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Calais, with its rich tapestry of history and landscapes, is a treasure trove of activities, even in winter. Have you ever wandered through its historical streets or marvelled at the tapestry of cultural offerings? So let’s get on with sharing ’10 things to do in Calais in the winter, Allez… Imagine climbing the Calais Lighthouse for a panoramic view that stretches to the White Cliffs of Dover, or exploring the inner workings of lace-making at…

Paris, often seen as the epicentre of culture and sophistication, attracts millions to its famed streets every year. But what if you’re keen to sidestep the well-trodden paths to the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre? Ever fancied exploring the peculiar nooks of Paris that remain untouched by the Instagram crowds, well, here’s a few unusual things to do in Paris in 2024 Forget the typical ‘must-sees’ and let your curiosity lead you down the cobblestones…

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…

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…

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,…

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…