Rendez-vous in Haute-Vienne
Welcome to Haute-Vienne, where all paths lead to discovery, and fun
Around Limoges, forest, roads, and small trails invite you to go wandering and hiking, bike riding, all-terrain biking, and horse-riding, to discover a rural heritage that has been preserved in its rolling landscapes. Lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams offer a wide number of water-based activities, including swimming, fishing, sailing, etc. Haute-Vienne has 6,700km (~4,163 miles) of water courses, and 2,000km (~1,242 miles) of marked hiking trails. Towns and villages have retained their authentic stone, wood, and earthen creations, to help lead visitors to discover old houses, churches, and castles from the Middle Ages, displaying their artisanal know-how. Haute-Vienne is equally comfortable in its era, and is preparing for the future. It has a particular soft spot for creation and innovation, for example in contemporary art and ceramics. Haute-Vienne offers a year-round series of events and markets in a range of areas, such as culture, sport, food, business, etc...
Limoges, a city of art and history, ceramics, enamel work, porcelain, and glass-making
City of art and history, capital of ceramics, enamel work, porcelain, and glass-making, Limoges gives visitors the chance to view a collection that is unique in the world, including over 12,000 pieces of porcelain exhibited at the Adrien Dubouché Museum. Continue your visit at Casseaux Furnace, listed as a Historical Monument, then at the Museum of Fine Arts for its superb collection of Limoges enamel from all ages, Impressionist paintings, and Gallo-Roman objects. Walk through historic quarters that show off their treasures to the careful wanderer: the Old Town around the Cathedral, with its gardens that go down to the River Vienne, and the quarter of La Boucherie (The Butchery), with its tangle of alleyways. Take in the richness of the various styles of architecture, from Art Deco (Bénédictins Railway Station, the Verderer’s Pavilion), to metal (the markethalls), timber-framed houses (around the Cathedral), and private houses (Temple Court), etc... For more than just one reason, Limoges is worth more than just a detour.
The porcelain industry developed as a result of kaolin being discovered in 1768 at Saint Yrieix-la-Perche (40 km south of Limoges), and the will of Robert Turgot, Intendant (Tax Collector) of Limoges. The first porcelain factory opened in 1771. Nowadays, the network of “Limoges Porcelain Routes in Haute-Vienne” plays a role in showcasing that aspect of the area’s heritage, as well as know-how that is constantly being renewed.
Discover all the sporting and playtime activities, for families and friends alike
Visiting Haute-Vienne with the family or friends, is a great idea for a successful holiday. The variety of sites and landscapes makes the region a suitable playing field for children, as well as being a fulfilling, and stimulating destination for all adults. Everything is possible in Haute-Vienne! Climb trees for a sport of tree-coursing, go sailing on the lakes of Saint-Pardoux and Vassivière, or go water-skiing on the pond at Meuzac. You can also go biking, following the path of Richard the Lionheart, or go rail-biking. Or if you prefer, you can gallop along at the foot of Mont Gargan, go fly-fishing in the restless waters of the River Vienne, play a round of golf, or go roller skating along the greenway of Hauts de Tardoire.
Enjoy the historic and cultural sites of Haute-Vienne
Set along the northwestern foothills of the Massif Central, Haute-Vienne has always occupied a strategic position. The frontier that separates the Langue d’Oc and the Langue d’Oïl runs through the region. Haute-Vienne was on the front between France and England during the Hundred Years’ War, and has retained a number of fortresses and fortified churches from the Middle Ages. The Richard the Lionheart Route, named for the famous king who was mortally wounded at the Siege of Châlus, allows you to discover our historic heritage.
- Road: A20 motorway
- Plane: Limoges Bellegarde Airport
- Train: Limoges Bénédictins Station
Comité Départemental du Tourisme de la Haute-Vienne
17 Bis Boulevard Georges Périn
Tel: 00 (33)5 55 79 04 04 - Fax: 00 (33)5 55 79 79 47