Explore our traditions and activities in the vicinity of Limoges
Saint-Yrieix, last stage before the Périgord area, is a foretaste of the Dordogne landscapes and invites you to explore the Limousine traditions. On the pick of the Tour du Plô, the highest point of the region and its 30,000 inhabitants, the town flies the Occitanie flag.
The Arédien region takes its name from the Christian evangelist of the 6th century, the founder of a prosperous abbey. After he was canonised, his name – Aredius – evolved in the spoken language and became Iriès, and then Yrieix.
Remodelled, embellished and paved with Saint-Yrieix stones, the medieval city leads into the Place Attane. There, you will find a collegiate church built by ambitious canons, thanks to the generosity of the Dukes of Aquitaine. Next to it, stands the Tour du Plô, a medieval donjon that belonged to the Viscounts of Limoges. It starts the descent to the town picturesque streets with particular hotels made of stone and timber.
Numerous leisure activities in Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche
- Visit of the historical centre: Place Attane and its collegiate church, as well as the Tour du Plô
- Château de Bonneval in Coussac-Bonneval
- Le Chalard and its Assumption church
- Ségur-le-Château, one of the most beautiful villages of France
- “Les Palloux” Museum of Ceramics in Saint-Yrieix
- Villa Sport: pool and recreational complex
- Arfeuilles artificial lake
- Hiking in nature
- Horse riding in the Le Moulin des Cailloux equestrian centre
This place is home of the French gastronomy. Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche region is a real land of taste.
Our specialities in the Haute-Vienne Department
- Saint-Yrieix Madeleine
It is one of the most famous sweet treats of the Limousin region. According to popular rumours, its arrival to the region is linked to the Compostelle pilgrimage. In fact, during the Middle Ages, Saint-Yrieix was an important stage on the Camino de Santiago. This pastry takes its shape from the scallop shell that was used as a baking tin and was a distinctive sign among pilgrims. It seems that the first Madeleine of the Arédien City was cooked in the mid-19th century, by a fellow pastry chef from Commercy. Nowadays, two bakeries still carry on the Saint-Yrieix Madeleine tradition.
- Limousin Apple
This apple variety has gotten the AOP certification (certification granted to certain French geographical indications). This variety has been well-known in the United States for more than one century. In the 1950s, the Golden variety arrived to the Limousin region. Tanks to the soil and climate quality, the fruit easily adapted to the Limousin land. The first orchards planted on the ancient chestnut grove gave fruits that were both flavoursome and particularly fit for cooking. The Limousin Apple Road enhances the apple terroir richness: visits of the cooperatives and farms, tastings with restaurateurs, craftsmen and farmers.
- "Cul Noir" Pig
This animal arrived to the Massif Central 400 years ago. Of Iberian origin, it has adapted to our local climate. In the beginning, this breed was used for auto-subsistence and for its fat, because it is able to store a great quantity of fat. Later, from the mid-1920s to the mid-1930s, they reached their peak, when they were fattened and sold in fairs, in particular in Meyze, Coussac-Bonneval and Saint-Yrieix. Due to the lack of profitability, this breed was endangered after the Second World War, until the 1980s, when only 40 animals remained! It takes 2 years to raise one pig.
In this context, and with a view to protect and preserve the “Cul Noir” breed, a Cul Noir Pig Breeders Syndicate was created in 1993. It was made possible thanks to the Haute-Vienne Chamber of Agriculture and the Pig Research Institute.
- Le Saint-Yrieix: young limousin bovine
Le Saint-Yrieix – "Limousin, pinkish medium rare" a young limousin bovine – is a Saint-Yrieix region speciality.
This calf (male or female), must be born on the farm, from two limousine breed parents and be under 10 months old. It must be fed on dry rations from the farm products.
In 2006, an economic interest group has been formed. Today it gathers about 20 members (farmers, restaurateurs…) in order to enhance and promote the “Saint-Yrieix Veal” sector. The local council community of the Saint-Yrieix region works on improving the Le Saint-Yrieix, young bovine, limousine pinkish middle rare” brand production conditions. Its economical impact is important in terms of consequences for producers, butchers and restaurateurs, but also for the local trade and the Saint-Yrieix region image with its emblematic local productions.
But there are also other leisure activities in Limoges and its vicinity:
- Limoges and its Cathedral, its churches, its town-centre, etc.
- Zénith de Limoges, a concert hall, with its different concerts and animations
- Reynou Zoo
- Aquapolis Pool centre
- Saint-Pardoux lake, Vassivière lake, Plateau de Millevaches, Saint-Léonard-de-Nolbat (a stage on the Camino de Santiago), and so on.
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