Road trip these days sounds like the most ideal form of travel. You can stop wherever you want to take a lunch break, swim in the sea or enjoy some spectacular lookout. Not to mention that you will not spend hours at the airport, or next to strangers in a brightly lit train. Conde Nast he investigated the most beautiful road trip routes of beautiful France, which prove that this country is much more than Paris and the Cote d’Azur.
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For lovers of good food and wine – the Franche-Comte route
The drive from Calais to Franche-Comté, near the eastern border of France with Switzerland, introduces you to the northern regions before heading south. It takes about six and a half hours to complete this route. Our suggestion is to take a break in Reims, which is halfway there. Reims is the largest city in the Champagne region and has places that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. The Taittinger and Ruinart vineyards offer cellar tours that will delight all wine lovers. From here you have four more hours to reach Franche-Comte, a region that is often neglected in favor of Burgundy. here you have to try Sir Comte and explore the local farmland surrounding the Jure Mountains. When is the best time to start this route? In spring or summer, in order to make the best use of locally grown products. Where to stay? In the restaurant-apartment Chateau du Mont Joli.
For lovers of wild swimming – a route around the lake that belongs to Upper Savoy and Savoy
Three alpine lakes located on the French side of the Alps, have quiet beaches illuminated by glistening, clear water. The drive from Kale will take you take away the day of travel, so plan to stay for a while. Jezera – Annecy, Bourget i Aiguebelette – are completely different from each other. Start your sightseeing in Annecy, the first city on your way, where the streets meander along the canals. Sailing clubs dominate on one coast, while the other coast is full of villas and luxury hotels. Annecy used to be a small village that was part of the Kingdom of Sardinia until the late 1800s, which gives the whole place a touch of Italy. Annecy is the third largest lake in France and the cleanest lake in Europe. However, the small lake Aiguebelette is the best for swimming, considering that the water temperature here is 30 ° C in the summer. When is the best time to go on this tour? Come in July or August for a peaceful alternative to the French Riviera. Where to stay? Country B&B La Bageatiere.
For lovers of rural adventure and family – Bonnelles route, Yvelines
Only 45 minutes outside Paris, there are several stables covering 500 hectares of forest. It is located in that landscape Le Barn, a relaxed country hotel. The perfect hideaway for Parisians who want to escape the metropolis, designed by the local studio Be-poles, also responsible for the charming Parisian bar La Pigalle. Those who stay can be completely independent and isolated, which allows guests to completely disappear from “sight”. At this place you will find a pond, riding horses, restaurant, bags for cyclists, Nordic bath and even organic vegetables that you can buy. If you want to explore further, Paris is just a 40-minute train ride away but we don’t believe you’ll want that. Le Barne is wonderful for children, so families should travel during the summer or fall holidays.
For nature lovers – the route of Provence
It will take you at least 10 hours from Calais to Provence. Take a break in the capital of Burgundy, Dijon, which has a medieval car-free center with wooden houses and cafes in fairly paved squares. Another option is to spend the night in Lyon, which is about three hours north of Marseille. A long drive takes you through fortified hilltop towns and colorful fields that you will explore when you arrive. A safe stopover are small, quiet villages in green Luberon, like the Oppede-le-Vieuk which is full of ancient churches. The market town of Eygalieres has against its backdrop the impressive Alps on a hill with a great view of the variegated vineyard village below. For those who crave the sea, the city of Kasi on the coast is a perfect alternative to Nice and Cannes. When to leave? The lavender season is from June to July. Where to stay? Everyone, from F. Scott Fitzgerald to Jean Cocteau, slept in Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus in the city of Arles.
For lovers of antiquity – the route Le Perche in Normandy
A few hours west of Paris in Normandy, the rural La Perche is better known for its orchards than vineyards. Small villages set around 12th-century churches are united by rural paths and landscapes. Parisians are attracted to numerous antique shops here, where you can find pictures from the 1800s. The Parc Naturel Regional du Perche was founded in the 1990s of the last century to protect wild landscapes and natural resources. Great restaurants like Life in red in the capital Mortagne-au-Perche, they serve locally grown products and wines outdoors. When to leave? In autumn, when the streets are quiet and without tourists. Where to stay? From an Island, guest apartments with stone walls and antique bathrooms.
For lovers of wine and castles – a route along the coast of the Loire
The Loire is the longest river in France. The French royal families used her most beautiful moves for their picnic areas, so the surrounding nature covered with large and impressive estates. The construction of these castles meant that tiny villages and vineyards also appeared in the area, and now the whole region under the protection of UNESCO. A the Loire Valley is one of the main French wine-producing regions, with hundreds of vineyards to tour – take a bike and visit all the vineyards, refreshing yourself with a glass of local Sauvignon. When to leave? In October, most of the crowds disappeared, the weather is dry and warm, and the food is perfect. Where to stay? Chateau du Grand-Luce is a castle like from French fairy tales.
For lovers of island life – a tour of the island of Ile de Re
The island of Ile de Re is a favorite place of Parisians in summer for a long, sandy weekend. Ile de Re exits to the Atlantic Ocean, and is only 28 kilometers long, and most of life on the island is focused on the rather port city of Saint-Martin-de-Re, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with terracotta roofs and cobbled streets. Wonderful ocean-view restaurants are packed here during July and August. Drive from Saint-Martin-de-Re to La Flotte, another seaside village. The most beautiful sandy beaches are located in the north of the island, but more wonderful, with fewer people in the west, supported by pine forests and fallen dunes. When to leave? In September, when the French go home and the streets become quieter. Where to stay? The 17th-century Hotel de Toiras.
For sea lovers – a tour to Cap Ferret
Known for oysters, this a tiny village it is located at the end of a long peninsula that faces the Atlantic. It is an old-fashioned seaside resort in the best sense: there is a lighthouse, boats anchored in the water, a long dock for walking. Here you will also find the Dune du Pilat, the most sand dunes in Europe and, according to our estimates, one of the best beaches in the world. For a day trip, we recommend a visit to the town of Bordeaux, which is just over an hour’s drive east, while Arcachon, with its Art Nouveau architecture, is an hour south. When to leave? Fly to make the most of a day at the beach. Where to stay? In La Maison du Bassin, a few minutes from the coast.