travelgrove Reviews
 

Brioude - the best place to visit in Auvergne, France

 
    Brioude's map
erato's pictureby erato review
added on 16th of August, 2009

Brioude is a very nice French town with 7000 inhabitants, located 500 km south from Paris, in Central France, Auvergne region, Haute-Loire department.

We went from Paris, Gare de Lyon to Cermont-Ferrand first by TGV and there changed the train to Brioude. The whole journey lasted less than 5 hours. It is cheaper if you buy a round-trip ticket and it is better to buy the tickets in advance on the internet or earlier at the station because there are long queues in front of the ticket offices.

Brioude - Overview of the town

Brioude is just like you would imagine a lovely French town; colored shutters on the narrow, two floored houses and cobbled streets. The central part is the most beautiful, there is located the Basilica Saint Julien. The church was built in the 11th-14th century and is an amazing example of the roman architecture (with gothic nuances), the largest in Auvergne region made of colorful ashlars, with numerous frescoes and patterned floor in the inside. We have visited it every day while we were in Brioude (it is also for free).

The locals are very calm, very kind people, willing to give any information, a poet, whom we met in a bar even wrote us a recommendation to his friend’s restaurant. The owner of the bar, a kind lady offered to cook for us some traditional French food and also gave us cheese to taste for free. The home made food seems a better choice now, after visiting some local restaurants, it might be cheaper and better as well. You should ask the barman of your bar if he/she knows someone who would cook for you.

Brioude - Specialities

There are some very tasty cheeses typical from the region, like the exceptional goat cheese, the Saint Nectaire, the Bri, the famous Bleu d’Auvergne (this last one is with green mushrooms inside) that really worth to be tasted. They are not very expensive and you can buy them in a cheese shop but in the supermarket as well, they cost from 8 to 15 Euro per kilogram – but you don’t need that much.

The wine is also very good here, by our surprise, it was rather cheap as well. I would recommend Cotes d’Auvergne and Saint-Pourcain - among others, of course. One bottle in the supermarket costs from 4 to 12 Euros and they are all of good quality.

Brioude also has a parking place for mobile homes, so if you happen to go on a caravan tour across France, don’t miss Brioude, you will surely love it.

And one more thing: do not get confused if you hear that everything is called Saint Julien (the school, the church, a restaurant, a street). Use the map!

 

Things about Brioude you may be interested in

Be the first who requests a site listing for this page.
 
 
France - City and Countryside - overview

1. Aug 6, 2009 Public transportation in Paris (Paris)
2. Aug 7, 2009 Brioude - the best place to visit in Auvergne (Brioude)
3. Aug 10, 2009 What to see in Blesle (Blesle)

Start from beginning1 - 3          Journal overview


Nice people and good cheese in Brioude
 
 
 
guides

Recommended Bordeaux Guide

Bordeaux History

Every place has its own history. The history of the place serves as an important fact in knowing the happenings of the place. Bordeaux of France has its own wonderful history. Bordeaux is known to be a small city located in the southwest of France. During the 1st century, Bordeaux or Burdigala was established by the Biturgies Vivisques. The city is known to be the home of the most significant wine-growing place in the world and it also exported lots of different kinds of wine in Europe. The Celts are the first ones that lived for thousands of years in Bordeaux and built a small village they named Burdigala during 300 B.C. During 60 B.C, the... Read more »

 
 
reviews

Recent reviews for Brioude

Nice people and good cheese in Brioude - Aug 31, 2009, by erato
Brioude is a perfect example of everything you would expect from the French countryside. People are kind, everything is calm and there are a lot of bars. If you stay in the center of the town, you can reach everything important very easily... Read more »

 
 

More reviews you might be interested in

Sarajevo reviews - Bosnia And Herzegowina
About us Recently opened Hotel Union offers something for everyone. This sophisticated hotel is located in the heart of Sarajevo, close to the...
Sarajevo accomodation

Rust reviews - Germany
At the end of our holiday we visit Europa Park just 230 km from Ravensburg, the second biggest amusement park in Europe (the first is Disneyland in...
Europa Park in Rust

 

Madrid reviews - Spain
Prado Museum is included in the top 10 most beautiful museums in the world. It was inaugurated in 1819. The museum is located in a building from...
Madrid attractions: the Prado Museum

Glasgow reviews - United Kingdom
It is advertised that Glasgow is a place of many cultures, what a pack of lies. If you are a foreigner and want to get into a nightclub, try and...
Bad club experience in Glasgow

 

Heraklion reviews - Greece
We visited Creta in June 2007. We departed from Frankfurt, Germany erly in the morning (5:30 am). Both of our kids four years old Adam, and two...
Rent a parking place in Frankfurt

Debrecen reviews - Hungary
I used to visit Debrecen quite a lot with my parents but we always came here for shopping, not for sightseeing, so I saw very few thing of this...
The center is the most beautiful

 

Brasov reviews - Romania
Hi dear friends, I just want to share with you my experience at Brasov, what I decide to visit with the gang from Covasna. Brasov is one of the...
Visiting Brasov

Cambria reviews - California
We just got back from a 3 week holiday in the US and stayed in one of the nicest bed and breakfast along the way. Cambria is a town half way...
Short visit in Cambria, CA

 

Los Angeles reviews - California
Getting into LA was a bit tiring. I was all exhausted from the trip already. A good thing though is that you really notice being in the US again....
Getting around in LA

San Francisco reviews - California
We stayed in San Francisco for another half day, we drove down towards Fisherman's Wharf and grabbed breakfast at this really nice little place. I...
What to do in San Francisco

 
 
 
   Welcome to Travelgrove  register tell a friend bookmark it 
 
 
*