A town with a rich and varied heritage, Brioude has been sprucing up its charming streets boasting architectural treasures. The place has received accreditation as a Ville et métiers d’art and is a member of the association Les Plus Beaux Détours de France. Among its many historic monuments, the Basilique Saint-Julien stands out as Brioude’s main gem. Also look out for the many timberframe houses, fine mansions and centuries-old canons’ houses. Museums to visit include the Maison du Saumon et de la Rivière (on wild salmon), the Hôtel de la Dentelle (on lace-making traditions) and the Maison de Mandrin (with art exhibitions). Le Doyenné is another space dedicated to modern and contemporary art, putting on an exhibition by a major artist every summer.