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Haut Limousin

EymoutiersEymoutiers, on the banks of the Vienne

The streets and alleys of Eymoutiers are the perfect place for a stroll, between old tanners' houses and typical Limousin granite buildings.

 The Vienne River, with its wild banks and clear water, is an ideal destination for canoeing with family or friends. Fishing enthusiasts can also spend an enjoyable day on the river. There are many trails around Eymoutiers for hikers and mountain bikers.

A few monuments and museums to visit:

  • The former Ursuline Convent, now the town hall;
  • Saint Étienne Collegiate Church, an elegant blend of Romanesque and Gothic architecture;
  • The 15th-century stained glass windows in the Collegiate Church, made by master glassmakers, which represent a significant part of Eymoutiers' heritage;
  • Espace Paul Rebeyrolle, an art museum dedicated to the Eymoutiers-born painter (1965-2005);
  • The museum of minerals, with crystals, minerals and fossils from the local area and further afield.


ForetMillevaches Regional Nature Park

In the foothills of the Massif Central, the Plateau de Millevaches is home to the Limousin mountains. A land of trees and water, the Plateau de Millevaches showcases natural beauty at its most diverse: springs, rivers, lakes and ponds, forests, peaks and valleys, peat bogs and moors.

There are many different ways to discover the landscapes of the Plateau de Millevaches. The nature park includes a variety of trails to discover on foot, by mountain bike or on horseback.

Some landmarks to discover:

  • The source of the Vienne, near the village of Millevaches;
  • The Tourbière du Longeyroux peat bog, with its unique discovery trail;
  • The Lac de Viam and Étang des Oussines lakes;
  • The Cascade des Jarrauds waterfall in Saint-Martin-Château;
  • Mont Bessou with its panoramic tower at 1000 metres;
  • The Suc-au-May, a summit on the Monédières Massif;
  • The Les Cars Gallo-Roman ruins, dating back more than 1700 years;
  • The Chapelle du Rat, high in the hills.



Measuring around 1000 hectares in surface area, the Lac de Vassivière is one of the largest artificial lakes in France. Ideal for swimming, windsurfing and fishing (2nd category lake), you can also take boat trips from the many supervised beaches and marinas around the 45 km shoreline. There are many trails in the surrounding forest areas for hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders. The island in the middle of the lake is home to an international art centre with many contemporary artists.

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Mont GarganMont Gargan

Located in the municipality of Saint-Gilles-les-Forêts, Mont Gargan reaches a peak of 731 metres, offering breathtaking views of Limousin. A toposcope helps you identify the visible peaks in the surrounding area. The ruined chapel embodies the history of this summit, where several important events took place during the Second World War. It saw significant fighting in July 1944, when Georges Guingouin led the resistance against the German army.

Le Relais du Haut Limousin
2, boulevard Karl Marx
87120 Eymoutiers
Phone +33 5 55 69 40 31
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