Until the middle of the fifteenth century, village life in this part of France was centred in nearby la Combe. But, by the time the Hundred Years War had ended in 1453, the village had been destroyed. All that remains today is the tiny chapel dedicated to Saint-Hilaire.
The villagers moved to the site of present-day Curemonte and settled around three châteaux built during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries by generations of the Plas family.
(Published January 2016, last updated July 2021)
Château de Saint-Hilaire, Château de Plas and Château de la Johannie are now privately owned and unfortunately, not open to the public, but their grandeur and the historic charm of the winding streets, have earned Curemonte its rightful classification as one of France’s most beautiful villages.
The French novelist Colette found this area so enchanting that she spent several weeks here writing and mentions the village in one of her books—Journal à Rebours.
Let’s take a look around and see why she loved it so!
Which long-distance walk in France visits Curemonte? Martel to Rocamadour
Where is Curemonte, France? Find it on Google maps
Curemonte is 37.7 kilometres (23.6 miles) from the starting point of Martel.
If you are following my suggested itinerary (which you’ll find here), you’ll arrive in Curemonte in time for a late lunch on the third day of walking. (Don’t forget to visit the chapel Saint-Hilaire de la Combe a kilometre or so before you reach the village.)
The third day of walking from Collonges-la-Rouge to Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne is a long one at 27 kilometres (16.9 miles). If you prefer a shorter walk, you could break the journey with an overnight stop here in Curemonte or take a taxi for part of the way (I suggest taking a taxi from Collonges-la-Rouge as far as Saint-Hilaire de la Combe which will reduce the walk by 14 kilometres/8.5 miles).
If you prefer to set your own agenda, I share the steps I take to plan my itinerary on any long-distance walk (using the Chemin de Stevenson as a case study)
Tourist Office in Curemonte
There is no official Tourist Office in Curemonte but you’ll find helpful staff at the mairie (council). Opening hours are listed on their website.
Accommodation in Curemonte
Where to eat in Curemonte
You’ll find a café and bakery (boulangerie) in the village where you can stop for lunch.
A local produce market is held on Wednesday evening from mid-June until mid-September.