La Traverse is ideally situated for you to enjoy the beautiful Limousin countryside and explore Limoges’ historic quarters, taking in the regional delicacies and wine.
Limoges is the capital of the Haute Vienne department. It is known for its enamels and particularly its porcelain which can be seen in vast collections at the National Porcelain Museum Adrien Dubouché.
There are hundreds of walks in Limousin, where you can enjoy breathtaking scenery, wonderful woodlands and perhaps have a paddle along the way in the many lakes and streams. You can find details of many shorter walks in the Haute Vienne as well as organised group and themed walks throughout the year here
The cycling routes between the Vienne and Gartempe areas as well as the country lanes are ideal for cycling at all levels. There are 10 circuits of varying distances that cyclists can ride at their own pace and at any time of the year. Mountain biking routes can be found at the tourist board in Bellac (0033) 55534261 For more information please click here
In the area, every type of fishing is possible – from trout fishing in the rivers to fishing for pike or perch on a small fishing boat on Le Lac de Saint Pardoux. For more information please click here
The lake of Saint Pardoux is a “real inland sea” which is nested in the heart of the Limousin forest. This unspoilt space presents landscapes that nature lovers will really enjoy. For families, many activities from swimming and fishing to horse riding are available. An outdoor aqua park opened in 2017 and is fantastic fun for families to enjoy in the summer.
Viaduc de Rocherolles is a rail bridge across the Gartempe. When built in 1856, it was considered the highest bridge in France. Built in blue granite, the stones were taken from surrounding quarries and cut and assembled on site.
La Souterraine is a small town about 20 mins away from La Traverse. It has a number of interesting sites, it was part of the pilgrim route of St Jacques de Compostella on the Vézelay route during the Middle Ages. The Notre Dame church there is also worth a visit.
Oradour-sur-Glane is a commune in the Haute Vienne department in the Limousin region. The original population was destroyed on 10th June 1944, when 642 of its inhabitants were massacred by a German Waffen-SS company in error. The site has been maintained as a permanent memorial and museum.