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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Haute-Vienne

Nexon, capital of Canton is a town of about 2500 inhabitants located 25 km south of Limoges, ranked "2 flowers" at the National Contest Bloom. City-Perigord-Limousin Natural Park, Nexon is also a stop on the Route Richard Coeur de Lion. Vibrant town, Nexon has a rich network of associations and a wide variety of shops. The city is best known for her former stud farm, castle, but also by the presence of Sirque, National Center for Circus Arts in Limousin.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude45.6763170 (N 45° 40’ 35”)
Longitude1.1887460 (E 1° 11’ 19”)
AltitudeFrom 295m to 446m
Surface area40.79 km²
Population2474 inhabitants
Density60 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLimoges (23 km, 28 min)
Insee code87106
IntercommunalityCC du Pays de Nexon

Nearest cities & towns

Saint-Hilaire-les-Places4.7 km (5 min)
Saint-Maurice-les-Brousses5.3 km (9 min)
Meilhac5.5 km (10 min)
Burgnac7 km (11 min)
Janailhac7.1 km (11 min)
Jourgnac7.5 km (13 min)
La Meyze7.9 km (10 min)
Rilhac-Lastours9.4 km (15 min)
Lavignac10.1 km (15 min)
Flavignac10.4 km (17 min)
Bosmie-l'Aiguille10.5 km (15 min)
Saint-Jean-Ligoure10.8 km (15 min)
Les Cars11 km (14 min)
La Roche-l'Abeille11.1 km (14 min)

Things to see and do

Nexon is diverse both in its built heritage and natural and in its cultural attractiveness. The 17th century castle, restored in the 19th century is surrounded by a park of about 40 hectares, is conducive to walk, bike or on horseback, in fact, the equestrian center "The stud of the park" offers all walks throughout the year by appointment. An orientation course and a course "discovery" are also installed in the park, the town and the station area (log books available at the Tourist Office). The castle houses since 1986, the City Hall. Around the castle are the stables, witnessed the prestigious history of the horse Nexon. The studs were in the 16th century, it is one of the oldest in France. Guided tours of the site Nexon (castle, stables and park), are offered throughout the year by reservation at the Tourist Office.

Nexon is also known for his "Jardin des Sens, a bridge between generations." This free garden is a place where all senses exhale through several small theme gardens such as the path of the bark, the maze of bamboo, the tunnel of the scents, the orchard or garden therapy. Located in the castle park between home and school is a meeting place for generations through days of workshops, planting, and set up meetings throughout the year. Open access, the garden can also be visited with a guide (bookings Tourist Office).

The fame of the town is very well represented by the "Sirque - National Center for Circus Arts" shows, exhibitions, residencies, resource center, contemporary circus festival in August. Here are some of the missions of the association. A permanent marquee is installed since 2001 in the castle park to accommodate all these activities.

The church of the 12th and 15th centuries, open access, is the remains of fortifications such as the bell tower and stone Breteche. Inside you can admire the reliquary bust of Saint Ferréol 16th century and a shrine of the 13th century enamelled copper.

Nexon also has a hiking trail and practicable enrolled all year (topo guide available at the Tourist Office) and a tourist center with trees and a camping around the lake of Lande accessible to all.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

Fair every third Friday of the month in the town center.

Farmers' markets in July and August.

Road Circus Festival every year in August.

Local Festival and Heritage Days the third weekend of September.


Panorama Nexon
Panorama Nexon
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Friday 27 march
Min. 5°C - Max. 9°C
Saturday 28 march
Min. 9°C - Max. 12°C
Sunday 29 march
Min. 10°C - Max. 11°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Several interesting sites exist around Nexon. Castle Lastours part of the tourist route "Richard the Lionheart" is visible from the road in the town of Rilhac-Lastours. Visits to the torch, medieval events and camps are organized during the summer. On the same common is the "Garden of the millennium," medieval garden free access all year round. Located in the old castle mound, it consists of confined spaces such as flower garden, orchard or garden simple. The castle ruins Châlucet also integrated into the scenic route can be visited freely available throughout the year. Located in the commune of Saint-Jean-Ligoure, explanatory panels are available for visitors to learn about its history. The "tour Jeannette" can enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the surrounding valleys.

A few miles Nexon, the town of Janailhac, visitors can admire the paintings and frescoes historical monument in the church. Finally, the workshop-museum of the Earth Puycheny in Saint-Hilaire-les-Places you to discover the work of old-tile makers feuillardiers through visits and workshops in clay sculpture for children and adults.

Tours of the Moor in the Serpentine Rousseille are also feasible to discover the rich fauna and flora of this area. On this same town, the lake Plaisance can practice different outdoor activities: swimming, pedal boats, miniature golf, water slides, horseback riding ...


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Nexon Castle Park
La Vallade loop
HikeEasy3h30Saint-Saud-Lacoussière (32 km)
The vineyards
HikeIntermediate3h00Concèze (38 km)
The Three Spires
HikeEasy4h00Saint-Léger-la-Montagne (43 km)
Banks of the Tardoire
HikeEasy1h30Eymouthiers (50 km)


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