pilgrims on their way to Rocamadour like to stop off in Treignac and spend the night at the gîtes d'étape de la Halle or Bellevue.
A mecca for canoeing and kayaking competitions
On the banks of the Vézère, the village is renowned for its whitewater, making it a world-class spot for canoeing and kayaking. The first World Canoe-Kayak Championships were held here in 1959, and more recently in 2022. The intrepid river is well known and appreciated by sportsmen and women, who try to tame its waves in national and international competitions.
Stroll around the Petite Cité de Caractère® Treignac
An audio-guided tour of the village's key monuments is available using the free Wivisites app.
Near Treignac, the Lac des Bariousses is a great place to relax. A wide range of water sports activities are on offer in summer, including the Vézère-Monédières Nature Sports Resort .
Treignac is also renowned for its culinary delights.
Chocolate lovers flock to the famous patisserie-chocolaterie Borzeix-Besse. Since 1909, four generations have worked to build the success of their chocolates, thanks to a know-how of excellence rewarded by the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company) label.
The small town is also renowned for its natural mineral water, "l'Eau de TreignacThis is one of the finest wines in the world, and can be found on the tables of the Élysée Palace.
On either side of the Old Bridge, there's a cultural rendezvous with the works of the Galerie du Vieux Pont and the temporary exhibitions of Treignac Projet.
During the summer, the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions of Haute-Vézère immerses visitors in local life as it once was in this little corner of Corrèze.
At Place des Farges, you can meet mosaic artist Pascale in her workshop. A Thousand PiecesIt combines traditional gestures, ancient techniques and innovation.
Your holidays in Treignac
How to get here
In the centre of France, Treignac is 5 hours from Paris and 3 hours 30 minutes from Lyon.
From the A20 motorway (exit 44 from Paris or exit 45 from Toulouse) , from the A89 motorway (exit 22 from Lyon). Free parking.
Uzerche, Lacelle or Bugeat station stop: possibility of transport on demand to reach Treignac from these stops.
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