The view across the Old Bridge over the Orb river to the Cathedral of Saint-Nazaire in Béziers

You Can Have It All in Languedoc-Roussillon

A little bit Massif Central, a little bit Pyrenean and very much Mediterranean, the traditional region of Languedoc-Roussillon is a land of ever-intriguing contrasts, as discovered by Dominic Bliss. From the Rhône delta and the...
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

Roc of Ages: The History of an Icon on the Riviera

Guy Hibbert reviews an exquisite new book celebrating 150 years of Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. In 1865, Hippolyte de Villemessant, the publisher who made Le Figaro the world-famous newspaper it is today, dreamt of a haven...
Mont Saint Michel bay walk group

What to See and Do in Normandy in 2021

As well as the famous D-day beaches, there are outdoor adventures, festivals galore and beautiful villages in Normandy. Related article: The Timeless Charms of Normandy, What’s New in 2021 WAR AND PEACE The British Normandy Memorial at...
cairns on the beach

Le Dernier Mot: Cairns, A Monumental Problem

The trend for rock-stacking is having unexpected consequences, as Kristin discovers. My husband and I were strolling along the seafront when we noticed one of those man-made rock sculptures on the beach. A delicate balance...
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The Timeless Charms of Normandy: What’s New in 2021

With its long sandy beaches, lush interior and rich history, Normandy has always offered an idyllic French fix. But this year, Gillian Thornton finds plenty of new reasons to visit too. Cruise into Caen-Ouistreham with...
Seaside fun at Dinard

What to See and Do in Brittany in 2021

With lots of natural scenic splendour, this is a great place to get out and about, by boat, by bike or on foot. Related articles: The Littoral Charms of Brittany 12 Essential Visits in Brittany in...
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The Littoral Charms of Brittany

With its dramatic coastline and rural interior, Brittany has long been a favourite with holidaymakers. Gillian Thornton can’t wait to return. Few sporting events showcase a country in quite the same way as the Tour...
The tidal island of Noirmoutier

The Lure of La Vendée in Pays de la Loire

This coastal departément is famous for its sunshine, but there is much more to discover, writes Stephen Davy-Osborne Beautiful sandy beaches and levels of sunshine more closely associated with France’s Mediterranean seaboard than its western...
Grande Plage, Biarritz

Top 12 Cultural Attractions in the Pays Basque

Twelve places to visit on the Basque Coast and further inland Related article: Great Destinations: Basque in Glory GRANDE PLAGE, BIARRITZ This broad beach is overlooked by Napoleon’s former palace, the seafront casino and the lighthouse. Spend...

Island of Wild Beauty: Nature, Wildlife, and Heritage in Corsica

Corsica is a remarkably diverse land with something to offer everyone.  Related articles: Great Destinations, The Italian Influence on Corsica What to See and Do in Corsica MOUNTAINS Les Aiguilles (‘Needles’) de Bavella is a 1,800-metre-high range of...