à SAINT LAURENT SUR GORRE
Saint-Laurent-sur-Gorre is located west of Limoges in the Périgord-Limousin Regional Nature Park. The town is built around the 12th century church and several charming 18th century bourgeois residences. Nature is important here : be sure to visit « Le Jardin de Liliane », a lovely garden that has a « Remarkable garden » label and won 4th place in a national garden contest in 2008. « L’étang de la poule » pond is a classified Natura 2000 reserve where you can observe many migrating birds. Our Tourist Office has an exhibition room with works by local craftspeople and also invites visitors to discover the other towns in the area : Gorre, Saint-Cyr, Saint-Auvent, Cognac-la-Forêt and Sainte-Marie-de-Vaux.
à ORADOUR SUR VAYRES
Oradour-sur-Vayres is located south-west of Limoges in the Périgord-Limousin Regional Nature Park. It is also one of the departure spots for the region’s “voie verte” (a 13 km tarred cycling/hiking path, along an old railroad track, between Oradour sur Vayres and Châlus). There are several other hiking paths that cross Oradour as well. Don’t miss the town’s great annual fun fair with loads of exciting rides! Our Tourist Office has a local crafts boutique and also invites visitors to discover the other towns in the Oradour-sur-Vayres area: Pensol, Marval, La Chapelle-Montbrandeix, Cussac, Champagnac-la-Rivière, Saint-Mathieu, Maisonnais-sur-Tardoire, Champsac and Saint-Bazile.
à EYMOUTIERS
Eymoutiers is located between Limoges and lake Vassivière, in the heart of the Millevaches Regional Nature Park in the area called “Pays Monts et Barrages”. It has an “Art and History area” label as well as a « Station verte » eco-label. This once fortified town has a remarkable architectural heritage, mainly due to its leather-tanning past. Don’t miss Saint Etienne collegiate church with its unique 16 glass panes representing religious and civil scenes as well as various saints. The town also has a contemporary art centre : Espace Paul Rebeyrolle. And is you have a sweet tooth, be sure to try Eymoutiers’s famous almond, hazelnut and chocolate specily called « Pelauds”! Our Tourist Office also invites visitors to discover the other towns in the Châteauponsac area Eymoutiers: Nedde, Rempnat, Domps, Sainte-Anne-Saint-Priest, Bujaleuf, Cheissoux, Saint-Julien-le-Petit, Peyrat-le-Château, Saint-Amand-le-Petit et Beaumont-du-Lac.
Eymoutiers is also an "Ostensions" town. Ostensions are a popular and religious tradition that date back to the 10th century. These processions and festivities take place every 7 years in towns throughout Limousin and go on for several months. The next ones will take place in 2016.
à AIXE SUR VIENNE
Located to the west of Limoges, Aixe-sur-Vienne is part of the Périgord-Limousin Regional Nature Park. You’ll enjoy the charm of this town, with its rich and divers architecture and the large range of activities it has to offer. Fishing and canoeing/kayaking along the river Vienne, cycling and hiking in the surrounding countryside, there’s something for everyone to do here! Our Tourist Office also invites visitors to discover the other towns in the Val de Vienne area : Jourgnac, Bosmie-l’Aiguille, Burgnac, Beynac, Saint-Martin-le-Vieux, Séreilhac, Saint-Priest-sous-Aixe and Saint-Yrieix-sous-Aixe.
Aixe sur Vienne is also an "Ostensions" town. Ostensions are a popular and religious tradition that date back to the 10th century. These processions and festivities take place every 7 years in towns throughout Limousin and they go on for several months. The next ones will take place in 2016.
à CHATEAUPONSAC
Châteauponsac, located north of Limoges, has a “Station verte” eco-label. It is an old fortified city overlooking the rivers Semme and Gartempe, with beautiful panoramas to admire from atop a rocky spur. Châteauponsac is nicknamed « Pearl of the Gartempe ». Be sure to visit the town’s René Baubérot ethnographic museum dedicated to daily life in Limousin. The museum is family-friendly. Our Tourist Office also invites visitors to discover the other towns in the Châteauponsac area: Balledant, Rancon, Roussac, Saint-Amand-Magnazeix, Saint-Pardoux and Saint-Symphorien-sur-Couze.
à BELLAC
Bellac is located north of Limoges and is a stopover village between Montluçon and Poitiers. This stylish town, where famous French writer Jean Giraudoux was born, is split in two by the Vincou valley. Its hills and panoramas are quite remarkable. Bellac’s religious heritage, art, crafts and food are represented by the town’s enamelled reliquary shrine, its leather drying rack, its National theatre Festival, and its delicious Baronet lamb. Our Tourist Office also invites visitors to discover the other towns in the Haut Limousin area : Berneuil, Blanzac, Blond, Bussière-Boffy, Bussière-Poitevine, Cieux, Gajoubert, Mézières-sur-Issoire, Montrol-Sénard, Mortemart, Nouic, Peyrat-de-Bellac, Saint-Barbant, Saint-Bonnet-de-Bellac, Saint-Junien-des-Combes, Saint-Martial-sur-Isop et Saint-Ouen-sur-Gartempe.
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à MAGNAC BOURG
Magnac-Bourg is located south of Limoges, near the Corrèze and Haute-Vienne border. It is a stopover village along the A20 motorway. It is a popular stopover for campervan travellers. Magnac is a typical Limousin village with traditional architecture, fancy bourgeois houses and if you pay attention to the houses’ rooftops, you’ll discover Magnac’s specialty : épis de faîtage (a type of roof decoration). Our Tourist Office also invites visitors to discover the other towns in the Châteauponsac area Magnac-Bourg: Château-Chervix, Glanges, La Porcherie, Meuzac, Pierre-Buffière, Saint-Genest-sur-Roselle, Saint-Germain-les-Belles, Saint-Hilaire-Bonneval, Saint-Vitte-sur-Briance and Vicq-sur-Breuilh.
à PIERRE BUFFIERE
Pierre-Buffière is located south of Limoges, along the A20 motorway. It is a stopover village overlooking three valleys : Briance, Breuilh and Blanzou. Pierre-Buffière is the birthplace of Charles Dupuytren, a famous surgeon who worked for Kings Louis XVIII and Charles X. The town’s architectural heritage is remarkable. Do not miss : Sainte-Croix church and its « bleu de four » porcelain plated doorway, the town’s 3 angel hotel , a 16th century coaching inn where Pope Pie VII stayed after having been released from Fontainebleau prison by Napoleon, Antone villa - a Gallo-Roman villa where archaeological research is currently going on, carried out by a local association called “Dupuytren Mémoire Vivante”. Our Tourist Office also invites visitors to discover the other towns in the Châteauponsac area Château-Chervix, Glanges, La Porcherie, Magnac-Bourg, Meuzac, Saint-Genest-sur-Roselle, Saint-Germain-les-Belles, Saint-Hilaire-Bonneval, Saint-Vitte-sur-Briance and Vicq-sur-Breuilh.