To the north-east of the Massif Central, this is an ideal area for a holiday in the countryside. Soft, green and confidential enough to find peace and quiet. You can plan to discover some very varied sites. Thus, the Reynou Zoological and Landscape Park, the Limousin Aquarium, located in an old underground water reservoir and vaulted Limoges, the Insect City, rich in 10,000 specimens and 98 ha of gardens, the Châlucet fortress, Lake Saint-Pardoux and, the jewel of the Haute-Vienne, the magnificent and wild Lake Vassivière where to practice water sports and nature walks. Haute-Vienne is also home to the infamous martyr village of Oradour-sur-Glane, which keeps the memory of June 10, 1944, when the population was massacred by the SS. 642 dead! We walk with great emotion in this devastated and deserted village. Haute-Vienne is also Limoges, its architectural heritage and its famous porcelain. A must: the visit of Bernardaud, a family business founded in 1863, labelled "Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant", to discover the history, the process, the blast furnaces and the factory shop. You will find other companies on the Limoges Porcelain Roads in Haute-Vienne. Other crafts are promoted in this area around enamel, leather, stained glass, etc. To the south-east, you will discover Mount Gargan, which rises to an altitude of 731m, its heather moors, its peat bog and the remains of the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours chapel and the memorial stone commemorating the acts of the Resistance.

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When to go to Haute-Vienne?

Between the Périgord Limousin regional nature park and the Millevache regional nature park in Limousin, this humid and green area does not have a very high tourist season, nor does it suffer from very cold winters or hot summers. You can stay here almost all year round. The sunniest and driest season is, of course, the summer. Made up of plateaus, crossed by a few softened valleys, including that of the Vienne, and buttresses of the Massif Central, Haute-Vienne has contrasting climates, in line with its relief. Six distinct climatic zones are identified within which altitude and exposure conditions can still induce significant weather differences.

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