La Souterraine, Creuse: tourism & sightseeing

Photo of La Souterraine in Massif Central (Limousin region)

Visit La Souterraine (Limousin, France)

La Souterraine is a traditional town in the Creuse department of Limousin: with 5000 inhabitants it is the largest town in the west of the Creuse. An undiscovered gem in the middle of France, the town is surrounded by pretty villages on a rolling landscape of lakes and hills.

Exploring La Souterraine

You can’t help but be entranced by the beautiful town square filled in the summer with boxes of trailing geraniums whose colours lights up the granite of the Notre Dame church dating from the 11th Century: this is a popular stopping off point for the pilgrims going to Santiago Di Compestello.

Entrance to historic centre

This square is the heart of this medieval town. Entering through the 13th Century Porte Saint-Jean you can feel the history of this ancient square. Pop into the café du Marche and borrow the key for a not to be missed birds eye view of the town and surrounding countryside, it's well worth the climb!

On a Thursday and Saturday morning, as the first heat of the sun is glinting onto the ancient church windows, you will find many locals purchasing their fresh fruit and vegetables for the day in a flurry of coloured baskets, nodding heads and the aroma that fills the air from the flower and plant stall.

For a cup of the best coffee going visit Café Chaud just off the main town square on the high street, popular with visitors and locals alike and where you know the gossip of the day is going to take place and it’s entrancing to just sit and watch the town go about its business.

A high street snakes through the town with its delightful choice of local shopping offering a great choice of every day essentials and gifts to take home for the family.

Close to the station for a really interesting visit pop into La Cirque Valdi where a miniature circus comes to life before your eyes, open every day during July/August and weekends at other times, one for adults and children alike.

Two kilometers out of La Souterraine you will find the Etang Du Cheix, a popular leisure lke with a sandy beach where you can relax with the family. Above the lake you will find La Promenade café/bistro, a perfect spot to pass the morning. You can also fish here if you fancy it but make sure that you obtain a permit first.

Church detail

Attractions close to La Souterraine

A few kilometres from the town you will find the remains of the recently restored Tour de Bridiers which I believe dates back to the 13th Century. Here you will find a beautiful medieval garden which is well worth a exploring at any time, but even better if you can visit during the annual medieval festival.

Within 25 minutes of La Souterraine you will also find some other wonderful spots including Lac Chambon up by Eguzon, with its tantalizing choice of watersports, a chute for the children into a plunge pool and a safely roped off area with a floating platform that will entertain from young to old.

From the train station in La Souterraine you can jump on a train to the historic city of Limoges or even further afield to Brive La Gaillard.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Limousin guide.

See also:

Map of La Souterraine and places nearby

Visit near La Souterraine with France This Way reviews

Tourist classifications for La Souterraine

La Souterraine is classified as a recommended place to break a long journey (village d'etape)

Address: Souterraine, Guéret, Limousin, 23300, France || GPS: latitude 46.2374, longitude 1.4862

Plan your visit to La Souterraine, Creuse

Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Bessines-sur-Gartempe: village d'etape (17 km)
  • Jardin-arboretum de La Sédelle: remarkable garden (20 km)
  • Saint-Benoit-du-Sault: most beautiful village (24 km)
  • Eguzon-Chantome: village d'etape (24 km)
  • Lac de Saint-Pardoux: site of natural beauty (27 km)
  • Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe Abbey: heritage site (30 km)

The French version of this page is at La Souterraine (Francais)