Car & Van Hire in Brive-la-Gaillarde

Enterprise car hire locations in Brive-la-Gaillarde

Brive-la-Gaillarde is a town in south-central France. In the fifth century, the Church of Saint Martin l'Espagnol became a focal point for migrants to the area where the town now stands. Seven hundred years later, a walled commune called Brive was an integral component of the local landscape. The town was still called Brive until after the First World War, when la-Gaillarde, or 'the brave' was added. The town certainly lived up to its name in the Second World War, when it was a centre for the French Resistance Movement. In August 1944, Brive-la-Gaillarde liberated itself, becoming the only town in France to do so. Today, good use is being made of the medieval buildings in the town centre as commercial, retail and entertainment sites. The town has its own railway station with connections to Paris. Enterprise Rent-A-Car has a branch close to the railway station.

Our Vehicles for Hire in Brive-la-Gaillarde

The Limousin area of France is full of small, typically French towns and villages, and the only way to get around them is by car; this makes Brive-la-Gaillarde the perfect place in which to hire a vehicle from Enterprise. You can find our branch at the train station. You get a great choice at Enterprise; from small, fuel-efficient hatchbacks perfect for the narrow country roads, to larger, comfortable saloons big enough for a family with children. Enterprise also hires out people-carriers – just the ticket when you are travelling in a group that wishes to stay together. SUVs are always a good choice, suitable for all terrains and offering a great view of the road ahead. Whatever your motoring requirements, Enterprise can meet them.

Cheap Car and Van Hire in Brive-la-Gaillarde

Enterprise will put together a package together for you that suits your budget, and there are always additional ways to reduce the cost, such as booking early and paying for your car in advance. Enterprise car and van hire are priced very competitively, and remember, this includes backup from Enterprise's team of professionals and no hidden extras. What's more, all cars are rigorously maintained and fully valeted prior to collection.

Airport Car Hire

Whether for business or pleasure, maximize the time you have available by avoiding long queues for public transport and taxis, and instead, have a pre-booked hire car ready and waiting for you when you walk out of the airport terminal building. Brive-Souillac International Airport is eight miles south of the Brive-la-Gaillarde. Having opened in 2010, it is relatively new. A small number of operators fly mainly internal flights, and also to London Stansted.

Attractions in Brive-la-Gaillarde

The town's Labenche Museum houses an interesting collection of artworks and artefacts documenting the history of the local area and beyond, and also hosts exhibitions and provides conference centre facilities. The Pont Cardinal Bridge is a famous landmark just outside the town. It has served as the crossing point over the River Correze, a tributary of the Dordogne, on the route between Paris and Toulouse. In the centre of the town is a very helpful visitors' centre, with a tower that resembles a lighthouse. Brive-la-Galliarde is a pleasant place to spend time, perhaps sitting outside a cafe sampling the famous Potee Limousin – a smoked bacon, salted pork and vegetable broth.

Places to Visit Outside Brive-la-Gaillarde

Terrasson-Lavilledieu, a 12-mile drive from Brive-la-Gaillarde, is home to the Gardens of the Imagination, a very popular attraction with visitors. Here, 13 scenes, created using trees, a variety of flora, stone and water, depict the development of mankind, beginning with his agricultural past and ending with life as a city dweller. Nineteen miles from Brive-la-Gaillarde is Lascaux, with its world-famous cave system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the walls of the caves are paintings, mainly in red, yellow and black, of animals, human figures and abstract symbols, which date to the upper Palaeolithic period over 17,000 years ago.

Parking and Traffic Information in Brive-la-Gaillarde

The A20 and A89 run close to Brive-la-Gaillarde. As with most of the major roads in Limousin, or France more generally, major delays are unusual and the traffic flow is much lighter than, for example, on major UK motorways. Providing drivers remind themselves of the French traffic regulations and familiarise themselves with the layout of the towns and cities they are visiting, they shouldn't experience any difficulty. Parking in Brive-la-Gaillarde is unproblematic, and free parking is available together with metered street parking and car parks.