There are many reasons to go to France. The French cities are amazing but getting off the beaten track and into the countryside is were you will experience the diverse French culture
1. Cycle up to top of Mount Ventoux.
This is the notorious hill climb of many Tours de France. Stay in the lovely town of Mormoiron.
This village is tucked away on the hill top with a beautiful view of Mt Ventoux. Have a coffee in Bedoin
This is a lovely small town that is all about cycling.
2. Walk the streets of Honfleur
The town of Honfleur is like being in a huge outdoor gallery. The streets are lined with private galleries ready to pack up your latest purchase.The numerous restaurants serve the freshest of seafood with a view. After a day of exploring you will want to settle in to the catch of the day.
3. Visit the Christmas market in Kayserberg
The “Land of Christmas Stars” around Colmar, is a must for Christmas in the Alsace.
Each village becomes a town in the Middle Ages that has retained its authenticity and where streets and alleys decorated invite you to discover and dream.
4. Walk through the village of Oradour-sur-Glane
This village was the site of a massacre in 1944 by the Nazis. The ruins of the original village remain as a memorial to the dead
5. Stay in the beautiful Chateau Colbert built in 1679
The chateau is in the town of Maulevrier located in the Loire Region of France. While you are in Maulevrier you should visit the amazing Le Puy-du-Fou Historical theme park and Cinescenie. Puy du Fou was voted the BEST PARK IN THE WORLD in 2014
Puy du Fou Park and Cinescenie1,200 actors on a stage spread over 23 hectares, 24,000 costumes
6. Go to the market in Sarlat
This is one of France’s best markets and known for its truffles and foie gras.
Sarlat has the highest density of ‘Historic Monuments’ and ‘Classified Monuments’ of any town in France. The beautiful honey coloured stone buildings are best enjoyed in the morning light.
7. Cycle around Île-de-Ré
The island is flat so you won’t need your Tour de France jersey here. Just enjoy the view! Hang out with the Donkeys on Île-de-Ré The unique breed is called Baudets du Poitou they were once the hard workers in the salt marshes. They are also know to wear gingham trousers to protect them from the flies and mosquitoes
8. Attend a music concert in Albi.
Each year the city hosts an amazing music festival called Pause Guitare held at the beginning of July each year.
Albi is also home to the beautiful cathedral Saint Cecilia
9 Eat sweets in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain.
This medieval village is the home to the classic french sweet Anis de Flavigny still made within the walls of Saint-Pierre Benedictine Abbey.
Walk along the beautiful streets of the village, used as the location for the movie Chocolat, based on the book by Joanne Harris
10 Bring your paints to Pont-Aven.
Once home to the “Pont-Aven School” Emile Bernard, Paul Gauguin and Paul Servusier .