Aerial view of Sète

5 Favourite Port Towns in France

Sète: A taste of the real Med Situated on the southern French coast between Montpellier and Béziers, Sète is a busy, bustling, working port in an unusual geographic setting. It resides on and around a single hill,...

Viva Leonardo da Vinci! Renaissance Events in the Loire Valley

Celebrating the quincentenary of the French Renaissance in Centre-Val de Loire Related article: Cradle of the Renaissance: A Celebration in the Loire Valley The 500th anniversary of the French Renaissance will be celebrated in 2019 with...

Things to See and Do in the Berry Province of France

Villages and countryside to explore, family attractions, art, architecture and festivals Related articles: Great Travel Destinations: Le Berry, The Green Heart of France The 12 Most Iconic Sites of The Berry Where to Stay and...

Nohant, Indre: Frédéric Chopin and George Sand

The bicentenary of Chopin's birth is being celebrated with great ceremony all over the world this year.

Live from Aix-en-Provence: Day 2

This article is the second in a series on the 2012 Aix festival. Read the previous article in our Culture section. Enchanted Evening The young cast and crew of the Festival’s new production of Maurice Ravel’s...

On Écoute: Charlotte Gainsbourg

Being famously shy (or shyly famous) has never hampered Charlotte Gainsbourg. The 46-year-old is one of France's humblest sweethearts, despite a life in the limelight (unavoidable, really, with parents as renowned as Jane Birkin and...

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...
Check out Thibault Cauvin’s superb new album of film covers, with an eclectic selection given the classical guitar treatment

On Écoute: Thibault Cauvin

Gifted guitarist goes to the movies… You may not have heard of him, but 36-year-old, Bordeaux-born Thibault Cauvin is probably the most successful French classical guitarist currently filling concert halls around the world. His latest...

Live from Aix 2011: La Clemenza di Tito

Sarah Connolly shines in La Clemenza di Tito

City Breaks in France: Lille

Lille, in many ways, is reminiscent of Paris. Yet, unsurprisingly, given its location in the far north of France, it has a good dash of Flemish influence. Some of its distinctive architecture is really...