Bridge over the Vincou
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-Michel Doumeix|
|Area1||24.42 km2 (9.43 sq mi)|
|• Density||190/km2 (500/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||87011 / 87300|
|Elevation||175–301 m (574–988 ft)
(avg. 245 m or 804 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Michael Wright, who writes the Saturday Telegraph's "C'est la folie" column about rural life in the Limousin, lives in Bellac
Bellac lies 45 km to the North West of Limoges at the confluence of the rivers Gartempe and the Vincou, in the Department of Haute-Vienne. Poitiers is 70 km to the north west, and Angoulême 100 km to the south-west. The hills known as the Monts de Blond lie immediately to the south.
Bellac is 30 km west of the A20 Limoges-Orléans motorway, and lies at a crossroads where the RN145 crosses the RN147. Both these roads had been designated part of the RCEA (Route Centre Europe L'Atlantique) and were thus under risk of being upgraded to motorway. However, the latest thinking is that the RCEA will be re-routed from La Souterraine south down the A20 to Limoges and then via upgrades to the N520 / N141 routes to Angoulême and the west.
Bellac is classified as:
- A cité de charactere 
- A Village d'etape 
- A Station verte de vacances 
- A Station Touristique 
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