Day hikes, Organised Trips or Freedom with a Tent

FREEDOM WITH A TENT One option is to book a flight, pack your tent and go. If you know what you're doing, this can be a liberating experience. You will need to get the correct...

Enchanting L’Isle: Kayaking and Cycling the River Isle

From Roman remains to deep mining tunnels, Heidi Fuller-love discovers a host of cultural treasures as she kayaks and cycles down the River Isle from Périgueux to Libourne The Isle River, a tributary of the...

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...

Slow Tourism in the South of France: Explore the Drôme and Vaucluse

If you want a leisurely holiday with plenty of scope for exploring France’s culinary treasures, Stephen Davy-Osborne suggests heading for the Drôme and Vaucluse départements to sample their delights at a slower pace No walking...

The Marais Poitevin: A Glimpse of France’s “Green Venice”

During May, the Marais Poitevin and the marshland known as ‘Green Venice’ is splashed with vibrant colour – there are fields of scarlet poppies, swathes of white blooms along the verges and the sparkling...
Boats in French harbour

Cassis and the Calanques: Exploring France’s Mediterranean Coast

As I walked down the hillside into the backstreets of Cassis, there was no sign of the autumn mists and torrential rains which had struck Provence during the previous days. In the distance, the...
Stain glass window with Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Portrait of a Lady: Eleanor of Aquitaine

She inherited a vast chunk of France, embarked on a Crusade, married an English king and bore no fewer than ten children. Alison Hughes reveals the celebrated queen consort and her links to the town of...

Monument Man: Exploring Mâcon, Birthplace of Alphonse de Lamartine

On the 150th anniversary of Alphonse de Lamartine’s death, Marion Sauvebois unspools the life of the beloved poet, national hero, abolitionist and enduring enigma, whose passing sparked a furious race for the privilege to...

The Art of Apple Juice: Following France’s Cider Route in Normandy

Heidi Fuller-Love sets out from the village of Cambremer in the Pays d’Auge to discover the producers of Cru de Cambremer and learn about the history of cider-making and distilling in Calvados Being a fan...

Lofty Heights: Exploring Luberon’s Charming Perched Villages

Jennifer Ladonne grabs her backpack and heads for the region’s hilltop hotspots to discover the gems lying off the main tourist routes. Don't think there aren’t discoveries to be made in the many hilltop (perché)...