15 Best Things to Do in Brest (France)

Tour Tanguy

A port city through and through, Brest has seen its fair share of empire builders come and go since it grew to prominence in the thirteenth century. Close to the westernmost point of mainland France in Brittany, the city developed around the mouth of the River Penfeld, which opens out into the mighty Atlantic. While … Read more

15 Best Things to Do in Le Mans (France)

Saint Julien Cathedral

Le Mans is famed for its 24-hour motor race, which was born out of the city’s vehicle industry in the early 1900s. But the city’s foundation lies back in pre-Roman times. Birthplace of England’s Henry II, its ancient heart has remained largely intact, protected for centuries by walls built by Roman legionaries. Located on the … Read more

15 Best Things to Do in Dijon (France)

Historic Centre

Situated within France’s Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region, Dijon is located in the north-eastern quarter of the country, just 1.5 hours from Paris by high-speed train. Known since at least Roman times, it came to prominence during the eleventh to fifteenth centuries when it was the home of the Dukes of Burgundy. These men were either members of … Read more

15 Best Things to Do in Aix-en-Provence (France)

Aix Cathedral

Take the best aspects of Paris and the best of Provence and you probably end up with a city that looks and sounds a lot like Aix-en-Provence. Pronounced ‘Ex-on-Provence’, Aix is one of southern France’s chicest spots, in spite of some stiff competition from the likes of Nice and a large student population that has … Read more

15 Best Things to Do in Amiens (France)

Amiens Cathedral

Historically a part of the Picardy region of northern France, Amiens lies 120 kilometres north of Paris close to the Pas-de-Calais (Strait of Dover) and the border with Belgium. Its location has seen its streets occupied on multiple occasions over the past 500 years of its history, most notably by Nazi forces during the Second … Read more

15 Best Things to Do in Le Havre (France)


Anyone who thought Le Havre was nothing more than a ferry terminus to the English south coast needs to think again. Divided into older upper town and newer lower town, Normandy’s biggest population centre has long been known for its culture, attracting everyone from Monet and Millet to Jean-Paul Sartre, who taught at a school … Read more

15 Best Things to Do in Reims (France)

Abbey of Saint-Remi

Dominated by its gothic cathedral, Reims is much more important to many as the unofficial capital of the Champagne wine region. Wine glasses aside, this city in north-eastern France has played a central role in the country’s history from its time as a town of the Roman Empire to the modern-day post-war period. Having welcomed … Read more

15 Best Things to Do in Tours (France)

Tours river cruise

The attractive city centre streets of Tours have led to this city in Western France being given a series of celebratory nicknames, from Little Paris for its culture, to the Garden of France for its parklands. Situated on the River Loire as it makes its way towards the Atlantic Ocean, the city boasts a historic … Read more

15 Best Things to Do in Grenoble (France)

Grenoble-Bastille Cable Car

Delightful Grenoble sits in south-eastern France, in a plain formed from the confluence of the Drac and Isère rivers. Surrounded by pleasant hiking country, it has adopted the mantel of ‘Capital of the Alps’ due to its proximity to these mountains, and has pistes as close as 15 minutes away by road. But Grenoble also … Read more

15 Best Things to Do in Angers (France)

Château d’Angers

Split east-west into two roughly equal parts by the River Maine, Angers lies within the province of Pays de la Loire. Bordering Brittany and historically part of Anjou, it was the centre of the Plantagenet dynasty who went on to rule from England to the borders of Spain. Rich in culture, human habitation of the … Read more