One of the 27 regions within France, Limousin is divided into the departments of Corrèze, Creuse, and Haute-Vienne. With around 742,000 inhabitants, the approximately 17,000 square kilometre or 6,500 square mile region is bordered by Centre, Midi-Pyrénées, Auvergne, as well as Poitou-Charentes and Aquitaine, to the north, south, east, and west, respectively. The region’s major communities include Brive-la-Gaillarde, Guéret, Limoges, Saint-Junien, Tulle, Ussel, and Panazol.
What to see & do
When within the region of Limousin in France, the places to visit include Lac de Vassivière, Musée du Président Jacques Chirac, Jardin botanique de l'Evêché, Mont Gargan, Château de Châlus-Chabrol, Château de Montbrun, Limoges Cathedral, Château de Rochechouart, Château de Lastours, Obazine Abbey, and Voueize, in addition to many. Lac de Vassivière or Vassivière Lake is among the country’s largest lakes. The lake is a man-made reservoir that spans over an area of 10 square kilometres or 2,500 acres. Constructed after WWII, and opened in 1950, the lake’s most important source of water is the Maulde River, and also helps the hydro-electric station in Mazet by feeding water to the station. Musée du Président Jacques Chirac, also referred to as Musée du Septennat, is a museum located in Sarran. It is home to collections that have been offered to Jacques Chirac during his presidency. With a library, and a space for temporary exhibits, the building was designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte, and has been inaugurated in 2000 by Jacques Chirac himself. Jardin botanique de l'Evêché also known as the Botanical Garden of the Bishopric is a two-hectare botanical garden behind the Cathedral and Musée de l'Evêché, located within Limoges, Haute-Vienne, Limousin, France. The garden features terraces overlooking the Vienne River, and houses around 1,200 plants to date. The garden is open to the public without charge. Limoges Cathedral, in Limoges, France, is the seat of the Bishop of Limoges. It is a Roman Catholic cathedral that is considered as a national monument within France and was constructed in 1273, then finished in 1888. With a Gothic design, the cathedral’s main artistic works include a Renaissance rood screen, along with a loft custom made by Bishop John Langeac, and two organs such as the Hauptwerk and the Choir organ, installed in 1963 and 1850, respectively.
How to get around within Limousin
Limousin has very limited bus routes. When within the region, bicycles can also be used since the roads are mostly empty. It is recommended to travel by car when possible. The Brive-la-Gaillarde area has the Brive-la-Gaillarde railway station which has connections to destinations such as Limoges, Périgueux, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, and Toulouse, to name a few. The area also has an A20 and A89 motorway that connects Brive with Limoges and Toulouse, and with Bordeaux, respectively.
How to get there
To get to Limousin in France, the airport that serves the region is the Brive-Souillac Airport. The airport has flights to and from domestic and international destinations such as Paris and London, and summer seasonal flights to and from Ajaccio, Amsterdam, and Porto via airlines such as Air France operated by HOP!, CityJet, Europe Airpost, and Ryanair.