France is and always has been considered one of the top holiday destinations, attracting millions of visitors each year from every corner of the globe. With its diverse landscape, rich cultural heritage and a variety of climates, there is something for everyone.
Markets, festivals and events
No town in France would be complete without its special events. Steeped in tradition, street markets and festivals play an integral part of French life, with plenty of celebrations taking place all year round. One of the most exciting festivals is held in Quimper, Brittany. The nine-day Festival de Cornouaille is an amazing coming together of international artists in a celebration of performance and exhibition. Locals and visitors alike take to the streets for nine days of rich culture, street markets and music.
Food and wine
France is celebrated for its delicious wine and beautiful producing regions. Tourists are able to book tasting tours and learn a little more about the history of production, as well as what gives each region its own subtle flavours. Burgundy has some particularly interesting vineyards that are well worth a visit. Think France, think pavement cafes, fine dining and award-winning cuisine. There is no end to the specialities you will come across, from the fresh oysters and grilled entrecote steak in Bordeaux to the fusion of French and Spanish cuisine in Midi-Pyrénées.
France is full of outstanding architecture and fascinating areas of historical interest, many of which have been selected as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. At present there are 38 French properties named on the list of World Heritage Sites. Bourges Cathedral in the Centre region was added to the list in 1992. Dating back to approximately 1195, the building even retains some of its original stained glass. Canal des Deux Mers (canal of the two seas) is a 17th century canal in Southern France. It is 241 km long and connects the Garonne River to the Mediterranean. It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.
Villas in France
Villas in France are a great place to stay while exploring the many things to see and do. Renting a little self-catering gite will give visitors to France the freedom to explore with the security of a comfortable base to relax in. France boasts some of the most stunning landscapes and the friendly people make staying there all the more special.