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Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

The medieval village of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie is perched 100m high above the Lot river in South-Western France.

The village has paved pathways, Gothic façades and fortified gates and stone houses.

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Canoes on the Dordogne River near Domme

The Dordogne River

The Dordogne River runs 300 miles from central France to the Gironde Estuary near Bordeaux.

The Dordogne is of course famous for its river which is certainly worth adding to your list of things to do in the Dordogne.

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Collioure

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.

"Collioure, a treasure on the Vermilion Coast which smells of the Mediterranean..."

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Cyrano De Bergerac

Bergerac

Bergerac was once a flourishing port for the wine trade. It still today has a picturesque harbour where you can take a boat trip along the river Dordogne, or a miniature train ride around the Bastide town, viewing the many half timbered houses with terracotta decoration.

The many timbered houses hardly-altered Medieval houses with terracotta decoration that line the lanes of the old town, are wonderfully evocative of the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. On one corner the wanderer suddenly finds himself 'nose to nose' with Cyrano whose statue proudly reminds the visitor that Bergerac owes some of its fame to this historic figure. Not surprisingly the annual theatre 'Le Festival du Théatre' is named after him.

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Cannes

Cannes

Explore Cannes this summer, famously known for hosting the annual Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes, originally a fishing village and used as a port of call between the Lérins Islands has history that dates back to the 2nd century following the establishment of a settlement.

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Brantôme

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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Gordes in the Luberon

Gordes

Gordes in the Luberon is classified as 'one of the most beautiful villages in France', where many movie stars and artists have made their home. The village of Gordes offers a huge choice of traditional restaurant and café bars.

Set in a tranquil valley is Sénanque Abbey, an abbey with Cistercian architecture. Cistercian monks today inhabit it. Visitors can explore the 12th century abbey church, its cloisters, dormitory and chapter house. Monks tend the fields of lavender that surround the abbey.

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Monpazier

Monpazier

Monpazier, classified as 'one of the most beautiful villages in France', is a Bastide village in the Southern Dordogne with history dating back to the 13th century. It boasts one of the most beautifully maintained market squares in which there are cafés, restaurants, shops and lots of markets and events.

In the square stands an intact 16th century covered market made with wooden pillars that stand on stone blocks with the town's Romanesque church built in the 13th century.

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La cité of Carcassonne

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.

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Menton

Menton

Menton on the French Riveria with its Mediterranean micro-climate is famous for its citrus industry and its annual Fête du Citron.

Its medieval streets are steep and cobbled with its houses in shades of ochre, gold and pink.

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Pézenas

Pézenas

This summer visit Pézenas and explore more than 30 classified "Historical Monuments".

Pézenas town originally known as "Piscenae" with its inhabitants called "Piscenois " has history dating back to the 12th century with its famous theatre established in 1803, becoming a "listed monument" in 1995 and opening its doors to the public in 2012.

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Balcastel

Belcastel

The medieval village of Belcastel in the Aveyron, situated on the North bank of the Aveyron river with its stone roof tiled houses and cobbled streets is classified as 'one of the most beautiful villages in France' and is famous for Château de Belcastel, set high up on a rock.

The village has a 15th century church and a stone bridge which spans the Aveyron river.

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Tourtour the village in the sky of Provence

Tourtour

Explore the medieval village of Tourtour known as the village in the sky, classified as 'one of the most beautiful villages in France' with numerous châteaux with towers and hilltop panoramic views.

Since the 5th century, Gallo-Romans originally inhabited the town of Tourtour.

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Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, a perigodian village in the Dordogne classified as 'one of the most beautiful villages in France', is set on the banks of the Céou river.

Take a walk up through the village rich in Perigordine style with stone buildings complete with wooden shutters and terracotta tiled roofs and arrive at Château de Castelnaud set up at 300 metres. The 12th century château contains a museum displaying armour and weapons. In the château grounds, discover full scale replicas of a perrière, mangonel, crossbow and a trebuchet.

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Aqualand parks in France

Aqualand parks in France

Visit an Aqualand water park in France this summer and enjoy the thrills of wave pools, water slides, and swimming pools suitable for all.

Europe’s leading water park, Aqualand with parks in Cap d'Agde, Port Leucate, Saint-Cyprien, Sainte-Maxime, St-Cyr-sur-Mer, Agen and Bassin d'Arcachon welcomes families and friends for a day of adventure and thrills on its giant slides, wild-water rivers and wave pools.

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French medieval village of Olargues beside the Jaur river

Olargues

Discover the French medieval village of Olargues this summer, classified as 'one of the most beautiful villages in France', situated beside Le Jaur river in Hérault, Occitanie

Cross the 12th century vaulted stone bridge the Pont du Diable which spans the Le Jaur river.

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Domme covered market

Domme

Visit Domme this summer, classified as 'one of the most beautiful villages in France' and descent into the Grotte de Domme, situated beneath the 17th century village hall.

Domme is a bastide that was founded in 1281. Still today it has a 'wooden wheel' that was used as a method of public torture during the Middle Ages.

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Antibes

Antibes

Situated between Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera, Antibes is a seaside town very popular with the rich and famous.

Be sure to visit the Musee Picasso, housed in Château Grimaldi, where visitors can admire a wide range of works of art by the world famous artist, Picasso.

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Seaquarium in Le Grau du Roi

Seaquarium in Le Grau du Roi

Explore more than 2,500 m² of underwater sea life and discover more than 2,000 fish and more than 25 species of sharks, seals and sea lions at the Seaquarium in Le Grau du Roi this summer.

Come face to face with over 30 species of shark, in 2 story aquariums, the most fearsome predators in the sea. Learn about them through games and videos. Watch Zebra sharks and Carpet sharks during feeding time.

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Saint-Émilion

Saint-Émilion

The World Heritage site of Saint-Émilion is one of the most famous and prettiest wine-producing towns in the world.

Lovely restaurants and wineries. The town is blessed with impressive Médiévale architecture, including an entire church carved out inside a hill.

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Tourist railway of Haut-Quercy

Tourist Railway of Haut-Quercy

Jump on-board a steam locomotive or diesel train at the train station in Martel in the Haut-Quercy and depart for a scenic 8 miles (13 km) round-trip, admiring the wonderful panoramas of the Dordogne Valley.

Opened in 2014, the railway station has a museum where visitors can view original posters, uniforms, train signals, train lanterns and various locomotive tools.

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Monflanquin

Monflanquin

Visit the hilltop medieval bastide village of Monflanquin in Lot-et-Garonne in south western France this summer, classified since 1989 as 'one of the most beautiful villages in France'.

Discover at its heart, its historic French buildings and a wide range of restaurants to dine in.

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Castle Hill Nice

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.

Today visitors can visit the château's original site, now a park with gardens offering wonderful panoramic views of Nice harbour and the famous Promenade des Anglais.

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Château des Baux in Provence

Château-des-Baux in Provence

Château-de-Baux has a long and rich history, dating back to the 10th century with early texts documenting the château original name as being Château Balcio and the residence of Lord Pons le Jeaune.

In the 14th century the câateau became home to the Lord of Baux, who famously became known as 'the scourge of Provence', because he defied and rebelled the court of France and the pontifical power during his rein.

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Brantôme Abbey caves

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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Château de Beynac near Beynac-et-Cazenac

Château de Beynac

Positioned 150 metres above the Dordogne River, Château de Beynac is a 12th century fortress situated near Beynac-et-Cazenac in the Périgord, one of the most beautiful villages in France.

The castle state rooms once hosted King Richard I 'the Lion-Heart' of England, Simon de Montfort, leader of one of the crusades, the Lords of Beynac and the four baronneries of Périgord.

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Toulouse-Lautrec museum

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.

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Canoeing on the Dordogne River

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.

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The Canalettes caves

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.

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Le Parc Australian Carcassonne

Le Parc Australian 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!

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