Your first view of Crocq, will irresistibly draw you to the top of the village on which stand the remains of the 12th-century fortified castle, locally known as "Les Tours". Walk through the steep streets and alleys to get to this old fort that borders the Auvergne and Limousin. At its feet, a medieval garden hosts a wide variety medicinal plant species; and at the top awaits a panorama of the Auvergne volcanoes and the Millevaches Regional Natural Park.
Less known but just as important for the development of Crocq, was the industry around the processing of animal skins and pelts which allowed the village and its surrounding communes to prosper from the beginning of the 19th century through until the 1970s. As a side story, the hostesses of the 1968 Grenoble Olympics wore jackets that were fabricated in Crocq. The history of this industrial past can be traced in the collections now found within the "Maison du Patrimoine" eco-museum.
At the bottom of the village, the Notre-Dame-de-la-Visitation chapel harbours a 16th-century masterpiece: the Saint Eloi triptych. Its state of conservation, as well as its exquisite quality, make it a unique piece.
It is told that in 1969 in a former monastery of Mazière-aux-Bons-Hommes (canton of Crocq) a parchment was discovered which described the recipe for a cake which was “cooked in a hollow tile” and based on hazelnuts, sugar, butter and egg whites. André Lacombe, then president of the Pâtissiers de la Creuse, had the idea of bringing the recipe up to date and thus was born a food specialty of the department: Le Creusois® cake.