A really useful website for all things around the Limousin: www.tourisme-hautevienne.com
The Limousin – Perigord National Park:
Only 30 minutes from Limoges, airport Limoges – Bellegarde and train station Gare des Benedictins.
Visit www.parc-naturel-perigord-limousin.fr This is a real “Treasure” of the natural environment that stretches over an area of 1,800 square kms.
Come and see for yourself, the natural beauty of the rolling countryside, woods, lakes and rivers.
Explore and be amazed by the wonders of this area with its historical routes and culture.
Enjoy the wild life in the region, Otters, Kingfisher, Dipper, Woodpeckers, Eagle, Boar, Deer, Houpe are just a few to see.
Enjoy its festivals and the local food, chestnut tree festival, mushroom festival, european bat night.
If you enjoy astronomy gaze at the vast open skies with no light pollution, see the milky way in all its glory.
Explore Limoges with the fine porcelain and all its history, culture, architecture, ancient cathedrals Cathedrale St Etienne, science, multi media library or Bibliotheque Francophone Multimedia, sports events, Tennis, Basketball CSP Limoges and of course its agriculture. Visit: www.tourismelimoges.com
Other Natinal Parks close by are also “The Millevaches Regional Park” www.pnr-millevaches.com this is a vast 314,000 hectare plateau rising to 1,000 meters with its forest, fauna and flora. Guided walks take place from June to October. A joy for anglers, golfers and ramblers.
A visit to the various caves in the region is also of interest. The Grotte de Villars in Perigord between Thiviers and Brantome is of specific interest with stalactites and stalagmites and pre-historic cave drawings are of interest: www.grotte-villars.com
“The Villars grotto was discovered in 1953 by the Perigueux potholers club. It is the largest underground network in the Perigord with more than 13kms explored up to this day. The underground river has hollowed out huge chambers connected to each other by galleries. Rain water percolation created a beautiful natural scenery. During the guided tour you will be able to admire impressive flows of calcite deposits, delicate stalactites, unusual calcite formations looking like fonts, transparent draperies and countless stalagmites”.
There is a teaching area which gives you an insight in to the splendours of the prehistoric paintings and the archaeological furniture discovered in the caves. Also explore the prehistoric garden and follow the steps of Cro – Magnon, prehistoric man and how he lived.
You can also explore Les Grotte du Roc de Cazelle another prehistoric site between Les Eyzies and Sarlat.. More information on www.rocdecazelle.com
Visit www.limousinacheval.com for details of Equestrian events / activities, Endurance / trail riding and carriage driving, horse ball, show jumping, eventing, racing, trotting and vaulting in the Limousin areas of Haute Vienne, Creuse and Correze.
The National Stud, home of the brood mares that produce many breeding colts and fillies and site where the Anglo Arabian breed of horses began. There are many equitation events, which include racing, three day eventing, show jumping, dressage are held in the town of Pompadour.
The Chateau of Madam de Pompadour overlooks the Hippodrome the venue for national and international events between March and October: www.pompadour.net
There are many local courses in the region.
Discover Limousins answer to St Andrews, ask for a golf pass for preferential rates and allows you access on several 9 – 18 hole courses
Rock climbing and abseiling:
Brantome Canoe Escalade also provides rock climbing and abseiling in the Brantome area.
- Parc d’Arbre en Arbre – visit its zip wire: www.arbreenarbrevassiviere.com
- Parc Acrobatique en Foret at Lac Saint de Pardoux: www.lacsaintpardoux.fr
- Velo – Rail parc and museum: www.velorail16.com
- Reno park Zoological and landscape park – Limoges, Le Vigen: www.parczooreynou.com
- L’Aquarium du Limousin: www.aquariumdulimousin.com
- Brantome Historical Town – Promenade en Bateau sur la Dronne boat ride on the rivers of Brantome: www.bateaumaffioletti.free.fr
- Maison Forte de Reignac – A historical Château fortification built into the cliffs between Tursac and Brive: www.maison-forte-reignac.com
- La Route Richard Coeur De Lion – The Route of Richard the Lionheart. Follow the historical route of “Richard The Lionheart” and see the beautiful places he stayed. Find the Lion and enjoy the Journey: www.routerichardcoeurdelion.com
Also visit also the following areas:
Tulle it is still indisputably France’s accordion capital where at the Cloister Museum you can view a collection of 19th century instruments: www.pays-de-tulle.fr
Aubusson has an international reputation for low warp tapestry. Visit the departmental tapestry museum and Maison du Tapissier: www.ot-aubusson.fr
Brive is a beautiful town set in a valley of Correze, it hosts beautiful shops, food, and is passionate about Rugby. Even though the inhabitants settled around the 1st century, the city only started to grow much later. From around the 5th century onwards, the original city began to develop around a church dedicated to Saint-Martin-l’Espagnol. During the 12th century walls were built around the city and during the Hundred Years’ War a second wall was built. These fortifications no longer exist and have been replaced by boulevards.
The commune was named “Brive” until 1919, when it was renamed “Brive-la-Gaillarde”. The word “Gaillarde” (still used in current French) probably stands for bravery or strength in the city’s name, but it can also refer to the city’s walls. Brive now extends outside of its original boundaries into Malemort and Ussac.
During World War II, Brive-la-Gaillarde was a regional capital of the Resistance, acting as a seat of several clandestine information networks and several of the principal resistance movements, including the Armée secrète (or “Secret Army”) and the Mouvements Unis de la Résistance (or “United Movements of the Resistance”).
Brive-la-Gaillarde was the first city of Occupied France to liberate itself by its own means, on 15 August 1944. For this, the city received the “Croix de guerre 1939–1945” military decoration.
The medieval centre is mainly a commercial district with retail shops and various cafés. It is also the location of the city hall, the main police station, and the Labenche museum. One notable landmark outside the inner city is the Pont Cardinal, a bridge which used to be a crossing point for travelers from Paris to Toulouse.
The Dordogne Valley
This is classed as the “Fairy Tale valley” with its powerful turbulent past. The region is delightful with its riverside towns and villages. Argentat, famous for its former port traffic for Barges and its bolet houses with stone tiled roofs and outside stair cases, Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne, know as the Limousin Riviere, barges are on the river and palm trees and bananas grow in the gardens, Bortles Orgues, with its reservoir lake is a great centre to practice all kinds of water sports and Chateau de Val, a rocky islet with 6 round towers.
The Vassiviere Lake:
The lake is set in 1,000 hectares and has a special magical landscape. There are many activities and contemporary art exhibitions more information can be found here: www.vassiviere.com
The Valley of the Impressionists:
In the 19th century many Parisienne painters followed the lead of Claude Monet and set up their easels along the valley of Creuse. It has since become a paradise for the impressionist school and near the ruins of Crozant has become a focal point for landscape artists, photographs and tourists. Visit www.cc-benevent-gb.fr
for more information.
Tastes of Limousin:
“In Limousin its all about taste” Limousin is the land of gastronomic splendours: Meats: Beef, Veal, Lamb and Cul noir Pig. Apples: from Limousin are the regions flagship products for taste and quality. But you must also taste the walnuts, chestnuts, Beaulieu strawberries, and the ceps and truffles as well.
Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the madeleines from St Yrieix, and Massepins the (traditional small oval cakes made from almonds, sugar and egg whites) Creusois (a moist cake made of butter, ground hazelnuts,sugar and egg white) and there is also Burgou or Trepais the celebrated Claufoutis.
If you enjoy a tipple there are many distillers and brewers in the region. As an aperitif try Kaolin (Limousin pastis), local beers , vin Paille a sweet fruity locally crafted wine from Correze made with raisins, or as a digestif: Walnut Liquer liqueurs made from red fruits. Remember consume in moderation.
The Lanaud Centre is “the Mecca for the Limousin Cattle Breed”
Built by the architect Jean Nouvel, it is the Mecca for the Limousin Breed. Each year there are 4 sales held in the grand auction centre. The animals are selected for test from farms throughout the Limousin regions. The Centre is also the headquarters for the Herd book of the Limousin, Interlim Genetic and associated agencies involved in the breed. There is also a superb restaurant and gallery above the auction house which hosts events throughout the year. In July is the venue for “La Ronde des Chefs” Chefs from the Limousin region come along to cook extraordinary dinners, perform cookery demonstrations. So, if you are a lover of fine foods and entertainment this is the place to be. Visit www.poledelanaud.com