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Mixed-Activity Holidays in France

Mixed-Activity Holidays in France

France Mixed-Activity Holidays

Top 5 Places to Visit on Activity Holidays in France

Serein Valley:  Blessed with charming towns and villages that line the meandering river, idyllic countryside and a stunning French chateau, the Serein Valley is a beautiful region perfect for exploring on two wheels. As you cycle along unspoilt waterways, stop off at Chichee, Tonnerre and Viviers for some sightseeing and enjoy lunch at one of the chic pavement cafes. Noyers sur Serein is particularly picturesque with its half-timbered houses lining the streets of the medieval village, and it has even been recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in France.

Beynac: Flanking the banks of the Dordogne River, Beynac is a gorgeous village overlooked by a fortified chateau which stands on the hilltop. Stroll along the old cobblestone streets that snake above the river and enjoy views that stretch across the village and the surrounding countryside. In the village itself, there are lot of traditional French restaurants, bars and cafes where you can mingle with the locals and try some delicious regional cuisine. Alternatively, go in search of the hidden galleries and artisan stalls that pepper the narrow alleyways.

Gouffre de Padirac: First discovered by the famous French cave explorer, Edouard Martel, the Gouffre de Padirac is a huge chasm that can be found in Lot in the Dordogne region. This amazing natural wonder is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and its underground caverns and subterranean river can be explored by boat. This is a fabulous experience and to journey 75 metres below the earth through limestone chasms is just mind-blowing. Gouffre de Padirac is known locally as the ‘Devil’s Hole’ and is one of the most exceptional sites in the area.

Souillac: Nestled into the Dordogne Valley, Souillac boasts a heavenly riverside setting and once served as an important port along the old trading route. Dating back to the 12th century, the Abbey Sainte Marie is one of the town’s most famous historical sites and is worth visiting during a trip here. Along the old streets of Souillac is an array of traditional French restaurants and bars and you’ll find vibrant food markets throughout the year. Walk along the banks of the Dordogne River to see the pretty shuttered houses which are strewn with colourful blossoms of wisteria during the summer.

Saint-Vincent-de-Cosse: Looking down over the Dordogne River, Saint-Vincent-de-Cosse is a picture-perfect village dating to the 19th century. It’s home to many ancient churches, old stone houses and historic landmarks that tell of its fascinating past. The 12th-century Saint-Vincent-le-Salvadou is a notable landmark and is listed as an historic monument. Two chateaux dominate the village: the Renaissance Chateau de Panassou and the Chateau de Monrecour, the latter now being a hotel and restaurant which also serves as the base for hot-air balloon rides.

The trip was well planned out and so very relaxing and enjoyable. The hotels and especially the food were awesome. Would absolutely take another trip like this.

Annette Dawson Canoeing on the Dordogne