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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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Bicycle hire in Cannes, Valbonne and Grasse

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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Eyrignac Gardens

Eyrignac Gardens

Nestled at the heart of this 200 hectare estate with a 17th century family Manor House at its heart.

The gardens at Eyrignac have been open to the public since 1987.

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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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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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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 château, 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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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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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

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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La Roque-Gageac in Dordogne

La Roque-Gageac

Classified as 'one of the most beautiful villages in France', La Roque-Gageac is situated on the North bank of the Dordogne River and is hugely popular with tourists during the summer season with many bars and restaurants to enjoy a drink or a meal.

Walk the streets, discover the tropical style exotic garden and enjoy the views of the historical houses and buildings set beneath the steep rising rock face.

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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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