A Travel Guide to Limousin
This highly beautiful area of forest and mountains, rolling valleys, fast flowing streams and still lakes has attracted many visitors from all around the world in the past few decades. From the tiny hamlets that are scattered across the forests to the splendid city of Limoges, discover the charm and friendliness of one of the few remaining areas of authentic France.
It is a land of many contrasts, from the rugged terrains of Ambazac hills to the beautiful countryside of Haute Vienne, Limousin has a history of more than 2000 years. The history includes areas where once the Neanderthals roamed and later the areas where the Romans ruled. The beautiful moorlands of Limousin had inspired impressionist painter Monet. Limoges' world renowned porcelain, the fascinating tapestries of Aubusson, Richard the Lionheart's resting place, the regions architecture and St. Jacques de Compostella's Pilgrim route all make Limousin a perfect place for a long vacation.
Located in Gueret, the Les Loupes de Chabrières animal Park was opened in the year 2000 and has numerous enclosures with many varieties of the wolf species that live in their natural environment. Visitors can watch the animals from observation towers that are located outside the enclosures. There is also of 5 m planetarium in the Park with a number of other displays that showcase the relationship between wolf and man.
Centre de la Memoire - Oradour sur Glane is a memorial for a Martyred village that was destroyed in the Second World War. The village has been left in its original state in remembrance of more than 600 men, woman and children that were killed by the German army. A visit to the village will surely be a unique experience. Nothing like this is found anywhere else in the world. In the year 1999 a new museum was opened by Jacques Chirac here.
Creuse has probably the wildest terrain in all of France. It has beautiful small villages and many hamlets that are scattered all through the forest area that covers the Ambazac hills. All the areas that are designated for walking are found within Pays des Eaux Vives, which is one of the most untouched and beautiful areas in Limousin. The forest mainly consist of chestnut, pine and oak trees and has large population of wildlife, fast flowing streams and still lakes.
There is a wide variety of self catering holiday accommodation in Limousin ranging from apartments in the towns to gites and cottages in the countryside.