Excluding a visit to Paris choosing where to travel in France can be overwhelming. It’s a physically diverse country that offers a totally different backdrop in each region. The French countryside is a wonderful place to explore if you’re interested in a more scenic experience. With authentic private accommodations, outdoor activities, and breathtaking landscapes these are the best areas in the French countryside to visit while on vacation.
Normandy is a gorgeous area rich in European history. Many visitors come to learn more about the history while some simply come to take in the gorgeous scenery. The winding coastline and small seaports make for walks to take during the day while the delicious local cuisine is perfect for indulgent evening dinners. The most popular attractions include the famous D-day Beaches, Claude Monet’s garden, and Mont St. Michel.
With so many amazing features it’s hard to choose the best part of The Loire Valley. This historic region has been wowing visitors for decades with its storybook villages and abundance of activities. The best way to spend a day in Loire Valley is taking a bike and visiting a few of the chateaus which showcase classic French architecture.
The most stylishly romantic area of the French countryside is without a doubt Provence. This iconic region attracts an abundance of visitors each year – many of which are celebrities looking to see and be seen. The most common image you’ll see of Provence is a gorgeous landscape of lavender fields with rolling hills and homes in the background. Biking through the local towns and fields while stopping for gourmet meals is a laid back yet luxurious vacation experience you’ll always treasure.
Spending time in Burgundy is like stepping into the past. This slice of countryside heaven is covered in green rolling hills, mustard fields, and gorgeous architecture. The medieval villages are lined with antiquated homes, shops, and restaurants. Wine lovers should consider this their ultimate destination in the French countryside as the region is lined with world class vineyards. Biking, hiking, or boating down the Yonne’s waterways are all popular ways to explore beautiful Burgundy.
Stretching along the southwestern coastline of France is beautiful, sunny Languedoc. The region is made up of three main areas, each with their own landscape. Bas-Languedoc is filled with beaches and the popular cities of Montpelier and Nimes. Haut-Languedoc is a true countryside with caves, gorges, and rustic rolling hills. Finally there’s Roussillon which is inspired by Catalonia across the Spanish border. One third of France’s wine comes from Languedoc, so visitors can enjoy some great vineyard tours.
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