10 stunning places in the French countryside

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Top 10 stunning places to visit in French Countryside

If you want to escape overcrowded cities like Paris, then the French countryside is something you might like.


One of the best place is to visit Alsace, which is an amazing wine region. The wine route extends more than 110 kilometres. In Alsace, you can enjoy nature in an intense silence of the forests, lakes and burnishing on the rivulet, in the lowlands and orchards occurs amazing symphony of colours, from pink sand-to azure blue. Breather in these lands ancestral tradition and the secret mission of this picturesque region. Alsace is like a garden, offers amazing diversity. Strasbourg is the capital of Alsace. Strasbourg is great place for walking, running, biking, boating on the river. It is a city with authentic traditions but also dynamic and modern metropolis.

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Kaysersberg Village

Provence – Gordes

Gordes is one of the most beautiful and most visited  picturesque place visitited in Provence.  Amzing gorgeous hauses with faded rooftops and great artsy shops.


Northern France and Normandy are perhaps the most attractive tourist area in whole France. Normandy is the region of rivers, forests and meadows. Viking history, Chateau Gail lard, Mont Saint-Michel. This jewel is built on the sand in the bay in the Channel.The picturesque ports and villages are located along the coast. The area is also very famous for its amazing cheese  – Camembert.



Do you like good wine and beautiful nature? Then, this French countryside city Bordeaux will something you will like. Bordeaux attracts visitors by its historic and artistic monuments, as well as fine wine. In the city centre, in the vast square it is an amazing beautiful park, and even in the suburbs you can find beautiful parks, near the vineyards where you can browse. Bordeaux is also not far away from ocean, and beaches are about 70 km far. Read more about Beaches in France 



In Auvergne are thousands of ways how to enjoy your stay. If you like sports, you can try paragliding, rafting, ride the mountain pastures on horseback, play golf at the foot of the volcano, into the countryside after countless marked paths and go into two regional nature reserves. History lovers can follow the battlefield Gergovie after Lafayette paths or get down on paths Châteaux d’Auvergne. Lovers of Romanesque art can admire many churches, which served as inspiration Ecole d’Auvergne. Between holidays and festivals, everyone can benefit from simple and authentic cuisine of the region. Perhaps you will enjoy everything this region has to offer. Well, if so, you will just have to go there back next summer.

Châteaux d'Auvergne


Lyon is ultramodern and very friendly town, also the capital of the Alpine region and undeniably gourmet city. Anyway, it is much quieter than Paris and also has a slightly longer history.When you are travelling to the opposite direction – to the south of Lyon, after thirty kilometres you will find yourself in Vienne.

In Vienne discover the ancient Roman ruins that really take you back in history. If you are tired, just take a sit on one of the best cafés and enjoy you caffee or wine which are surrounded around ruins.



40 km far away from Dijon is located Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Coted’Or. This is an amazing, historical wine lovers destination. Great place for tasting French wines. In the fabulous old town are many beautiful buildings, houses which remaining the Middle ages. The heart of the town is Place monge with his tower from 13 centuries. In the rolling landscape around Beaune, the winemas produce some world-renowned appellations. You can go there and discover by yourself these characterful white or red wines like Montrachet, or one of the most famous Grands Crus in the world.


Aix en Provence

Is located only 20 kilometres north from Marseilles. Very interesting city full of life and also typical university city. Air en Provence mainly because of the students become a lively cultural city and a centre of research and science. The city also remained a thousand years of history accumulated in city monuments. The most famous are Vasarely Museum, Museum Granet, Cézanne road or Cathedral. Saveur with the Astronomical Clock.



Albi, capital of region Tarn, is arguably the most interesting small city in the Midi-Pyrenees region. The most imposing building in Albi is Sainte-Cecile Cathedral is great place to visit. Its bell tower (78m) dominates the city and the surrounding region like a medieval watchtower. Wherever you walk in Albi, you’ll find green spaces – parks, gardens, fountains and flowers. The most visited are Bernie Palace and Rochegude park.

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