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Allier, one of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes 12 departments, is a great place to start a French holiday. From visiting a medieval chateau to relaxing in thermal springs, Allier will surprise you at every turn. Read on to discover the top 25 things to on holiday in Allier: Explore the Historic Chateau of Chareil-Cintrat A highlight of Allier is the Chateau de Chareil-Cintrat. This magnificent chateau stands as a testament to French Renaissance architecture and history. Constructed in…

Welcome to historic Hauts-de-France Hauts de France is the northernmost region of France, situated just 20 miles from the South-East coast of England and around 70 miles north of Paris. Bordering Belgium to the east, this region is especially well known for its many World War battle sites, such as the Somme and Dunkirk. It has plenty more than history to offer visitors, with its stunning coastline and beautiful architecture that attracts tourists from all around…

Welcome to historic Corsica If you’re thinking of exploring somewhere different in France in 2023, one of the most beautiful places is Corsica. Steeped in history and bursting with life, read on to check out what’s on offer. Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean, situated 105 miles to the southeast of mainland France, and directly north of the Italian island of Sardinia. Commonly known as the Island of beauty, Corsica is a popular destination…

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 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…

Introduction to the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes For many of us who live outside France, if you hear the name “Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes” you probably think of picturesque Lake Annecy, the majestic French Alps, and of course, the gateway to Provence, but there’s a lot more than that… This super-sized southeastern region of France has much to offer its visitors, if you know what you’re looking for! Our guide breaks it all down for you, so you can get on…

10 Things to Do in Montpellier Montpellier is a vibrant city based in the South of France just 10km from the azure blue waters of the Mediterranean coastline. Fantastically situated you could be in Italy or Spain within a few hours. Often referred to as the ‘Real South of France’ it encapsulates traditional French culture with a nod to the class of the glamorous resorts on the French Riviera. In Montpellier you can be guaranteed…

Get the best out of your Calais day trip From Calais, you can visit some of France’s most popular destinations for shopping, dining, and sightseeing. A day vacation to France from the United Kingdom is an excellent idea. For a day trip or weekend getaway, France is the ideal destination from the United Kingdom. After all, Folkestone to Calais is just a 35-minute drive away. Discover some of the best locations to go on your…