The Limousin Region, an area of natural beauty is made up of 3 départements (Administrative Divisions): Corrèze, Creuse and Haute-Vienne. Its regional capital, Limoges is famous for its know-how in porcelain and enamel.
The diversity of the landscape makes it a paradise for nature lovers and those in search of peace and quiet.
Tourists can also enjoy a wide range of activities in connection with nature : fishing in many lakes, ponds and rivers, horse-riding, golf, mountain biking. Travel through the Limousin Region and discover La Vézère Valley, the plateau of Millevaches, La Dordogne gorges, The Vienne Valley, medieval villages and their history, gastronomy.
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What to see in Haute-Vienne
- Limoges : the capital of Haute-Vienne
- Le Quartier de la Boucherie (The Butchers ‘Area ) with Saint Aurélien Chapel built in 1471, the traditional butcher’s shop and the Halles de la Place de la Motte (a covered market place ) with its ceramic décor and numerous restaurants which continue the tradition of fine cooking developed in the area
- Do not miss visiting the porcelain companies, the factory outlets, as well as enamel shops where some of the enamel designers are happy to show their skills.
- In order to get an overview of the evolution of trends through the centuries, visit the Musée National de la Porcelaine Adrien Dubouché ( Museum of Porcelain Adrien Dubouché)
- The City’s Historic Area, le Musée de l’Evéché, (The Bishop’s Museum) which houses enamel collections and painting by Renoir , who was born in Limoges
- Oradour sur Glane, a village whose inhabitants where massacred by the nazis on the 10th June 1944. The village has been left as a reminder to future generations
- The megaliths tour will take you to Montrol-Sénard one of the most beautiful villages in France , typical of 18th century architecture. Châteauponsac and Saint Pardoux lake are places to swim and rest.
- Richard Cœur de Lion tour (Richard, The Lion Heart Tour) is a historic route starting in Rochechouart where the 15th century castle , the Contemporary Art museum, the Meteorite Center can be visited. Then you can continue your visit to Chalus where Richard Cœur de Lion died.
- On your way to Vassivieres, have a stop at Mont Gargan, a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the Limousin countryside, then continue your visit to Eymoutiers, a town of character, then on to Saint Léonarde Noblat, a medieval village and a pause on the path of Saint Jacques de Compostelle.
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What to see in Creuse
- Guéret, the largest city in the department is located on the edge of The Chabrieres Forest, the wolves Park and the gigantic maze extending over two hectares
- Bourganeuf an its Zizim Tower
- Aubusson and its famous tapestries which can be seen in the Musée de la Tapisserie (Tapestry Museum ). There, a wide collection of tapestries dating from the 18th and 19th centuries can be admired.
- We also recommend a visit to the house of the old tapestry maker where you can retrace the history and tradition of this art
- Vassivière Lake which covers an area of 1000 hectares . This is a place where you can stay, have a swim, fish or sail.
- Do not miss the medieval garden of Pallier in Gentioux over 1000 square meters with 300 different species of herbs and medicinal plants.
What to see in The Corrèze
- Tulle, famous for its lace but also for manufacturing accordions
- The Musée du Cloître (Monastry Museum) is the home to a collection of nearly 100 accordions made from 1829 to the present day
- Not to be missed: the accordion Musique Festival in Mid September.
- Visit the Maugein Factory Outlet the only company specializing in the manufacture of accordions.
- Le Massif des Monédières,a mecca for hiking from where you can access to Suc au May situated at 908 meters and to the Cirque of Freysselines and visit the village of Chaumeil.
- The plateau of Millevaches with its large variety of animal life and plants : a paradise for nature lovers
- Pompadour, capital of the anglo-arab thoroughbred : The castle and the stud farm are open to visitors.
- Collonges la Rouge, Curemonte, has been ranked among « Village les plus beaux de France »- The most beautiful villages in France
- Brive la Gaillarde : famous for its rugby team and its dynamic economy.