5 reasons to go to France this summer

Eat your weight in cheese and baguette, sip regional wines overlooking vineyards, wander local food markets, scale the Eiffel Tower and window shop along the Champs-Élysées – there are many delights to explore in France making it an endlessly popular destination for travellers. But this European treasure has much more to offer. So if you’re looking to escape the tourist trail and experience another side to France, here’s five new reasons to get to France this summer:

1.    8 day/7 night Surf & Yoga Holiday – Basque, Biarritz, Francesurf camp Biarritz, France - waves

Explore a stunning and less travelled region of France where you can combine surfing and yoga. Hossegor is France’s surf capital, with waves suitable for beginners to advanced surfers. Learn to surf and improve your strength and balance with 10 hours of surf lessons plus 10 hours of yoga lessons with an experienced local instructor during your week. Surrounded by hundreds of kilometres of sand dunes and pine forests this surf camp is the ultimate place to meet new people and experience the true surfer lifestyle in France.

2.    7 day / 6 night Horse Riding And Wine Tasting Holiday – Bordeaux Region, Bordeaux, France

Horse Riding And Wine Tasting Holiday, Bordeaux - horses and house

During hot summer months the Bordeaux Region in France is the perfect place to enjoy some of the most delicious wines in the world. Combine wine tasting with horse riding lessons and relaxing trail rides through the beautiful surroundings with views of the Pyrenees Mountains. Your stay in a charming renovated 19th century manor house will make this just the perfect place to relax.

 

Painting-Languedoc-painter in village

3.    8 day / 7 night Painting Holiday – South West, Languedoc, France

Pursue your passion for painting on your holiday and be inspired by the beautiful surroundings of Lodeve in the heart of the Languedoc region. Your hosts will welcome you to their home and artist studio and will introduce you to local life and ensure you will get the most out of your painting. Be inspired by the architecture, the countryside, rivers and the culture of France!

4.    8 days / 7 nights Jewellery And Cooking Holiday – South West, Toulouse, France

Cooking and jewellery making in France - Tuna

This all inclusive holiday, where you will have jewellery making workshops, cookery lessons, 2 culinary excursions as well as a one day excursion, really is designed to satisfy your creative and culinary desire. Famously a gourmet’s paradise, Gascony is famed for its delicious duck to succulent wild boar and charming local wines and you will enjoy Frances warm hospitality while staying in a stunning farmhouse.

 

Cooking and wine holiday in France-Spain

5.    7 day / 6 night Cookery And Wine Holiday – South West, Perpignan, France

Go on a gastronomic adventure and learn how to prepare authentic Catalan dishes and explore a wide range of culinary excursions and the area’s finest vineyards and wineries during this 7 days Cookery and wine holiday. Set in one of the oldest winemaking areas in the world you will be taught by Hilary, one of the founders of the slow food movement who teaches cooking with the help of local professionals. This holiday really is a must for anyone passionate about food.