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La Roche-Posay

Although actually in the département of the Vienne this is a must for visitors to Southern Touraine. Its proximity just 10km from Barrou 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' ). It has a charming main street, which you are led into through the town ‘gate’.

Tuesday is market day in the centre of town and it's well worth a visit. 

This area is also used for 'boules' and during the summer months festivals in a variety of guises are held here.

  

There are a few surprises you will find in this small town - a casino, a thermal spa, a racecourse and more!   The casino opened in the year 2000 and draws many visitors from the surrounding region.

Then there is the Hippodrome de La Gâtinière for those who enjoy horse racing.  Beginning at 2 PM, 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 the age of 18.

Nearby is an 18-hole golf course which is challenging in that you have a few tight fairways bordered by trees but is also a relaxing 'walk' if played early on a summer's morning.

There is a nearby riding school, fitness centre and, of course, the river. There is a man-made beach and safe swimming. Yes, this little town is full of surprises! 

 

 Perhaps a more well-known offering of La Roche-Posay is its world-famous thermal spa and mineral waters which have been enjoyed for over five centuries.

 

The village has gardens to explore:  Jardins du Parc 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 Chess Plaza and the health terrace. It is open all the year round and there is no admission charge. There is also the private Les Loges du Parc (Rooms of the Park) hotel garden which is divided in thematic "rooms": the White Garden, the Secret Garden, 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 3.00 pm from May to September (information near the office of tourism) Internet access is also available from the office.

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