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in Vassivière

The silence of winter gives way to the awakening of nature. The shores of the lake are gradually transformed into a living canvas of color. The shimmering reflections of the first rays of sunlight dance on the surface of the water, buds gently burst forth with the promise of greenery and shy flowers emerge along the banks. The lapping of the water, the quivering of the sails during the regattas every weekend, blend harmoniously with the melodious song of the birds. The shores come alive again, restaurants reopen, activities resume their rhythm… Little by little, the lake embraces a new élan. Each season brings its own unique atmosphere, so special to Vassivière!

©Maxime Authier


Top 5 hiking ideas…

  • Discover our most beautiful panoramas on a hike along La Presqu’île de Chachassagnes, the Lande du Puy de la Croix, the Sentier des poètes and its characterful village of Quenouille, in full bloom in spring.
  • Wander around Vassivière Island, with its unique mix of ancient and contemporary heritage.
  • Take the whole family off the beaten track on a Tèrra Aventura treasure hunt in search of Poï’z, those funny little characters.
  • Enjoy a great ride to explore our green spaces
  • On two wheels, explore our countryside on mountain bike trails or cycle along our quiet back roads.

Don’t forget to immortalize our landscapes in your lens, and share your photos on Instagram #Lacdevassiviere


on Vassivière island

Stimulate your imagination!

It’s a timeless stroll where the centuries intertwine. Granite can be seen in old stone or contemporary architecture, while land-art works stand side by side with century-old trees… Whatever the season, the magic happens! Research, experimentation, production and dissemination of contemporary art: such is the objective of CIAPV, so well known for its remarkable contemporary architecture designed by Aldo Rossi and Xavier Fabre. This winter, discover Hera Büyüktaşcıyan’s “Terres résonantes” exhibition, sediments of stories from this territory beyond your perceptions!


A good meal?

Head for the villages that reflect the soul of this country. More than just restaurants, you’ll discover real places to live. There’s no great gastronomy here, just small tables where the food is simple, good and healthy. Here are a few 100% local addresses open all year round!


Stopover 110

Who doesn’t know l’Escale à Auphelle, facing the lake! This emblematic establishment has existed since the creation of Lac de Vassivière. Back then, it was the canteen for those who helped build the dam. Over the years, l’Escale has become a brasserie where you can enjoy a meal, an ice cream or a waffle on the terrace with a breathtaking view of the lake, or go pedal-boating around the Île aux Serpents. In March 2024, L’Escale changed its name to L’Escale 110. A family cradle for Anne Laure, a love at first sight for Vincent, both in love with the Limousin region, they set their sights on L’Escale for a new life project with their two daughters, Manon and Jade. A new setting, a new menu developed with local partners, but also a new welcome. Anne Laure and Vincent want L’Escale 110 to be a warm and inviting place to enjoy a quick meal or a “quiet time to chill”, a drink or a family or business event, as well as a lively place to play a game or enjoy a concert…

But also

Experience the country …

Other restaurant suggestions complete our local addresses… If you’re looking for a place to stay, choose a cosy lodging in a fuste or a warm gite for long evenings by the fire. Here, there are no big events in winter, just little get-togethers where you can meet up and share a concert, a traditional dance, a lotto or belote evening with the “locals”! Take a look at the calendar!