Occupying the western side of the Massif Central, Limousin is a province that gives you a sense of how a lot of France must have looked like centuries ago. A holiday in Limousin envelops you in the French way of life: a landscape that offers a rainbow of colours – whether you visit in warmer or cooler months – a depth of history that would take a lifetime to enjoy fully, and a selection of local dishes that is comparable to the very best of French food. Let us help you squeeze as much Frenchness as possible out of this enchanting region!
Places to go in Limousin
When you’re in Limousin, there’s a feeling that you can’t get much deeper into the middle of France. Across this lush landscape you’ll find tiny, sleepy villages as well as bustling towns and cities – such as the region’s capital, Limoges. The wealth of cathedrals, churches and gardens in this city are sure to keep the family busy for at least a day – if not more. If you have time, experience the medieval buildings of Brive-la-Gaillarde, the wolves of Chabrières forest near Guéret, characterful Bellac and pretty Tulle – they’re all worth a visit! If you’re travelling to these places by car, you’ll get the chance to see the rolling countryside that draws many people back here year after year.
Our Top Picks in Limousin
We want you to enjoy the best that Limousin has to offer and so here's a small selection of our favourite things to see and do;
National Porcelain Musuem - Limoges
As the French capital of porcelain, no visit to Limoges is complete without visiting the snappily titled Musee National de la Porcelaine Adrien Dubouche. While you, or smaller members of your group, may not be immediately overwhelmed by the idea of viewing thousands of ceramics, we think visitors of all ages will come away from here with a smile: from Picasso plates to royal tableware, from sculptures and ceramics of every period and style – this museum is a fun day out.
Oradour-sur-Glane – Old Town
While history is sure to be a big part of a visit to any part of France, a visit to Oradour-sur-Glane will probably leave a deeper impression than most. The village has been preserved as a memorial to the 642 people who perished at the hands of a Waffen SS division on the 10th June 1942. A deeply moving experience that is sure to leave all who visit it haunted by the events of that summer, where burnt out cars and the items of everyday life can still be seen among the ruins. As such a key event in relatively recent local history, we think it should be on your itinerary if possible.
Balloon Flights Across Limousin
It’s hard to appreciate the varied landscapes of Limousin, that is, unless you take to the air in a hot air balloon! As a French invention itself, it is the ideal way to take in the glorious Limousin horizons, allowing you to get a view of the little villages, hills and woodlands that most never get to see from such a perspective. Even if you’ve got a fear of flying, this is a truly gentle way to take to the skies – a big smile is likely to spread right across your face and those of your family. We can’t recommend it enough!
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