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Brittany's dramatic 750-mile coastline traces a rugged hem against the chilly Atlantic. Attractions such as St-Malo's 1689 Fort National, the . . .
What is there not to love about the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, an area that nestles between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, in . . .
It is almost impossible to get bored in Nouvelle Aquitaine. Located in western France this is the region of mountains and forests, prehistoric caves, and . . .
Stretching from just outside the northern suburbs of Paris right up to the English Channel coastline, the former Nord Pas-de-Calais Picardie region officially . . .
Unlike its neighbour, Ile de France is one of the most visited regions in France mainly thanks to Paris. After visiting the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame and . . .
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Normandy in northern France is one of the most visited regions of France by foreigners, and for a reason! Normandy offers the visitor a stunning coastline, picturesque small towns and idyllic countryside. Normandy is a popular weekend getaway from Paris, and many hotels and restaurants thrive in Normandy, especially around the town of Deauville or Honfleur.
The impressionist movement was born in Normandy, inspired by Monet’s “Impression” of the sunrise at Le Havre. Normandy is also famous for its rich history, its tower bells, cows and cheese.
Normandy has many charms, from the beautiful countryside and the lovely local architecture to the historic highlights such as Mont Saint Michel and Chateau Gaillard, and the attractive cliffs and beaches along the coast. Important sights such as the Normandy Landing beaches and the Bayeux Tapestry are also very popular and Normandy is truly a region with something for everyone.
Brittany's dramatic 750-mile coastline traces a rugged hem against the chilly Atlantic. Attractions such as St-Malo's 1689 Fort National, the prehistoric ruins and striking beauty of Gavrinish Island and Brest's Oceanopolis aquarium cling to the rocky shoreline of France's most northwestern province. Nantes, Rennes and Brest are the largest cities. Rennes is just two hours from Paris by TGV. Breton and Gallo, the ancient languages of this Celtic province, are still spoken in pockets throughout the area.
The region of Brittany has always been incredibly popular for buyers from the UK. They fall in love with the countryside, the proud "Breton" culture and, of course, the food and drink made from fresh, local ingredients.
The fact that it's so easy to access by ferry, car or plane, yet having such a different "feel" about it also makes it a hugely attractive holiday home destination. Most second homeowners tend to come by car with the ports at Saint-Malo, Caen, Cherbourg and Roscoff proving popular.
Brittany has around 1,717 hours of sunshine each year compared to 1,341 in the UK (sourced from the MeteoFrance and the Met Office) and combined with an average property price of under 150,000 euros it's a powerful "double whammy".
It is the variety of countryside that gives it great appeal. The westernmost part of France and department of Finistere has the wild and beautiful Parc Naturel Regional d'Armorique as well as a rugged coastline with fjord-like inlets. If you are looking for "authenticity" then look no further as you will hit the jackpot. Similarly, if the seaside is your thing then you're in the right place. The department is long and thin and runs west to east - this means that wherever you are it will be easy to access two different coastlines, so life will never be dull. For instance, Pontivy in Morbihan sits on the confluence of the river Blavet and the Canal de Nates a Brest whilst it's under an hour to St Brieuc on the north coast and 45 minutes to Lorient on the south coast.
Crossed from east to west by the Loire River to the Atlantic Ocean, Pays de La Loire has a stunning coastline, beautiful little towns and villages, varied natural landscapes and cultural cities.
Nantes, the Dukes of Brittany’s historical capital, is packed with interesting things to see and do followed by the historic cities of Angers and Le Mans. The latest is best known for its legendary racetrack and its famous 24-hour race.
This department is steeped in history and is perhaps a good place to look for a place that can be rented for holiday makers with a view to retire to later, a little nest egg for the future!
Get to know the area , travel and explore and talk to people about why they like living there. All of this will help you decide exactly where you would like to be.
Many of the most famous chateaux in France are in the Loire Valley, and for many people that is reason enough to visit. There is attractive countryside, interesting towns to explore, and the River Loire itself is now a listed World Heritage Site.
The most popular attraction in the region is of course the large number of impressive castles along the Loire Valley, and many visitors base their entire trip around their visits to these chateaux.
Don't overlook the chance to explore the villages and countryside, to take a boat trip along the river, or hire a bike to spend a day exploring the quiet lanes of the region.
You will also find some of the most famous abbeys and cathedrals in France in the Centre region, and lots of gardens classified as 'remarkable gardens'.
Last but certainly not least, remember you are here to relax. An hour spent enjoying a drink in a cafe in the local town can be as much pleasure as looking around another chateau full of luxurious furniture! The local restaurants are often of a very high quality and no visit would be complete without sampling the local cuisine.
With many of the most beautiful places to visit in France, Provence has scenery and highlights to satisfy the most discerning visitor. With the dramatic mountains of the Alps, unspoiled medieval villages clustered among the olive groves and many other highlights there is an enormous choice of things to enjoy - or you can just relax on the famous French Riviera beaches!
The south of Provence, includes some beautiful coastline and famous riviera resorts such as Saint Tropez. Also along the coast, some of the most beautiful scenery can be found in the Port Cros National Park and the Iles of Hyeres which are just off the Var coast.
As well as the coastal resorts you will also discover several very picturesque villages in the hills just a few kilometers away from the coast.
In the quieter interior of the Var, to the north you can discover many interesting destinations such as the countryside and villages around Aups and the villages of the Cotes de Rhone wine region. The Bouches-du-Rhone department is to the south-west of Provence and has a wide diversity of landscapes from the protected marshy landscapes of the Camargue region, to the dramatic coast east of Marseille which includes the white cliffs of the Calanques of Marseille. The northen department of Provence is the Hautes-Alpes department, and is an area of great natural beauty with the Ecrins National park and the Natural Regional Park of Queyras together occupying a large area of the department.
Between the two parks is the fortified mountain town of Briancon, which, as well as being a popular summer destination, is also a renowned ski area with the extensive ski region, so perhaps a great area to invest in for rental opportunities as well as bit of self indulgence as well.
What is there not to love about the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, an area that nestles between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea?
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, in southern France, has everything to make visitors happy, the sunny beaches and chic resorts of French Riviera, endless lavender fields, picturesque marinas, secluded creeks with turquoise waters, great hikes and ski in the winter time, vibrant colors and excellent gastronomy.
Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur , or PACA as it is known locally, is one of the most visited regions of France. The temperatures in the Summer are high and it is highly populated at this time of year with visitors and second home owners, but it doesn't lose its charm and seduction for being the jewel on the south coast for many of the rich and famous that love to visit. It is also an excellent travel destination out of season when the crowds are gone and the temperatures are milder.
Places to visit in the region are Marseille, The Alps, French Riviera, Nice, St Tropez, Cannes, Antibes, Aix-en-Provence, Arles and many more places.
It is almost impossible to get bored in Nouvelle Aquitaine. Located in western France this is the region of mountains and forests, prehistoric caves and some of the most stunning castles in France. Its 720 kilometers of coasts are a paradise for surfers while people looking for a quiet vacation can enjoy no less than 30 spa towns, including Dax, France’s top spa town. The Aquitaine is also a delight for gastronomy lovers with excellent Bordeaux wines and around twenty Michelin starred restaurants.
Lesser known than its fancy neighbor, Occitanie in southern France, is a fabulously beautiful region situated between the Pyrénées and the Mediterranean Sea.
A little quieter than Provence and the French Riviera but definitely more affordable for both living and purchasing of property, it is an area of sunny stone villages, great hikes in the mountains and fascinating history. A land where its inhabitants like to take their time and enjoy the small pleasures of life.
Occitanie in the south of France has many interesting sights, such as the cities of Roussillon, Toulouse and Albi, the birthplace of Toulouse Lautrec. History buffs can head to Rocamadour or Carcassonne, the gate to the fascinating Cathar Country.
Its tourist attractions also include the Pyrénées, Perpignan, Nîmes and the Canal de Midi where you can hire boats and sail down the canal passing beautiful small villages, a great way to spend a lazy Summer holiday!
Stretching from just outside the northern suburbs of Paris right up to the English Channel coastline, the former Nord Pas-de-Calais Picardie region officially became, in 2016, the northernmost French region.
The Hauts-de-France region is full of beautiful cathedrals, belfries and citadels, and its plains bear witness to its mining history. It is also a region of beach resorts on the Channel coast or relaxing seaside getaways on the Opal Coast. Grand Est, in eastern France, regroups the former regions of Alsace, Champagne-Ardennes and Lorraine. Bordering Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and Switzerland, Grand Est is a place with many top French tourist attractions, a land of memory and theater, of some of the most important battles of the WW1.
Alsace is a land between the Germanic and Latin worlds, a mosaic of hills, mountains and plains; dotted with castles, vineyards and picturesque villages. Champagne is best known for its bubbles and historical cities like Reims or Troyes. Former Bourgogne region is famous for its Romanesque heritage, some of the best vineyards, good food and Medieval castles. In addition, Bourgogne has the largest network of inland waterways in France.
Franche-Comté, is well known for its diverse landscapes and large open spaces thanks to the wealth of the Vosges Massif, the Jura mountains and its many lakes and forests.
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is definitely an excellent combination of heritage – gastronomy, and nature at its best.
What is there not to love about Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. This central region of France offers a wide range of different destinations to entertain and satisfy every taste of traveller.
Auvergne is the land of volcanoes and hot spas but also the land of snowy peaks such as Mont Blanc, in the French Alps a fantastic place to visit to ski, sledge, hike and try the local gastronomy. It is home to picturesque stone villages, and also the region of vibrant cities like Lyon.
Protected natural reserves, almost a hundred volcanoes and more than 20.000 kilometers of waterways, walking trails, Romanesque churches . . . all this and more is in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.
Why not go and visit Lyon, the French Alps, and Mont Blanc, the Auvergne Volcanoes, famous ski resorts of Chamonix, Courchevel, Mérivel, Val d’Isère, Lake Annecy the spa town of Vichy, Clermont Ferrand, Bourges’ beautiful cathedral and there is much more to explore in this beautiful natural area.
Unlike its neighbor, Ile de France is one of the most visited regions in France mainly thanks to Paris. After visiting the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower, venture beyond the Boulevard Périphérique to explore what Ile de France has to offer.
Many of the attractions such as the amazing Chateau de Versailles and Disneyland Paris are known to all, but there are many more interesting things to see and do in Ile de France.
Visitors can enjoy nature and relaxation in one of the four regional natural parks, while history buffs can learn about the Kings and Queens of France in amazing historical sites such as Château de Fontainebleau or Saint-Denis Basilica-Cathedral. Picturesque villages are never far from the capital, immortalized by Van Gogh, Renoir or Pissarro.
Paris is in the Paris department of the Paris-Isle-of-France region. The French historic, political and economic capital, with a population of only 2.5 million and the city is divided into 20 "arrondissements" (districts) which are numbered 1 to 20. It is located in the northern part of France. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Home to historical monuments such as Notre Dame, the Eiffel tower, Bastille, Louvre and many more. Much of the city was re-designed by Haussmann in the 19th century.
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