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Limousin: four reasons to visit

Limousin region is the perfect destination for families looking for a ‘get away from it all’ holiday.  It’s a beautifully peaceful area but there’s lots to see and to do.

Forming part of the southwest of France, Limousin is bordered by the regions of Centre to the north, Poitou-Charentes and Aquitaine to the west, Midi-Pyrénées to the south and Auvergne to the east.

Limousin has its very own aquarium, a fascinating wolf park, tree fun parks, museums, “Terra Aventura” geocaching trails, to mention but a few!

Here are a few fun suggestions for keeping your family busy and happy during your stay.

1. Limoges

Once a Roman city, Limoges now shows off lots of medieval history, with it’s beautiful tiny streets and great examples of Middle Age architecture.   Due to it’s location, on the River Vienne and on a main route between Paris and Toulouse, has always been a major centre. Head to the historic quarter, with narrow streets and many fine half-timbered houses and enjoy the cathedral, old bridges on the Vienne and the many porcelain museums that this town is famous for.

2. Discovering Castles

Rochechouart is an impressive castle, perfect for imaginary games.  It dates partly from the 13th century and houses administrative offices and an contemporary art gallery, as well as historic rooms and artefacts.

3. Medieval history

You’ll love the old medieval town of Bourganeuf.  With it’s 12th Century castle, old cobbled streets and panoramic views it’s a great place to step back in time and just explore.

4. Explore the great outdoors

The upper Dordogne valley is a great place for water sports such as sailing on the lakes and kayaking where the river flows freely.  Parc Naturel Régional de Millevaches is located in the Limousin highlands and perfect for outdoor activities such as hiking, riding and getting back to nature.  Head up to Treignac-sur-Vézère and discover a beautiful little village attactive village in the upper valley of the Vézère, north of Tulle. The Vézère offers good opportunities for kayaking here too.

Find out more about Limoges for families here at the Limoges Tourist Information Website.