Although actually in the
département of the Vienne
this is a must for visitors to Southern Touraine.
Its proximity 24km from La Folie 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 featured in Sunday Times in 2008 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 'salon de the'.
The markets on Tuesdays and Fridays are worth a
This area is also used for 'boules' and during the summer months
festivals of a variety of guises are held here.
There are a
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
there is the
Hippodrome de La
for those who enjoy horse racing. Beginning at
races are scheduled for certain days in June, July, August and early
September. Admission is EUR 6 for adults and is free for those
under theage of 18.
There is an 18-hole golf course which is challenging
in that you have a few tight fairways bordered by trees
circling a 3 hectare pond
but is also a relaxing 'walk' if played early on a summer's morning. Clubs can be hired at the clubhouse.
There is a nearby riding school, fitness centre and, of course, the
river with its man-made beach. Yes, this little town is full of
Perhaps a more
well-known offering of La Roche-Posayis
thermal spa and mineral waterswhich 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
The village has gardens to explore:
duParc Thermal de La Roche-Posay.
These gardens are made up of different focal points with yew tree
hedges and ornamental lakes. There is an English garden at the
Pavillon Rose, the Thermal Spring, the
Checkers and ChessPlaza
and the health terrace. It is open all the year round and there is
no admission charge. There is also the private Les Loges
(Rooms of the Park) hotel garden which is divided in thematic
"rooms": the WhiteGarden,
the Walking place Garden, the Peonies Garden (42 species) and the
Rose garden. Along the natural brook there are many remarkable
species of trees and shrubs.
Guided tour Thursday at
from May to September (information near the office of tourism)
Internet access is also available from the office.