Fans of fine china, impressionist art and gourmet beef all owe a debt to Limoges, an elegant French town on the leafy banks of the Vienne. The city is as beautiful as its Limoges porcelain; the impressive medieval cathedral rubs shoulders with the grand Art Deco train station, modern university and historic timbered houses.
Limoges tourism is based on its history as a centre of porcelain and enamel production, and visitors flock to its ceramics museums and attractions. It is also the birthplace of impressionist artist Auguste Renoir, whose art hangs at the town's Museum of Fine Arts.
Limoges is the capital of the Limousin region of central France, and an affordable hotel in Limoges is an excellent base for a refreshing break in the French countryside; enjoy a day of fishing and walking through oak forests before coming back to town for a meal of local produce and Limousin beef.
Limoges weather is beautiful in the summertime and mild in winter. Spring and autumn are particularly lovely, with highs of roughly 20°C in May and September. This is an excellent time of year to find cheap flights to Limoges without compromising on the weather.
Budget airlines fly directly to Limoges from London Stansted, Bristol, Southampton, Leeds-Bradford, Liverpool and Newcastle, with connections available to other UK airports; flights from London to Limoges International Airport take roughly one hour and 40 minutes.
The airport is located 12 km from the city centre, but there is no bus into town. Find cheap car hire in Limoges with dealchecker and enjoy the freedom to explore the surrounding countryside; otherwise, taxis are the only option for airport transfers. The 20-minute taxi ride to Limoges' train station is a flat rate of 23 euros before 7pm, afterwards rising to 31 euros.
No trip to Limoges is complete without seeing its famous local handiworks for yourself. The Musée National Adrien Dubouché features 12,000 pieces of Limoges porcelain and enamel alongside other French and British ceramics. The Musée des Beaux Arts also features Limoges plates and enamels along with fine paintings and antiquities in an elegant 18th century riverside palace.
Limoges isn't all about pottery and pretty buildings - it also harboured a strong Resistance movement during WWII. Learn for yourself at the new Musée de la Résistance in the town centre.
Anglers and active types will be happy here too as Limoges' lakes are famous for fishing, swimming and water sports; Limousin is known as "the land of a thousand lakes" for good reason.