Limousin is a haven of peace, flavors, endless green spaces, rivers, and lakes. It will immerse you in a lively, friendly world of colors, landscapes, cultures, towns and villages. Once you have visited Limousin, you will dream of returning there.
In the heart of Massif Central
Enter Limousin and discover a landscape studded with mountains, valleys and lakes, in the heart of the. Make the most of nature in the Dordogne Valley, the Millevaches Regional Natural Park and the . Limousin is a perfect combination of art and nature: Crozant, in the Creuse Valley, was a great draw for Impressionist painters. Time seems suspended at Vassivière Lake, a verdant area in the South West, and the on Vassivière Island offers a plethora of activities. Corrèze stands out thanks to its gastronomy, Creuse’s wilderness is breathtaking, and Haute-Vienne stuns visitors with its Limoges porcelain and enamel, Saint-Junien leather glove factories, and more.
An astonishing heritage
In Limousin, religious art along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (
Castles are also part of Limousin’s heritage, from on a lake shore to (where George Sand lived), as well as (which hosts the "Grande Semaine de Pompadour" equestrian event).
Not far from these cultural sites lies a very symbolic location: the martyr village of Oradour-sur-Glane and its Memory Centre.
The writer Antoine Blondin used to say, "There is no caviar in Limousin, but we do have chestnuts.” Chestnuts, one of Limousin’s staple foods (Limousin’s emblem is a chestnut tree leaf) are used to make dishes such as Boudin aux châtaignes (Black pudding with chestnuts) as well as in salads and pastries. Other specialties include walnuts, AOP (certified origin) apples, berries (strawberries, raspberries and blueberries), wild mushrooms and top-quality local meats: lamb, cul noir pork and poultry, which can all be found at local fairs. Dournazac’s Chestnut Fair (in the Périgord-Limousin Park), Limoges’s Frairie des petits ventres Fair, Brive’s duck and geese fairs and its breeding festival are all good places to look. Limousin cows are famous for their tasty beef and are celebrated during Limousin’s Beef Shows. Food lovers can feast on clafoutis and hazelnut cakes washed down with Limousin cider. Delight your taste buds with chestnut, nut and fruit liquors!
Activities in Limousin
As for culture, Limoges, a Town of Art and History, will delight your senses at the(over 10,000 porcelain and earthenware pieces from all over the world) and at the renowned Fine Arts Museum, with its astonishing enamel collection of works from12th century to modern times. In Aubusson, the is dedicated to Tapestry (on UNESCO’s Intangible World Heritage List). Limousin’s second largest town, Brive-la-Gaillarde, is full of surprises. Its recounts the history of Corrèze. Two important events take place each year in Brive: France’s second-larges Book Fair (Paris’s Book Fair being the first), and the Vézère Classical Music Festival. Bellac enchants visitors with its National Festival, a clever mix of theater and jazz.
In the heart of the Monts de Guéret, thehas lots of activities in store, and the makes it possible to observe wolves in their natural habitat.
Limousin’s doors are wide open to welcome you.