This is rural France at its best with an abundance of green hills, woodland, rivers and crystal clear lakes along with sleepy villages and towns.
This region tends to attract those who prefer to avoid the hustle and bustle of busy seaside resorts and want to enjoy a peaceful getaway with a wide range of outdoor activities. The 25,000 acres of water here offer everything from quiet angling to windsurfing and the many marked paths are perfect for keen cyclists and walkers. Or if you want a less energetic way to pass the time try a hot air balloon trip and discover the wonderful landscape from the sky.
Places to visit in Limousin
The museum in Aubusson houses a rich collection of nearly 600 years of carpet-making and tapestry, some of the displays are highly colourful with fascinating themes.
The region's capital gives its name to the famous ceramics and fine porcelain that it produces. Wander the streets of the old quarter and visit the extraordinary Gothic cathedral.
Les Loups de Chabrières
Learn all about wolves and their relationship with man and observe these shy creatures in the safety of this secure park which is home to several species.
Things to do in Limousin
Evaux les Bains
If thermal treatments are for you, head to this spa town where the new baths built in 2000 are amongst the most modern in France.
One of France's largest lakes, it has a man-made beach and is highly popular for canoeing, kayaking, sailing and fishing or simply swimming and sunbathing.
Richard the Lionheart route
Follow this well signposted trail along a line of fortified towns and castles through the beautiful, unspoilt Limousin countryside.
Food and drink
- Truffles and wild mushrooms.
- Clafoutis, a dessert of black cherries baked in batter
- Gâteau creusois, a butter and almond cake.
What's on the menu?
La potée limousine, a comforting pork stew cooked with vegetables. Pâté aux pommes de terre, a layered potato pie topped with cream and herbs baked in a case of puff pastry.
What to drink
Locally produced walnut and hazelnut liqueurs. Limousin cider.