The town of twenty-five towers, fittingly known as the Ruby of the Dordogne Valley
Collonges-la-Rouge is an original and unusual sight, with its flamboyant stones and rich heritage. The red of the sandstone with ochre shades, the grey of the slates, the blues of the roofing stones, and the green of the vines that cling to the walls form the colour palette of a dream village. It has not only earned the “Plus Beaux Villages de France” (“Most Beautiful Villages of France”) label but is also home to the national headquarters of the association of the same name. This architectural ruby set amid green, rolling hills, between chestnut and walnut trees, is an ideal place to go for a hike, as it is also a secondary stop along the road to Rocamadour, a place of pilgrimage on the Way of St. James.
Along the way you will see the church built in the 11th century and fortified during the 16th-century wars of religion, the Chapel of the Penitents built in the 13th century, Vassinhac Castle, built in 1583, a sophisticated and imposing building flanked by beautiful hexagonal towers housing spiral staircases, the market hall where you can find the old oven that villagers once used to bake their bread, and the Maison de la Sirène, which now houses a museum of art and popular traditions.