Top 10 Summer Holiday Destinations in France

Are you planning a summer holiday to France this year? There are many excellent holiday destinations that you can choose for a trip, which can range from medieval landmarks like the walled city of Carcassonne, through to the remoteness of the Pyrenees; other recommended destinations include the coast of Brittany, and the skiing and snow sport-focused Rhones-Alpes. Depending on whether you want to enjoy a relaxing cottage stay, or if you want to look for luxury villas and apartments, taking a holiday to France can involve many different activities. Some of the best places to consider include, in no particular order:

1 – Carcassonne
This walled town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is notable for its cobbled streets, medieval architecture, and the scale of its fortifications. Carcassonne is located in the Aude department of Languedoc, and also includes a more contemporary lower city. Visits during the summer can allow you to witness Carcassonne’s fireworks shows.

2 – Limousin
This region is ideal to visit if you want to relax in gites and cottages while enjoying local French food; located in the south west of France, Limousin is also recommended for the Chabrieres forest, and destinations like Oradour-sur-Glane, an area with close ties to World War II.

3 – The Pyrenees
On the border with Spain, the Pyrenees mountains are excellent for walking and climbing holidays; you can find accommodation in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, with the department of Aude being particularly recommended. The area is dotted with small stone cottages and remote hideaways, with villages such as Paziols offering the chance to enjoy a quiet sumer holiday.

4 – Vendee
On the Atlantic coast, the Vendee is home to long sandy beaches, cycling paths, pine forests, and family campsites. You can visit towns like Brem-sur-Mer, hike through the region’s sloping hills, or just relax by the sea.

5 – Gironde
Located in Aquitaine, the Gironde estuary is distinguished by its wine growing regions and proximity to the west coast of France. You can visit the Medoc vineyards, as well as beaches such as Royan and Arcachon, while also delving into the area’s picturesque villages.

6 – Cotes d’Armor
This coastline in Brittany in the north west of France offers secluded cottages, great seafood, and easy access to the UK from the port of Saint-Malo. Other attractions to take in around Brittany include Dinan, as well as the Cap Frehel peninsula for walking.

7 – Corsica
An island between France and Italy, Corsica is a Mediterranean favourite for its mountains, scuba diving and sailing, as well as for its mix of villas and camping opportunities for visitors. Worth visiting if you want to experience a different side to France.

8 – Lyon
One of the best cities in France to visit during the summer, Lyon in the Rhone-Alpes has a busy medieval district, Roman theatres, churches, and Renaissance architecture, making it an excellent destination if you want a historical city break.

9 – Dordogne & the Lot
This region is ideal for seeing ancient chateaux, and for exploring some of the deepest parts of the French countryside, which include the Vezere Valley and the prehistoric caves of Lascaux. Riverside cottages and small French villages make the Dordogne and the Lot one of the most relaxing summer spots in France.

10 – Rhone-Alpes
While mostly defined by skiing and Mont Blanc, the Rhone-Alpes is also worth visiting for its wide range of chalet accommodation, its nature parks, and the many farmhouses and gites that can be hired within walking distance of the mountains and lakes of the region.

Author Bio
Olivia writes regularly about his travels around Europe. She encourages anyone to take a holiday to France with Chez Nous this year if they want to enjoy a cottage holiday in peace and quiet.

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