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La Souterraine

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Creuse

La Souterraine - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Creuse

Ancient city founded by the monks of the Abbey of St Martial de Limoges, and counted some 5500 inhabitants, La Souterraine is a small town where life is good. It is a collection of shops and services in the greenery of the countryside Creusoise.

Located at the intersection of highways A20 and N145, served by railway line Paris-Toulouse, La Souterraine is the essential gateway to the Creuse and Limousin.

Geographical information

MunicipalityLa Souterraine
Tourism labels
Latitude46.2390870 (N 46° 14’ 21”)
Longitude1.4829860 (E 1° 28’ 59”)
AltitudeFrom 284m to 456m
Surface area37.07 km²
Population5702 inhabitants
Density153 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureGuéret (36 km, 31 min)
Insee code23176
IntercommunalityCC du Pays Sostranien

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Maurice-la-Souterraine6.6 km (9 min)
Saint-Agnant-de-Versillat7 km (11 min)
Vareilles7.4 km (8 min)
Saint-Priest-la-Feuille7.6 km (12 min)
Arnac-la-Poste11.2 km (14 min)
Saint-Pierre-de-Fursac11.5 km (16 min)
Noth11.5 km (16 min)
Saint-Étienne-de-Fursac11.7 km (15 min)
Saint-Germain-Beaupré11.7 km (17 min)
Lizières13.2 km (15 min)
Saint-Sulpice-les-Feuilles13.6 km (14 min)
Saint-Léger-Bridereix14 km (15 min)
Azerables14.6 km (15 min)
Colondannes14.8 km (17 min)

Things to see and do

Historical stage, the city resonates still not pilgrims since the Middle Ages come to find rest in the shelter of fortifications. Check out the Romanesque-Gothic church, its original Gallo -Roman crypt, the iconic St. John's Gate, the Gate of Puycharraud, his curious lantern of the dead, its old houses Renaissance, the vestiges of the castle of Bridiers.

Also see: a genuine miniature circus, model 300 m², fully animated and accessible for everyone. Cirque Valdi is a work of art created from scratch by the passion of one man, Maurice Masvignier, virtuoso miniature, what is more, amazing storyteller expertise.

Ponds Thatch and Cazine are particularly famous for sport fishing for carp.

Places of interest

Information points
Performance halls

Events and festivities

Markets: Thursday and Saturday morning.

Show the historical epic Castle Bridiers early August.

Run Ecureuil early September.

Hiking the Trail Masons : end of September.

Christmas market in December.

Detailed information

Bridiers Historical Fresco
A big, historical night-time fresco in LimousinFrom 5 to 8 august 2016


La Porte Saint-jean
La Porte Saint-jean
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Castle Bridiers
Castle Bridiers
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The heart of medieval La Souterraine
The heart of medieval La Souterraine
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The Gallo-Roman crypt
The Gallo-Roman crypt
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The water's Cheix
The water's Cheix
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Market day La Souterraine
Market day La Souterraine
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The marketplace to La Souterraine
The marketplace to La Souterraine
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The Choir of the Church
The Choir of the Church
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La Souterraine Ville Fleurie 3 Flowers
La Souterraine Ville Fleurie 3 Flowers
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

La Souterraine is also the ideal base for exploring a nature preserve Creuse, dotted with friendly villages, ideal for hiking.

Lakes and rivers are numerous and readily lend themselves to fishing.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Visit of the paint shop The Brézentine
Arts and CraftsFreeDun-le-Palestel (15.7 km)
Freestyle Park & Tree Adventure to Lake Saint-Pardoux
Nature and the great outdoors8 € to 18 € Razès (27 km)
Feeriland, a marvellous miniature world
Entertainment0 € to 7 € Veyrac (49 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Three Spires
HikeEasy4h00Saint-Léger-la-Montagne (24 km)
Verger Gorges
HikeEasy1h30Bourganeuf (38 km)
Lamy Wood Circuit
HikeEasy3h00Moutier-Malcard (39 km)
Vassivière Lake walk
HikeEasy7h00Beaumont-du-Lac (59 km)


Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals