From Mont Saint-Michel to the turquoise waters of St Malo, this travel guide for Brittany in France tell you where to go, where to stay and what to eat!
There’s a reason France is one of the most visited countries in the world. From the romantic architecture of Paris, to the beautiful beaches of the Riviera, or the fabulous food & wine of Bordeaux, France has a cultural vibe that can suit even the harshest critic’s taste. But what if you could have it ALL in one region of France? We’ll let you in on a little secret! In northwest France lies the region of Brittany. A 3.5 hour car ride from Paris, Brittany is buzzing with a magnificent coastal landscape, the best seafood in the world, beautiful beaches and some of the quaintest, most picturesque villages France has to offer.
Unesco has announced 21 new World Heritage Sites; three natural and 18 cultural.
The new sites can be found in every corner of the world, from icy Greenland to the Kalahari Desert, and from the mountains of the Andes to the temples of Cambodia. To celebrate the induction of these new cultural and natural wonders, the travel website Booking.com has selected a few of the most exciting new sites and despite many of them being in remote locations, the online booking chain has still found some great places to stay nearby.
Los Alerces National Park (Argentina)
The Los Alerces National park is located in the Andes in Chubut Province. It is one of the new natural World Heritage Sites on Unesco’s list. The park owes its name to the many alerce trees that can be found there.
World famous wines, charming villages, natural wonders, unique gastronomy: The “Grand Est” region has the very best to offer, all within a beautiful setting.
The Grand Est region, a unification of the former regions of Alsace, Champagne-Ardenne and Lorraine in the eastern part of France, offers an astounding wealth and diversity of tourist attractions. The region is filled with beautiful lakes, mountains, rivers and other natural wonders. Consider a visit to the Forest of Argonne, the Vosges Massif, Montagne de Reims Regional Natural Park or the Regional Natural Park of Ballons des Vosges. These spaces are ideal for nature walks, horseback riding, mountain-biking and other outdoor activities.
This area is well known for its stunning beauty, exceptional wines, curious prehistoric caves, charming restaurants, weekly markets, and its unique affinity for anything duck.
Some places in our world are so amazing that words fail you. Rocamadour, France was like that for me.
We had loved Sarlat, which is in the Dordogne region of France. This area is well known for its stunning beauty, exceptional wines, curious prehistoric caves, charming restaurants, weekly markets, and its unique affinity for anything duck. Our delightful innkeeper had kept us busy exploring the countryside with his excellent suggestions, so, at check out, when he insisted we include Rocamadour in our ramblings, we trusted his advice.
Rocamadour was only 30 miles from Sarlat, so why not?
Not-to-be-missed events, historic sites to explore, plus arts, culture and plenty for the family to enjoy in the splendid region surrounding Paris.
Ramparts, dungeons, knights and underground tunnels are all on the bill in the fortified town of Provins. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was once the stronghold of the powerful Counts of Champagne and an important market town. Merchants from all over Europe and the Orient flocked to do business at its famous Champagne fairs. You’ll need a full day to roam the ancient cobblestone lanes, explore the warren of underground quarries, the 12th Caesar’s tower and climb the ramparts girdling the village.
Quick Description: [EN] The Belfry was first built in 1608, rebuilt between 1822 and 1827, and was listed as a historic monument in 1948. [FR] Le Beffroi a été construit une première fois en 1608, reconstruit entre 1822 et 1827, il a été inscrit au titre des monuments historiques en 1948.
Period of construction: 1822-1827; Date of classification: Classified as UNESCO World Heritage in July 2005; Typology: Isolated belfry; Architect: Bruno Grawez; Materials: Yellow sand brick, limestone; Height: 27 meters.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a “Historic Monument”, the Dunkirk Belfry was erected around 1827.
Gravelines built its first belfry in 1608, but soon this communal tower suffered the onslaught of time, worsening the condition of the building over the years.
In 1821, the building becomes too dangerous for passers-by and houses, so it is destroyed.
Take the high-speed TGV train from Paris to Provence on this day trip that includes visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites in Avignon and more. As you soak up the beauty of one of France’s most loved regions, learn about its historical significance at places like St Rémy de Provence, Les Baux de Provence, the Pont du Gard and Avignon’s famous Popes’ Palace. See Roman runs, have free time for lunch and enjoy interesting commentary from an informative guide.
Day trip from Paris to Avignon and Provence by TGV (high-speed train)
Visit the Popes’ Palace in Avignon
Enjoy a photo opportunity at Les Antiques ruins in St Rémy de Provence
Explore the medieval hilltop village of Les Baux de Provence
All of Bordeaux’s St.-Emilion wines will be made from sustainable, organic or biodynamic vineyards starting with the 2019 vintage. The local wine council is mandating sustainable farming, and other Bordeaux areas are taking notice.
New provision guarantees grapes from four Right Bank appellations will be farmed using organic, biodynamic or other sustainable methods.
Starting with the 2019 vintage, every bottle of St.-Emilion wine will have been made from grapes grown with sustainable farming methods, such as organic or biodynamic viticulture. The local wine council for four Bordeaux appellations has passed a measure mandating sustainable farming. Any wine not farmed sustainably may only be bottled as generic Bordeaux.
The decision impacts nearly 3.85 million cases of wine made annually within the St.-Emilion, St.-Emilion Grand Cru, Lussac St.-Emilion and Puisseguin St.-Emilion appellations. The bold move has sparked interest from other appellations and builds on St.-Emilion’s existing environmental initiatives.
As actor Timothy West and his wife Prunella Scales continue their adventures on canals, he reveals his favourite routes both at home and abroad.
Acclaimed actor Timothy West and his wife Prunella Scales have just embarked on their eighth series of Great Canal Journeys on Channel 4, which is accompanied by a book charting their experiences.
“Pru and I have always loved the water – being on it, beside it and sometimes in it, although I’m a terrible swimmer,” he writes in Our Great Canal Journeys. “Yes, we owe a lot of our lives to the water.”
Here, he selects five of his all-time favourite waterways.
1. The Kennet and Avon
“This was our first love and we were very much involved when it was being reclaimed,” he recalls.
Second only to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral (Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris) is one of Paris’ most iconic attractions, a marvel of medieval architecture that was immortalized in Victor Hugo’s classic novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Today, the Gothic grandeur and majestic stained-glass windows of the UNESCO World Heritage site continue to reign supreme from Ile de la Cite, an island in the middle of the Seine River.
Notre Dame’s immense interior exemplifies French Gothic architecture—soaring fluted columns, ribbed vaults, and sculptures demand attention from every angle, while the light that pours through prismatic windows gives the basilica an ethereal ambiance. If you choose to climb the 387 steps of the north tower, braving gargoyles along the way, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Paris.