This pretty little village sits alongside the river Dordogne and is a beautifully tranquil backwater. The houses in the centre are clustered together and are typically Quercynoise with their steep, brown tiled roofs.
In the middle ages Creysse was a formidable fortress, the ruins of which can be seen perched high on the rock. The fortress covered an area 120 metres by 45 metres, encompassing the seigneur's chateau, the square lookout tower from which the plain could be surveyed, and the church. The fortress used to guard the important Dordogne river crossing leading southwards towards Rocamadour and Toulouse. The ramparts are now much reduced but you can still appreciate the medieval character of the village centre by walking up to visit the church and the mairie. The church, perched on a rocky outcrop and to be found up a steep path in the centre of the village, was once the chapel of the chateau owned by the Viscounts of Turenne. Dating from the 12th century, it has unusual twin apses, found nowhere else but in Corsica and Cyprus. The door of the church opens onto a floor paved with river pebbles.
The market hall in the centre of the village dates from the 17th century. A little stream, flowing from the source at the moulin de Cacrey under Mont Mercou, divides at the weir on the north side of the village to create a mill stream which runs through the heart of the village, under bridges to a former mill. The two channels come together again before flowing down into the river Dordogne.
In early August the annual fête attracts locals and visitors for three days of festivities, including an open-air film, a splendid meal of grilled local quails, dancing, a disco and an excellent firework display.
Restaurants and shops: In the
heart of the village stands the L'Auberge de L'Ile, a hotel with a brasserie
and restaurant, open between April and September.
Market: In July and August the market hall is the setting for a farmers' market every Tuesday between 5pm and 8pm.