Lascaux 4

Inside Lascaux 4: A Full-Size Replica of the Famous Cave

In September 1940, four French teenagers made a unique discovery in the gently rolling countryside bordering the Vézère: a subterranean cave lavishly decorated with paintings 20,000 years old. Even in wartime, word soon spread. Listed as a Historic Monument...

France’s 10 Best Beaches

1. La Grande Plage, Biarritz It’s no wonder that Biarritz rhymes with glitz. Souvenirs of its illustrious history remain in the Art Deco and Belle Époque architecture which lines La Grande Plage, its largest, chicest beach....
bouchets, mussels, in Brittany

Mussels from the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel

Folklore has it that in 1235, an Irishman (or Scotsman, depending on which version you believe) named Patrick Walton was shipwrecked in the Bay de l'Aiguillon in the Charente region of France. Accustomed to trapping seabirds...
Le Petit Trianon

5 Reasons to Visit the Château de Versailles, Europe’s Grandest Palace

King Louis XIV’s Grand Apartments, Chamber & the Galerie des Glaces Seven rooms make up The Sun King’s ‘Grand Apartments’ and, as you progress from one to the next, your jaw will drop ever lower at their opulence. The...
Carnac

12 Must-Visit Sites in Brittany

Brittany is famed for its sea-faring history, its unique culture, and of course its fabulous seafood, but there is so much more to the region beyond this. One of Europe’s most impressive prehistoric stone circles...
canoeing in the Dordogne

Things to See and Do in the Dordogne

Canoeing The Dordogne is France’s leading département for recreational canoeing, whatever your age or ability. Visitors can explore the delightful valleys of the Dordogne, Vézère, Isle and Dronne from spring right the way through to the autumn. Cycling Hire bikes and follow cycling...
St Martin de Ré

Family Holidays in France: Simple Pleasures in Charente-Maritime

France is a huge country, many times bigger than each individual part of the UK, and as a result it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint exact locations where the family can have a great deal of fun without spending...
Medieval events in Provins

Medieval Magic in Provins

Sitting on a bench beneath the towering ramparts of Provins, I can easily imagine I’m back in the Middle Ages. Gentlemen on horseback are showing off their falconry skills to ladies in flowing gowns, their hawks skimming over our heads...
Road cycling near Les Gets

Fun in the French Alps: Top Summer Events in Les Gets

Surrounded by the majestic peaks of the French Alps, Les Gets offers an abundance of recreational activities—all year-round. Les Gets was ranked "Best Ski resort for families"by The Telegraph, which noted the "pleasing mixture...
A market in Rennes

Things to See and Do in Brittany

A part of France and yet distinct, Brittany offers no shortage of novel experiences... Here's a sampling of favourites. Fest Noz To truly experience the real life of Brittany, you’ll have to find yourself a Fest Noz – a Breton...