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By European standards France is fairly large and if your time is limited as is your money, you should focus your attention on one or two specific regions. Each one of the seven French regions is very different from its neighbor and each possesses its own distinct beauty. They are, however, all equally deserving of your visit.

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The Western Region of France

Normandy is where the Anglo-Saxon heritage was formed and it offers visitors many miles of diverse coastline and an abundantly flourishing countryside.

Brittany exhibits a wide assortment of megaliths, castles, manors, chapels, old villages and giant boulders extending from the coast to the countryside. Brittany is purported to sum up the entire French way of life.

Poitou Charente enjoys a mild climate, three hundred miles of soft sandy beaches and sweet-smelling pine forests. With an average of 2,250 hours of sunshine per year, Poitou Charente is the sunniest part of Western France.

Loire Valley awes its visitors with matchless innate beauty of countless streams, regal oak trees and an abundant green countryside.

Western Loire Valley
has always been favored by royalty who constructed splendid castles, glorious chateaux, impressive abbeys and marvelous mansions through the entire area. Many of these breathtaking structures are open to the public. Western Loire Valley also includes nearly two hundred miles of sandy beaches along the Atlantic coastline, many bays and small islands as well as the Loire River that flows through its rich countryside.

The Northern Region of France

Nord/Pas-de-Calais has 150 miles of coastline featuring prominent cliffs and sandy beaches. Nord/Pas-de-Calais also offers visitors vistas of gentle meadows and rolling hills dotted with countless windmills. Picardy is mostly rural with forests, green pastures and ponds. Picardy is also where France had its historical beginnings.

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The Eastern Region of France

Champagne is the original home of the world's best champagnes and it is known for its genteel sophistication. Lorraine offers an abundance of historical accounts reflecting Europe 's struggle for peace among gently sloping green hills. Alsace offers the perfect setting for hiking and biking through storybook-like villages, humbling forests and tranquil lakes. Franche-Comté has 1,300 miles of officially marked hiking and cross-country skiing trails through a high valley, rugged mountains, dense forests, steep cliffs, cavernous gorges and surging waterfalls. Burgundy is the world renowned French center for wine making and it presents scenes of Flemish polychrome roofs and multi-colored vistas.

The Southern Region of France

Corsica was known by the Ancient Greeks as Kallisto, the “island most beautiful.” Half of Corsica is covered with high wooded mountains and is surrounded by six hundred miles of coastline. French Riviera is nested along the Mediterranean coast and offers visitors chic international elegance. Languedoc-Roussillon allows visitors to experience rich histories of Roman monuments, Greek ruins, medieval castles and age-old villages all of which are deeply set in vineyards and farmlands. Rhone-Alps is spread out at the base Europe's highest peak, Mont Blanc which is 15,771 feet high. Provence is located between the blue Mediterranean Sea and the French Alps. Due to its location, Provence features a wide assortment of geographical wonders.

 

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The Southwestern Region of France

Aquitaine has a history dating back to the Cro-Magnon pre-historic man who lived in the caves of this region and left amazing paintings for visitors to view. Midi-Pyrénées offers a diverse mixture of history, landscape, culture and cuisine like no other region of France can.

The Central Region of France

Auvergne offers awe-inspiring inactive volcanoes, crystal clear lakes, snaking rivers and deep forests. Limousin presents the perfect setting to visitors who prefer untouched surroundings and immaculate countryside.

 
 
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