Dordogne - Brive, France
Brave Brive-la-Gaillarde is a proud little place. Famed for its role in the wartime resistance (it was the regional HQ of the Secret Army), it’s been strategically important for centuries. Today, it’s equally famed as an ultra-convenient gateway to the beautiful Dordogne region, with a new airport that gets you right to the heart of the action.
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|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 19°C
Rainfall: 860mm a year
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Brive is the rugger capital of the Masif Central region, giving you the chance to get down and dirty with some serious rugby. (If you’d rather not find yourself in a scrum, then head for the old town to take in the delights of the Labenche Museum).
Must eat at:
Just ten minutes from Brive, Castel Novel is a Michelin-starred hotel serving up beautifully modern cuisine with a distinctive regional twist, under the supervision of rising star Nicolas Soulie.
Must be there for:
Celebrating a rural Bastille Day on 14th July is quite unlike its grand Parisian equivalent. The whole town puts its best foot forward, everyone’s welcome – and wine flows generously.
• Follow a well-trodden path and head to the Pont Cardinal – centuries of travellers have crossed it en route from Paris to Toulouse.
• The Dordogne is an outdoor playground... even if you’re not outdoorsy. To make the most of it, take a pair of light walking boots or sturdy shoes.
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