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Visit Condat-sur-Vezere

Condat-sur-Vezere is 8 km to the west of Terrasson.

Condat sur Vezere is just 8km from the lovely town of Terrasson but before rushing back to the main tourist circuit of Montignac, Le Bugue, Lascaux etc there are a few very small but pretty villages you might want to stop at. Condat sur Vezere on the left bank of the river Vezere is one of them.

Explore Condat-sur-Vezere

On the edge of the main square of Condat-sur-Vezere the tiny river Coly drops down to the River Vezere forming a pretty little water cascade as it does so. The force of the water here was once used to drive the moulin (mill) on the edge of the water.

Whilst this is quite a torrent in the winter in the summer it does sometimes dry up completely as was the case for our recent visit.

Condat sur Vezere

The village has been home to the Gaulois, the Romans and also the Templars. Wandering round the village you can see vestiges of its past.

The church of Notre-Dame and Saint-Jean-Baptiste dates back to the 16th century and is a fortified church, an important part of the villages defences during the constant wars which once ravaged this region.

Also part of the fortifications was the Chateau de Condat of which only the 16th century donjon and the 15th century Commanderie remain. The Commanderie in the centre of the village is now a hotel and restaurant.

The Commanderie in Condat-sur-Vezere was the main base of the 'Order des Hospitaliers de Saint-Jean de Jerusalem' up until the revolution and was in charge of 30 commanders in the region making it a rival of the abbeys of Terrasson and Saint Amand de Coly.

Condat sur Vezere

Various half-timber houses and imposing old stone houses all add to the pleasure of a stroll around the visit.

On the left bank of the river Vezere on the edge of the village is the fine looking Chateau de la Fleunie which has been converted into a luxury hotel and restaurant.

Places to visit nearby

Plazac is another pretty village in the neighbourhood which is not on the main tourist circuit. Also Fanlac and Badefols-d'Ans. Non of these villages are a key destination in themselves but if you are nearby then they are worth a detour.

The countryside around here is beautiful too and so a little touring round in the car is a pleasure.

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Map of Condat-sur-Vezere and places to visit


Condat-sur-Vezere places to visit



Terrasson is a very attractive town with its pale stone walls and slate roofs.

Terrasson guide
Les Jardins de l'Imaginaire

Les Jardins de l'Imaginaire

An attractive contemporary garden above the town of Terrasson.

Les Jardins de l'Imaginaire guide
Saint Amand de Coly

Saint Amand de Coly

Saint Amand de Coly is one of the most beautiful villages of France.

Saint Amand de Coly guide


Montignac is a lovely riverside village and home to the Lascaux caves.

Montignac guide
Lascaux caves

Lascaux caves

The Lascaux caves are filled with awesome prehistoric paintings.

Lascaux caves guide


Fanlac is a pretty village and setting of the Jacquou le Croquant novel and film.

Fanlac guide