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Introduction In northeast France’s top corner, Grand Est is the country’s sixth largest region. This substantial province shares borders with four countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Switzerland. Thanks to its location, Grand Est boasts both Gallic and Germanic influences. Its residents speak several dialects, including Alsatian. Grand Est’s French neighbours are Bourgogne-Franche-Comté to the south, Île-de-France to its west, and Hauts-de-France to the northwest. Visitors flock to the region for its wonderful mountainous landscapes, scenic…

Introduction to Pays de la Loire Pays de la Loire is a verdant, scenic region of western France. Brittany lies to the region’s northwest and Normandy to the north. Centre-Val de Loire borders its eastern flank, whilst to the south you’ll find Nouvelle Aquitaine. The Atlantic and the Bay of Biscay fringe the province’s southwest coast. Pays de la Loire contrasts 450 km of rugged coastline with the gently undulating Loire Valley. Visitors flock to…

Introduction Bourgogne Franche-Comté is a region of eastern France, on the border with Switzerland. Ile de France lies to its northwest, with Grand Est to the north. Auvergne Rhone-Alpes borders the region’s south and Centre Val de Loire lies to its west. The area is popular for its gastronomy, wine production, historic towns and glorious lakes and mountains. How to get to Bourgogne Franche-Comté By road If you’re planning to travel to France driving from…

Introduction Ile de France is located in north central France in the gently undulating landscape known as the Paris basin. The region is the country’s most densely populated, and also its wealthiest. At its heart lies the French capital, Paris. Further afield, you’ll discover acres of forest and fertile limestone plains, fed by the Seine, Marne, Oise and Aisne rivers. Five regions flank Ile de France. Normandy lies to the northwest border, Hauts de France…

Introduction Centre-Val de Loire is a fascinating land of turbulent history cloaked in a gentle, verdant terrain. As its name suggests, the province lies in the middle of northwest central France, between the Paris Basin and the foothills of the Massif Central mountains. The iconic Loire River flows through the region’s heart, from east to west. No fewer than six regions share borders with Centre-Val de Loire. These are Normandy and Ile-de-France to the north,…

Introduction to Nouvelle Aquitaine Welcome to Nouvelle Aquitaine! This expansive tract of southwest France extends from the Marais Poitevin wetlands in the regions north, to the snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees. Here, world-class wineries and medieval fortresses rub shoulders with Atlantic beaches. The region contrasts thriving cities such as Bordeaux and Limoges with the sleepy, idyllic Dordogne. The region offers a wealth of geographical and cultural diversity. Read on for my in-depth guide to this remarkable…

Welcome to the ancient lands of Occitanie Introduction to Occitanie An expansive, wonderfully diverse region, Occitanie boasts the best nature can offer: a blissfully sun kissed expanse of mountains, countryside and sea. This vast tract in the south of France on the Spanish border offers marvellous cuisine, fascinating history (the only French region with it’s own language) and a wealth of culture, yet remains less explored by visitors (and frequently cheaper!) than neighbouring Provence. Read…

Welcome to historic Brittany Brittany is the verdant north-west corner of France, an undulating peninsula flanked by the Atlantic Ocean. You may well ask “is Brittany in Northern France?” Fringed by the Atlantic, Brittany lies south of the English Channel and north of the Bay of Biscay. The region’s islands include popular Belle Ile and Ile d’Ouessant. A land of rugged coastlines, ancient megaliths, historic towns and bucolic countryside, it’s a much loved destination for…