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DIsneyland Paris Daytrip: Visitor Tips

Most family holidays to northern France will involve a visit to Disneyland Paris. One of Europe's most popular attractions, this huge theme park is the focal point for many tourists. Although lots of families choose to stay in one of the Disney resort hotels, many stay in one of the relaxing gites in Champagne or other rural areas and drive to the park for just one day. If you simply intend to incorporate a day at Disneyland into your holiday rather than plan your whole trip around it and spend several days there, a little planning will ensure you get the most of your time there. Buy Tickets in Advance Tickets are cheaper when booked in advance and you'll save time queuing, ... Read more

The Historic Town of Abbeville in Picardy

Picardy is all too often ignored by holidaymakers who simply pass through the region on their way to the south of France but the area makes a great stop-off point to spend a few days at the start or end of your holiday. There are lots of gites in Picardy that will accept short-term bookings, allowing you to enjoy a relaxing break before driving onto your main holiday destination. The town of Abbeville is well-located for a short break and its proximity to the Bay of Somme attracts a lot of international visitors.Like much of the surrounding area, Abbeville was very heavily bombed during World War II so many of the important buildings and monuments have been restored and may ... Read more

Planning a Day at the Louvre

If you're lucky enough to be spending your holiday in one of the fantastic gites in Ile de France , you'll almost certainly be making a few trips into central Paris. Whether it's your first time in this magical city or your 40th, the Louvre is a must-see, even if you've been before. It takes many, many visits before you can fully appreciate all the treasures on show but if time is limited, make the most of your visit with a little planning.The Louvre is the world's largest museum and attracts around 9 million visitors each year. New works are added all the time and the museum is regularly updated and modified. It's easy to get lost in the multi-level galleries and exhibition ... Read more

Les Baux de Provence: The Prettiest Village in Provence

The Provence region is famous for its fantastic food, traditional French way of life and its pretty villages. You will probably want to combine all three on a holiday to this beautiful area and staying in one of the many gites in Provence allows you the freedom to explore until your heart's content.Widely considered one of the prettiest villages in the whole of France, Les Baux de Provence has spectacular setting in the Alpilles Mountains. With a population of just 400, the locals are vastly outnumbered by tourists for most of the year but the village still retains its traditional French charm. The village's ruined castle affords wonderful views over the surrounding countrysid... Read more

The Tour de France comes to Corsica

The first three stages of this year's Tour de France will take place on the beautiful French island of Corsica, ensuring a great time for locals and tourists alike. 2013 marks 100 years of the Tour de France and the event is set to be bigger than ever. Corsica already attracts some 2.5 million visitors every year but with the added draw of the world's most famous cycling race, it's set to receive even more attention.The 2013 Tour de France will take in around 310 miles of Corsica's stunning landscape, a treat for participants, spectators and television audiences alike. If you're lucky enough to be staying in one of the fantastic gites in Corsica during the time of the race, th... Read more

Walking Holidays in France's Dordogne Region

The Dordogne is one of the most popular regions of France with British holidaymakers and once you've been you'll find it easy to see why. This stunning region is simply full of dramatic valleys, scenic rivers and lush, green woods, making it ideal for a walking holiday. There are hundreds of walking routes in this part of France and, as one might expect, there are trails suitable for all ages and levels of fitness and ability. If you haven't walked in the Dordogne before, your best bet is probably to head to the nearest tourist information centre. Even the most rural gites de France properties will be situated within easy driving distance of a tourist information office and yo... Read more

Regional food of the Poitou-Charentes area

Poitou-Charentes, like so many of the French regions, is famous for its food.Seafood is an important part of the cuisine here, especially in the coastal towns such as La Rochelle. Sea bass, oysters, mussels and turbot are all widely caught in the waters off the Poitou-Charentes coast and feature heavily on restaurant menus. The ideal destination for seafood fans, many of the regional restaurants serve freshly-caught fish which has only travelled a couple of miles to get from sea to table.Less popular with visitors to the region, snails, eels and frogs legs are also served in many eateries in this part of France. For those with less adventurous tastes, local beef and pork mi... Read more

An Introduction to the Auvergne Region

Auvergne is situated in the south-central region of France. Stunning scenery and a predominantly rural landscape make this one of the most popular destinations for those looking for activity or nature holidays. There are hundreds of rustic gites in Auvergne , some quite remote, making this a fantastic place to recharge your batteries and get away from it all. There are many miles of hiking and walking trails in the region, with paths suitable for all level of fitness and ability. Many of the easier walks are located in the mountain foothills and incorporate easily-accessible picnic areas, perfect for family days out. More experienced walkers will find plenty of challenging terr... Read more

A day in Besançon

The city of Besançon is the capital of France's Franche-Comte region is a wonderful place to spend a day. Famous for its rich cultural history, the city has plenty of attractions. If you're lucky enough to be staying in one of the rural gites in Franche Comte, make sure you schedule in at least one visit to this beautiful city. The Citadel Start your day in Besançon with a visit to the citadel. Built by the renowned architect Vauban, the city's magnificent 17th Century citadel is one of the most popular tourist attractions in this part of France. The citadel affords superb views over the city and surrounding countryside so ensure to take your camera. Children are well-catere... Read more

An Introduction to Alsace

Alsace is situated on the bank of the River Rhine and lies between the Rhine and the Vosges mountain ranges. Bordered by both Germany and Switzerland, Alsace has a distinctive cultural heritage. The Alsacian dialect is widely spoken in the region and closely resembles Swiss-German.Alsace's German heritage can be seen in the towns and villages of the region. Buildings appear much more German than French and you could be forgiven for forgetting you're actually in France at all. The pretty, half-timbered houses are painted in bright colours and wouldn't look out of place in the Swiss or German towns just over the border. There are many charming gites in Alsace and, like the rest... Read more

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