Tourism

France is renowned for its historic sites, its beautiful villages, beaches, museums, places of interest, tourist attractions. Here you will find a selection of great places to visit. Occitanie, Provence, Corsica, Burgundy, The Loire Valley - browse and discover the different regions for your holiday.

03 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Guide to Angouleme

Our guide to Charente's capital. Perched on a rocky spur overlooking the river Charente and urban sprawl, here are the highlights of Angoulême. The Charente’s capital is Angoulême which is perched on a rocky spur overlooking its wide domain of the River Charente and urban sprawl.

02 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Rural Charente

Take a trip to the lovely Charente countryside. Inside information on what to see in rural Charente in South-West France. From the river to pretty villages and historical Roman sites. People who adore the Charente, love its honey coloured stone, its terracotta roof tiles, its warm micro-climate but also it's laid back sleepy vibe, reminiscent of the languid river that gives its name.

02 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Holidays, Nature , Tourism

Under the Bages boardwalks

Take an afternoon stroll across Narbonne's saltwater lagoons. A change from the beach, this offers a completely different landscape and is great for wildlife lovers and those wanting to get away from the crowds of the beaches. Just 7km outside the city of Narbonne in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, the village of Bages offers an interesting alternative to a visit to the local beach.

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01 April 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Brantôme

Brantôme, known as the Venice of the Périgord sits upon the lovely River Dronne and is a delight to visit, with its famous Benedictine Abbey dating back to the 11th century. Take a stroll along the beautiful balustraded river banks and then choose your evening meal at one of the many excellent restaurants.

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31 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, Nature

Sigean Zoo

Get up-close to 3,800 animals, set over 300 hectares at Sigean Zoo (Réserve Africaine de Sigean) in Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitaine. Located in the south of France, between Narbonne and Perpignan, on the Mediterranean coast and along salt-lakes lining the Languedoc coast, the Zoo hosts was created by Paul de La Panouse and Daniel de Monfreid and opened to the public on the 8th April 1974.

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29 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Events, Tourism, Transport

24 Hours of Le Mans 2021

Come and be part of the 89th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans which takes place between the 21st and 22nd August 2021, at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. The 24 Hours of Le Mans race is one of the oldest in the world, with the first annual race beginning in 1923. Its famously titled as the 'Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency'.

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28 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

The Canalettes caves

Discovered in 1951, the Canalettes caves near the medieval village of Corneilla-de-Conflent in the Pyrénées-Orientales, opened to the public in 1954. Visitors today can explore the Grandes Canalettes cave along with its galleries. Experience 2D and 3D video projection shows combined with sound and light that will take you back in time to the 'Big Bang'.

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28 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, Sports and leisure

Gorges du Verdon

The Gorge du Verdon is a famous canyon with white-water rapids in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region of France. The Verdon River has carved it way through the limestone mass and in places to a depth to over 700 metres. Hire a canoe and drift down the Verdon River and discover its past.

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27 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Saint-Marcel caves

Visit the gorges of the Ardèche this summer and decent into the Saint-Marcel caves situated near Bidon. Walk the 600m long circuit, in 14°c temperature, admiring the illuminated galleries, its eccentric formations, its fauna, flora, the caves huge cavens, basins and water pools.

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26 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Events, Tourism, Transport

F1 Monaco Grand Prix 2021

Visit Monaco this summer between 20th May - 23rd May 2021 and experience the adrenaline, the sights and the sounds of the 79th Formula 1 Grand Prix in Monaco. The Monaco Grand Prix is an exceptional location of glamour and prestige with its circuit of 3.337 km and a total distance raced of 260.286 km over 78 laps.

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25 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Brantôme Abbey caves

Following in the footsteps of hermits who had converted the Fontaine du Roche to Christianity, monks occupied the Brantôme Abbey caves in the cliff, setting them up for use as store rooms or refuges when the abbey's buildings were destroyed. Visit the heating room, washhouse, dovecot, the mysterious Cave of the Last Judgement and its low reliefs, as well as the Miraculous Fountain of the Rock known by many for its miraculous properties.

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25 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Castle Hill Nice

Between the 11th century and 18th century, high up on a hill overlooking the bay of Nice in Provence, a medieval château and a cathedral once stood until 1706 when an attack with canon balls and an explosion in a munitions storage destroyed its structure.

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23 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Holidays, Nature , Sports and leisure, Tourism

Canoeing on the Dordogne River

Enjoy a sunny afternoon, drifting down the Dordogne River in a canoe this summer. Discover the tranquility and watch the historical beauty of the Dordogne countryside pass you by from the comfort of your canoe or kayak. Choose from various points of departure along the Dordogne River. Park your vehicle and then depart from the river shore, upon either a canoe, a kayak or a stand-up paddle. At the end of your day travelling down the river, get a bus back to your vehicle.

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23 March 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Pure France, Tourism

5 seasonal rentals in the Aude

Don't know yet where to go on vacation this summer? Want to escape, have freedom and discover? It all takes place in the Aude. In this article, you will find the essential places to visit in the Aude as well as a selection of our holiday properties to stay in.

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22 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, UNESCO

The Canal du Midi in Carcassonne

The UNESCO listed Canal du Midi runs through Carcassonne. Don't miss this historic site if you are on holiday in the area. Take a boat trip, a bike ride or walk along its historic banks. A popular attraction for holidaymakers in the Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitanie region of France and another UNESCO world heritage site, the historical Canal du Midi was built to link the Atlantic to the Mediterranean as a trade route in the 17th century.

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21 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism, Architecture

Carcassonne New Town

Here's what to see in the 'Ville Basse' of Carcassonne. The new town of Carcassonne offers, shops, bars, restaurants and markets and the lower town (Ville Basse) or 'new town' is where you head, to return to the modern world, although there are still buildings dating back to medieval times.

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20 March 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Tourism, UNESCO

The Cité de Carcassonne

Step back in time in the old city of Carcassonne. Visit La Cité, the world famous walled medieval city, a UNESCO world heritage site. 'La Cité' is truly a sight to behold, with fairy-tale turrets and winding streets to explore. As well as the many restaurants and shops on offer, you can walk around the perimeter of the walls, take a horse and cart ride (great for kids!), soak up the history and enjoy the far-reaching views.

18 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

The Australian park in Carcassonne

Visit Carcassonne in the South of France this summer and discover the Australian world of Kangaroos and wallabies in Le Parc Australian. Leave France for an afternoon and experience Aborigine culture, throw a boomerang or play a tune on a didgeridoo! Learn all about the many native birds and animals that live in Australia.

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14 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Architecture, Tourism, UNESCO

Arena of Nîmes

Step back in time at the Arènes de Nîmes and you will be transported back to Roman times when you step into its preserved amphitheatre, built around AD 70. Nîmes amphitheatre is a wonderful place to visit and recommended is the audio tour to get the most out of the visit and to learn more about the arena's gory and fascinating past.

14 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Toulouse-Lautrec museum

Come and explore the world famous Toulouse-Lautrec museum in Albi this summer. Discover the art of the famous painter, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Take a visual trip back in time to 19th century Paris, Montmartre and the world of French theatre. Walk through the exhibitions held in the Palatiale room with its terracotta floor tiles, The De la Croix room and the Amboise gallery with its eye-catching excavated 15th century ceiling in the shape of a upside-down boat hull.


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