With its viking history and charm, Normandy stands distinct from all other regions in France. There is something for everyone including historic castles and gothic cathedrals, as well as quaint fishing towns where some of France’s finest seafood can be enjoyed.
A stone-throw away from Paris but another another world altogether! This lush region lends itself to the name of that delicious sparkling wine you enjoy at every celebration. Expect to sample a glass (or two) of champagne as you learn more about the winemaking processes that go into producing this famous French export. Bubbles aside, you can also enjoy the simple pleasures of wandering through ancient, green villages that will take you back to mediaeval times.
This region between France and Germany has developed its own distinct culture that is neither French nor German. With its own dialect and cuisine, it is a beautiful getaway from the city, and a popular choice amongst nature lovers. In the summer, a number of festivals and food markets take place along the wine route, giving you endless options of “Alsatian” adventure.
This region is famous for its expansive fields of lavender that bloom in summer. The best of this scented harvest can be experienced in popular scenic spots like Valensole Plateau, Sault Plateau and Luberon Valley. The best of these spots is the field that surrounds the Notre-Dame de Sènanque Abbey, near the village of Gordes. Here you will get the most breathtaking sight of a sea of purple every June and July.
The Loire Valley
Often referred to as the garden of France, these 300 elaborate chateaux date as far back as the 9th century. Most of these exquisite French castles have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. They are all meticulously preserved and each have unique stories of French royalty and nobility. You can mix this up with a visit to one of the many vineyards in the valley and enjoy a quiet tour of some winemaker’s private cellar and sample their products.
Dordogne & Lot
For more majestic experiences of the ancient world, follow the Dordogne River through ancient mountains and valleys where more prehistoric remains have been found than any other region in France. From fortified castles perched on high cliffs to green and fertile lands in Dordogne Valley, right to the famous Lascaux caves covered with incredible prehistoric painting, the Dordogne and Lot regions will keep families active for days with hiking, climbing, cycling, canoeing, and camping trips.
The French Riviera
This summer retreat instantly invokes a sense of glamour, luxury and sophistication! The summer months are the best time to enjoy the sandy beaches, coastal walking trails, vibrant markets and picturesque towns of the Côte d’Azur. And while you strut about in Monaco, San Tropez, Nice or Cannes and dip your toes in the Mediterranean, your eyes will not be tricking you if you spot one or two international celebrities and millionaires.
Enjoy Islamic Culture
France is home to more than 6 million Muslims and as a result, boasts many beautiful mosques, Muslim museums and cuisine. As the epicentre of the Muslim community in France, Paris holds one of the most beautiful Islamic structures in all of Europe; the Grand Mosque of Paris, which welcomes visitors and offers free tour guides. Paris’s Arab World Institute Museum is another excellent place to see Islamic art and artefacts.