Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère, situated right on the river Vézère, between Montignac and Les Eyzies de Tayac, is classed as one of the most beautiful villages in France (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France) and it’s easy to see why.

Early one Sunday morning I walked around the village as it was waking up. The village is made up of quaint old buildings constructed out of golden stone which are set along pretty narrow alleys. It boasts a Roman church with Lauze roof and a 14th century château, château de La Salle, with its square Donjon. On the river side of the village is the beautiful, sixteenth century château de Clérans.

Later that morning, we hired a canoe from Les Eyzies. The canoe rental company took us back to Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère in a mini bus and from there we canoed down river back to Les Eyzies. Just after we set off, château de Clérans came into view which is why I have such a fabulous photo to share in this blog.

The village has plenty of restaurants and a handful of craft shops. There is small campsite and camping car park.

Saint-Léon-sur-Vézère is a start/drop off point for canoe hire.

From the 6 July until the 31 August 2023, the village hosts an evening market (marché gourmand, you need to bring your own plates, cutlery etc).