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POMPADOUR

Between Brive-la-Gaillarde and Limoges, Pompadour is known as 'the city of horses' - home to the Pompadour National Anglo-Arab Stud, headquarters of the French National Stud, and the country's leading breeding centre of Anglo-Arabian horses. Equestrian events take place from the last weekend in June until September (http://www.pompadour-equestre.com/). Pompadour country is also known for its gastronomy (apple production, limousin beef) and its beautiful castle. Photo: Tim Mannakee / ADT Corrèze

Les Orgues de Bort

A beautiful natural site, les Orgues de Bort are situated about 4km west of the town of Bort-les-Orgues. These rock formations resemble organ pipes, hence the name. Great views of the Auvergne mountains. Photo: Pierre Soissons / ADT Corrèze

LIMOGES

A town of history and art, Limoges is particularly well known for its porcelain, enamels and stained-glass windows. Definitely worth a day trip.

Parc Naturel Régional de Millevaches en Limousin

The 'Parc Naturel Régional de Millevaches en Limousin' is a large granite plateau which forms the northwestern boundary of the Massif Central. It is the highest area in Limousin with an altitude ranging between 500m and 1000m and has some wonderful hiking, mountain biking and cycling trails.

Site de St-Nazaire

12km west of Bort-les-Orgues 'le site de St-Nazaire' boasts probably the best view of the Dordogne valley and is easily accessible on foot. Photo: Josselin MATHIAUD / ADT Corrèze

Les Jardins Sothys

These botanical gardens cover an area of four hectares and were the creation of the beauty product company SOTHYS. There are various different gardens exploring the themes of cosmetics. Photo: ADT Corrèze

The Dordogne Gorges

With a wide variety of flora and fauna, the Dordogne gorges are a spectacular sight and definitely worth a day out. Photo: Pierre Soissons / ADT Corrèze

Saint Cirq Lapopie and The Pech Merle Cave

Saint Cirq Lapopie was voted as France's favourite village in 2012 and it is not difficult to understand why, with its unique position perched on a cliff top above the Lot river. Just a few kilometres away, the Pech Merle cave is home to prehistoric cave paintings, geological formations and fossilised human footprints. Photo: J Van Severen / Lot Tourisme

Sarlat-la-Canéda

Probably one of the most renowned and visited towns in France, Sarlat really is a tourist hotspot and still boasts its picturesque cobbled streets and medieval buildings. It has a wonderful market on Saturday mornings. It is a pleasure to visit, although very busy during the summer months.

The Lascaux Cave

Lascaux is famous for its Palaeolithic cave paintings estimated to be up to 20,000 years old. The paintings primarily depict large animals, once native to the region. Discovered in 1940, the caves were given statutory historic monument protection in the same year. In 1979, several decorated caves of the Vézère Valley - including the Lascaux cave - were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Opened in December 2016, "The Centre International de l’Art Pariétal Montignac-Lascaux" contains seven distinct zones, one of which is Lascaux 4 - a completely new and highly accurate reproduction of the caves, including its distinctive atmosphere.