North West: Four Regions – Normandie, Bretagne, Pays-de-la-Loire and Centre-Val de Loire
Normandy is a perfect blend of coastal and inland culture, from the spectacular Mont St Michel up through La Manche county, across the Calvados and all the way to authentic Le Tréport in beautiful Seine- Maritime. Thee sea provides a fascinating landscape along 600 km of coastline, sculpting the cliffs into natural works of art. Inland, there’s landscape pastures, meadows, grazing livestock, camembert, butter, cider… this is a luscious part of Normandy
Brittany is a feast for the senses and its diverse facets are simply waiting to be discovered. Explore the area’s remarkable natural heritage with its network of unforgettable hiking trails. Experience the pleasure and excitement of the sea, with numerous centers available for trying your hand at water-sports or perfecting your technique. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the beautiful parks and gardens in the region’s towns and cities, and discover the essence of the Celtic spirit.
The Pays de la Loire has numerous historic charms, like the castles of Angers, Mayenne and Laval, and in Nantes the Château des Ducs de Bretagne, the old city of Le Mans, as well as the largest monastic collection in Europe at the Royal Fontevraud Abbey. It is criss-crossed with rivers, dotted with attractive towns and also has natural parks such as the Poitou Marshes and Brière.
Centre-Val de Loire is a trip of architectural delight with the chateaux de la Loire. Six jeweled cities and Cathedrals are UNESCO world heritage sites. You can go from troglodyte caves to Geroge Sand’s home while enjoying in the gentle and refined lifestyle, the wine, and the mild and temperate climate.