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Monpazier

Monpazier

Monpazier is one of France's most beautiful villages, a Bastide village in the Southern Dordogne with history going 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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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 in the Luberon

Gordes is one of the most beautiful villages of Luberon where many movie stars and artists have made their home. It is one of the most famous 'perched villages' or villages perchés in France, the castle dating back to the 11th century.

The village of Gordes offers a huge choice of traditional restaurant and café bars.

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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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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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Château de Peyrepertuse

Château de Peyrepertuse

A site not to miss, Château de Peyrepertuse a 13th century ruined Cathar castle set high on a 800m high limestone cliff in Rouffiac-des-Corbières awards its visitors amazing panoramic views of vineyards and the village of Duilhac far below.

Since 1908 the site has been registered 'monument historique' by the French Ministry of Culture.

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Monflanquin

Monflanquin

Visit the hilltop medieval bastide village of Monflanquin this summer and take a walk through its winding streets.

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 cathedral once stood until 1706 when an attack with canonballs 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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Beach time on Portiragne Plage

Beach time on Portiragne Plage!

Come visit Portiragne Plage and 'Le Surfing beach bar' this summer.

Since 1999, Alex and Sandy have been operating 'Le Surfing Beach Bar' at Boulevard du Front de Mer, Portiragnes Plage for the beach loving holiday maker.

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Hot-air ballooning in the Périgord

Hot-air ballooning in the Périgord

Fly over the Dordogne by hot-air balloon with Montgolfiere du Périgord and discover the beautiful and historical castles of the Périgord.

Choose your hot-air balloon flight.

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Le Bike butler

Le Bike Butler on the Côte d’Azur

Here’s a great new idea for anyone staying on the Côte d’Azur near Cannes, Valbonne or Grasse.

‘Le Bike Butler’ is a fantastic new company renting premium road bikes. With free delivery to your door!

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Saint-Marcel caves illuminated formations

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.

The location of the Saint-Marcel caves was discovered in 1836 by a hunter whose ferret fell into one of the cave's cavities. Today, 657 km of caves have been discovered.

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Albi cathedral

Albi

Albi is a hidden gem in the Midi-Pyrénées, tucked away in the Midi-Pyrénées region. The city of Albi may not be first on your list of cities to visit in France but it has much to offer the visitor, not least the stunning UNESCO listed brick cathedral.

Albi is a city like no other in France. The red brick used to build the impressive cathedral and many other buildings in the city adds a lovely warmth to the atmosphere. The centre is relatively small in scale and easy to navigate on foot, a visit to Albi makes for a great day out in the Midi-Pyrénées region.

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Palais des Papes in Avignon, Provence

Visit ancient Avignon

An absolute gem of a city on the Rhône river in Provence. A charming city with a small-town feel and well worth visiting not only for its famous bridge, the Pont d'Avignon.

Take the time to visit the city of Avignon in Provence and you won't regret it.

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Château Cheverny

Château de Cheverny in the Loire Valley, famous for its magnificent interiors

The history of Château Cheverny begins with its first owner, Henry Le Mareschau in 1315.

The de Vibraye family today the current owners of the chateau, attractions many thousands of visitors each year who admire its magnificent interiors with its collections of furniture and tapestries and many famous painting on display.

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Château Chambord

Château de Chambord, the largest château in the Loire Valley

Château de Chenonceau was built between 1519 and 1547. Upon completion the then wealthy owner, Pierre Nepveu played host to Emperor Charles V.

The château offers visitors unique French Renaissance architecture. During the Second World War, works of art on display at the Louvre in Paris were moved and stored at Château de Chambord.

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Oléron harbour

Visit family-friendly Île d'Oléron

Oléron is France’s second largest island and revels in its laid back attitude.

Here's why you should add the island of Île d'Oléron to you list of places to visit in France...

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Château Chenonceau in the Loire Valley

Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley

Explore the Loire Valley this summer and visit Château de Chenonceau which spans the River Cher.

Château de Chenonceau was built between 1514 and 1522 on the foundations of a mill. Today it's structure spans across the River Cher in the Loire Valley.

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Château de Najac

Château de Najac, the Royal fortress of Najac

Situated 200 metres above the Aveyron River on top of a hill in Najac, Château de Najac also know as the 'Royal fortress of Najac' was built in 1253 by the inhabitants of the village.

The castle's longest length is 40 metres, with 4 towers and one being square in shape.

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Exotic gardens in Monaco

The exotic gardens of Monaco

Visit and explore the Exotic gardens in the world famous city of Monaco the summer.

Visitors can walk along paths and up and down steps amongst the many exotic species of plants including cacti plants, admiring their colourful flowers.

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Vieux Port of La Rochelle in Charente-Maritime

Highlights of the Charente-Maritime

So much is on offer for holiday-maker in the Charente-Maritime, here are our highlights.

Must sees are the bustling tourist-friendly coastal towns of La Rochelle and Royan, the stunning Île de Ré as well as the deserted, untouched beaches of Île d’Oleron.

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Arcachon beach, Atlantic coast, France

Atlantic Arcachon beach

Visit the oldest resort on the French Atlantic coast.

Catch a boat, go for a swim of take a stroll down the 800m long beach at Arcachon, the oyster capital of the Atlantic coast.

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