With days lasting longer, flowers blooming and bank holidays coming up, Spring vibes call for great outdoors discoveries, sunny breaks and wellbeing…This is probably one of the best seasons to explore the other side of the Channel with your tribe or by yourself. Need spring inspiration? Look no further!
To make things even easier, check out all the new transport routes to France launched in 2018 in our ‘How to get there’ section.
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Always a favourite among families for seaside holidays, Brittany knows how to greet you with its diverse sceneries and heritage. The region is also perfect for a revitalising break: combine the region’s fresh sea air and spectacular landscapes with its luxury spas, gourmet restaurants and beautiful golf courses.
This spring, immerse yourself in the authentic Breton way of living and history with the Valley of the Saint 10th Anniversary celebrations and its traditional market.
Normandy is one of the top destinations for non-stop and child-friendly entertainment. Along with the stunning Alabaster Coast, the historic D-Day beaches, the Impressionist trail, its seafood platters or its local cider and cheeses, Normandy presents options to suit all tastes and budgets! But when it comes to places to stay all at once by the seaside, the countryside, and in a vibrant cultural heritage place, the city of Le Havre stands out.
UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasting architecture, the modern city of le Havre lies across the Channel and has top local restaurants and hotels, perfect base for exploring Honfleur, Étretat and Rouen.
Atlantic Coast – Loire Valley
A vast and varied area covering five departments, Atlantic Coast – Loire Valley is far more than the Loire Valley itself. Beyond the riverside trail of châteaux and vineyards, the region has stunning Atlantic beaches, cycling routes and golf courses. Your bucket list should include the 800th anniversary of Les Sables-d’Olonne which is the start and finish point of the Vendée Globe and the 2018 Tour de France depart from Noirmoutier island in July. Let’s not forget Nantes, a vibrant arty capital a stone’s throw from France’s most visited theme park after Disneyland Paris: The Puy du Fou.
Whether you are here for climbing up the Pilat Dune, the tallest in Europe, to admire the Arcachon Bay, or experiencing the dynamic cities and premium food and wines, Nouvelle Aquitaine is as diverse as it is surprising. Going east, at the gateway to Occitanie, the Dordogne region offers visitors a host of sensations and emotions. A favourite destination for foodlovers, it’s also a fascinating cultural and natural area with plenty to see and do: exploring the secret sites of the beautiful medieval town of Sarlat or spending an evening filled with music, food & wine and fireworks by attending the White Picnic in the Eyrignac Garden.
Occitanie – Sud de France
From the Pont du Gard to the Pyrenees, Occitanie region in the South of France is full of world-renowned sites such as Albi, Carcassonne, Canal du Midi and prestigious towns such as Montpellier, Toulouse, Rocamadour or Lourdes, renowned stop of the St James of Compostela Ways. On top of that, spring 2018 will see the opening of new family holidays attractions: the Biodiversarium, an aquarium in Banyuls-sur-Mer and the Musée de la Romanité in Nîmes.