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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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Harbour town of Royan in Charente-Maritime

Villages of the Charente-Maritime

With 4 of the most beautiful villages in France, this region is definitely worth a visit. See two of our favourite villages among other highlights.

In addition to La Flotte and Ars on Île de Ré, Charente-Maritime has two more of France’s official most beautiful villages: Mornac-sur-Seudre and Talmont-sur-Gironde. Barzan village is a major Roman port that has been excavated since the early 1990’s with baths and a temple. Saintes is pretty with a well preserved Roman amphitheatre.

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Vézelay Abbey in Yonne

Vézelay Abbey in Yonne

Visit Yonne this summer and explore the famous Benedictine and Cluniac monastery which claimed to hold the relics of Saint-Mary-Magdalene.

The 11th century Abbey was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1979.

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Mercantour National Park in Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Mercantour National Park in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Situated in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Alpes-Maritimes departments, the Mercantour National Park covers an area of 685 km².

Since its creation in 1979, it consists of forests and snowy peak with summits reaching more than 3,000m.

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Notre-Dame de la Garde in Marseille

Notre-Dame de la Garde in Marseille

The 19th century Catholic basilic, Notre-Dame de la Garde in Marseille, decorated with coloured marble and mosaics is positioned upon a limestone outcrop on the foundations of a 13th century chapel.

Construction began in 1852, continuing for 21 years.

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Pont Saint-Bénézet in Avignon, Provence

Pont Saint-Bénézet in Avignon

Also known as the Pont d’Avignon, this famous medieval bridge was built over the Rhône river between Villeneuve-lès-Avignon and the town of Avignon in the 11th Century.

Only four arches, the gatehouse and the Chapel of Saint Nicholas sitting on its second pier survived. They can be seen at the Avignon end.

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Palais des Papes in Avignon

Palais des Papes

In Avignon in the South of France is one of Europe's largest medieval Gothic style buildings. Consisting of two buildings, the old and the new Palais. It's library houses over 2,000 volumes.

Construction design was done by Pierre Peysson and Jean du Louvres. The building was classified by the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

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Arles Amphitheatre

Arles Roman Amphitheatre

Founded in 90 AD the Arles Amphitheatre, an UNESCO World Heritage Site is a famous ancient Roman structure.

Hugely popular with tourist visiting the city of Arles, the two-tiered structure with its more recently added towers dating from the medieval era is a 'must see attraction' in Provence.

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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on the French Riviera

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild on the Côte d'Azur

Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild who inherited from her father, Alphonse de Rothschild his immense fortune, purchased land overlooking the Bay of Villefranche and the Bay Beaulieu in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the French Riviera.

In 1907 construction of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild began, managed by the chosen architect, Jacques-Marcel Auburtin.

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Sarlat-la-Canéda in Dordogne

The cobbled streets of Sarlat-la-Canéda

Featuring the highest concentration of medieval, Renaissance and 17th century facades of any town in France, Sarlat-la-Canéda with its prosperity was a reflection of the privileged status it was granted in return for loyalty to the French Crown during the 100 years war.

Behind the nondescript rue de la République are narrow lanes and archways, and ancient ocher-coloured stone town houses rich in ornamental detail. Protected by law since 1962, Sarlat-la-Canéda's buildings now form an outdoor museum.

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Palais Longchamp in Marseille

The Palais Longchamp in Marseille

A monument set in a park in Marseille, the Palais Longchamp houses the Musée des beaux-arts and Muséum d'histoire naturelle de Marseille.

Close to the port of Marseille, the Palais Longchamp constructed 1862 and opened to the public 15 August 1869.

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Château d'If on the island of If in Provence

Château d'If in the Bay of Marseille

Located in the Bay of Marseille, 1.5km off shore lies the Island of If. The uninhabited island with its high ramparts has the 3 storey 16th century fortress, Château d'If at its centre.

Tourists can visit the château, its courtyard and view its original prison, made famous by Alexandre Dumas' novel 'The Count of Monte Cristo'.

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Promenade des Anglais in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Promenade des Anglais on the Côte d'Azur

Take a stroll along the Promenade des Anglais in Cannes and take in the famous sights. Take a photo on the red carpet of the Palais des Festivals which every year in May, hosts the world famous Cannes Film Festival.

Admire the mega rich super yachts in Le Vieux Port.

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Marseille Cathédrale two bell towers and dome

Marseille Cathédrale

This summer visit Marseille and discover the Cathédrale La Major (Cathédrale Sainte-Marie-Majeure de Marseille) with its Romanesque-Byzantine style architecture.

Marseille Cathedral was designed by architect Léon Vaudoyer and Henri-Jacques Espérandieu and constructed between 1852 and 1896 in a 'Latin cross' configuration on the original foundations of the 'old Major’ that dates back to the 12th century.

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Grotte de Lascaux

Lascaux cave near Montignac

Lascaux cave, discovered in September 1940 by 4 teenagers who descended into the prehistoric cave, discovered cave paintings made by Paleolithic man, more than 17,000 years ago.

Today visitors can visit a replica of the Lascaux cave, Lascaux 4, which opened to the public in December 2016.

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Sénanque Abbey near Gordes in Provence

Sénanque Abbey near Gordes

Visit the Cistercian Abbaye, Sénanque Abbey, situated near the famous village of Gordes in Vaucluse, Provence, today managed by monks.

Sénanque Abbey was founded in 1148 and features Romanesque architecture.

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Brantôme Abbey in Dordogne

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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Gorge du Verdon

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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La Roque-Gageac in Dordogne

La Roque-Gageac

Known as being one of the most beautiful villages in France, La Roque-Gageac is situated on the North bank of the Dordogne River.

The village is hugely popular with tourists during the summer season with many bars and restaurants to enjoy a drink or a meal.

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Beach at Collioure

Collioure in the Pyrénées-Orientales

Collioure is a particularly chic and picturesque seaside town on the Mediterranean coast between Perpignan and the Spanish border.

Collioure offers holiday makers Mediterranean beaches and many, many traditional, pavement and beach-side restaurants and café bars.

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Lérins Islands in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Lérins Islands

Take the 15 minutes or so boat trip from Mandelieu-La Napoule in Cannes, across to the two Lérins Islands.

The larger of the two, Sainte-Marguerite island offers its visitors 22 kilometres of pathways to explore.

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Carcassonne new town on market day

The New Town in Carcassonne

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.

There is a more cosmopolitan feel with a charming main square and selection of cafés and bars, restaurants, shops and boutiques as well as museums and galleries. If you are looking for a bit of lively nightlife in Carcassonne there are two Irish bars; The Celt Pub and O'Sheridans.

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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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Marineland Côte d'Azur

Marineland on the Côte d'Azur

Explore the lagoon, adventure golf, aquasplash, kid's island and interact with the many fascinating animals in Marineland.

Enjoy a day relaxing on a sunbed on a sandy beach beneath palmtrees, beside the dolphin lagoon.

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Canal du Midi in Carcassonne

The Canal du Midi

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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Le lac de la Cavayère in Carcassonne

Le lac de la Cavayère

Visit the hidden gem that is Le lac de la Cavayère, a great family day out and an alternative to the beach.

Cool off on a hot summer's day with a visit to this recreational lake only a few minutes' drive from the city. A great day trip for families enjoying a self catering holiday near Carcassonne.

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Château d'Ussé in the Loire Valley

Château d'Ussé

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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Océanile water park

Océanile on Noirmoutier Island

Set in 4 hectares, Océanile deep inside the heart of Noirmoutier Island, offers the whole family more than 13 water park attractions.

The crystalline water is warmed to 28 degrees celsius offering a perfect temperature for summer fun and happiness!

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Limnoreia Sailing Tours in Port-Leucate

Limnoreia Sailing Tours in Port-Leucate

Set sail upon the high-seas, with Limnoreia Sailing Tours, departing from Port-Leucate.

Come aboard the Limnoreia as its captain, Eric Vois takes you on a journey on the high-seas, departing from Port-Leucate.

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