Limoges is the perfect place to escape the pressures of the modern world. With rolling countryside and gorgeous French landscapes, it’s one of the best places to relax, unwind and soak up the sleepy atmosphere. Famously known for both its medieval enamels and porcelain Limoges has been the place where many of France’s upper-class selects their fine tableware. Local museums and galleries have exhibits displaying some fantastic examples of the local porcelain and china.
The rich countryside and rolling hills offer more active holiday makers plenty of hiking opportunities in the area surrounding the city. History buffs will love exploring the medieval quarter and other historic buildings that are dotted around the city.
A mid-range car would be pretty handy for both driving around the city and navigating rural areas. Hatchbacks are also useful for motorways, as they can be surprisingly quick.
Those with a love of history should take a trip to the Musée de la Résistance and learn the story of the region’s struggle against German occupation during WWII. There are a range of archive film, letters and military artefacts exhibited in the museum.
The Cour du Temple is a quiet courtyard hidden away from the main streets and is home to a stunning 16th century stone staircase. If you want somewhere quiet to visit in Limoges, then this is the place to be.
For those wanting to venture further afield, take a trip west to the small town of Cognac, which lends its name to brandy.
For a tranquil escape, take a walk around the botanical gardens – the Jardin Botanique de l’Evêché, which is located in the city. The gardens have many native plants plus a few exotic ones to add a splash of colour, but the best time to visit is during the winter.
Admire the stunning architecture at the Cathedral of St-Etienne and the Church of St-Michel-des-Lions.
Seatbelts are compulsory in both the front and rear seats of the vehicle, as is the case in the rest of France.
Be sure to observe parking restrictions. If you park in a blue zone, make sure that you display your parking disc on the dashboards. These can be purchased at police stations and tourist offices.
If you decide to travel further afield, be aware that there a tolls on many French motorways. These are known as ‘Autoroute Peage’ and will be marked on blue signs by the letter ‘A’.
Limoges-Bellegarde Airport is located approximately four miles from Limoges centre and is accessible via the A20 road.