Spring breaks in FranceEnvisage France in the heart of spring
For holidaymakers travelling to France in spring, temperatures rise around April, and continue to increase in May. Whether you choose to cycle around the picturesque villages in the Dordogne, or walk in the Brittany countryside, you may be fortunate enough to catch some sunny spells. In Spring, France hosts several cultural festivals, including the Europajazz Festival, as well as prominent sporting events, such as the Monaco Grand Prix, and the much-awaited French Open. Contemporary festivals include ‘Nuits Sonores’ in Lyon, an electronic music festival, and the Bourges Spring Festival, an event which prides itself on presenting well-known artists and new acts to festival-goers.
In May, France also opens up a plethora of museums across the country for free, meaning you can visit some of the most celebrated museums in the capital, and nation-wide. In HomeAway's private French accommodation, you can wind down, after a day of rambling or sailing, in an authentic, rural gîte, or have a unique view of the capital in a chic Parisian apartment. When you want to create a home from home experience, or have access to a swimming-pool or veranda, HomeAway has a diverse selection of rentals to choose from.
Top five destinations for spring breaks in France
Spring breaks in The Cotentin
The Cotentin, or the ‘Cherbourg Peninsula’ is situated in the department of Manche, Normandy. As the largest city in the area, Cherbourg-Octeville is home to the Cite de la Mer, a maritime museum, and Le Point du Jour, a centre for contemporary art. Other notable museums include Museum Emmanuel-Liais, dedicated to natural history, archaeology and ethnography, the study of human cultures. The area is perfect for keen walkers seeking sea-air, with various routes for you to choose from. For cyclists, ride along the Cap de la Hague, and admire the spectacular sea-views. Whether you choose to walk or cycle around the area, take a pit-stop to sample the exquisite ice-cream, or have lunch in the various cafes dotted around the city. Mont-Saint-Michel is a majestic island off the coast of Normandy, and the perfect place to have a traditional crepe au chocolat.
Spring breaks in Cotes-d'Armor
If you’re travelling to the department of Cotes-d’Armor, in the north of Brittany, visit Cap Frehel. The peninsula is home to dozens of ornate chapels, including the beautiful Chapel Saint Sebastien and Chapel in Sables d’Or, as well as the Church of Frehel. The surrounding beaches are some of the best in the region, including Minieu shore, located in Sables d’Or les Pins. In the summer, the area is a platform for various water activities, but in the Spring time, the beach is a relaxing haven for coastal walkers. Cap Frehel also has a bird sanctuary, and offers the opportunity to pick shellfish in groups. Neighbouring areas include the Emerald Coast, which stretches from Cap Frehel to Mont-Saint-Michel, with its gorgeous beaches.
Spring breaks in Nice
The stunning city of Nice is located on the south-east coast of the country. The capital of the French Riviera has wonderful weather in Spring, leaving you little excuse but to walk along the spectacular coastline. For budding chefs, you can enrol on a ‘Gourmet Tour’ and sample some of the finest French cuisine in the area. Other notable tours include the cycle tours around the city, allowing you to explore the array of modern and Edwardian architecture, pretty streets with stylish bars and the gorgeous beaches scattered along the coast. For a unique tour of Nice, hop on a ‘Cyclopolitain’, essentially an electric tricycle, for a fast and exciting ride around the city.
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Spring breaks in The Medoc
The Medoc, famed as a superb wine growing region in Gironde, is a stunning area located just north of Boredaux. The Medoc is something of a haven for holidaymakers with a penchant for red wine, with an incredible number of varieties produced and locally sold in the area. Whether you choose to enrol on an organised vineyard tour or wine-tasting evening, or relax after rambling in the countryside with a couple of glasses of locally produced wine, the area is a perfect location for a tranquil Spring break. Chateaus in The Medoc also have a long and celebrated history of producing wine, and are famed for their unique architecture: Chateau Beychevelle and Château Cos d'Estournel are arguably two of the finest.
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Spring breaks in Bayeux
For holidaymakers in Bayeux, Normandy, no trip's complete without visiting the remarkable Bayeux Cathedral, a building exemplar of Norman-Romanesque architecture. Here, you can view the ornate murals in the eleventh century crypt, but keen historians will know the commune is home to the embroidered cloth canvas The Bayeux Tapestry, held at the Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux. At 70 metres long, the canvas’s fascinating drawings depict the conquest of William, Duke of Normandy. In addition, you can enrol on a D-Day tour, lead by an experienced guide, where you are encouraged to reflect on the immense history of the area.
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