Discover the Hidden Gems:
A Guide to Exploring the Beautiful Countryside, Towns, and Villages of Provence, Loire Valley, and Brittany
Exploring the French Countryside
Presented by Juniper Tours
When one thinks of France, the first things that come to mind are probably the iconic sights of Paris – the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Champs-Elysées. But there is a whole other side of France that is equally as beautiful and charming – the French countryside. From the rolling hills of Provence to the picturesque villages of the Loire Valley to the rugged coastline of Brittany, there is so much to discover and explore.
Read through this blog post to uncover why Juniper recommends traveling outside of Paris for an authentic and eclectic French Countryside stay!
Provence is one of the most popular regions in the French countryside, and for good reason. The landscapes here are truly breathtaking, with fields of lavender and rolling hills as far as the eye can see. Some popular towns to visit in Provence include Aix-en-Provence and Gordes. Some adventurous travelers will try the high-speed TGV train from Provence to Paris for a day trip! Aix-en-Provence is known for its picturesque old town and vibrant cultural scene, while Gordes is a charming hilltop village with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Another must-see destination in Provence is St. Remy de Provence, which is famous for its weekly market where you can find everything from fresh produce to handmade crafts.
The Loire Valley is another region that should not be missed. This region is known for its rich history and architecture, including its many chateaux. Some charming towns to visit in the Loire Valley include Amboise and Blois. Amboise is a charming town with a rich history, including the famous Château d’Amboise, where King Francis I lived. Blois is another charming town, known for its beautiful Renaissance architecture and its famous chateau, the Château de Blois. The Loire Valley is also famous for its wines, so be sure to try some of the local wines while you’re there.
Brittany is another region that is not to be missed. This region is known for its rugged coastline and traditional fishing villages. Some charming towns to visit in Brittany include Dinan and Concarneau. Dinan is a medieval town with a well-preserved old town and a beautiful castle. Concarneau is a charming fishing village with a well-preserved old town and a famous market. Brittany is also famous for its local traditions, such as the famous Breton crepes, so be sure to try some while you’re there.
In conclusion, the French countryside has so much to offer – from the rolling hills of Provence to the picturesque villages of the Loire Valley to the rugged coastline of Brittany. Each region has its own unique charm and beauty, and a visit to these towns and villages is a must for anyone looking for a truly authentic French experience.
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