Weekend ideas

In the mood for something different? For an unforgettable break? Find here some ideas for a weekend with a difference, a delightful weekend in regions of France that are as beautiful as they are unusual:

A weekend with a difference in untamed Lozère

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Book a hotel in Mende and set off to conquer Lozère, a heavenly department for lovers of peace and quiet, countryside and authenticity. Formerly the province of Gévaudan, Lozère harbours wild, unspoiled landscapes within the heart of the Massif Central. Come and pit yourself against the gorges of the Tarn and its streams, which are sometimes calm, sometimes raging. Come and walk in the Causses, these havens of greenery where the dense forests have an air of mystery about them. Come and immerse yourself in the Cévennes with its wide, wild open spaces that can be covered on foot, by bicycle or even on horseback. Come and descend into Dargilan Cave which welcomes you into its underground maze punctuated by rock curtains, stalactites, stalagmites and columns in captivating colours. For a different weekend deep in the countryside, there’s only one place to go: Lozère.

The old towns of Morbihan for a medieval weekend with a difference

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Morbihan is a department with a character all its own, as can be seen from its many historic towns. If you feel the urge to immerse yourself in a completely different era, this department will be the ideal destination. Of all the many characterful towns in Morbihan, don’t miss Rochefort-en-Terre which has kept all its medieval charm. This little town will captivate you with its immensely rich historical heritage. Its half-timbered houses, the old cobblestones in its centre, its artisans and its ever-abundant and colourful flowers are all star attractions that make it irresistible and absolutely fascinating. Another must-see sight for an out-of-the-ordinary weekend in Morbihan: Josselin and its architectural treasures. You will be immersed in history, because of the half-timbered houses of course, but also the Basilica of Notre-Dame du Roncier, the Château of the Dukes of Rohan with its imposing and untypical medieval facade, or even the cobbled alleyways that bear silent witness to the town’s past. In Questembert, you’ll be eager to stroll through the magnificent covered markets that date from the 16th century and are perfectly preserved. In Malestroit, you’ll be bewitched by this lovely thousand-year-old town that always delights visitors with its flower-bedecked locks descending the waterway.

Unwind beside the sea, in Biarritz

Come to the elegant, celebrated seaside resort of Biarritz for an unusual getaway weekend beside the sea. You’ll love being pampered in the thalassotherapy centre, walking with your feet in the water on the beach, and roaming around this beautiful region’s star attractions such as the Rock of Basta or the Rock of the Virgin. An unspoiled and relaxing coastline, sumptuous architecture consisting of Art Nouveau, Art Neo-Basque and Art Deco as well as Baroque, ever more beautiful walks in picture-postcard scenery, and much more. Enjoy an unusual stay in Biarritz, made extra special by the sea.

Unusual visits to Paris!

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The French capital is of course known for its “must-see sights” such as the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysées and the Louvre Museum. But it can also be discovered with visits of a very different kind! During a different kind of stay in Paris, you can admire the city from the skies in the world’s biggest balloon, visit the Manoir de Paris where you are told the darkest tales of the city’s history with the help of actors made up as terrifying monsters, go water skiing on the Seine, descend into the morbid but fascinating catacombs or even the sewers, or take a trip in a little boat in the Bois de Vincennes.

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