Quintessential Limousin

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Welcome to beautiful, unspoilt Limousin in Central France, a region of lush green countryside crisscrossed by a vast network of rivers, a region of rolling hills and forests covering 34% of its total area.

Limousin is the second least populated region in Metropolitan France after Corsica.

It was named after the Celtic tribe Lemovices who ruled the region before the Roman conquest.

The historic Limousin is divided in three departments: Corrèze (19), Creuse (23) and Haute-Vienne (87).

Limoges, the capital of Limousin and department of Haute-Vienne, attracts nearly 40% of the region’s population.

This city is world famous for its fine porcelain and for being the birthplace of the Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Limousin’s economy is mainly based on agricultural, cattle breeding and forestry.

The mining industry was once very active.

The Gauls already extracted gold more than 2000 years ago; kaolin, the key component of the Limoges porcelain, has been mined from the 18th century onwards, and uranium was for a few decades in the second half of the 20th century.

Away from the major roads, Limousin has not yet been spoilt by excessive tourism and has retained its authenticity.

The creation of the Regional Natural Park Périgord Limousin and Millevaches Regional Park in Limousin has in the past few years initiated the development of cultural tourism and eco-tourism.

Welcome to quintessential Limousin!

Area: 16,942 km²
Population: 742,771

Photo via Wikimedia Commons: Limousin coat-of-arms AttributionBridge Chambon-sur-Voueze Attribution public domainChurch Chambon-sur-Voueze AttributionCanal des Moines AttributionLac de Vassivieres AttributionRochechouart castle Attribution