It is as if time had stood still. That is the feeling you might get in the many small villages. The image that you know from romantic French films, with people carrying a stick of bread under their arm and a dreamy village square where local have a game of French bowls (locally known as Pétanque).

The region bears its name from its 2,000 year-old capital Limoges. Limoges is known for its porcelain. You will also find many shops and porcelain factories. As for the gothic cathedral, town hall, train station, various museums and 12th century bridge over the Vienne, they are all worth a visit. Alternatively, you may want to take a stroll down the many small winding streets of the city.

On the western part of the Limousin, a succession of several castles and fortresses makes up the “Route Richard Coeur de Lion (Richard the Lionheart road). You can often visit these castles with a tour guide because they all have their own special history. In addition, you will find many beautiful churches and cathedrals in the Limousin. Whilst the castles are often related to the French royal family, the churches and cathedrals are more from the Romanesque period.

Remnants of a more recent history can be found in Oradour-sur-Glane. Indeed, this village was burned down by the Germans towards the end of World War 2, on June 10th, 1944. The village has been kept in the same state since that terrible day, therefore it is a very impressive monument. You can walk around the village and get a very good idea of what really happened there.


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Many villages have a beautiful swimming lake with a beach, often even with a lifeguard during the summer months. In addition, there are a few larger lakes such as Lac de Vassivière or Lac de Saint Pardoux, where you can enjoy sailing, windsurfing and water-skiing. Some fast-flowing rivers such as the Vienne offer kayaking, canoeing or fishing possibilities.
Weather in the heart of the Limousin is delicious. The boundary of the beautiful and bad weather is often just above Limoges. Our area is below this limit, which means often nice weather. Limousin has a continental climate with pronounced seasons. The differences in temperature between day and night are often substantial. In summer this is very pleasant to sleep. But also the temperature differen…
Because of its hilly nature and its pleasant climate the area lends itself perfectly to walking or cycling tour. The small winding roads through small hamlets or the forests invite for a nice walk or bike ride. There are several well documented footpaths and trails, but you can also find you way with a good map. Experience the tranquillity, the scents and the colours this beautiful landscape has t…

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