LIMOUSIN TOURIST INFORMATION

Tourist information about the individual Limousin departments, Creuse, Corrèze and Haute-Vienne can be found through every property details page along with tourist information about the local towns, tourist attractions and information about events happening in Limousin.

LIMOUSIN TOURISM

Welcome to Limousin the lushest holiday destination you will find in France - a land of trees, mountains, water and pure, clean air.

Limousin is a region of stark contrasts. Whether you choose the Creuse, Corrèze or Haute-Vienne départements, you will never be disappointed. Lakes, rivers, granite, chestnut forests, heather and vast, wide open spaces are the common denominators of all three departments. You will never bore with the variety of traditions, festivals, village feast-days, local fairs and concerts, allowing vistors the opportunity to meet the people and share the local lifestyles and customs.

On the western side of this region along the valley of the river Creuse lies a popular water sports centre at the Lac de Chambon a 16km long lake near Éguzon. This area unlike the gentle countryside nearby has a series of spectacular gorges which are renowned for their majestic scenery. The capital of Berry, Bourges has many beautiful buildings set in cobbled streets including the 12th century Cathédral St-Étienne which is one of the finest in France.

Remote and neglected by traditional tourism, Limousin has only recently grown in popularity with tourists looking for the old fashioned, traditional image of rural France: sheep roam over the lower slopes of the Cévennes, Limousin cattle graze on the pasturelands, and the rivers and lakes teem with fish.

This is a region dotted with tiny hamlets and small market towns. In the north there are great fields of wheat interspersed with patches of scarlet when poppies flower. As you travel south the landscape changes to a rolling pastureland of hedges and forests. There are few tourists here as there is little dramatic scenery and the region is not renowned for its wine or food.

Limoges was built in Roman times but it is hard to find any relics from the past. It has been an important centre for enamel and pottery since the 12th century and became famous for its production of fine porcelain, after an exceptionally pure form of kaolin (a fine white clay) was found in the nearby village of Saint Yrieux. It produces more than half of the china exported by France.

The northwest area is a melange of woods and fields known as the Bocage. The pastures make good cattle and sheep grazing country. The Marche area, to the north is a marshland between the Loire region and the Massif Central. The plateaux of Bas-Limousin are known for their milder climates, cold winters and the influence of Perigord and Quercy can be seen here.

In the south west of the Limousin is the village of Oradour-sur-Glane. On June 10th 1944 the villagers were rounded up and shot and the village destroyed, by the 2nd SS Panzer Division passing through on their way to the Normandy beaches. This event is made evn more sad as the brutal retribution taken by the Germans was for an act of resistance performed by members of a village of a similar name. The ruins of the village have been left exactly as they were on that dreadful day as a memorial to those who died. Thousands of visitors visit each year to walk silently through the desolated streets. It is a most humbling experience.

The depression of the Brive Basin is a sunken area between the escarpment of the Uzerche plateau and the limestone ridges of the Quercy river. Nature lovers who love their walks along with craft traditions form an immediate attachment to this region. This green and verdant land of woods and forests is also criss-crossed by the rivers - Creuse, the Vienne and the Dordogne.

Perched on a gently angled slope above a tributary of the Dordogne, Collonges la Rouge is also well known as one of the most beautiful villages of  France. 'Collonges-the-Red' is built entirely of bright redstone. Its narrow streets, turreted manoirs are surrounded by chestnut trees culminating with a romanesque church that makes this hamlet a delightful place for a leisurely walk.

Tapestry and carpet-making are learned at Aubusson and in Limoges, the porcelain capital, enamels are exhibited in the Dubouché museum. Collonges-la-Rouge stoneware sparkles on fine days and Tulle is famous for the accordion, made here by its craftsmen since 1919. The sound of accordion music being played by street musicians epitomises all things that are French.

The peaceful and scenic Creuse valley runs alongside village after village and Crozant has fond memories of Monet painting its river and lillies.

One of the region's biggest attractions is the plateau de Millevaches, (thousand cows) the regional park with vast expanses of hills, rivers and slopes perfect for hiking. Along the park are old villages where you can take a respite from a day's walking. Even though this is a superior grazing ground, the name does not have anything to do with the number of cows one can spot there, but is derived from an ancient Celtic word meaning a thousand springs.

La Maison Bourboulou

French Gite holiday rentals with a private pool in the Limousin sleeps 8 people

Price: from £ 350 per week
Sleeps: 8 (4 bedrooms)


Saulieres

 France Correze Argentat self catering holiday rental accommodation with private pool

Price: from £ 300 per week
Sleeps: 12 (5 bedrooms)


Ymons

France Limousin near Argentat holiday cottage sleeps 8

Price: from £ 150 per week
Sleeps: 8 (3 bedrooms)


 
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