France travel guide

The rebirth of Occitania, an ancient region in the South of France

The rebirth of Occitania, an ancient region in the South of France

An ancient region in the South of France has risen from the ashes. Occitania is an area doused in heritage, its name long entwined with the old hamlets, towns and cities that stud its hills, and the intriguing language marking out many of its inhabitants.

Notes from an author: Jini Reddy on hearing nature’s voice in the French Pyrenees

Can slowing down and listening to the natural world allow us to really hear it — ghostly whispers and all?

A taste of France in six drinks

Every part of France boasts its own alcoholic speciality, from the pastis of Provence to Burgundy’s crème de cassis and Normandy's apple brandy, calvados. Here’s our pick of the country’s top tipples.

The ultimate hotel guide to Saint-Tropez

High-end hideaways, chic townhouses and plush hotels hidden in the pines — it’s all here in the Côte d’Azur’s ritziest resort.

Top seven French destinations to explore on a boating holiday

From strolling around quaint medieval towns and dining on the exquisite local cuisine, to exploring verdant waterside valleys, here are the best places for a boat trip in France.

Gallic charmers: we reveal France's prettiest ski villages

Tired of brutalist French resorts? We reveal the ski destinations with mountains of Gallic charm.

On the milky way: discovering dairy in France's Jura Mountains

In a region rich in produce and tradition, there’s one particular cheese that takes pride of place: comté, the culinary gold in a gloriously green landscape.

A taste of the Camargue, France

Shaped by its location in France’s Rhône delta, the Camargue’s food scene is driven by a thriving community of passionate artisans.

How to spend 72 hours in France's Champagne region

Just two-and-a-half hours by car from Calais, Champagne is the perfect place for a weekend of fun and fizz.

How to spend a weekend in Finistère, France

Brittany’s extreme west is a land of plenty, offering grand lighthouse landmarks and beachside restaurants celebrating some of France’s finest seafood. 

The locals' guide to eating out in Biarritz, southwest France

Beloved by surfers and fashionistas alike, the French resort is also a gastronomic gold mine, full of seafood, chocolate and Basque delicacies.

CLOSED: Win a seven-night escape to South West France

National Geographic Traveller (UK) has teamed up with Summer France to offer seven nights in Moliets, on the unspoiled coastline of the southern Landes region

Eight top places to eat tarte tatin in the UK and France

Our pick of the best places to sample the classic French dessert tarte tartin, both in the UK and in the country of its birth, France.

Deconstructing tarte tatin, the classic French dessert

Named after the woman who invented it, this upside-down dessert is a French classic steeped in tales of culinary accidents and stolen recipes.

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