Situated midway between Limoges and Toulouse, Brive-la-Gaillarde is a city of about 50,000 residents. The city lies on the banks of the Corrèze River as it meanders its way westwards. Brive-la-Gaillarde has a famous history for resistance during the Second World War and it was the first place in the country to liberate itself from occupation. Our hoteliers guaranteed you that the centre of the city has plenty of medieval architecture and a number of pleasant cafés and bars and many other things to do while you are traveling in the region.
Transports in Brive-la-Gaillarde
The railway station at Brive-la-Gaillarde was once a big yard ready to transport all of the local produce to the rest of the country. It is now a stop on a regional line that has connecting services to and from Bordeaux, Limoges, Périgueux, Clermont-Ferrand and Toulouse. The A20 is that major route for traffic from the north. A drive from France's cross-channel seaways would take in the region of seven and a half hours. Some flights from the UK land at Brive–Souillac Airport which is about seven miles to the south of the city.
WHEN TO GO TO BRIVE-LA-GAILLARDE ?
The lowest amount of rainfall in Brive-la-Gaillarde occurs in the months of July and August on average which is when many French people choose to take their holidays. May, June and September all see good average daily temperatures. Brive Festival is held each summer but the exact timing of each year's week-long event is subject to alteration.
Brive-la-Gaillarde offers plenty of entertainment for holidaymakers whatever the weather. Discover what our hoteliers recommend doing, seeing and visiting.
LES JARDINS DE COLETTE
Les amateurs de verdure poétique parcourront les 8 km séparant Brive de Varentz pour visiter les jardins de Colette. Ce parc floral de 5 hectares, bucolique et ludique, avec son labyrinthe géant en forme de papillon, rend hommage à l’écrivaine et à ses différents lieux de vie (Provence, Bourgogne, Corrèze, Palais-Royal…) Un parcours magique d’1h30 entre exploration botanique et errance romantique, crée au pied du Castel Novel que Colette habita avec son mari Henry de Jouvenel.
Built in the Toulouse Renaissance style, the museum is full of history, art and archaeology, but the building itself – constructed as far back as 1540 – is reason enough to pay it a visit.
There are plenty of cycling shops and hire places in the city to have you fully kitted out for a day or two in the saddle, whether you prefer road cycling or off-roading on mountain bikes.
Cinéma Rex is located in the middle of the city and it has frequent showings of French and Hollywood movies. Another cinema is located on Espace des Trois Provinces.