Saumur’s troglodyte heritage.
All around Saumur are limestone cliffs that have been quarried for centuries to provide the white stone for the world-famous chateaux and manor houses of the Loire Valley. The resulting tunnels and caves have been put to practical use, from plain houses to artistically-sculpted caves and even restaurants and B&Bs!
Soulages Museum, Rodez, top-selling artist at auction.
Pierre Soulages, a painter of international renown, was born in Rodez in the Aveyron region. His work is shown in nearly ninety museums around the world. He is the French artist that reaches the highest prices on the international contemporary art market. His latest canvas was sold for over € 5 million.
A fortified Auvergne village.
Nine villages in Auvergne have been ranked among France's most beautiful for their charm, history and quality as tourist destinations. Spend an afternoon discovering historical monuments, shopping in the boutiques held by local artisans, or hiking in the surrounding areas.
World-famous painters and museums.
The Musée Toulouse-Lautrec in Albi, the Musée Soulages in Rodez, the Musée Ingres in Montauban… Whether you have a penchant for impressionist Belle-Epoque Paris, abstract or neo-classical art, set off to explore a region in love with arts and culture.
Plenty to do in Poitou-Charentes.
In Poitou-Charentes, La Rochelle and its old harbour represent the French art de vivre. More inland, Poitiers is the capital of the Romanesque architecture. Angoulême seduces the Comics fans with its painted walls. Discover also the picturesque villages like Angles-sur-l’Anglin in the Vienne or Aubeterre-sur-Dronne in Charente.
Lots to see and do in Aquitaine.
Bordeaux, 18th C. city listed by Unesco, is a must-see. The Cité du Vin opens in June. Don’t miss Bayonne, heart of the Basque country or Périgueux and its market. You prefer smaller villages? Visit Brantôme and its abbey in Dordogne or the fortified town of Monflanquin in Lot-et-Garonne.
All around Louvre-Lens: Arras-Béthune-Lens-Douai-Valenciennes.
Arras is a town that delivers on every level, whether you admire it from ground level, tour the passages beneath the main square, or enjoy the cityscape from the top of the UNESCO-listed belfry belonging to the Town Hall.
Discover Limoges, internationally renowned for its porcelain, Brive la Gaillarde, the gateway to the south of France and Aubusson, the world's tapestry capital. Take time to visit Limousin's villages, such as Collonges-La-Rouge built with red sandstone in Corrèze, and discover the gentle pleasures of life here.
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