Bienvenue to Limoges, the potter’s paradise set on the banks of the Vienne. Breeze through Southampton airport to Limoges and destination dining awaits, as does a history rich in art – Renoir was born here – and of course the finest French china and enamelware synonymous with the Limoges name.
Once a Roman city, Limoges has a compact and walkable centre with a pretty historic quarter of half-timbered houses, art museums and galleries. Explore the Gothic Cathedral and shop for porcelain on the Boulevard Louis Blanc, picnic in the pretty parks by the river, catch the little tourist train. In Limoges, even the actual train station is a mesmerising sight.
Head out of the city and you’re in an area of outstanding natural beauty - the Limousin. Find the trail of Richard the Lionheart, or take a rod and hunker down to catch dinner, the trout streams are bursting with this tasty freshwater fish. Famous for its beef cattle, Limousin takes its food very seriously, so settle in to the region’s gastronomy and tuck in to a slice of life in Limoges.
Fly to Limoges with Flybe from Southampton Airport in just over an hour and a half. With five weekly flights in the summer, it’s never been easier to reach this unspoilt region of France.
Things to see and do
Hungry tummies should visit Le Quartier de la Boucherie and its butchers shop straight out of the Middle Ages, surrounded by half-timbered houses and great local restaurants.
Discover how the famous Limoges china evolved at the Musée National de la Porcelaine Adrien Dubouché - more than 12,000 pieces of porcelain and pottery.
3 - 5. Gothic Splendour The dark granite Cathédrale St-Étienne is one of the few Gothic churches south of the Loire.
Off the beaten track
See piranhas – and other less terrifying sea creatures - do their thing at the Limousin Planet-Aquarium.
The Richard Cœur de Lion tour is a historic, 112-mile route which includes 19 sites that are also architectural masterpieces. It takes in Chalus, where Richard the Lionheart died.
On 10th June 1944 the entire village of Oradour sur Glane was massacred by the Nazis. Frozen in time it is a poignant reminder of the brutality of war.