People from behind, walking on the tourist circuit

The Pans de Travassac, a unique tourist site in Europe to discover with family or friends. Inevitably, Les Pans de Travassac is part of our top 14 visitors. Just 10 minutes from Brive-la-Gaillarde, in the town of Donzenac, this tourist site is a pathbreaking and sensational walk in a unique setting. An outdoor and nature activity as astonishing as it is surprising. The immensity of the slate walls will make many people dizzy!

The Pans de Travassac: a gaillard and responsible destination!

  1. Discover a unique natural site in Europe where minerals blend with plants.
  2. Appreciate the authenticity of the slate workers who introduce you to the ancestral gestures of slate cutting that they have been passing down since the 17th century.  
  3. Enjoy a museum set up in a gallery which immerses us in the life of slate workers over the centuries.
  4. The Travassac slate: recognized for its geological qualities (unalterable, flexible, waterproof) it is found on the roofs of large monuments such as the Mont St-Michel Abbey. 
  5. Make yourself dizzy with the slate Pans.

Travassac: a unique tourist site in Europe 

The Pans de Travassac tourist site offers the opportunity to discover the world of slate workers who have worked since the 17th century to work stone in an exceptional setting. Between the cliffs, the minerals and the plants, the mix is ​​perfect to offer us a majestic spectacle.

What are the Pans de Travassac?

We are on an old serviced and secure slate quarry. The Pans are immense blades of rock which have not been exploited. The spaces in which we circulate correspond to the slate which was extracted, shaped and cut to cover the roofs of Corrèze and many other places.

This site is dually exceptional because the vein is still exploited in the valley and the slate workers who take part in the visit are still active. Which is becoming rare in our regions.

Young girl perched at the top of a small balcony clinging to the pan

An ancestral know-how 

Slate workers work the stone with the ancestral gestures of reballing, splitting and cutting. With the expertise of these men, a stone becomes a slate. You will find at the heart of a gallery, a museum retracing the history and life of the Travassac slate workers through the centuries. A family visit that teaches children as much as adults.

Guided tours of the Pans de Travassac

The guided tour lasts 1h30 and will teach you more about this slate site. 

Visiting hours of the Pans 

  • May, June, September and October: every Sunday and public holidays, guided tours depart every 30 minutes from 14:30 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
  • July and August: every day, guided tours depart every 30 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 14:30 p.m. to 17:30 p.m.
  • April and November by reservation only (groups of 20 people minimum)

Prices for Pans de Travassac in 2023

  • For adults the price is €10.
  • For children the price is €6 (8 to 18 years old). Free for kids under 8
  • Schools: 4€
  • Students: 8 €
  • Adult groups: €8

Pratical information

When to come to the Pans de Travassac?

  • From July 1 to August 31 every day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
  • In May, June, September, October: Sundays and public holidays 14 p.m. to 18 p.m.
  • Early April to early November: by reservation only by phone at 05 55 85 66 33.

How to get to the Pans de Travassac?

The direction of the slopes is indicated in the town of Travassac. 12 km from Brive, a 20-minute journey. A20 motorway: exit 48.


Our tip The incredible slates of Travassac

A mother and her daughters at the foot of the Travassac slopes

Does slate rhyme with school, blackboard and tyrannical teacher? What if you changed your mind during a visit to the Pans de Travassac? Straight out of a movie set, these 30 meter-high cliffs will send you back into your little schoolboy or schoolgirl shoes. You will gaze up at them, hypnotized by the beauty of this unique site in Europe. And after this exploration, it's time to meet the masters of the place, the slate workers who have been working stone since the 17th century.

The Pans de Travassac
19270 Donzenac
05 55 85 66 33

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