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5 essential facts about the regions of France Hi, I’m Maria and I’m here to introduce you to la belle France and share this guide to the regions in France, including some top tourist attractions in the different regions. A seductive fusion of culture, cuisine, history and breathtaking landscapes, France is the most visited tourist destination on the planet! Let’s take a tour of each of the 13 regions of France, sometimes called continental France,…

One of the most beautiful parts of France, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, with it’s vibrant capital, Strasbourg, sits with it’s back against the French Alps and is one of the largest regions of France. It has 12 departments each with their own unique characteristics: Ain (01) ● Allier (03) ● Ardèche (07) ● Cantal (15) ● Drôme (26) ● Isère (38) ● Loire (42) ● Haute-Loire (43) ● Puy-de-Dôme (63) ● Rhône (69) ● Savoie (73) ● Haute-Savoie…

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 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…

Welcome to historic Normandy Just across the English Channel in northern France, Normandy is a beautiful coastal region with plenty to offer international holidaymakers. With its rolling countryside, exquisite chateaux and wild beaches, Normandy has a rich landscape to explore; and with a thriving art scene and major historical sites, Normandy is a place you’ll want to visit again and again. That’s where we can help. Read our in-depth travellers guide to Normandy, and we’ll…

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…