France is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. With regions as diverse as Normandy, rich in historical culture, and the southern gastronomical pleasures of Provence Côte d'Azur region, it's not hard to see why so many tourists choose to stay here.
Northern France is just a short hop across the Channel and offers a huge variety of activities for families or couples looking to make the most of their time.
A stay in one of our gîtes in Brittany puts you on the doorstep of iconic historical castles and abbeys. In between the cultural landmarks you'll find ample opportunities to explore the local scenery. Whether you're exploring the peaceful greenways on bike or simply hiking across some of the stunning coastal tracks, Brittany offers more than enough options for adventurous visitors.
For a more peaceful excursion into France you could stay in Normandy where the dunes, bucolic farmland and peaceful meadows dominate the landscape in a region considered to be the French equivalent of rural Devon. Whilst the barren D-Day landing beaches (accompanied by detailed museums) might well draw history buffs, a visit to the thousand-year old town of Bayeux should also not be missed.
Just like the rest of the country, Normandy has its own gastronomical pleasures to indulge in. The region is particularly well-known for its dairy produce - drop in at a market to pick up the best cheeses and apples for your picnic basket.
For more gastronomic treats you can travel inland to Burgundy, amongst the splendours of Dijon Cathedral and Cluny Abbey there are ample chances to indulge in local delicacies such as Escargot a la Bourgogne and Coq Au Vin. Fuel up at a charming bistro before heading out to the Morvan National Park - a rambling expanse of wilderness which presents a perfect opportunity to burn off all those excess calories.
Further south, the region of Provence is an area of diverse beauty, situated between the Rhône-Alpes and the azure blue Mediterranean sea. The region enjoys at least 300 days of sunshine every year and has more than 330 kilometres of coastline, the area is also within striking distance of the Alpes-de-Haut-Provence.
The French Riviere offers an incredible blend of scenery. There are beaches from Menton to Cassis and beyond, you can play at exceptional golf courses and eat at innumerable restaurants from Michelin-star standard to cosy, informal pizzerias.
You'll find a huge range of scenery here: from the rugged cliffs at Menton on the Italian border to the wild sandy beaches of Hyères, not to mention the plains of the Camarague and the cliffs of the coastline near Cassis.
Inland you can explore lavender fields, olive groves, fruit orchards and look across at vineyards that stretch for as far as the eye can see. Lakes, streams and gorges scatter the landscape with perched medieval villages, craggy mountains and Roman ruins peppered throughout the region - making France a truly unique, yet stunning place to stay.
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