A historical market town 45kms from Limoges. It boasts many supermarkets, shops, garages, a garden centre and a DIY store, as well as builders merchants. There are schools, colleges and a hospital. For entertainment there are numerous bars / restaurants, a cinema, theatre, swimming pool (open in the summer months).
Close to open countryside it is an ideal base for long leisurely walks and cycling. Bellac overlooks the river Vincou which is a popular meeting place every 14th July for Bastille day celebrations, with entertainment and refreshments leading up to the grand finale with a spectacular fireworks display. Only 5 minutes by car will take you into the majestic Monts de Blond which is also a walker’s & wildlife enthusiast’s paradise.
A medieval architectural delight. The Collegial stands impressively in the centre of town. Here you will be welcomed into the many bars / restaurants and there is also a cinema which shows English films on a regular basis. It is also possible to take a guided tour beneath the city through the many hidden tunnels and learn about the rich history of this area. During the months of June, July & August the town holds a bi-weekly farmers market. You can purchase locally produced goods and have them cooked on the communal BBQ’s, then sit and enjoy your purchases to the sound of a live band playing on the steps of the Collegial.
As well as local shops and bakeries there is also a supermarket with a petrol station, an English speaking dentist, Dr’s and a hospital. The train station in the town will take you to Limoges or to Poiters, where you can continue your journey through to Paris within 3 hours.
Known as “The pearl of the Gartempe” this small town sits on the edge of rolling countryside, only 40 mins from Limoges. There are numerous bars / restaurants here, with a supermarket, petrol station, a judo club and the museum “René Baubérot” situated in an ancient Benedictine prioiry, where you can step back in time to sample life in the Limousin from a bygone era. Then of course you can enjoy a relaxing or fun packed day by the shores of Lac de St Pardoux, with its lovely sandy beaches, watersports, inflatables & restaurant.
An artist’s paradise. There are many who have come here to capture the delights of the Limousin in all forms of expression. A village with art exhibitions & galleries, a village shop focusing in “BIO” products, which supplies everything for your daily needs. Here they also hold weekly meetings with talks from local artisans and meetings between different nationalities to learn and practice your French.
There is also a Boulangerie (Bakery), a Coiffure (Hairdresser) and there is also a new restaurant due to open in the coming months. There is also a primary school here and for the older children a bus to take them to the college (Comprehensive) nearby.
Famous for its Limoges porcelain the city is a tapestry of bars / restaurants, shops, boutiques, museums & cinemas. The grand central station can transport you throughout France, enabling easy access to Paris. From here you can also reach the departments of the Creuse & Correze, then on down to the south, due to the A20 motorway being the main arterial transport link through the city.
Within minutes you can experience the joys of the Limousin countryside which surrounds the vibrancy that is Limoges. And not forgetting the ever expanding international airport with further destinations being added on a regular basis.
Parc Bellevue http://www.parc-bellevue.fr/
Lac st Pardoux http://www.lacsaintpardoux.fr/
Lac Vissiviere http://www.lelacdevassiviere.com/
The Cité de l’écrit sits on the hillside overlooking the river Gartempe and the pretty town square. There are plaques placed around the town in both French & English illustrating specific streets with photos of locals going about their daily lives in times gone by. The Chapel Notre Dame sits proudly on the top of the town, and the crypt dates back to the 11th century. Walk down into the town passing the many book & calligraphy stores. Frequently held exhibitions in the old town give an insight into the progression of communication throughout the ages.
The pretty river runs through the middle of the town with picnic points and restaurants. The town boasts a large indoor swimming pool, with an outdoor pool open in the summer months.
Everything you would expect from a large city. Relax in one of the many cafés with street side seating and watch the world go by, or choose one of the many diverse restaurants with cuisine from around the world.
Fancy a trip to the cinema? Then you can choose any current blockbuster, many shown in their original English version. A large purpose built skating rink is open year round whilst you await the outdoor ice rink which appears every winter in the main square, along with the Christmas market.
The amazing Futuroscope (see below) entertains all ages with its 3D & 4D rides, concluding the evening with a night spectacular of lasers and holograms emerging from the lake, it is a sight to behold. The large central train station enables travel throughout France, benefitting from a trip to Paris in around 90 mins (via TGV). There are many attractions around Poitiers which have been listed below.
Valley des singes,
Planete des crocodiles
Lathus st Remy
Summer music festival
This stunning harbour comes alive in the evenings with street performers and craftsmen selling their wares. There are numerous obligatory seafood restaurants, where you can enjoy the catch of the day, as well as pizzerias and steakhouses. A large sealife centre in the heart of the town is a great way to entertain the children for the afternoon.
You can access this area from the Vienne / Haute Vienne in around 3 hours by car, taking toll roads, with a cost of approx 15€. Making a day visit to the coast attainable.
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