During your stay at the hotel
Limoges, capital of Limousin
The Limousin is a former administrative region since its approximation to the New Aquitaine in 2015. It is a region whose wealth is primarily rural with, in particular, the breeding of Limousin beef, known to the greatest number. The city of Limoges, prefecture of Haute-Vienne (87) is also the capital of the historic region that owes its name to it.
Recognized by UNESCO
Limoges enters the pantheon of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization through the label "Creative Cities Network" in the category "Crafts and Folk Arts". Indeed, the city of Limoges is often cited as the capital of the "fire arts" and there are large porcelain houses. Limoges porcelain is registered in the inventory of intangible cultural heritage in France and has obtained on Protected Geographical Indication (PGI).
In Limoges, there are many museums.
We can mention the Museum of Fine Arts, the Adrien Dubouché National Museum (which exhibits the richest public collection in the world of Limoges porcelain) or the Museum of Resistance; a little further west of the city (45 kms) the Rochechouart Museum is located in the castle of the same name.
Le Chemin de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle is invited to Limoges (Voie de Vézélay). The pilgrim arrives in Limoges by the Saint-Étienne bridge to reach the Gothic cathedral of the same name. In the region, lovers of ancient architecture should visit the collegiate church of Saint-Léonard de Noblat (20 km from Limoges) as well as the Romanesque abbey church of Solignac (10 km to the south). This last visit will allow you to take one of the 3 branches of the Route Richard Coeur de Lion which includes a visit to 23 castles and former fortresses erected in the region.
Some festivals & traditions in and around Limoges
The ostensions limousines are a tradition of religious origin dating back to the 10th century. The towns and villages of Limousin are bustling all year round. These festivals have become seven-yearly since the beginning of the 16th century. In 2016, the 72nd edition was organized... Can't wait until 2023!
Le Festival 1001 Notes is a classic festival that has been delighting Limousin for 15 years, every summer between July and August.
Music is omnipresent in Limoges with its Jazz Festival le festival Eclats d'Email which takes place over ten days during the month of November.
750m from our hotel, you will find the Opéra de Limoges which hosts throughout the year various concerts, recitals, choreographies, symphonies and lyrical works.
Le Festival Urbaka which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019 gives pride of place to the circus and street arts and takes place over 4 days at the beginning of summer.
Toques et Porcelaine is a biennial event to celebrate porcelain and gastronomy: 2 themes so dear to the region.
Of course, the Limousin beef is omnipresent in the region; however, we can easily mention the "cul-blanc" sheep and the Limousin pork also called "cul-noir".
The gastronomy in the region also gives pride of place to fruits such as blueberries, chestnuts (e.g. black pudding with chestnuts), the Golden Limousin apple, the only apple variety with a PDO.
Some Limousin specialities:
On the fly, let's mention the potato pie pâté de terre which is a brioche pie, the amourettes (a tripe specialty), the Tréipaïs which means three countries in Occitan. This one was thought out and created at the beginning of the 2000s by a collective of pastry chefs from Haute-Vienne, Creusois and Corrèze who lacked a regional pastry speciality.
South of Limoges, you will appreciate the Madeleines de Saint-Yrieix. Finally and especially the clafoutis which is originally from Limousin and composed with cherries and their pits in order to prevent the cherry juice from mixing with the dough.
On the drinking side, we can mention the "kir limousin" whose liqueur will be with chestnuts of course. Also, if you say apple grown in the region, you mean Limousin cider. The region is also populated by distillery mills.
When you visit the region, do not hesitate to ask us for advice on visits and must-see attractions.