A holiday in rural France is the epitome of the perfect summer. The diverse scenery of the different regions, wonderful weather, the food and wine… a French holiday is one of life’s pleasures. Such is the beauty of France that not only are French holidays in 2022 a highlight to look forward to, but choosing where to go is part of the fun.
As one of the UK’s closest neighbours, travelling to France is straightforward with plenty of options. Choose from regular flights out of many UK airports, or take the Eurostar train and easily arrange car hire at the other end. If self-drive is preferred, take the Eurotunnel or one of many ferry routes available.
Bordeaux can be reached by car from the UK in only a day, but as it’s a drive of around 8 hours, many people choose to fly or take the train. Set on the banks of the impressive River Garonne the city is worth visiting for a day. Its attractions include the World Heritage Site Water Mirror attraction.
The scenic countryside surrounding Bordeaux is home to rows of classic, famous vineyards. These nestle between picturesque villages and towns. Bordeaux is also within striking distance of the Atlantic coast and the stunning gorges of the Dordogne.
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Burgundy is another famous wine region. The regional capital is the attractive and historic city of Dijon, an epicentre of gastronomic delights. Drink in the incredible architecture, museums and art as well as those famous white and red Burgundy wines, such as Montrachet and Nuits St Georges. The surrounding countryside is lush and green where gite guest can relax and recharge the batteries.
For more active visitors there are cycling routes through pretty villages. The lakes in Morvan Regional Natural Park make a great day out for fans of water sports, fishing and hiking.
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Known as the ‘garden of France’ and famous for its white wines, the Loire is the place to go for fans of the fairytale French chateaux. With over three hundred to choose from, visitors can marvel at the incredible architecture of these noble castles, set in outstanding landscaped parks and formal gardens.
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Although the Alps are synonymous with skiing holidays, their natural parks and lakes make them a scenic and active summer holiday destination too. Adventurous travellers can try white water rafting, mountain biking and pot-holing.
To unwind, stroll on the shores of magnificent lakes in Annecy or Geneva. Visit the world-famous spring water town of Evian and take the thermal baths.
The Pyrenees mountain range separates France from Spain on its south-west border. Perhaps less well known by visitors than the Alps, the area has stunning scenery and countryside. For history buffs, there are medieval towns, castles and abbeys well worth a visit.
For some amazing panoramic views take a trip up into the mountains to see the clear glacial waters of Gaube Lake. For keen walkers, it’s an hour’s hike. For a more leisurely outing catch a cable car.
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This area in the south-east of France is famous for its purple lavender fields and historic hilltop villages. Also popular are the towns such as Aix-en-Provence and Arles and the city of Avignon with its medieval ramparts and Pope’s Palace.
Less well known perhaps are the green mountains and ‘blue-gold’ of the lakes in the Verdon area. These lakes were manmade through the construction of dams, but their turquoise waters make a spectacular sight in an exceptionally beautiful area. Visitors can relax on the water with kayaking, canoeing, wind-surfing or with a gentle pedalo. Supervised swimming areas are also available to cool off in the sun.
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The north-western coastline of Brittany stretches for more than a thousand miles. It's a perennial favourite with holidaymakers from France and beyond. No doubt the region will be incredibly popular for French holidays in 2020 too.
Ports and villages dot inlets along the coast where visitors can stop for a lazy lunch. The region is notable for fantastic seafood and crêpes. Brittany’s beaches are idyllic, with white sand, coves and rock pools that children, and adults, can spend hours exploring.
Ferry crossings from Britain to St Malo or Roscoff offer a direct gateway to the coast of Brittany, minimising the drive on the French side. Taking the family car means that all the buckets and spades and beach gear can come too.
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Many UK visitors will make Calais their point of arrival for their French holidays in 2020 before journeying further afield. That’s a shame, as the areas around the port have a lot to offer visitors. People may be familiar with the battlefield tours around St Omer and Dunkirk but there are also less well-known options. For holidays in France 2020 why not consider the beautiful Côte d'Opale?
This coastline of incredible wide sand beaches, superb dunes and cliffs stretches for around one hundred miles, but never feels crowded. Classic French beach resorts like Le Touquet and Wimereux channel the romance of La Belle Epoque and make the perfect setting for a relaxing glass of wine with a meal.
For sports lovers, the beaches are a magnet for kitesurfers and sand yachting, particularly in the beach town of Wissant. Deux Caps is a protected nature reserve of clifftop headlands and makes a great location for hiking and magnificent sea views. For nature lovers, take a trip to the Bay of Authie for seal-watching as they bask on the sand.
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Selecting the best accommodation for holidays in France in 2020 has never been easier. Whether going away as a couple, or with friends and family, there’s nothing like the flexibility and choice offered by booking an owners direct self-catering gite. Each property has its own individual character and offers the authentic French holiday experience.
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