Places to visit in France
AS the world's most popular tourist destination France has something for everyone and you will never run out of places to visit.
With easy travel options and accommodation available practically everywhere you could a lifetime discovering the country, below is a look at some of the off the beaten track highlights.
Lalbenque truffle market
An otherwise undistinguished town in south west France will be magically transformed into one of the most exciting, adrenaline-pumping and important events in the entire French culinary universe.
A magical walk with the trois évêques, near Lavaur, Dordogne
You are sure to see the steep rock face from the road as you navigate the tight bend, but not many people stop and take a stroll to the Fontaine des trois évêques.
Latour-Marliac water lily gardens
Begun in 1875 by Joseph Bory Latour-Marliac making the Nénuphar centre the oldest lily nursery in the world.
Abbaye Nouvelle, a place of hidden stories
A Gothic-style abbey, which dates from the 13th century, with its five bays towering above you, found near Gourdon, the Lot.
CAFI, a Vietnamese village in the Lot, France
The Indochinese living at CAFI arrived by British boat to Marseille some 54 years ago, here is their story of life in France.
Woolen mill Filature de Belvès
The spinning mill sits beneath the hill on top of which sits the Dordogne town of Belvès, and it produced yarns up until the 1990s.
Visit to the Museum of Resistance, in Cahors
Across six rooms you learn how the Resistance in the Lot département took shape to attack armoured columns, bomb railway lines and support Allied troops and operations in the region.
A walk around Prats du Perigord
Stroll around the small Dordogne village of Prats-du-Périgord*, but keep an eye out for the speedy Nordic Walkers as they stride past.
Canoeing on the river Dordogne
Glide through the water in your canoe as you pass the turrets and towers of Castlenaud on the river Dordogne.
Stepping into angelica country at Bessines
The village straddles the D9 to Coulon and is the gateway to angelica country, but also each May Bessines plays host to the Angelica Festival.
Counting sheep at Mouton Village, Deux-Sevres
Mouton Village occupies a large part of the village, with its 1,600 human inhabitants greatly outnumbered by their four-legged woolly compatriots.
The Roc aux Sorciers comes to life
The Roc aux Sorciers exhibition centre has images recreated by laser etching tools to feature bison, goats, cats and even erotic female forms.
UNESCO sites in France
France is heavily involved in the work of UNESCO around the world, but closer to home there are a number of interesting places you could visit.
A festive stroll around Strasbourg Christmas market
Strasbourg is internationally famous for its Christmas market, or Christkindelmarïk, and for good reason.
Tips for visitors of Paris museums and monuments
Paris museums and monuments are the things you want to visit in the capital. However, they can often be crowded, overwhelming, and expensive.
Visitors guide to the Auxois region
Each community of communes in the Pays d’Auxois has adapted a site in partnership with l’Office National des Forets.
Flavigny sur Ozerain - a village set in time
An hour north of Dijon and a short drive from the A6 lays the fortified, Burgundian, hilltop village of Flavigny sur Ozerain.
The château of Époisses in Burgundy
The interior of the château brings to life its long history, with the entrance decorated with the coats of arms of successive owners.
Carrière Wellington Museum at Arras
Parts of the underground city built during World War One near Arras have been opened to the public, showing the conditions that thousands of soldiers endured.