Carennac is officially classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France and it truly is delightful.
At the very centre of the village enter into the lovely 'Court du Prieure', a little courtyard with the Church of St Pierre and its cloister on one edge and, rather incongruously, farm buildings on the other side. The tourist office is also here in one of the former appartments of the Deans.
The church has a beautiful carved doorway. If you visit the cloister (for a small fee) you will see the famous 15th century sculpture of the Miseau Tombeau.
A house with a turret, opposite the church was once the porter's lodge and provided hospitality for pilgrims on their way to or from Rocamadour.
Carennac's castle which runs along the edge of the church, was built in the 16th century as were some of the large houses in the village. The castle was once the home of Francois Fenelon who wrote 'The Adventures of Telemachus'.
The streets surrounding Carennac's Court du Prieure are full of charming 15th and 16th century stone houses and the River Dordogne runs just below the village. Out the other side from the river runs the Hermitage canal, one of the Dordogne's channels and this too is surrounded by lovely houses.
Carennac always holds its main town festival the first Sunday after August the 15th and this is a good time to visit.
Market day is Tuesday afternoon during the summer season.
Places to Visit Nearby
Carennac is in the Lot department and is close to the other most beautiful villages of Loubressac and Curemonte. It is also close the the wonderful caves of the Gouffre de Padirac and the pilgrimage town of Rocamadour.
Map of Carennac & places to visit nearbyLoubressac 7km
Gouffre de Padirac 9km
Dordogne Valley 17km
This page in French: Carennac (version Francais)