The Gallo-Roman site of Les Cars
Pérols-sur-Vézère

The Gallo-Roman site of Les Cars

Heritage site and architecture
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Exploring a must-see site on the Millevaches plateau: the Gallo-Roman remains at Les Cars
This path starts in the granite village of Pérols and leads us to one of the most iconic sites of the Millevaches Plateau: The site of Les Cars. These remains are only one of the many places offering evidence of the life of the Plateau in the Gallo-Roman period. One after another, you will pass through hamlets steeped in history: from Ars and its rural heritage (bridge, bread oven, cross...) to Variéras with its thatched cottages, symbolising the renewal and creativity of the Plateau.

5 points of interest

  • River

    The Ars stream

    Taking its source in the heart of the Plateau de Millevaches on the Longeyroux peat bog, the Ars becomes the beginning of the Vézère at its confluence with other streams at Pérols, then joins the Vézère which itself flows into the Dordogne after having travelled more than 200 km. The excellent quality of its waters is confirmed by the presence of the otter. 
  • Heritage site

    The village of Ars

    The villages of Haute-Corrèze are all involved in agriculture. Walking through these hamlets always produces interesting discoveries during a hike: barns, mansions, crosses, bread ovens... Don't miss the bread oven at Ars. The base of the cross and the granite vat are a reminder that the Gallo-Roman site is not far away, as these elements were probably reused stones from the site.
  • Heritage site

    Gallo-Roman remains at Les Cars

    The Gallo-Roman remains of Les Cars are composed of two funerary buildings and a vast dwelling located 200 m below. The presence, in the heart of an agricultural estate, of a wealthy villa owned by a landowner linked to two private mausoleums, dating from the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD, is a hypothesis that remains to be confirmed. This site, famous for its monolithic granite tank, is open all year round.
  • Heritage site

    The village of Varièras

    Varièras symbolises the renewal and creativity of the Plateau: if the cottage represents the traditional rural habitat of our region, the thatch is what predominates in this village of about fifty cottages. These buildings are real people's homes and are private properties that cannot be visited. On the descent after the village, the paved path goes down to the so-called Roman bridge of Variéras.

  • Heritage site

    The Variéras bridge

    On the descent after Varièras, the paved path goes down to the Roman bridge. Granite is everywhere in the traditional buildings of the Millevaches plateau, such as the villages of Pérols and Bugeat. From the extraction of rock to the work of artists and traditional local buidings, the Granite House, a permanent exhibition within the Bugeat tourist office, is a starting point for many discoveries.

Description

This path starts in the granite village of Pérols and leads us to one of the most iconic sites of the Millevaches Plateau: The site of Les Cars. These remains are only one of the many places offering evidence of the life of the Plateau in the Gallo-Roman period. One after another, you will pass through hamlets steeped in history: from Ars and its rural heritage (bridge, bread oven, cross...) to Variéras with its thatched cottages, symbolising the renewal and creativity of the Plateau.
  • Departure : Church, Pérols-sur-Vézère
  • Arrival : Church, Pérols-sur-Vézère
  • Towns crossed : Pérols-sur-Vézère and Saint-Merd-les-Oussines

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Information desks

Place du Champ de Foire, 19 170 Bugeat

05 55 95 16 68

1 place de L'Hôtel de ville, 19250 Meymac

05 19 60 00 30

Access and parking

5 km from the tourist information office in Bugeat and 18 km from the one in Meymac, follow the D979. Leaving the road to enter the village.

Parking :

Church, Pérols-sur-Vézère

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