Carennac, a Medieval Village with Intact Charm

Immerse yourself in the history and beauty of one of France’s most beautiful villages

Located just a few kilometers from Le Ventoulou campsite, Carennac is a picturesque village and one of France’s most beautiful villages. Nestling on the banks of the Dordogne, this medieval village offers an unforgettable escape, rich in history, culture and natural beauty.

Jewelof the Dordogne Valley

An Architectural Treasure

Carennac is renowned for its exceptional architectural heritage. As you stroll through its narrow streets, you’ll marvel at the stone houses, lauze roofs and mullioned windows that bear witness to medieval times. The Cluniac priory at Carennac, founded in the 11th century, is a real gem. The church of Saint-Pierre, with its sculpted tympanum depicting the Vision of the Apocalypse, is a masterpiece of Romanesque art not to be missed.

An idyllic setting

The village of Carennac is beautifully situated on the banks of the Dordogne, offering bucolic scenery around every corner. Flower-filled gardens, riverbanks and valley views add to its timeless charm. Take time to stroll along the banks and enjoy the tranquility of this enchanting setting.

Time travel

When you visit Carennac, you’ll be immersed in the region’s history. The 16th-century Château des Doyens now houses the Henri Giron Museum of Sacred Art, where you can discover a rich collection of religious works and objets d’art. The remains of the ancient ramparts and fortified gates are further reminders of the village’s tumultuous past.

Activities for the whole family

Carennac offers a multitude of activities for visitors of all ages. Explore the hiking trails that wind through the surrounding countryside, hire a canoe for an adventure on the Dordogne, or join a guided tour to learn more about the village’s fascinating history. Fishing enthusiasts will also find ideal spots along the river.

Taste Local Delights

Be sure to sample the region’s culinary specialties during your visit to Carennac. The village’s restaurants and inns offer traditional dishes prepared with local produce, such as foie gras, duck confit, truffles and cheeses. Accompany your meal with a glass of Cahors wine for an authentic gastronomic experience.

An Unmissable Destination

Carennac is a perfect destination for a day trip or an extended stay. Its proximity to Le Ventoulou campsite makes it an ideal base for discovering the rich heritage of the Dordogne Valley. Whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover or just looking for a peaceful place to relax, Carennac is sure to please.