Places in France to go on a Countryside Getaway

Only a short ferry trip across the Channel or a budget flight of a couple of hours, France is a great destination for quick getaway. Paris is one of the most capitals in the world, but for your next French holiday, why not try somewhere more rural? With miles of unspoilt countryside, ranging from green open pastures to mountainous terrain there is plenty to explore. Discover the best destinations in France for a countryside getaway, with our top picks.


Located in the Provence region of France this historic area has been settled in for over one thousand years! The present village was built in the 15th century and features a renaissance palace. Small winding streets are lined with cafes and shops selling local produce and crafts. Take a walk in the beautiful surrounding countryside of Luberon for sights of olive groves, limestone hills and pockets of forest.


A pretty town in the Languedoc-Rousillon region Beaucaire is surrounded by water from both the Rhone River and Canal du Rhone a Sete. 17th and 18th century townhouses are worth a look for their traditional architecture and yet more history can be found in the ruined castle which stands above the town. Take a trip outside the town and visit the Abbey of Saint-Roman for spectacular views of the Provence countryside.


The Loire river is one of the most recognisable natural features in France and a must-see for lovers of the great outdoors. Amboise is situated on the river and provides the perfect setting for numerous trips into the countryside. Be sure to visit the many chateau in the region, and if visiting over Easter make sure you catch the annual wine fair which happens in the town.

Arles sur Tech

This quiet village nestling in the Pyrenees is situated in the Vallespir valley on the river Tech, close to the border with Spain. A historic abbey lies at its centre, which allegedly holds important saint’s relics. This is the perfect point for walks into the mountains and surrounding villages, and boasts a couple of restaurants, bakeries and a hotel. For stunning scenery take a trip to Les Gorges de la Fou, where you can walk on suspended bridges deep into the Cliffside.


For wide open spaces and huge expanses of green, check out Normandy for a holiday. Trouville is known as ‘The Queen of Beaches’ due to its coastal location, and has a traditional seaside charm to it. The port, villas and winding streets are great for wiling away the hours, and it’s only a short distance to the wide open spaces the region is famed for. Inspired by its beauty, many artists and writers have been attracted to Trouville over its long history: Charles Mozin, Dumas, Corot and Monet have all experienced daily life in the town.


16th, 17th and 18th century buildings abound in Nancy, in the beautiful region of Lorraine, in the east of France. There is plenty to do in this town, though its location means you are blessed with countryside right on the doorstep. Stay in Nancy during late June or early July to catch the Renaissance festival, which is an annual highlight of the town’s calendar. Take trips to smaller villages nestling in the countryside nearby, and sample local delicacies like redcurrant jam and rhubarb wine.


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