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Discover the Best of Holidays in Regional France
Think holidays in France and the first destination that's likely to spring to mind is Paris – it is the cultural capital of the world after all. Nothing is more romantic than watching the glittering Eiffel Tower light up as darkness falls and if you're a foodie, there are an astonishing amount of Michelin star restaurants to enjoy – along with must-see attractions such as the Louvre Museum and Arc de Triomphe.
However, there is much more to discover in France than its capital city. Many of the various regions are popular tourist destinations - and the areas offer considerable differences in terms of culture and climate. As France is bordered by Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Spain, the adjoined areas boast a blend of continental flavours. There really is something for everyone and with so many terrific spots to choose from it can be a challenge deciding where to go. At Flybe, we have many great deals on flights to regional France available throughout the year, so take a look and get booking that brilliant break today.
Action and Excitement in the East
If you fancy exploring sensational locations off the beaten track, why not consider a holiday in the east of the country? Fairy-tale cities like Grenoble, Lyon and Avignon are popular tourist destinations but still retain a wealth of local flavour. Backed by gorgeous mountains and dramatic scenery, these fascinating cities are perfect for culture vultures, boasting ancient history, amazing architecture and plenty of inspiration for artists. Best of all, these beautifully rugged cities are easy to navigate by foot and great for those who enjoy walking holidays. As is the case in most regions of France, you can sample wonderful wine and enjoy truly exceptional food in the abundance of classic bistros, with tightly packed tables and sparkling ambience.
If you fancy an action-packed wintry break, why not head further east to the French Alps and explore world-class skiing destinations like Val Thorens, La Grave and the Aosta Valley region? These destinations are best visited during the typical ski season, between November and April.
Maritime Marvels in the North
History buffs should consider a trip to the north of the country to Brest, one of France's most important nautical cities. Whether you want to check out the National Navy Museum or Oceanopolis aquarium – or try something more energetic such as water-skiing – there's something to suit everyone in this picturesque destination. Around 150 miles south east of Brest lies Rennes, the administrative capital of Brittany and a noted university city. If you're looking for a city break with a difference, this may well be the location for you – take a relaxing stroll around the Thabor Gardens or check out the Musee de Bretagne, which recounts the rich history of the region in stunning detail.
Go West for Wine
If you decide to go west on your regional holiday to France, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting a cultural break. Nantes, the capital of the western Loire in southern Brittany, is considered one of the country's best places to live and boasts amazing art installations, gorgeous gardens and a historic centre packed with awe-inspiring buildings and museums. A couple of hours south of the city lies La Rochelle, a traditional seaside resort famous for its oysters and cognac. Energetic travellers should consider exploring the region on bike on the numerous tracks around the city – while those looking for a little more relaxing trip can take boat tours around the scenic coast. Families should also consider a city break to Bordeaux, located in the south-western corner of France. Praised as offering the 'essence of elegance' by none other than the Queen, the city is world famous for its wines – so it'd be remiss not to sample some of its famous tipples and delicious dishes on a trip to the region.
Sophistication and Sensational Sunshine in the South
Southern France – Le Midi region to the locals – is the place to enjoy the glittering waters of the Cote d'Azur. Cannes, Nice and St Tropez are all glamorous locations that attract the rich and famous year after year, so expect to rub shoulders with some very interesting people if you holiday in the south. Soak up the sun on paradise beaches and enjoy people-watching on the yacht-lined promenades.
With all the amazing locations to explore, you'd best get booking your holiday in Regional France today – use the 'Book Now' tool on this page to get details of our latest flight schedules, deals and availability.