Cote d’Azur: Best Beaches on the Big Blue

If you're looking for the quintessential Côte d'Azur beach experience, you can test the deep blue Mediterranean waters in splendidly contrasting landscapes that stretch from Monaco to Cannes. There's no need to rough it—some...

What to See and Do in La Manche

Make the most of the sea and land in this unique corner of France Related articles: Explore La Manche, a Beautiful Corner of Normandy 12 Things to See on the Coast of La Manche BACK IN TIME Pair...
Claude Monet, Les Falaises à Étretat

Étretat and the Normandy Coastline: Endless Inspiration for Artists

The natural beauty of Étretat has long attracted artists such as Claude Monet and Gustave Courbet, whose paintings entice even more visitors to this special place. (Monet painted a series of canvases depicting les falaises à Étretat, the dramatic coastal cliffs.) Located...

Holiday Ideas: 5 Reasons to Love the Pays de Quimperlé in Brittany

A microcosm of Brittany, the Pays de Quimperlé is without doubt the region's best-kept secret, with its sprinkling of secluded harbours, dramatic coastline and shape-shifting seascape MAGICAL RIAS Shape-shifting doesn't come close to describing this wondrous...

10 reasons to visit Cherbourg, Normandy

Where else would you find big sandy beaches, exotic plants and the deepest aquarium in Europe?  1. Prizewinning Parks There are two ‘Jardins Remarquables’ in Cherbourg – Parc Liais on account of its non-indigenous species (including a Japanese azaelea...

Where Travel Now: Top 5 Things to Discover in the Calvados Department

With miles of unspoilt coastline and dramatic landscapes, the birthplace of the famous apple brandy is the beating heart of Normandy. The glorious rustic fare is just the cherry on top... FROM OUISTREHAM TO CAEN With...

French Riviera: 8 Secret Spots Off the Beaten Path

By foot, boat or car there are many secret spots to discover on the Côte d’Azur. Swerve the crowds for a deeper appreciation of this glorious coastal region, says Justin Postlethwaite A Skipper's Eye View The...

France Today Summer Gift Guide: Must-Have Accessories, Treats and More!

It’s official: summer’s here and we’re dreaming of long, lazy days on the sun-soaked plages (and why not Paris Plages?) As we’re getting ready to pack our beach bags, we’ve compiled the ultimate list of...

Dog Days on the Riviera

Choupette – Karl Lagerfeld’s indulged cat – may try her best to convince the world that felines have stolen the hearts of the French, but the truth is that they love their dogs. Much...

Great Destinations: Normandy for Everyone

Say the word ‘Normandy’ and everyone has their own picture of this lush region of northwestern France. For some it means William the Conqueror and the Bayeux Tapestry. For others the D-Day landing beaches; or Impressionist art – Rouen, Giverny; for...