Thursday, 24 September 2015

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Discovering Beaulieu sur Dordogne

Beaulieu sur Dordogne, known locally as the Limousin Riviera, since it has a softer micro-climate than some parts of the Corrèze further north. Beaulieu is a medieval town, originally dominated by its great abbey of St Pierre, of which only the abbey church remains, but is a popular attraction.

As is evident from the name, the town sits alongside the River Dordogne, and in the summer months it is possible to take a “Gabarre” for a river trip along the Dordogne. There is a busy weekly market and every 1st & 3rdFriday of the month a large foire, when local producers sell their fruit, vegetables, cheeses and of course the Limousin beef. The town is famous for its strawberry production, culminating each year in a festival, with the largest tart in the world, and a day of activity. Locally, there is also a lot of walnut production, and a special sweet wine, “Vin Paillé”, which is something of a cross between a sherry and a port.

In the town, there is a good mix of independent shops, several bars, restaurants and hotels, plus a tourist office, (with guided tours), and even a museum.

At virtually the southern most point of the department, within 3 Km you actually pass into the Lot (Midi Pyrenees). Within 30 minutes, it is possible to visit no fewer than 6 of the “Plus Beaux Villages de France”, Collonges-la-Rouge, Turenne, Curemonte, Autoire, Carennac and Loubressac, each with its own special charm and character.

Brive is the nearest large town, and airport. Flights to London City and Stansted. Easy access from the north of France via the A20 autoroute, free between Paris and Brive, a legacy of when Chirac was president!

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