Although actually in the
département of the Vienne
this is a must for visitors to
Its proximity just 10km from Barrou makes it easily
accessible. This charming medieval town is
on the left bank of the River
Creuse, you have now crossed into part
of a region that is well-deserving of a visit but probably not high
on the list of most tourists -- not because it doesn't have a lot to
offer but because it is rural, peaceful and not very well known
(this area once featured in the 'Sunday Times' as 'undiscovered jewel'
charming main street, which you are led into through the town
and historical town is bristling with restaurants and cafes
catering for everything from a light lunch to splendid dinners -
there is even a tearoom! ('salon de the').
The markets on Tuesday and Friday morning are worth a
During the summer months the square also plays host to a number of fetes and festivals.
There are a few surprises you will
find in this small town - a casino,
a thermal spa, a racecourse and
more! The casino which
also houses a night club, opened in
the year 2000 and draws many
visitors from the surrounding
Then there is the
Hippodrome de La
for those who enjoy horse racing.
races are scheduled for certain days
in June, July, August and early
September. Admission is EUR 6
for adults and is free for those
age of 18.
There is an
18-hole golf course which is challenging in
that you have a few tight fairways bordered
circling a 3
but is also a relaxing 'walk' if
played early on a summer's morning.
Clubs can be hired from us depending
There are well marked
out walking routes that take you along part of the
river, up on to the old railway bridge giving some great
views. There is a nearby riding school, fitness centre
and the river with its man-made beach provides great
place to cool off in the height of summer. Yes, this
little town is full of surprises!
Perhaps a more well-known offering of La Roche-Posay
its world-famous thermal spa and mineral waters
which have been enjoyed
for over five centuries. It is the source of a thermal spring
that is very rich in selenium, a trace element with
numerous therapeutic and dermatological benefits.
Legend has it that in the Middle Ages, the knight
Bertrand Du Guesclin stopped near the spring to let his
horse drink and to quench his own thirst. The horse, who
suffered from eczema, plunged into the water and came
At the beginning of the 19th century, Napoleon,
upon his return from Egypt, had a thermal hospital built
at La Roche-Posay to treat the skin diseases of his