Experience Indian summer in France

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    Cancale

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    Saint-Malo

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We know what fall means: back to school and the end of summer vacation, a transition that is certainly not easy for most. On the other hand, September is also the height of Indian summer, which graces many regions of France with warm weather that lasts well beyond the official end of the season.

The best part? Once the hordes of summer tourists have returned home, France offers peace, quiet and that particularly inviting sunshine that September is so known for.

And since it also marks the end of peak season, there are plenty of bargains to be had!

Here are some of our top picks to help you extend your summer in France.

The Brittany coastline

Many of Brittany’s must-see sites are concentrated from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nantes, passing by the Pointe du Raz, an area that will captivate you with its natural beauty. If September proves to be too late for lounging on the beach, you can still enjoy the serenity of the countryside and the pre-autumn colours of the foliage as they begin to reveal themselves.

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Mont-Saint-Michel needs no introduction, with its striking abbey that sits atop a rocky peak overlooking a bay. In September, you can hear the choral music of Bach echoing from its nave.

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On the road to Saint-Malo make a stop at Cancale, a picturesque fishing village that is also known for its tasty specialties, particularly its oysters and shellfish.

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Standing at the mouth of the Rance river, the stone ramparts of Saint-Malo proudly overlook its beaches and port. Fortifications have granted the façades and towers the unique silhouette that the city is known for. The rampart walk to reach the city offers awe-inspiring views and was Jacques Cartier’s point of departure when he left for Canada during the 16th century. A museum in his honor is located in his former home.

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Stop for some camping at Bocage-du-Lac, located in the “Petite Cité de Caractère” Jugon-les-Lacs. The exceptional and unique experience you will find here includes a cabin on stilts equipped with a spa area, making it an ultimate destination for romance and relaxation. And if you’re looking for an option fit for the whole family, a chalet floating on the lake equipped with canoes may just be perfect for you.

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Next, move on to the famous pink granite coast and the village of Ploumanac'h, a resort in Cotes d'Armor. At over 300 million years old these rocks extend more than 25 hectares, making for a truly sumptuous setting. Recognized as part of France’s national and coastal heritage, this site is a definite must-see during your stay in the region.

On your way to Menez-Hom you will discover the Monts d'Arrée, a mountain range which cuts the department of Finistère down the middle. This impressive and almost surreal landscape features a mixture of heather, gorse and rocky ridges extending as far as the eye can see.

From 330 meters above ground, Mount Menez-Hom commands attention as one of Brittany’s highlights. This ancient and now inactive volcano is well worth a visit: after an ​easy climb, you will be met with an exceptional view of the whole area. Today, this ancient sacred mountain is a popular site with paragliders.

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If you long to escape to secluded beaches, take a boat ride over to Quiberon, Vannes or Le Croisic to reach one of the Islands of Ponant: Hoëdic, the little sibling of Houat and Belle-Isle off the Gulf of Morbihan. On the menu: beautiful walks along the rugged coastline, a tour of the fort built in the mid nineteenth century and quintessential small villages protected by dunes.

The Aquitaine coastline

Further towards the South of France, Aquitaine has plenty of sunshine to spare, not to mention 30 degree temperatures even in September!

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Begin your trek with a visit to the Cordouan lighthouse, the oldest in France that is still active today. Named a historical monument in 1862 - the same year as the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris- its grandiose architecturere sulting from a long and tumultuous history made the Cordouan lighthouse the “Versailles of the sea.”

And of course we can’t mention Aquitaine and not Bordeaux, whose eighteenth façades and preserved architecture make for truly exceptional walks.Classified as a world heritage site, the city is also the door to vineyards that produce one prestigious label after another.

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The wineries of Bordeaux are in full swing in September, one of their busiest seasons for sales! And if you’re feeling ambitious you can take part in the marathon of Médoc on August 7th, the longest marathon in the world and a particularly active way to experience the region.

If you want to taste some of the region’s finest wines a bit closer to home, Québec City is hosting a Bordeaux Wine Festival from August 30th-September 1st. The following labels will be available: Saint-Emilion, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Lussac Saint-Emilion, Lalande de Pomerol, Fronsac,...

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To indulge in some wine tasting visit La Winery or the estate of Bernard Magrez, and don’t forget the numerous starred restaurants the region has to offer.

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If golf is your sport of choice you won’t want to miss out on a visit to the Golf du Médoc, ranked among one of the most beautiful courses in the world.

45 kilometres from Bordeaux you will find the picturesque basin of Arcachon . Classified as a resort since 1926, this basin spilling out into the ocean is best known for its dune of Pyla, which is the largest in all of Europe. From its peak, you will be rewarded with an unbeatable view of the basin and the pine forest of Landes. From the banks of the basin you will beable to see the famous Île aux Oiseaux, open to fishermen and visitors alike.

Opportunities to enjoy the water are also aplenty. Don’t miss out on a tour of the basin via pinasse (a characteristic fishing boat of the region.)

Arcachon is also a popular destination for thrill-seekers: microlight, parasailing and parachuting will all offer exceptional views of the basin.

Not to mention the many cycling paths (over 200 km in total) that will take you from Arcachon to Cap Ferret.

The Mediterranean coastline

The Meditteranean is a perfect destination to visit in September!

The beach crowds have dispersed, life regains its rhythm, the heat is no longer unbearable and above all, the colours of September take the rains.

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Countless artists have been captivated by Provence, the inimitable light of the South of France, capturing its many colours. You can follow in their footsteps and view the places that inspired Van Gogh, Cézanne, Picasso and Matisse, as tours and visits of locations they frequented are often available.

Picasso Museum (Place Mariejol, Antibes)
Tel : +33 4 92 90 54 20
Open daily except for Mondays from 10 am- 6 pm

Matisse Museum (164 rue des Arènes de Cimiez, Nice)
Tel : +33 (0)4 93 81 08 08
Open daily except for Tuesdays from 10 am- 6 pm

Granet Museum (Place St-Jean de Malte in Aix-en-Provence)
Tel : +33(0)4 42 52 88 32
Open daily except for Mondays from 12- 6 pm

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Voted the European Capital of Culture in 2013, Marseille is THE city of the moment. And even if you think you know Marseille already, you will be surprised by the city’s facelift: various improvements have been made for the event.

For the occasion, the banks of the Huveane are welcoming the world’s first nomadic museum: the Centre Pompidou Mobile. The museum offers visitors a chance to experience a thematic selection of major works of the Centre Pompidou, which houses Europe’s premiere collection of modern and contemporary art.

Centre Pompidou Mobile
Ilot des Berges
230 avenue Gabriel Péri
13400 Aubagne
From June 29th- September 29th
Open daily (except for Mondays)
Free entry

Also not to be missed is the Féria of Nîmes, running from August 13-15. As one of the city’s integral events, the Féria is quite unlike anything else you have seen before. Twice a year, for the Pentecost and the harvest, the city devotes itself to bulls and horses, but also to music, dance and wine.

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To get your dose of culture and history, a visit to  Nîmes is a must to see its impressive amphitheatre and numerous Romain remains, the Maison Carrée, St. Paul’s church or the planetarium to take in the sights of the solar system.

Another idea? Montpellier will not fail to seduce you. Its medieval alleyways are ideal for shopping, and its new neighborhoods combine natural spaces with structures created by some of the world’s biggest architects. Don’t forget to take a quick ride on the city’s new tramways, designed by Christian Lacroix.

And finally take the time to stop at Sète, known as the “Venice of Languedoc” thanks to its light, colors, reflections and canals. The marine cemetery overlooking the Corniche, facing the water, is one of Sète’s best-known sites. Immortalized by the poet Paul Valéry, who is buried in the upper part of the cemetery, the site also holds the tomb of Jean Vilar. Mont St. Clair, withthe chapel of Notre Dame de la Salette at its summit, is a pilgrimage site. At 183 meters high, it offers an exceptional view of the the city and its ports.

  • Gastronomy

The Mediterranean is brimming with delicious specialties!

Try some bouillabaisse in Marseille, a niçoise sald in Nice, a glass of rosé in Bandol, the olives of Baux-de-Provence or the rice in Camrgue, just to name a few.

And don’t forget the products found in Provence: melon from Caderousse, goat cheese from Jonquières, sausage from Arles, crespeou from Avignon, ratatouille, pistou soup, tapenade, aioli and more.

  • Accomodations

In Cannes, the Relais de la Reine is a true gem of France’s luxury hotels that is internationally renowned.

The Camping de la Yole offers not only accomodations but also tastings of their products, allowing you to expand your knowledge of wines and Mediterranean gastronomy. You can also discover their farm animals and stay active with various sporting activities in the setting of a nature preserve.

Just 15 minutes from Montpellier, the Disini Luxury Hotel offers a luxurious setting in the heart of Languedoc territory. Bearing the prestigious labels of “Relais du Silence”, “Qualité Tourisme” and “Qualité Sud de France”, the Disini has affirmed itself its prominence in the industry, committed toproviding top-notch comfort as well as high-end service.

Not to mention as well the Village Centre Loisirs, which offers a variety of residence options as well as camping.

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After a walk around the exceptional site of calanques (steep-walled inletcoves) in Marseille, you can reach the Maures mountains and its vast forests of oak and chestnut trees.  While making your way back up to Fréjus, the red rocks of Esterel are a must-see. Expect sublime panoramic views on your way!

Our certified agent La France sur Mesure (see url on right side) can help you plan your ideal trip, offering a wide range of activities in the Mediterranean region.