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28 THINGS TO DO IN FRANCE (SEPTEMBER 25 - OCTOBER 04)

Secret Hideaways

April–September • activity

Ever dreamed of escaping to a hideaway resort?

Parks and Gardens in Autumn Foliage

late September–November • activity

Parisian parks and gardens are beautiful at any time of the year but in autumn they become especially charming and poetic

Louvre with Shorter Queues

September–May • activity

Whether you are a keen museum goer or not, the world's finest art is worth exploring!

Fromage de Chèvre or Goat Cheese

April–October  • food

Wine and cheese are a classic, but in Provence, ​these words have a whole new meaning

Bouillabaisse

May–September • food

Not only the flavour of this fish soup is special, but the method of serving it as well

Aïoli

June–September | Christmas | Ash Wednesday • food

You might think it's only mayonnaise but you'll discover that it's the centre piece of delicious provençal cuisine

Boat Trips Around Corsica

May–October • activity

Discover Corsica's beautiful seaside and mountain landscape on a remarkable boat ride

Hiking the GR20 or Grande Radonnee 20

late June–September  • activity

The most challenging and beautiful hiking trail in Europe

Passage du Gois

all year round • activity

Do you dare to meet the hour of driving on one of the world's most dangerous roads?

Ratatouille

June–September  • food

Not the Disney movie, but the mouthwatering stewed vegetable dish from Nice

Saffron Farms

September–October • activity

A precious spice is made out of the beautiful and tender flowers of saffron in Provence

Claude Monet's House & Gardens in Giverny

late March–November 1 • activity

Observe the famous lily pond in the painting and in reality

Corsican Chestnut Beer

May–September • food

A native beer flavour invented on Corsica

Étretat

April–October • nature

Known for its white cliffs and beaches strewn with rocks, Étretat attracts both tourists and world-famous artists

Grape Harvest & Festivals

September–mid-November • event

Grape cultivation and wine festivals constitute the tangible part of the French lifestyle. Everyone can join in

Hiking in Normandy

April–October • activity

If you are looking for some fresh air and beautiful landscapes, Normandy is the place to go

Oyster Season

September–April • food

Even if you don't like oysters, you'll love them in France!

Surfing

September–February • activity

Good waves arrive to Corsica with the cold

Kite and Windsurfing

April–October • activity

Corsica is a great place to learn kite and wind surfing

Sardines

September–February • food

Try a delicious Corsican specialty—sardines with brocciu and wild herbs

Picnics

May–September • activity

Icons of Paris provide some of the world's most romantic settings for a picnic

Vichy Spa

all year round • activity

Engage in the recreational activities of the highest society of “la belle époque”

Pastis

May–September • food

The favourite apéritif of Provence

Cider, Calvados, and Pommeau

September–November • food

Normandy is known for its apples and the best drinks that are made from them

Musée d'Orsay

November–March (all year round) • activity

Some of the best of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art is collected at one neat place on Seine's left bank

Palace of Versailles

all year round • activity

Get a sense of royal lifestyle in the residence of the Kings of French Monarchy

Hiking in Gorges du Tarn

April–October • activity

Explore a magnificent canyon and search for a medieval castle

Fort Boyard

May-October (year round) • activity

The famous French fort built by Napoleon is now used for filming shows

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Lavender Fields in Bloom

June–August • nature

One of the first things that may come to mind when you think of Provence is views of magnificent blooming lavender fields

Tour De France

July 07–29, 2018 • event

The world's biggest, most challenging and beautiful cycling event

Monaco Grand Prix

May 24–27, 2018 • event

Formula One race time is nothing but speed, glamour, passion, noise, and a hint of danger because the cars are never too far away from the barriers

Exploring the Calanques

October–May • nature

This natural treasure of Provence and cousin to the Scandinavian fjords is an essential highlight of any trip to the region

The Gitan Pilgrimage

May 24–May 25 • event

Watch a s​mall slee​py seaside town of Saintes Maries de la Mer turns into a noisy and wild carnival with Gypsy dancing and music

Sunset in the Arc de Triomphe

mid-May | early August • nature

A biannual natural phenomenon that was not planned by the architect of the monument

Festival De Cannes

May 08–19, 2018 • event

One of the world's biggest and most important events, the Cannes Film Festival speaks for itself

Chestnut Season and Fête de la Châtaigne

October • food

A little province in the South of France is the chestnut capital of the world

Pétanque World Championship (Mondial La Marseillaise à Pétanque)

July 01–05, 2018 • event

A sport in which the French are the ultimate champions

Ironman 70.3

May 13, 2018 • event

The home of a famous triathlon, Aix-en-Provence, annualy gathers triathletes from all over the world for a big race

Marathon de Paris

April 04, 2019 • event

It's not just about running beside world-famous monuments—music, cheese, and wine tasting wait en route too

Paris Fashion Week

September 25–October 03, 2018 • event

One of the world's coolest fashion parties!

Snorkelling and Diving

March–April • activity

Corsican marine life is rich and diverse attracting both professional and amateur divers

Bastille Day or La Fête Nationale

July 14 • event

The military parade held in Paris's main avenue proves to be the largest one in Europe

Warm Up in Covered Passages

November–March • activity

When it's cold and windy outside find a beautiful and cozy old passage and have a cup of tea or shop for souvenirs

Mont Saint Michel Tide

October 22–29, 2018 | November 04–12, 2018 | November 21–28, 2018 | December 04–11, 2018 | December 21–28, 2018 • nature

At one moment it's coastal, at another—an island in the open sea, cut off from the land with 15-meter high tide

Jazz à Vienne

June 28–July 13, 2018 • event

Two weeks of jazz in an amazing outdoor setting

Sun and Fun: Beach Season

July–August • activity

Prepare for lively and energetic beach holidays in Corsica

Chorégies d'Orange

June 20–August 04, 2018 • event

Visit the world's best preserved Roman theatre in Orange when it hosts summer opera festival

Brocciu

October–May • food

An exquisite Corsican sheep cheese

The Thirteen Christmas Desserts

December 24–December 25 • food

The sweetest Provençal tradition—lei tretze dessèrts

Tour du Mont Blanc

mid-June–mid-September • activity

Conquer Europe's highest mountain and test your endurance

Frog Legs (Cuisses de Grenouille)

early March–early May • food

To eat or not to eat, that is the question

Medieval Festivals

June 09–10, 2018 • event

France is proud of its rich history. It's no wonder that Medieval festivals in the country are so popular

French Alps Ski Season

late December–late April • activity

This is one of best skiing destinations in Europe

Strasbourg Christmas Markets

late November–December • event

Welcome to Christkindelsmärik—Europe’s oldest Christmas Market

Olive Picking

November–December • food

In Provence you can still experience traditional farming and take part in olive harvesting

Hellfest Open Air Festival

June 22–24, 2018 • event

Join fans of Sepultura, Iron Maiden or Cannibal Corpse during one of the biggest heavy metal music festivals in Europe

Black Truffle

mid-November–mid-March • food

You'll be able to not just taste some black tr​uffles, but also hunt them, visit the truffle fair, or try out other interesting activities offered by local farmers

Lyon Festival of Lights (Fête des Lumières)

December 2018 (TBA) • event

Once a year, night time in Lyon reveals the city's special colours

Guédelon Castle

March 19–November 04, 2018 • activity

Watch the team of volunteers that aims to build their own medieval castle, using traditional techniques and eco-friendly materials

Espelette Pepper Harvest & Festival

mid-August–December 1 • activity

Visit the town of Espelette and check out the #1 Basque spice called Piment d’Espelette

Herri Urrats Festival

May 13, 2018 • event

Every year, Basque people celebrate their language and culture