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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 of 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.


There is an 18-hole golf course which is challenging wih  a few tight fairways bordered by trees.






There is a man-made beach on the riverbank under the impressive viaduct.












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