Explore beyond La Creuzette
Boussac is a small village in the Creuse area in central France's Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It is often referred to as La France profonde – the authentic “deep” France where time seems to stand still and inhabitants routinely stop to say a friendly bonjour to passers-by. The ramparts and old wall dating back to 15th-century Boussac remain and a special guided historical walk through the ancient village is an enlightening experience.
Visitors can see an impressive collection of prehistoric stones and menhir and dolmen stacks at the Pierres Jaumâtres heritage site at the picturesque Toulx-Sainte-Croix village just a few kilometres outside Boussac.
The Creuse is full of surprises. The extensive oak forests offer spectacular walks and the undulating county roads are a cyclist’s dream. An annual one-day cycling event referred to as the Boussaquine Circuit is held to great fanfare in Boussac’s streets in the last week of April. There are also mountain-biking tracks and challenging off-road circuits for adventure seekers.
There are large lakes and dams here, and the beautiful area around the dramatic confluence of two rivers in the area have been painted by several Impressionist artists, including Claude Monet and August Renoir. Other well-loved pursuits include water sports and angling.