Secret Provence: Exploring the Drôme Provençale in the South of France

Night was falling quickly and, having just navigated the breathtaking, and breathtakingly treacherous, roads over Provence’s jagged Mont Ventoux, I was anxious to reach our destination before dark. Not until the GPS announced two kilometres ahead did tiny Montaulieu appear, a hilltop...

France Holiday Ideas: The Charms of Langres in Champagne-Ardenne

This charming fortified hilltop town in the Haute-Marne department of the Champagne-Ardenne has ancient history and modern thrills in equal abundance. Here's what we love. ACTION-PACKED SUMMER Langres boasts a packed – and eclectic– summer calendar; and this...

10 Reasons to Visit the Vendée

The Puy du Fou Theme Park This amazing Theme Park, set in the north of the Vendée, was voted ‘World’s Best Park’ in 2012 by the Thea Classic Award in Los Angeles, and offers...

Loving Loches in the Loire Valley

Good things frequently come in small packages, but the historic Royal City of Loches would seem to have more than its fair share of goodies. Despite a population of just 7,000, this enchanting town on the banks of the Indre...

Top Things to See and Do in Normandy

We highlight some of the more popular activities, attractions and places to visit in the Normandy region. Related articles: Great Travel Destinations, Normandy for Everyone Top 12 Iconic Sites of Normandy Where to Stay and Eat in...

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...

Things to See and Do in the French Pays Basque

Indulge yourself from the beaches to the mountainous interior, via the great cities of Bayonne and Biarritz Markets There are great Halles marketplaces in the town centres of both Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Bayonne. Open until lunchtime every day of...

Gardens, Grapes and Gastronomy: A Trip to Bourges and the Berry

Whatever age you live in and whatever your line of work, it rarely pays to upstage the boss. Ask anyone in Bourges, third largest town in the Centre region and a great base for exploring the south-east corner of the ancient...
The River Nive weaves its way through Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in Pays Basque

Great Travel Destinations: French Basque Country

Europe’s best surfing, the chic coastal town of Biarritz, the proud Basque culture and language, the rolling foothills of the Pyrenees, even a ski resort… the French Pays Basque is one of France’s most varied and distinct...

Château de Saint Mesmin: Step into the Middle Ages in the Deux-Sèvres

In the springtime, the fields of the Deux-Sèvres in western France are a dazzling patchwork of lush green and brilliant yellow colza. Follow a narrow country lane over a bridge—this little Sevreau stream actually...