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The infamous GR20 walking route

Corsica is famous for many things, its food, its wine, its beaches and having one of the most difficult walking routes in the Med. The GR20 route stretches over 100 miles from Calenzana to Conca and poses a challenge to even experienced walkers. You probably will not manage the entire route in one holiday, but there are several sections suitable for less dedicated walkers. If you do decide to tackle the entire route, you might want to book one of the idyllic rural gites in Corsica for a nice, relaxing break after your undertaking. It is estimated around 17,000 walkers attempt to walk the entire path each year but only around a third of them complete it. Split into 16 stages,... Read more

An Introduction to the Midi-Pyrenees Region

As the largest region in France, the Midi-Pyrenees has a population of over 2.5 million and attracts many hundreds of visitors each year. Situated between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, the region enjoys a warm climate and is a popular summer holiday destination among French and European tourists. The Departments of Midi-Pyrenees Eight departments make up the Midi-Pyrénées: Tarn, Aveyron, Lot, Tarn-et-Garonne, Ariège, Haute-Garonne, Gers and Hautes-Pyrénées. Midi-Pyrenees is largely rural and the countryside is dotted with charming gites de France which fill up with holidaymakers during the summer months. Getting to the Midi-Pyrenees tends to be easiest by car or by ... Read more

A Day at The Palace of Versailles

One of the most popular attractions in the whole of France, the Palace of Versailles is a must-see for anyone staying in one of the gites in Ile de France. It was built when Versailles itself was nothing more than a small, rural village. The spectacular Palace is worth a fully-day visit in order that you can fully explore all it has to offer. The Palace has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site for over 30 years and attracts visitors from all over the world.The site on which the Palace stands was originally used as a hunting lodge by Louis XIII. His son, Louis XIV expanded and transformed the property and, in 1862, moved the government and royal court into Versailles. Between then... Read more

The Pretty Provence Town of Cassis

When you think of Cassis, the French blackcurrant liqueur is probably the first thing that springs to mind but Cassis is also the name of a pretty town in the Provence region. The famous drink isn't actually from the town, which is better known for its wines than its liqueurs. Located on the coast, Cassis is a favourite destination among French and foreign tourists, known for its excellent seafood and stunning beach.The beach at Cassis is not to be missed. It gets busy in summer but its beautiful golden sands and crystal clear water makes it worth braving the crowds. At quieter times of year, it's a peaceful haven and is one of the best beaches in this part of France.If you'... Read more

The Vibrant Brittany City of Rennes

Rennes is the administrative capital of Brittany and is a must-see for anyone staying in the region. Many of the best gites and villas in France are located within easy reach of Rennes and there's plenty to see and do on a trip to this historic city. With picturesque medieval streets and squares, it's a great city for exploring and a photographer's dream. Much of the original city of Rennes was destroyed by a fire in 1720 but some buildings survived and can be found among the new properties. Many of the streets are lined with charming half-timbered buildings, giving the city a fairy-tale feel. One of the most stunning buildings in Rennes is the parliament building, located to ... Read more

Market Day in Sarlat

The Dordogne town of Sarlat boats one of the best and most authentic markets in the region. The market days are Wednesdays and Saturdays when locals and tourists flock to the town from the surrounding areas to stock up on the finest local produce. The abundance of villas near Sarlat means a lot of tourists visit this market but the sheer number of locals who also rely on Sarlat market keeps it feeling authentic and traditional.The market takes up the entire area around Place de la Liberte, rue de la Republique and rue Victor Hugo and the streets are filled with brightly coloured tents and stalls. All the usual vendors can be found here and regional specialties such as duck, ... Read more

Alsace's Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle

The imposing Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle is one of France's most popular tourist attractions and welcomes some 600,000 visitors every year. The castle was originally built in the 12th century, then re-built in 1899 and is remarkably well preserved. The re-building was faithful to the original and the castle provides a great example of 12th century architecture. Holidaymakers staying in one of the many gites in Alsace will have a huge selection of castles to choose from for day trips and excursions, but Haut-Koenigsbourg is top of the list for most people. The castle enjoys a spectacular setting atop a rocky outcrop and commands stunning views over the surrounding villages and count... Read more

The Chalon dans la Rue Festival

The Chalon dans la Rue Festival takes place in the streets of Chalon-sur-Saône each year and 2013's event promises to be a lively one. One of the largest festivals of street art in the whole of France, the Chalon dans la Rue hosts a host of spectacular entertainment for all ages and nationalities. Attracting visitors from all over the world, the festival is a truly cosmopolitan and vibrant event. If you're staying in one of the rustic, countryside gites in Burgundy , why not head into Chalon-sur-Saône for a day or two while the festival is taking place?The festival runs for six days and, during this time, the streets of Chalon-sur-Saône are transformed into riot of colour... Read more

The Brittany Town of Lorient

The seaside town of Lorient is located in Brittany's Morbihan department and lies at the mouths of two rivers: the Scorff and the Blavet. Its coastal location makes it perfect for a day out for those staying in one of the charming rustic gites in Guebernez or any of the other traditional French villages in the surrounding countryside.The closest beach is Larmor Plage, with a popular Sunday morning market and a beachfront lined with restaurants and bars. Nextdoor is Plage de Locqueltas, a vast stretch of sand backed by grassy dunes, with shallow rocky pools that are perfect for children to paddle in. On the other side of Lorient, and visible across the bay, is Port Louis with i... Read more

Brittany's Best Food Festivals by Bev Fearis

Every year Brittany hosts a series of festivals devoted to food, from crepes to seafood to smelly sausage. Bev Fearis, owner of Gites Guebernez , picks her favourites.  Festival Saumon July 5-7 Thanks to its location and history, the pretty town of Port Scorff has a strong connection with salmon fishing. Every July it celebrates its cherished pink fish with three days of music and entertainment, cooking workshops, and special meals, all featuring salmon of course. www.festivalsaumon.fr Fete de la Crepe July 27-28 Brittany’s specialty is the crepe, or the savoury version the galette, so it’s no surprise that it hosts a festival dedicated to the pancake. Each July, the M... Read more

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