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Concentrique excentrique © FR3 Occitane / Frédéric Guibal

'Concentrique excentrique' at Carcassonne's Cîte

Carcassonne Cîte's 20 year anniversary of being UNESCO listed. To celebrate Carcassonne Cîte's 20 year anniversary of being UNESCO listed, the artist, Felice Varini has completed a work of art on the Western ramparts of Carcassonne's Cîte.

This unique 'Concentrique excentrique' piece of art can be seen from many kilometres.

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Sound and light show at château Royal de Blois in 2018

Sound and light show at Château Royal de Blois

New sound and light show at the château Royal de Blois. History and the château like no one has ever really seen them!

One of the first sound and light shows to be created in the courtyard of a French château, the Story of Blois (Ainsi Blois vous est conté) has been illuminating the site for more than 25 years.

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Cathédrale Saint-Front in Périgueux

Cathédrale Saint-Front in Périgueux

In the heart of Périgueux, named after Saint-Front, the first bishop of Périgueux, Cathédrale Saint-Front is the only Romano-Byzantine architecture of its kind in the world.

Since 1998, the cathedral has been classified at World Heritage and a historical monument since 1840.

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Camargue Aigues-Mortes ramparts

Aigues-Mortes

Enclosed by 13th century Medieval walls with towers on each corner, the city of Aigues-Mortes in Occitaine is a popular holiday destination surrounded by the flat Camargue marshlands.

The inner city of consists of restaurants and bars and narrow streets with the Église Notre-Dame-des-Sablons d'Aigues-Mortes, one of Aigues-Mortes oldest monuments.

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Lighthouse in Le Grau Du Roi

Le Grau Du Roi

The old French fishing village of Le Grau Du Roi in the Gard is a popular modern seaside resort, enjoying a Mediterranean atmosphere.

Its streets with bars and restaurants are lively with tourist during the summer months.

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Château Royal de Blois

Château Royal de Blois a favourite residence of the Kings of France

Discover more than 1000 years of history, famous French architecture, 4 styles of architecture, 35,000 works of art and see where 7 kings and 10 queens used to live.

Visit over 30 furnished rooms within Château Royal de Blois along with sumptuous decors and discover the famous monograms located throughout the château.

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Château de Brézé, Loire Valley château

Château de Brézé

A unique 11th century medieval fortress with 1km of underground tunnels. Visit Château de Brézé in the Loire Valley and take a guided tour in the underground passageways, just 10 minutes from Saumur.

With history dating back to the 11th century and having been completely transformed in the 16th and again in the 19th century, Château de Brézé now produces wine from the local vineyards.

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La Franqui Beach, Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitanie

La Franqui beach

The lovely unspoilt beach resort in the Languedoc, La Franqui beach is a hidden gem, half an hour from Narbonne. Visit for a relaxed vibe and a lovely, large sandy beach.

La Franqui has remained unspoilt and not overdeveloped. You will find a huge sandy beach which is never crowded even in the height of summer.

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Plage les Chalets Gruissan

Family friendly Gruissan beach

Visit this large and uncrowded Languedoc, Occitiane beach. Just 10 minutes, East of Narbonne and easily reached from the motorway, Gruissan plage is a lovely family friendly beach.

The huge wide flat expanse of Gruissan beach means you will never struggle to find a spot on the sand, and the calm waters make for safe swimming for all ages.

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Wild flamingos Peyriac-de-Mer

Pink flamingos in Peyriac-de-Mer

See wild pink flamingos in Peyriac-de-Mer in the South of France. A real treat for bird spotters, see pink flamingos in the wild on the Languedoc coast. If someone were to ask you where you can see flamingos living in the wild, France would be unlikely to be your first answer!

Peyriac-de-Mer, 20 minutes from Narbonne on the Languedoc coast is home to wild flamingos all year round.

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The interior of Église Notre-Dame-des-Anges

Église Notre Dame des Anges

A classified Monument Historique that looks out over the Ansa de la Baleta bay of Collioure.

In Collioure's Ansa de la Baleta bay the Église Notre Dame des Anges is clearly seen. With its incorporated medieval lighthouse, the church interior features wooden altarpieces in Catalan Baroque style.

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Gouffre de Padirac cave entrance

Gouffre de Padirac

Descend 100 metres into Padirac cave (Gouffre de Padirac) this summer. The added fun of an underground boat trip makes this our favourite cave in the Dordogne, bring the family and don't forget your jumper!

Our favourite cave in the Dordogne, the Padirac cave (Gouffre de Padirac) is a really great family day out.

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River Charente

Charming Charente

Sleepy rivers or lively beaches, the Charente and Charente-Maritime has much to offer.

This area is most famous for giving the world Cognac but people are drawn here for its sunshine, its beaches, its seafood and for the Charente’s unspoiled, sleepy charm.

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River Charente

Visit Cognac country

A jewel in the Charente region, here's why you should visit Cognac.

Although Angouleme is the capital of the Charente department, it is Cognac that is more famous worldwide.

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Minerve, Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon

Medieval Minerve

Officially one of the most beautiful villages in France, the unspoilt medieval village of Minerve is definitely one to add to your list of days out if you are on holiday in the Hérault region.

Minerve is a lovely Languedoc village situated on a rocky outcrop in a valley between Carcassonne and Béziers.

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Château de Saumur in the Loire Valley

Château de Saumur in the Loire Valley

Visit the 11th century Château de Saumur which overlooks the lovely town of Saumur in the Loire Valley.

Discover how the château has been a fortress, a prison and a residence for important local figures and complete you visit by exploring the museum that houses wonderful works of art.

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The lagoons at Bages, Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitanie

Under the Bages boardwalks

Take an afternoon stroll across Narbonne's saltwater lagoons. A change from the beach, this offers a completely different landscape and is great for wildlife lovers and those wanting to get away from the crowds of the beaches.

Just 7km outside the city of Narbonne in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, the village of Bages offers an interesting alternative to a visit to the local beach.

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Angoulême Town Hall - Hôtel de ville d'Angoulême

Guide to Angouleme

Our guide to Charente's capital. Perched on a rocky spur overlooking the river Charente and urban sprawl, here are the highlights of Angoulême.

The Charente’s capital is Angoulême which is perched on a rocky spur overlooking its wide domain of the River Charente and urban sprawl. Its massive fortifications and ramparts are a visible legacy of its rich and tumultuous history. To visit Angoulême head up the hill to the centre ville and park in the underground carpark, then meander through the old town with its winding streets of art galleries and restaurants, and its huge famous comic book character murals, a testament to its world renowned comic book festival. The Circuit des Remparts is a classic car race that takes place through the narrow streets every year and definitely worth a visit!

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Château de Verteuil

Rural Charente

Take a trip to the lovely Charente countryside. Inside information on what to see in rural Charente in South-West France. From the river to pretty villages and historical Roman sites.

People who adore the Charente, love its honey coloured stone, its terracotta roof tiles, its warm micro-climate but also it's laid back sleepy vibe, reminiscent of the languid river that gives its name. It's slow flowing river is ideal for family canoe and kayak trips and hubs can be found all the way along its coiling journey west to the sea. Families with young children enjoy Le Réjallant near Ruffec, a picnic site with kayak hub, play area, restaurant and lifeguards. Charente's rolling countryside makes for ideal family bike rides, routes can be downloaded from the official Charente Velo website and are really well signed to take in off the beaten track attractions such as the Roman theatre at Saint-Cybardeaux.

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Pont du Gard

The Pont du Gard

The UNESCO listed Roman aqueduct, the Pont du Gard is sure to impress. Built in the 1st century AD and towering nearly 50m above the riverbed, this should be a firmly on your daytrip list when visiting the Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitanie.

Built as part of a series of aqueducts supplying the then Roman city of Nîmes, the Pont du Gard is now a well deserved UNESCO world heritage listed site.

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Arena of Nîmes

Arena of Nîmes

Step back in time at the Arènes de Nîmes and you will be transported back to Roman times when you step into its preserved amphitheatre, built around AD 70.

Nîmes amphitheatre is a wonderful place to visit and recommended is the audio tour to get the most out of the visit and to learn more about the arena's gory and fascinating past.

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Collioure Lighthouse

Collioure lighthouse

Collioure lighthouse is the perfect place from which to view the Mediterranean and the bay of Ansa de la Baleta in Collioure.

You can walk to the lighthouse by taking the seashore pathway below the Château Royal, passing the Egiles Notre Dames des Anges, Plage Boramar and Plage Saint-Vincent until you reach the Ansa de la Baleta sea wall which stretches out to the lighthouse situated at the mouth of Ansa de la Baleta bay.

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Château de Peyrepertuse a Cathar castle in the Languedoc, Occitanie

Château de Peyrepertuse

Enjoy the breathtaking scenery from on of the Languedoc's, most famous Cathar castles, Château de Peyrepertuse.

In complete ruins, it is the precipitous location of this castle that makes it a spectatular sight to visit. Whatever you do, don't forget your camera!

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Narbonne Cathédrale

Cathédrale Saint-Just and Saint-Pasteur

Visit the unfinished Narbonne cathedral, Cathédrale Saint-Just and Saint-Pasteur de Narbonne, that has never actually been finished.

In 1313 the first stone was placed on the site of the Gothic cathedral, but walk around the back of the cathedral and you will see the walls standing of an unfinished section which was halted when funds ran out.

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Sigean Zoo (Réserve Africaine de Sigean)

Sigean Zoo

Get up-close to 3,800 animals, set over 300 hectares at Sigean Zoo (Réserve Africaine de Sigean) in Languedoc-Roussillon, Occitaine.

Located in the south of France, between Narbonne and Perpignan, on the Mediterranean coast and along salt-lakes lining the Languedoc coast, the Zoo hosts was created by Paul de La Panouse and Daniel de Monfreid and opened to the public on the 8th April 1974.

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The Fort de Salses in Pyrénées-Orientales

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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Sandy beach of Port d'Avall in Collioure

Port d'Avall beach in Collioure

A sandy beach with a Mediterranean view in Collioure in the South of France, Port d'Avall beach is the perfect summer beach.

Enjoy views of Château Royal and Egiles Notre Dames des Anges and grab a snack in the French restaurant, Le Neptune set beside the bay.

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The Millau Viaduct

The towering 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.

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Château Royal de Collioure

Château Royal in the seaside town of Collioure

Dating back to 1207, Château Royal de Collioure is a popular sight with its high walls and imposing position, overlooking the bay of Ansa de la Baleta, which attracts thousands of tourist each summer.

The Knights Templar built the castle around 1207 and it became part of the royal castle in 1345.

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Les Jardins de Marqueyssac

Magical Marqueyssac gardens

The walk in gardens of Marqueyssac is a day out in the Dordogne that all of the family will enjoy.

Discover the stunning manicured Marqueyssac gardens with fabulous views of the surrounding countryside and villages.

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