Located in the northeastern portion of France, it is the capital of the Vosges, which are the dome-shaped mountains of the area. Épinal is located along the Moselle River, which is 60 km south of Nancy, France.
Within the old town centre you can visit the Saint-Maurice Basilica, and Roman Houses that date back to the 11th and 13th century. You will also wish to pay a visit to the Place des Vosges, as well as the Chapitre district, and please do not miss the Arboretum de la Forêt d'Épinal. The area also has tremendous major fortifications that have been not only extended but also kept maintained into the early 20th century. One of the legends held to be quite true of those who live in Épinal, tells that Napoleon's ghost leisurely walks the walled ramparts. This is said to occur at 5:00 A.M. on the 9th of September every year. The reason is that that is the time and day when in 1811, Napoleon provided his first and last discourse to the residents of the city of Épinal.
Épinal boasts having a school where you can learn the art of textile weaving, and it is home to the Imagerie d'Épinal, There you will be astounded to see hand operated presses that still to this day turn out stencil-colored woodcuts depicting folk themes, storybook characters, Napoleonic history as well as a large assortment of military subjects. Or you may wish to play a round of golf at the Épinal golf course.
Also in Épinal is the the Épinal American cemetery and memorial. Encompassing 48.6 acres it also features a large structure, which comprises of a map room complete with a mosaic operations map, a portico, as well as a chapel. But most of all those who visit here say that Épinal is enveloped with extremely traditional French ambience while offering stunning surroundings that make for an exceptionally relaxing stay.
Once you have played tourist and gone to the places listed above, you will find that the town offers you a very warm and friendly atmosphere whether you shop in their shops or eat in their amazing restaurants. Because wine is so very important to the area, you may find yourself going on a wine tasting tour that you will not soon forget! This Vosges locale is well worth the holiday whether you like to visit by bike, horse or on foot.
The weather there is described as semi continental. This means that it has low rainfall, which is accommodating in growing grapes as well as enjoying a holiday! A warm coat is required in the winter while the spring and summer are quite warm. Fall tends to be very pleasant as well with temperatures cooling down in November for the winter.
The nearest airport is Epinal - Mirecourt (EPL), which is, located a scant 31 km northwest of Épinal. You may take a plane from London’s Gatwick to the airport, which is approximately only 490 km or one hour away from Paris by plane. It is also possible to arrive to Épinal by taking the Channel Tunnel and then the TGV which is France’s excellent and very fast trains. Depending on what you wish to see, you may also drive there, using one of the ferry ports such as Dieppe, Calais or Dunkirk. A hire car may not even be a necessity in the town of Épinal.