LIMOGES, SKILLS AND EXCELLENCE

Limoges offers a wide range of cultural and gastronomic encounters. Thanks to the porcelain that decorates the world’s most prestigious tables, Limoges is recognised as a “UNESCO creative city”. The heart of the city is well worth a visit, especially the Boucherie district, famous for its half-timbered houses, quaint restaurants and shops of yesteryear. Not far from there, the Cité district is the site of the easily recognisable Limougeauds cathedral. Another architectural curiosity is the Limoges station, which, with its bell tower that stands out like a lighthouse, is the city’s most famous monument. The Porcelain Routes is a network of 22 Limoges porcelain factories which gathered together to represent and promote the tradition of Limoges porcelain (protected by a PGI- Protected Geographical Indication). La Cité Internationale de la Tapisserie opened in 2016, in Aubusson. This venue’s innovative layout enhances the past and present of tapestry art, which is now registered on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List and protected by a PGI.

In the footsteps of impressionist painters – Claude Monet, Armand Guillaumin and Francis Picabia, among others – hundreds of artists erected their easels in the valley of painters, in the heart of a wild and unspoilt nature. Travellers can do the same by walking in their footsteps, discovery book in hand, following the Path of Painters, a short loop marked with bookmarks honouring the work of Claude Monet.


KEY ASSETS

  • A rich medieval past: castles, towers, knights and troubadours.
  • Savoir-faire and excellence: Limoges enamel and porcelain, Aubusson tapestry, St Junien leather
  • Land of gastronomy: outdoor markets

TRANSPORTS

  • Limoges (LIG) Paris: 1hr 10mins London: 1hr 30mins Manchester: 1hr 45mins
  • Brive (BVE) Paris: 1hr 10mins London: 1hr 40mins Brive Paris: 4hrs 20mins Limoges Paris: 3hrs 20mins

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