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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.
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13 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Architecture, Tourism

The Millau Viaduct

Visit the tallest road bridge in the world, with the bridge's road towering 890 feet over the Tarn river, this is a true feat of engineering and an impressive sight. The Millau viaduct, or Millau bridge, spans 2.46 kilometres across the Tarn river and valley. Constructed between 2001 and 2004 with one of its masts 343 metres (1,125 feet) high, makes it 19 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower. It is a major tourist attraction in the Northern Occitanie (formerly Languedoc-Roussillon) region.

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12 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Château d'Ussé in the Loire Valley

Discover Château d'Ussé, a fairytale castle in the Loire Valley with its gardens, stables and Sainte-Anne D’Ussé’s chapel. Château d'Ussé has been a home for more than two centuries for the Vauban's, Perrault's, Chateaubriand's and the current owner, the 7th Duc of Blacas.

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11 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

The Fort de Salses in Pyrénées-Orientales

Discover the Fort de Salses its rich history, living quarters, battlements and keep, set between Etangs de Salses and the Corbières. A red-brick fortress of masterpiece of military architecture, constructed to guard the French / Spanish border, open for guided or unaccompanied tours.

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10 March 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Architecture, Holidays, Tourism

The Most Beautiful Villages In France

Come and discover The Most Beautiful Villages In France. 'Les Plus Beaux Villages De France' is an official association which awards the title to villages throughout France based on several criteria. There are currently 159 villages which hold the title - located between the sea and the mountains, rich with their heritage, architecture, culture and gastronomy.

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10 March 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Holidays, Tourism, Transport

Hot air balloon flights in Provence

Treat yourself to Provence seen from the sky in a hot air balloon. More than a trip, feel the soul of an adventurer during the time of Jules Vernes. The base is near the pretty village of Forcalquier, in the Alpes-de-Hautes-Provence department. Allow 3 hours which includes the preparations, take-off, flight, landing and toast of the balloonists.

04 March 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Transport, Tourism

Le Train Bleu; Paris to Menton

As tourism to the south of France gained popularity towards the end of the 19th century, a train service was introduced for the wealthy and famous travellers taking them from Calais to Paris and onwards to the final town on the Cote d'Azur before the Italian border, Menton. Here's the story of Le Train Beu.

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03 March 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

Brantôme Abbey

Take a trip to Brantôme and visit the Benedictine Abbey complete with troglodyte caves. Brantôme Abbey has history back to the 8th century, it has been rebuilt and restored over the centuries with the latest incarnation being built in the late 19th century.

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03 March 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Tourism

The 9 must-see places in Collioure

Beautiful days are fast approaching so why not discover Collioure, a pretty Mediterranean town on the Côte Vermeille in the Pyrénées-Orientales. The first thing to do is to stroll through the heart of the town to discover its pretty colourful streets. A sun-drenched city, full of flowers and colours, where you will find original houses, craft shops and art workshops.

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28 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Tourism

Pure France - leading agency based in France for quality holiday rental homes

It seems a long time ago. 20 years ago, Pure France started its journey into quality holiday rentals. Previously a series of separate regional sites, founders and dedicated francophiles, Dan Jones and Hugh Atkins brought everything together under one roof in 2002 and launched Pure France - now the leading independent rental agency for high-end holiday homes throughout France.

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27 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Tourism, Culture, Transport

La Route du Soleil - Autonauts of the Cosmoroute

A love story, a travelogue, a collection of stories and snapshots, both visual and verbal, irreverent and brilliant. "Anyone who doesn’t read Cortázar is doomed." - Pablo Neruda In May 1982, Julio Cortázar, literary explorer of the highest order, set out with Carol Dunlop aboard their VW camper van to explore the uncharted territory of the Paris to Marseille autoroute.

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26 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Tourism

Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes

A spectacular 5 km walk round the southern-most tip of the extraordinarily beautiful peninsula of Cap d'Antibes. Take a break from the chic boutiques, the busy cafés and the luxury properties and superyachts - discover the wonders of natural beauty on this unspoiled coastal path.

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25 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Holidays, Tourism

Bergerac, Monpazier and Monflanquin

Bergerac and the surrounding region is an ideal holiday destination set in the heart of Périgord countryside. Bergerac is a fabulous town itself to discover with a medieval heart with a beautiful river-front and winding streets with excellent restaurants. Venture out to two examples of the best preserved bastide towns in the region, Monpazier and Monflanquin.

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20 February 2021  |  Lee Jones  |  Tourism

The Louvre

As an ancient royal residence, the Louvre is inextricably linked to eight centuries of French history. Designed in 1793 as a universal museum, its collection, among the best in the world, spans many millennia and miles, from the Americas to Asia. Over 38,000 artworks are grouped into eight curatorial departments, including universally-admired works such as The Mona Lisa, The Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the Venus de Milo.

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18 February 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Holidays, Tourism, Culture

Discover Biarritz

What are the must-sees in and around Biarritz, on the Atlantic Coast of France ? Here you will find all the best activities and sites in this beautiful part of France. Rich in its architectural heritage and its history, there is plenty to discover for your family holiday in and around Biarritz.

16 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Tourism, Architecture, UNESCO

Arles and The Luma Tower

The classical architecture of the Provençal town of Arles has recently been challenged by something quite extraordinary - a contemporary 56 metre tower that dominates the skyline and resembles what has been called 'a stainless-steel tornado'. To some, it is beautiful and revolutionary, to some of the residents of Arles, it is neither...

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15 February 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Tourism

Le Château de Quéribus in Cathar country

Visit the Château de Quéribus in Cathar country, in the Aude department in the south of France. Located in Cucugnan. Situated on a rocky peak at an altitude of 700m, there are spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. It is one of 22 sites to visit in Occitanie relating to this medieval period with further châteaux, abbeys, medieval cities and a number of museums.

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14 February 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Tourism

La Cité Radieuse in Marseille, designed by Le Corbusier

After the Second World War more social housing was needed. In the 1920's, Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris invented the concept of "housing unit". He used the name Le Corbusier as a pseudonym. He imaged a place that would bring together all the necessities for a family in community life. A environemnt with a school, nursery, small shops, swimming pool and a library. In France there are 5 examples of its concept. La Cité Radieuse in Marseille is one of them. It was also called the "House of the Fada".

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11 February 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Tourism

Provence holidays in an exceptional haven of peace

Between unique nature and dynamic cities. How good to hear the song of the cicadas, admire the beauty of the lavender fields as far as the eye can see, and the crystal clear waters. Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur is France's most popular destination. Hiking in the countryside. Strolling through the alleys of small villages or the chic cities like Monaco or Cannes.

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11 February 2021  |  Virginie Erre  |  Tourism

Montmartre, a romantic stroll in Paris

Discover Montmartre, a must-see district during a visit to Paris. Located on a hill in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, it is a famous place where many artists live and work. The Sacré Coeur Basilica and the breathtaking view of Paris along with its many shops and cafés. The charm of romantic Paris.

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09 February 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Culture, Tourism

Cannes Underwater Museum

A remarkable underwater museum has just opened in Cannes. It features a series of six monumental three-dimensional portraits, each over two meters in height and ten tons in weight, placed at a depth of between two and three metres. The installation is located just off the island of Sainte-Margueritte. Sainte-Margueritte is part of the Lérins Islands a group of four islands just off the coast of Cannes.

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09 February 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Tourism, Holidays

The Gouffres in Aude, a unique adventure

Discovered in 1825 and 1934, the Grotte de Limousis and the Gouffre Géant de Cabrespine retrace the history of the most frequented underground cavities. Situated in the Occitanie region, these caves will offer you an extraordinary spectacle. They are among the 10 most beautiful caves in Europe. So, let yourself be lulled by their stories and follow in the footsteps of the first explorers.


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