The region formerly known as Limousin is an area of outstanding natural beauty, perfect for those who enjoy outdoor living and activities, while Limoges, formerly the capital of Limousin, offers the culture and lifestyle of a vibrant city. Now incorporated into a much bigger region known as Nouvelle Aquitaine, three departments made up the former area of Limousin: Corrèze, Creuse, and Haute-Vienne. The Regional Natural Park of Millevaches, with its forests, meadows and fabulous wildlife, it’s the “wild west of Limousin”, straddles all three departments.
The picturesque villages of the regional park of the Perigord-Limousin offer tranquil countryside holidays and the local countryside offers endless walks.
Three reasons to fall in love with Limousin…
Turenne is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France). It’s a popular tourist destination thanks to its height and unique position on top of a cliff. What makes this so unusual and so spectacular is the sheer height – 320m up and perched on a very distinct hill. Full of beautiful windings streets, old buildings, castle ruins and a famous tower, Turenne sits atop a limestone hill known as the Martel Causse. The views from the top are spectacular, green fields, forests and beautiful countryside lay all around in an almost 360-degree application. On a clear day you can see for 20 miles around – mountains, villages, forests and fields making a verdant patchwork of the beautiful landscape.
The cobbled streets, burgher houses made from limestone, abundance of towers and turrets make this little medieval village in the sky a place for exploration and discovery though the hilly paths are steep
You’ll also find Collanges-la-Rouge in Correze, a beautiful town with Renaissance, colourful buildings that are simply outstanding. Tulle, the capital of Turenne is also well worth a visit.
Home to Limoges, known internationally for its production of porcelain and the officially classified “City of Art and History” is also a fabulous town to visit. Don’t miss the National Museum Adrien Dubouché which has an astonishing collection of porcelain, some 12000 pieces.
There are several museums in the city from fine arts to a distiller and you can also take a tour of Porcelain producers which makes for a fascinating visit.
Take a tour of the old part of the city and enjoy watching the world go by from one of the numerous cafés and enjoy the fantastic local cuisine. We love Chez Mimi for its great ambiance and superb menu.
Oradour-sur-Glane, the Village of Martyrs and Memorial Centre makes for an emotional and sobering visit but it is a must-visit if you are in the area.
This is the least visited department of France, which is strange because it is incredibly beautiful. Monet captured its beauty in a series of paintings of Crozant. In the north of Creuze, is the “Valley of the Painters”, writer George Sand said of it: “everything fires the imagination here” with a landscape so rich “the painter doesn’t know where to stop”.
Lake Vassivière is often compared to Canada with its dramatic landscape and huge forests and lakes peppered with islands.
It’s home to Aubusson, famous for its tapestries, which started to be produced here 600 years ago and still are to this day. Today that heritage is celebrated in the Museum, where you’ll discover an incredible collection of old and new tapestries.
French Connections has loads of great rentals in the area – helping to make your holiday dreams come true…