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Pays de la Loire

Pays de la Loire Located in the middle of the west of France, Pays de la Loire enjoys a lovely year round climate. It has hot summers and pleasantly mild temperatures in other seasons owing to the proximity of the Atlantic. The Vendee department is the hottest and driest area in the region.The regional capital is the city of Nantes where you will find a wealth of cultural and historical features such as the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne. Castles can also be found in some of the region’s other towns...

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Centre, France - Home of the Chateau The rather blandly named region of Centre is not geographically- speaking strictly in the centre of France but is situated just a little to the north west of the middle of the country and to the south west of Paris. This proximity to the capital has helped to develop the prosperity of certainly the northern part of this delightful region.Its main geographical feature is the Loire, France’s longest river, which runs through the region from east to west on its way from the Massif Central to...

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Rhone-Alps - The Ardeche Gorge Rhone -Alps is one of the largest and most prosperous regions of France. Its name derives from its two most striking geographical features: the French Alps mountain range and the river Rhone which flows through the region on its way from Geneva to the Mediterranean.This attractive region is situated on the borders with Switzerland and Italy in the south east of the country. To the west are part of the Massif Central and the gorges of the Ardeche. The climate is one of long warm summers with...

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Limousin The Limousin, famous as the birthplace of the painter Renoir, is situated in south-west central France with much of its area lying within the Massif Central. The least populated region of mainland France, it is a largely upland region most of which is over 350 metres above sea level.The predominately rural landscape is completely unspoilt and dotted with pretty villages and hamlets, linked by almost deserted roads.Three major rivers run through the region: the Vienne, Charente and...

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The Coast of Nord-Pas-de-Calais Once part of the southern Netherlands, this region of north-east France is situated on the Belgium border to the east and has the English Channel along its northern coast. Being Flemish in origin, you will find many Dutch place names and maybe hear Flemish spoken to this day.With its strategic position on the border, Nord-Pas-De-Calais has frequently been fought over, not least in the two World Wars.Sometimes known as simply Nord, the region was once the two areas of Nord and Pas de...

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Bordeaux The third largest region in France and one of the most southerly, Aquitaine is bordered by The Pyrenees and Spain to the south and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. It comprises the 5 departments of Dordogne, Gironde, Landes, Lot-et-Garonne and Pyrenees- Atlantique.Aquitaine enjoys a pleasantly mild climate with cool winters and warm summers and this, along with the diverse nature of its landscape and coastline and being within easy travelling distance of the UK, have made it a popular...

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Eiffel Tower at Centre of Paris, Ile-de-France Ile- de-France or ‘Isle’ as it is sometimes written is the most populated and wealthiest region of France. Economically it is Europe’s biggest regional economy. It is made up of eight departments centred on the capital city, Paris.The region consists mostly of the Paris metropolitan area which covers 4637 square miles. Through it runs the river Seine on the way from the Massif Central to the English Channel along with its tributaries the Oise and Aube. This group of rivers creates...

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Brittany (Bretagne)

Brittany - The Cote d'Emeraude One of the first experiences of France for UK holiday-makers is this unique region with its legendary camp-sites! Easily accessible from the UK via Brittany Ferry sailings to Roscoff and St Malo, Brittany offers a stunning coastline and a wealth of cultural and historic attractions for people of all ages.Geographically a peninsula, the Province of Brittany was officially united with the rest of France in 1532. It occupies the far north-western corner of the country and is surrounded by the...

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Upper Normandy (Haute-Normandie)

Haute Normandie (Upper Normandy) Haute Normandie, created in 1984, consists of the two departements of Seine-Maritime and Eure. Being just across the Channel and not far from Paris, it is an ideal base for travellers from the UK, either for weekend breaks or longer holidays. It is considered one of the most cultural parts of France.Although the climate is similar to that of southern England, the summers tend to be a little warmer and sunnier. Rouen is the regional capital but by population Le Havre is its largest city....

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Lower Normandy (Basse-Normandie)

Mont St Michel Created in 1956, Lower Normandy consists of the three departments of Calvados, Manche and Orne. Inland is a region of forests, orchards and rich agricultural land which is an important producer of milk, butter, cream and cheese. Its extensive coast-line provides a wealth of sea-food and is the location for a number of attractive sea-side resorts.Transport links in the region are all very good: three Brittany Ferry services link the UK ports of Portsmouth and Poole with Caen and Cherbourg....

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