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10 Reasons to Ski in Val Cenis

10 Reasons to Ski in Val Cenis Look to the Italian border and you’ll find the welcoming resort of Val Cenis.  An internationally less well-known resort, with a big ski area and modern lifts. It’s an area well worth visiting…

Top five things to do in Brive

With its rich culinary culture, picturesque gardens and robust castle, Brive boasts everything a characterful city should. We outline our top five things to see and do in Brive.

Cycling holidays in the Tarn

With vineyards and sunflower fields as far as the eye can see, the Tarn is an ideal destination for a cycling holiday in harmony with nature. What better way to see both landscapes and heritage of the department than while doing a bit of exercise?

48 hours in Amiens

One hour from Paris by train, the city of Amiens in Picardy has plenty going for it. Discover the tallest cathedral in France and the home of writer Jules Verne – now open to the public, plus floating gardens and delicious local delicacies.

Millau Grands Causses, royaume pleine nature

5 of the best: Marvels of Millau

The Millau area of Aveyron in Midi-Pyrénees is perhaps best known for its splendid viaduct. But there’s much more to enjoy in this delightful region. Here is our pick of the area’s cultural and natural highlights… 1. Luxury Leather Industry Millau can

5 reasons to visit France d’Outre-Mer

France has four départements, two territories and five collectivités territoires overseas, in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. Here’s why you should venture to ‘France overseas’…

Driving to the Corniche des Cévennes

Author Rik Lee runs a writing course in the Cévennes. Here, he writes a short story on an experience in France – similar to what you could write if attending his autumn writing course.

Touring Languedoc-Roussillon in a classic car

Guy Hibbert fulfils a long-held ambition, driving a classic Italian sports car on a 36-hour road trip through Languedoc-Roussillon, leisurely taking in the area’s hugely pleasurable range of seafood, wines, mountains and medieval architecture along the way…

City cycling in Mulhouse, Alsace

Tucked in the top right hand corner of l’Hexagone, bordering Germany and Switzerland, Alsace may be the smallest region in France, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in personality…

Another side to Champagne

It’s not just the chance to drink this world famous wine on location that makes Champagne worth a visit. For those who want to get back to nature, the region’s forests, meadows and lakes provide endless opportunities for outdoor activities. Here’s our pick from the Marne and Aube departments… Make

10 reasons to visit Rennes in Brittany

The capital of Brittany is a great city to live in for quality of life, but Rennes is a top tourist destination too. We explore its many charms… 1. Timber town Made from wood felled in the surrounding forests, Rennes is home to some

Which ski resort should you choose?

With all the ski resorts on offer in France, the choice can become overwhelming when you’re planning your next skiing holiday. We’ve picked our top resorts for families and for skiers of varying abilities to give you head start in organising your ideal winter break.

Parapente Aquitaine

France’s sensational sandscapes

Julie Lynn explores the beaches of the `Silver Coast’ at Biscarosse, between Bordeaux and Biarritz. It takes him a few attempts. And then he’s got it. On a hot afternoon in late July, a paraglider manages to launch himself into

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Activity ideas in the mountains of France

When thinking about summer holidays in France, rustic villages and turquoise swimming pools doubtless spring to mind. Florence Derrick serves up ten holiday ideas which prove that France’s mountains shouldn’t be overlooked as a summer destination…

Running the 21st Paris Half Marathon

Raising a few hundred pounds for a worthy cause was just one of the reasons why Ellie Fullalove enjoyed (almost) every minute of the 145.42 it took her to cover the 21.0975km from Château de Vincennes to Place de la Bastille and back.

Toulouse Walking Tours

Originally from Yorkshire, Penny Dickinson lives near Toulouse and leads walking tours of her adopted home. Here she tells us about Toulouse Walking Tours and what brought her to ‘the pink city’ in the Midi-Pyrénées.

Canoeing holidays in the Ardèche

The southern Ardèche Region in France is a haven for people seeking a more active break, and its impressive gorge makes it ideal for canoeing holidays

Beach Boys: Surf’s up in Biarritz

Always up for a new adventure, Dominic Bliss heads for Biarritz, the surfing mecca in Aquitaine, where he discovers it’s never too late to join the cool gang

Summer in the Alps: Positive Altitude

The Alps are increasingly popular as a year-round destination. Robert Ashton heads for the hills in the resort of Morzine en famille and loves the view from the top

Kayaks and Canoes in Limousin

Canoeing and kayaking are popular activities in Limousin with its endless waterways and lakes. Whether it is a leisurely ride down a sleepy river or a spot of white water rafting, there is something for everyone in Limousin.

Outdoor Activities in Limousin

One of the very popular family activities in Limousin are the accrobranche style activities, where circuits of varying lengths and difficulties are constructed amongst the woodlands. Climbing frames, swinging ropes, ladders and zip wires offer fun for the whole family.

Pyrenean walks for all abilities

The Pyrénées offer all that is best in walking. Serious trekkers will relish the chance to seek out the unexplored valleys of the high mountains while those who prefer an easier pace can stay closer to civilization, enjoying the culture and history of the area.

Paragliding in the Pyrénées

Paragliding or parapenting as it is known in France, has recently emerged as the most popular way to take to the skies and is one of the fastest growing, year-round sports in the Midi-Pyrénées.

10 reasons to enjoy a winter break in France

Thinking of booking a ski holiday in France? You certainly will be after reading our top 10 reasons to spend your winter break at a French resort. Cheap flights, English speaking instructors, thermal spas and fondue are just the tip of the iceberg.

Visiting a spa in France – useful terms

Where else would you have to get to grips with wraps and peels, seaweed and hot stones than at a spa? The vocabulary associated with the various treatments can be fairly complicated in English, let alone French! So acquaint yourself with the terms in our glossary before you set off and relax…