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From cultural attractions and delicious local cuisine, to beautiful scenery lending perfectly to a range of outdoor pursuits, Brive-la-Gaillarde in the Limousin region of central France has many draws for visitors. This town presents the perfect mixture of history, gastronomy, nature and entertainment. Organise your Avis hire car at Brive Train Station and don’t miss a thing.
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Many top sights are situated in the centre of Brive-la-Gaillarde, just a 5-minute drive from the Avis car pick-up point at the Grand Terminus. This medieval market town is home to Musée Labenche – regarded as one of the best museums in France. Besides its intriguing collections, the stunning building itself is celebrated as an important example of Renaissance architecture. Exhibits include archaeological discoveries, fine art and natural history specimens. Particularly prized are the ten magnificent pieces of 17th century tapestry showcased here.
Brive-la-Gaillarde is famous for chocolate and is home to a number of artisan chocolatiers. To delve into the history and artistry behind this delicious industry, as well as tucking into tasty delights, visit the Musée du Chocolat Bovetti. Another top place to stop for foodie travellers is the market at Halle Georges Brassens, where an array of fresh local produce is temptingly laid out.
Wandering around the charming narrow streets of the old town reveals an abundance of historic architecture including Romanesque-style churches and the Maison Cavaignac – a 13th century building that’s had multiple functions over the centuries, including being used as a prison, museum and a bourgeoisie house.
See all of this and much more with the convenience of an Avis rental car at the ready. All you have to do is drive.
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Get out exploring in your Avis rental car to enjoy scenic road trips beyond Brive-la-Gaillarde. Intriguing cities and beautiful countryside dotted with charming villages await you.
Brimming with historic sights, museums and top restaurants, Clermont-Ferrand is a popular day trip option from Brive-la-Gaillarde, and is reachable within a two-hour drive along the A89. Must-see attractions here include the 13th century Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral, which is uniquely constructed out of volcanic lava stone collected from the surrounding landscape.
The Basilica of Notre-Dame Du Port, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is another top landmark and dates back to the 6th century. It was rebuilt in the 11th and 12th centuries after the original structure was burnt down by the Normans. To delve further into the local heritage, visit the Muséum Henri Lecoq, the city’s natural history museum, and the Musée Bargoin, which displays archaeological artefacts and textiles from around the world.
An hour away from Brive-la-Gaillarde in your rental car brings you to the fascinating city of Limoges. This attractive destination boasts impressive waterfront views along the Vienne river, where much medieval architecture can be appreciated. This includes the gothic Cathédrale St-Étienne de Limoges, and the half-timbered houses in the Cour du Temple courtyard.
Don’t miss visiting the Limoges-Bénédictins train station, which boasts incredible art deco style and is widely considered the grandest building in the city. Another architectural gem is Limoges Town Hall, designed by the architect behind the Palace of Versailles.
Brive-la-Gaillarde and beyond is best explored by car. With an Avis rental from Brive Train Station, sit back and enjoy your road trip around this fascinating region of France.