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This department is in the heart of the Massive Central, where there is much countryside and agriculture. It is the southern most department of the Limousin, with the Dordogne to the west and the Auvergne to the east. After the disappearance of heavy industries from the few cities such as Brive-la-Gaillarde, agriculture has returned to be the most dominant occupation. The inhabitants of the department are called Corréziens.
The department is part of the newly formed region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine (since January 2016). It is surrounded by the departments of Creuse, Haute-Vienne, Cantal, Puy-de-Dôme, Lot, and Dordogne. Tulle is the prefecture of Corrèze and Brive-la-Gaillarde the largest city.
Corrèze is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on 4th March 1790. It includes part of the former province of Limousin (the Bas-Limousin).
Within Corrèze, the 19th-century railway planners, influenced in part by the department's topography, endowed Brive-la-Gaillarde with good connections and a major junction from which railway lines fanned out in six different directions. The railways arrived in 1860, at an opportune moment, directly after phylloxera had destroyed the local wine industry. The new railways enabled the farms in the area surrounding Brive to specialise in fruits and vegetables, which they could now transport rapidly to the larger population centres of central and southern France. Locally, the new agriculture triggered the development, in the Brive basin, of related businesses and industries such as the manufacture of jams and liquors, as well as timber/paper-based packaging businesses.
Its great scenery, opportunities a plenty for walkers and cyclists alike, as well as many traditional towns and villages makes the Corrèze another wonderful place to visit and it is only a relatively short drive to the south of Chez Jallot.
In northern Corrèze places of note to visit include; the summit of Suc au May (south of Treignac) giving great views across the Corrèze countryside, the arboretum at Sylvatum (east of Peyrelevade) with its walks through park and woodland and the historic centre of Meymac and its surrounds that encompass Saint-Angel and its fine abbey on top of the hill and the Chateau de Ventadour, an evocative castle ruin on a hilltop near Egletons. There is also the the village of Bort-les-Orgues with its organ pipe-like rock formations on the hill above the village and nearby, the Chateau de Val set scenically on the edge of the lake.
Other towns of interest in the Corrèze include Tulle, the department namesake village of Corrèze and the walled town of Uzerche on the Vézère river.
Further south you will find Brive-la-Gaillarde and west of there is the village of Saint-Robert, another of those villages classified as ‘one of the most beautiful in France'
With both the Dordogne and Vézère rivers running through the Corrèze, along with their tributaries, and the numerous lakes in across the department, water-based activities are very popular, ranging from canoeing and kayaking to fishing.