Bellac, Haute-Vienne: tourism & sightseeing
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Bellac is situated to the north-west of the Haute-Vienne department of Limousin, near the border with the Poitou-Charentes region. It is a small market town with a long history based around the leather tanning industry that was important here during the Middle Ages.
Each historical period has left its mark on Bellac in the form of places of interest for visitors.
The 13th century stone arched bridge across the tranquil River Vincou is a good place to start you visit, and to have a view across the town.
Heading into Bellac itself you will see, among other things, numerous ancient houses. Most of these date from the 15th to 17th centuries. You will also see the remains of part of the original defensive walls of the town, and an impressive 17th century town hall with small towers on two of the corners of the building.
The most important religious monument in Bellac is the Church of Notre-Dame, which stands at the highest point in Bellac and dominates the town skyline. Because of the extended period between work starting on construction of the church in the 12th century and its completion in the 15th century you can see elements of both roman and gothic style architecture.
There are also two chapels in the town: the Chapel of the Penitents, and the Chapel of Notre-Dame-Lorette.
After exploring the town you can head back to the bridge and take a stroll along the river banks. We recommend you also bring along provisions for a picnic on the riverside.
Market days in Bellac are Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Things to do near Bellac
Close to Bellac you can enjoy the water based facilities of the Lac de Saint Pardoux. This leisure lake is popular with visitors and locals alike who enjoy the activities and watersports available on the water during the summer months, or around the lake during the rest of the year.
Note: the photo shows the old stone bridge below the village
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Bellac is classified as a recommended place to break a long journey (village d'etape)
Address: Bellac, Limousin, 87300, France || GPS: latitude 46.1231, longitude 1.05028
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Visit Cafe le Pont de la Pierre.
The Café is located in the peaceful landscaped gardens alongside the River Vincou, away from the bustle and traffic of the town centre. Whilst sitting on the terrace on the banks of the river, one can enjoy the superb views of the old town of Bellac and the thirteenth Century bridge, the Pont de la Pierre.
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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby
- Lac de Saint-Pardoux: site of natural beauty (21 km)
- Abbatiale de Saint Pierre (Lesterps): religious monument (24 km)
- Bessines-sur-Gartempe: village d'etape (25 km)
- Site Corot: site of natural beauty (28 km)
- Abbaye de Saint-Amand (Saint-Junien): religious monument (29 km)
- Confolens: town of art and history (32 km)
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