Limousin (Occitan, Lemosin) was a former metropolitan region in France that was dissolved on December 31, 2015. The official name of the region is now “Nouvelle-Aquitaine”. The capital of the region was Limoges from which the name of this former province and administrative region of France is derived. Now it is Bordeaux.
Today, Limousin is an essentially rural region. It is famous for raising some of the best cattle in Europe, herds of Limousin cattle – chestnut red – and they are very common in the region. The region is also an important wood-producing area. The weight of agriculture in the regional economy is small. The most widespread crop is rye.
Limoges was once a world-famous industrial center thanks to its porcelain factories. Today, porcelain production has significantly decreased. The shoe and paper industries are also concentrated in the area. Limoges is furthermore a city highly appreciated for its upholstered furniture.
Climate and surroundings
Nouvelle-Aquitaine enjoys four distinct seasons and a wide variety of landscapes that make it unique. From snow-capped peaks to vast sunny beaches, from lush forests to the charm of its villages and towns. This region offers something for everyone, you could almost say: All of France concentrated in a single region!
Nouvelle-Aquitaine enjoys an essentially temperate climate and is known for its quiet and relaxed lifestyle. With nearly 2,000 to 2,200 hours of sunshine per year, it is comparable to some Mediterranean regions.
To be divided into
- The oceanic climate of the Northwest (Poitou) – It is characterized by moderate rainfall, warm summers and cool winters, but without excesses.
- The Limousin oceanic climate is characterized by semi-continental influences.
– The Basque oceanic microclimate, which is more humid (western half of the
Atlantic Pyrenees and south of the Landes).
- The Pyrenean climate – The Pyrenean massif has a mountain climate that varies according to altitude.
- The Aquitaine oceanic climate influences most of the area (from the Charentes to the Landes). Winters are mild and summers are relatively warm, tempered by sea breezes.
The brightest period of the year lasts 3.4 months, from May 12 to August 23. The brightest day of the year is July 7, with an average of 7.0 kWh.
The darkest period of the year lasts 3.6 months, from October 29 to February 17. The darkest day of the year is December 27 with an average of 1.1 kWh.
The best season to visit Limoges, for example, is from mid-July to mid-August, with a peak in the last week of July.