Views over the Dordogne Valley from Loubressac - @ Raymond Vernhiet
Loubressac is the ideal village to soak up some yesteryear vibes and fall in love with a never-ending view of perfectness.
A flowery hilltop village
Classified one of the 'Most Beautiful Villages of France', Loubressac is set on a rocky outcrop and offers unparalleled panoramic views across the Bave and Cère Valleys as well as neighbouring castles like Chateau de Castelnau-Bretenoux.
Built of ochre stone and capped with pointed brown-tiled roofs, the charming medieval houses beautifully trim the village's cobbled streets, narrow alleyways and central square. In addition to the title of 'Most Beautiful Villages', Loubressac boasts many an award for its colourful floral displays. Spring and summer bring cascades of flowers and hanging baskets to Loubressac's decorative balconies, peaceful courtyards and fairytale staircases whilst its flowery lanes wind up towards a shaded square where Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Loubressac stands.
Fine examples of medieval architecture
Built in the castle's fortifications in the 12th and 16th centuries, the church boasts a beautiful nave, two vaulted chapels and flamboyant Gothic motifs with Renaissance themes. Several medieval dwellings can also be found nearby.
Just around the corner, the chateau occupies a remarkable site on top of the promontory. Dating back to the 15th century, this medieval castle was remodeled in the 18th century and transformed into a residential manor house. Unfortunately, the property is not open to the public, however its imposing honey-coloured gateway is visible from the outside and is definitely worth the short climb from the bottom.
The best views over the Dordogne Valley and its undulating landscape can be seen at the lawns next to the castle. At various points around Loubressac, visitors are able to admire distant views of castles like Turenne, Castelnau-Bretenoux and Montal as well as the village of Saint-Céré and the cirque of Autoire.
A wonderful spot to hike and discover the region
The village's central position means that numerous hiking trails start from Loubressac and take walkers to other gorgeous hamlets via gushing rivers, lush woodlands or medieval castles.
Not only is it the ideal starting point for a day of village hopping by foot, it's also a great place to throw down your suitcases for a week of fun-packed activities as many of the Dordogne's tourist highlights can be found nearby.
Although the village is less developed than others in the region, visitors looking for a bite to eat will easily find a table on a charming terraced café. If you're looking for something different, Le Vieux Pigeonnier Restaurant offers a fantastic panoramic view and large swimming pool as well as an open-air ball with live music every Sunday and Monday evening.