Tips and Inspiration for your European holiday

France travel guide 250The France travel blog articles below will help you to choose the right places to visit in France on your holiday.   There are plenty of French tips and France travel ideas to help you plan the perfect French holiday. 


When deciding where to visit in France there are endless possibilities with each region of France offering its own unique charm.  I hope you find the articles below helpful.

 

 

Just under 50 kilometres from the well-known Cathar stronghold of Carcassonne, another former Cathar village is well worth a visit. The small village of Minerve, a recipient of a 'Most Beautiful Villages of France' title, has a sad and brutal past and today offers visitors a glimpse back in time.

By sheer coincidence, whilst I was staying at Olonzac in the Languedoc region of France in 2013, a stage of the Tour de France was being run just an hour away.  After watching the spectacle of the Tour de France on TV for many years, it was quickly decided that we would head off to the stage to witness this famous event first hand.

If visiting a real life fairytale castle appeals to you, then Haut Koenigsbourg Castle in France's Alsace region is one definitely not to be missed. Looking exactly as a hilltop castle would have looked in the Middle Ages, you are immediately transported into the pages of your childhood storybooks. I was fortunate to visit this amazing castle whilst I was staying in Riquewihr earlier this year and it was well worth the visit.

During my stay at Olonzac in France's Languedoc region this year, I enjoyed a relaxing cruise on the Canal du Midi. The Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, stretches 240 km, joining the the Mediterranean to the Atlantic coast. Construction began back in 1667 when the canal was dug by hand but these days we get to enjoy the rewards of that back-breaking work and that's exactly what I did on my two hour cruise.

Lakes or mountains (and often both) are usually essential reasons that make me fall in love with a town or region and include it on my 'absolute favourites' list. On my most recent trip to the UK and Europe, however, two regions without either a significant lake or mountain have knocked me for six and stolen my heart. The first region is the Cotswolds in England and the second, France's stunning Alsace region and particularly, the gorgeous village of Riquewihr.

Chenonceau, Chambord, Chaumont, Cheverny. Do these names mean anything to you? They are just four of the many pleasure castles or châteaux in the rich undulating landscape of the Loire Valley, just 200 kilometres south of Paris, many of them overlooking France’s longest river, which runs from Ardèche in the Massif Central to Saint Nazaire on the Atlantic seaboard.

If you're heading to Paris for a few days, I highly recommend a visit to the Chateau de Versailles just out of Paris. You'll need to allow at least half a day (a full day, if possible) but it is worth it just to admire the gardens and palace built for Louis XIV, the Sun King, from 1668.

Paris is top of most people's wish list when heading to Europe with the famous French capital offering much for the visitor to see and do. Stephane Guerin, owner of Melbourne-based Paris apartment agency, The French Experience, was born and grew up in the City of Light and he has kindly shared his 'Insider Secrets' to Paris with us.

You'd never guess it now, but the medieval village of Yvoire on Lake Geneva's French side played an important military role in the war between the Dauphine and Savoy in the early 14th Century. Its strategic position on a point between Lake Geneva's 'small lake' and 'large lake' meant it was the ideal place for a military post but today it's one of the prettiest, most serene villages in France you are likely to visit.