Brive-La-Gaillarde has the moderate climate of south-west France. The average temperature is 6°C in January and 22°C in July. The annual Brive festival takes place from the third week in July to the first week in August and is a great time to look at booking flights to Brive-La-Gaillarde. It is full of music performances, sporting and family activities. However, this is an expensive time of the year to visit the town, since the French school holidays begin in the first week of July and last until the first week of September. The Christmas holiday period covers the last two weeks in December. January and early February is a good time for visitors who want to avail of ski facilities in the resort of Beaulieu sur Dordogne, west of Brive-La-Gaillarde. Be aware that there is another school holiday from mid-February to the beginning of March.
For those travellers on a budget, cheap flights to Brive-La-Gaillarde are more likely to be available throughout the off peak and shoulder months of March – May and September – November.
For the traveller seeking period charm, Brive-La-Gaillarde is the town to visit. Situated in the Corrèze municipal district of south-west France, its winding streets are lined with medieval buildings. It is ancient, founded in the first century AD, and the boulevards that surround the town today were originally fortifications. In 500 AD, Brive-La-Gaillarde began to expand around a basilica dedicated to Saint Martin l’Espagnol. The present church building is Romanesque in style, though only a few of its original features remain; the transept, apse and carved capitals. The medieval centre of the town is its commercial district, filled with shops and cafes. Visitors will find the city hall, main police station and famous Labenche Museum of Art and History in this district. The Museum has 17 permanent exhibition rooms and a fresco that traces the history of the Corrèze region over 100,000 years. Another famous landmark is the Pont Cardinal, the bridge that travellers used to cross the Corrèze River on their way from Paris to Toulouse.
Because of its beauty, the town is a delight to walk around. Visitors can use the Brive-La-Gaillarde network of public buses that are in operation every day of the year, including Sundays. Visitors with motorcars can tour the district and its surroundings, including the towns of Malemort and Ussac. The A20 motorway connects the town with Limoges and Toulouse, while motor travellers to Bordeaux can travel on the A89.
Travellers can avail of flights to the Brive-Dordogne Valley Airport (BVE), situated 8 miles (13 kilometres) south of the town at the crossroads of the A20 and the A89 motorways. Many of the flights connect from Paris-Orly Airport (ORY) but there are several direct flights daily from major European cities. At the airport, travellers can book their cars from one of the hire companies situated in the Arrival Hall, and Brive-La-Gaillarde is just fifteen minutes’ drive away. Travellers can find flight bargains all the year round to other nearby airports, like Limoges and Toulouse.
(prices quoted are from London)