Jumilhac-le-Grand is a town lying on a vast area of 6700 ha, located in the Dordogne in the Limousin foothills of the Massif Central, crossed by the gorges of the Isle. Jumilhac-le-Grand has about 1300 inhabitants.
Jumilhac was known first for its gold mines (exploited since the Gauls until the end of the twentieth century) and for its numerous forges powered by the river throughout the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Today the main activities of the municipality are agriculture and tourism. In addition to the beautiful castle of Jumilhac and Gallery of Gold located in the premises of the Office of Tourism, tourists also find a rich heritage, a beautiful hilly landscape perfect for hiking on foot or on horseback, fishing, hunting and a great choice of accommodation.
Jumilhac-le-Grand is a small village north of the Dordogne part of the Regional Natural Park of Périgord-Limousin. Throughout the year, you can visit exceptional places: swamps, bogs, lakes, orchid fields and see a very varied and interesting fauna (otters, turtles and various European birds of prey). The park is also a place of festivities and hospitality. The landscape is hilly and ideal for hiking, cycling and horseback riding. Green meadows with cows Limousin alternate with forests, orchards, rivers and lakes characterize the landscape. Pike there fishing, perch and trout.
The imposing castle Jumilhac-le-Grand XIII century is on the Richard the Lionheart Route (along the castles of Nexon, Coussac-Bonneval and Chalus). This route is indicated by signs from Jumilhac. ￼
Many activities are possible Jumilhac-le-Grand: hiking, biking and canoeing, climbing, swimming, fishing, etc.
Guests can swim in many places in Jumilhac or nearby. There is even a new outdoor pool. In this area there is also a track for skating. It is possible to swim in the Isle, but be careful.
The rocks of the Isle, an impressive site at the foot of the castle, you will practice climbing from beginner to advanced level. Initiation Days are organized by season (subject).
In summer, the museum organizes Jumilhac-le-Grand Gold panning for gold in river courses.
Merely Jumilhac there are many hiking trails (about 80 km). The tours are well marked, there are guidebooks for each of them, some along the Isle. There are also GR in Dordogne, including the Saint-Jacques de Compostela passes near Jumilhac-le-Grand.
Country Farmers Market: every Sunday morning on Castle Square in summer.
Garage sale: July 14 and August 15.
Green Guitar Festival in July.
Another castle worth a visit: the castle of Hautefort, a rare testimony to classic architecture in the Dordogne, its elegant silhouette more reminiscent of the royal residences of the Loire Valley castles as Perigord.
There is plenty to do around Jumilhac-le-Grand. By car, lots of possibilities: close to Jumilhac is Limoges (45 km) known for its porcelain. Limoges has many small shops, museums, restaurants and a beautiful historic center with a large cathedral.
Périgueux (40 km), capital of the Dordogne, with its old town with its narrow streets and terraces. There is a golf course that has 18 holes relatively flat, crossed by the Beauronne, a small stream.
In summer there are regular antique fairs along the Vézère. ￼
Other cities worth visiting: Brive-la-Gaillarde, Thiviers, Brantome, Saint-Jean-de-Côle and Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche.
Guests can enjoy inflatable boat, rent canoes to Corgnac to go up the river.
A 15-minute drive, you will find the lake of Rouffiac. It is bordered by a wooded park of a hundred hectares where you can enjoy many activities combining sports and nature, the ski lift, water skiing, wakeboarding, swimming...