Pays De La Loire
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Alsace has prospered during its long history and culture throughout the last ten centuries. With its neighbour Lorraine, Alsace changed identity and nationality four times between 1870 and 1945. Alsace is a wonderful, modern and interesting region with beautiful villages and one of the favourite wine holiday destinations of France.
Towns in Aquitaine: Perigueux, Bergerac, Sarlat-la-Caneda, Riberac, Nontron, Agen, Marmande, Nerac, Villeneuve-sur-lot, Bordeaux, Libourne, Blaye, Lesparre-Medoc, Langon, Mont-de-Marson, Dax, Pau, Biarritz, St. Jean-de-Luz, Oloron-Ste-Marie.
Aquitaine is a wine region without equal - Margaux, Medoc, Bordeaux, Sauterne and Saint Emillion vineyards around every corner. The local cuisine is recognised the world over as a Gourmet holiday destination. Mild climate, stunning landscapes, forests, hills, mountains, vineyards and fortified villages.
Towns in Auvergne, Moulis, Vichy, Montlucon, Clermont-Ferrand, Thiers, Riom, Issoire, Ambert, Le Puy, Yssingeaux, Aurillac, MauriacSt. Flour.
Holidays in the Auvergne are for those of you who love nature and unspoiled countryside. The highest mountain peaks are just 6,000 feet above sea level and are therefore free of snow in the summer months. Endeavous to protect the environment have made Auvergne one of the last true nature reserves in Europe.
Tourist information - Brittany. North West France – departments of Cotes-d’Armor, Finistere, Ille-et-Vilaine and Morbihan.
With a coastline stretching 1,100 km, the Atlantic Ocean is the main influence on holidays in Brittany. The region's history is displayed in the Carnac region where you can see the evolution of human civilisation from 400,000 years BC to the end of the Roman era. If you love beach holidays and seafood, vacations in Brittany are an excellent choice.
Towns in Burgundy: Auxerre, Avallon, Sens, Dijon, Beaune, Montbard, Nevers, Cosne-sur-Loire, Chateau-Chinon, Macon, Charolles, Louhans.
Burgundy is a region of France famous throughout the world for some of the finest French wines and cuisine available anywhere in the world. With its rolling landscapes, Burgundy will provide you with fantastic vistas. Discover quaint towns, manors, abbeys, chateaux and many other tourist attractions.
Towns in the Centre: Chartres, Dreux, Chateaudrun, Orleans, Montargis, Pithiviers, Blois, Vendome, Tours, Chinon, Loches, Bourges, St-Amand-Montrond, Chateauroux, Issoudun, Le Blanc, Le Chatre.
The Loire Valley hosts some of the most impressive chateaux in France. Cruise down the River Loire to really appreciate their magnitude. There are hundreds of chateaux sitting on the banks of the Loire, proud and intimidating, looking down on you, daring you to question their existence. The Loire valley is a favourite destination for holidaymakers to France who love the region's rich food and wines.
Towns in Champagne-Ardennes: Charleville-Mezieres, Sedan, Rethel, Vouzieres, Chalons-sur-Marne, Epernay, ste-Menehould, Vitry-le-Francois, troyes, Bar-sur-Aube, Nogent-sur-Seine, Chaumont, Langres, St-Dizier.
Champagne-Ardennes borders Belgium in the north, the Paris Basin in the east, the region of Lorraine in the west and Burgundy to the south. Champagne-Ardennes comprises of two famous areas of France. The 9,890 square miles of this region offer amazing landscapes and vineyards that produce what are claimed to be the king of wines. Vast forests, crystal lakes, lush pastureland and wide valleys.
Towns in Corsica: Bastia, Calvi, Corte, Ajaccio, Sartene.
Strongly independent of France, Corsica has retained its own language. The 4th largest island in the Mediterranean, Corsica is one of the most beautiful regions of France. The thing that you will find most impressive, if you wander off the tourist trails, is the silence.
Towns in Franche-Compte: Vesoul, Lure, Belfort, Besancon, Montbeliard, lons-le-SaunierSt-Claude.
Holidays in the Franche-Compte are for tourists who have yet to discover this beautiful region. The Franche-Comté is a region that encompasses most of the French Jura mountains and the incredible plateau of the Saône River. Made up of the Jura, Doubs, Haute-Saone and Territoire de Belfort, it is a region that needs exploring. The forests of the Jura and the verdant landscapes, used for breeding cattle and sheep are extremely important to the economy.
Towns in Ile-de-France; Paris, Melun, Etampes, Palaiseau Provins, Meaux, Versailles, Pontoise, Montmorency, La-Joie, Rambouillet.
The Ile-de-France is scattered with elegant chateaux and vast forests. Paris rests at the centre and provides a formidable choice of museums, historic sites, tourist attractions and shops like nowhere else in France.
Towns in Languedoc-Roussillon: Carcassonne, Narbonne, Montpellier, Lodeve, Beziers, Mende, Florac, Nimes, Le Vigan, Ales, Perpignan, Prades, Ceret, Agde.
The Languedoc-Roussillon spreads from the Massif Central to the north and to the Pyrénées to the south and bordered in the east and west by Provence and the Midi-Pyrénées. The Languedoc-Roussillon lies along a 150-mile coastline of the Mediterranean, providing some of the best beaches in France. Holiday s in Languedoc-Roussillon can be passed by visiting some of the most spectacular and breathtaking towns in France.
Towns in Limousin: Limoges, Bellac, Rochechouart, Gueret, Aubusson, Tulle, Ussel, Brives-la-Gaillarde, Argentat.
If you are seeking a France unspoilt by tourism, t he region of Limousin is what you are seeking. An unspoiled region of France, with beautiful countryside and thousands of different historical sites to visit. The Limousin countryside is heavily wooded with steep hills and terrain to test even the most avid hiker. Limousin is a region of central France in the northwestern part of the Massif Central.
Towns in Lorraine: Bar-le-Duc, Commercy, Verdun-sur-Meuse, Nancy, Briey, Metz, Moselle, Thionville, Chateau-Salins, Sarrebourg, Epinal, Neufchateau, St-Die.
When on holiday in Lorraine, make sure you visit Nancy and Metz. Nancy is famous for its Art Nouveau buildings and archituecture and Metz, famous for its awe inspiring cathedral and stained glass. Holidays in the verdant Lorraine landscape or vacations at one of the fabulous health spas are highly recommended.
Towns in Midi-Pyrenees: Cahors, Figeac, Gourdon, Rodez, Millau, Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Montauban, Castel-Sarrasin, Auch, Condom, Mirande, Albi, Castres, Toulouse, Muret, St-Gaudens, Tarbes, Bagneres-de-Bigarre, Argeles-Gazost, Foix, Pamiers, St-Girons.
At the centre of south-west France, the Midi-Pyrénées starts at the forests of the Dordogne to Pyrénées. The largest region of France, with 17,500 square miles of varied and diverse landscape, with ancient towns, bastide villages, chateaux, churches and a rich history. Nature lovers will be enchanted by the wildlife and countryside.
Towns in Nord-Pas-De-Calais: Arras, Calais, Boulogne, St Moer, Lens, Lille, Dunkerque, Valenciennes.
For many UK visitors, the Nord-Pas-De-Calais is closer and more accessible than the lake district in the North of England. To holiday in France’s most northern region is to uncover a land where sea and land are inextricably joined. Recently, Nord-Pas de Calais has undergone a transformation due mainly to the Channel Tunnel making it so accessible.
Towns in Normandy: Dieppe, Rouen, Le Havre, Evreux, Bernay, Les Andelys, Caen, Bayeux, Lisieux, Alencon, Argentan, Mortagne-au-Perche, St-Lo, Cherbourg, Avranches , Vire
Normandy is divided into two regions for administrative purposes, Basse-Normandie and Haute-Normandie. A land of agriculture, cheeses, cider and not unlike Kent. Normandy is the garden of France. Holidays in Normandy should involve a visit the Normandy beaches, exploring Mont St Michel, visits the cider houses and walking round the lush countryside.
Towns in Pays de la Loire: Laval, Mayenne, Chateau-Gontier, Le Mans, La Fleche, Angers, Saumur, Cholet, Segre, Nantes, St Nazaire, Chateaubriant, Redon, Ancenis, La Roche-sur-Yon, Fontenay-le-Comte, Les Sables-d’Olonne.
The Pays-de-la-Loire’s encompasses almost 12,400 square miles and lies at the base of the Brittany peninsula. The second largest agricultural region of France in terms of production. A large wine producing region, the Pays de la Loire is popular for wine tasting holidays. The Vendee is a must visit vacation hot spot for those of you who love long sandy beaches.
Towns in Picardie (Picardy) : Amiens, Abbeville, Montdidier, Peronne, Laon, Vervins, Chateau-Thierry, Beauvais, Senlis, Compiegne, Clermont.
Picardy is a region in France that encompasses the departments of Aisne, Oise, Pas-de-Calais, and Somme. The lush agricultural land of Picardy produces a variety of crops that include sugar beet, wheat and fodder crops for the local cattle. Dairy and beef cattle are raised in abundance and vegetable farming flourishes in the valley of the River Somme.
Towns in the Poitu-Charentes: Poitiers, Chatellerault, Montmorillon, Niort, Parthenay, Angouleme, Confolens, Cognac, La Rochelle, Rochefort, St-Jean-d’Angely, Saintes, Jonzac
The home of Cognac and some of the most beautiful seaside resorts in France. Lovers of architecture and history will enjoy a holiday in Poitou-Charentes. Lying south of the Loire Valley and extending as far as the Dordogne, Poitou-Charentes has an Atlantic coastline of 280 miles. Its eastern frontier borders the Limoges region, so holidays can encompass so much more of France.
Towns in Provence: Gap, Briancon, Digne, Barcelonnette, Castellane, Apt, Forcalquier, Carpentras, Avignon, Marseile, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Istres, Toulon, Brignoles, Draguignon, Grasse, Nices, Cannes, St Tropez.
Holidays in Provence, the beautiful Cote d’Azur coastline, the elegant French Riviera, pretty little St Tropez, bustling Cannes and thriving Nice. Pop over to Monaco, walk through miles of lavender fields, drive up into the foothills of the Alps. More famous towns in France than any other region, Provence is the most favoured holiday destination in Europe.
Towns in the Rhone-Alpes: St-Etienne, Roanne, Montbrison, Lyon, Boug-en-Bresse, Nantua, Annecy, Thonon-les-Bains, Chambery, Albertville, St-Jeab-de-Maurienne, Grenobles, La-Tour-du-Pin, Valence, Nyon, Die, Privas, Tournon, Largentiere.
A region compriing of almost 17,000 square miles, Rhône-Alpes is an area of vastly diverse landscapes, from the snow-covered Alpine ski stations to the glorious Rhone valley vineyards, countless olive groves an