Limousin region is a largely undiscovered part of France
natural beauty, rich with history and tradition, charming
ancient churches. It gets its name from the Lemorices,
the large tribe of
people who lived here at the time of the Gauls.
Known as the French Lake District, the verdant countryside
valleys, ravines and forests provides everything for
the nature enthusiast
and the lakes and rivers are not only beautiful, but
also mean there is lots
to do for those who enjoy walking, riding and water sports.
Golf is also
popular here. For those who enjoy city life, there is
Limoges, a great city
with plenty going on and lots to see. There are many
and towns to explore, including some of the most beautiful
There is a strong agricultural tradition and a real feeling
of community, which extends to the warm welcome visitors receive.
The entire region has experienced much conflict throughout
the ages, and has
always had a tradition of resistance, from Roman times
right up until the
area excelled as a Resistance stronghold during World
The local mythology includes saints, sorcerers, alchemists
there is even a witchcraft museum. In truth, there is
about the area, and visitors will experience a freedom
in the countryside
that is exhilarating.
There are many pretty medieval towns and villages to explore in the region (only a few are listed on this website) and the charm of seeing corbelled towers, keep doors and niches for saints that have been there for hundreds of years never loses its appeal.
People in Limousin are proud of the fantastic food
produced here, especially
the beef, pork and lamb, and believe in good farming
methods. There are also
excellent river fish to enjoy (especially if you've
caught them yourself!).
Many regional specialities use the wide variety of
mushrooms common here, as
well as chestnuts, walnuts and fruit. The liqueurs
made from pears, prunes,
chestnuts and walnuts are strong and delicious. Puddings
and clafoutis with its creaminess and contrasting tartness
of the cherries
really is very good. Treipaïs is the pudding for
the chocolate lover, made
with chocolate and chestnuts, on a biscuity sort of
base, traditionally made
in a triangular shape.
In Limousin, you won't encounter the usual tourist
crowds found in other
regions, but you will enjoy yourself far more and see
a glimpse of the "real" France.