French country house

Provence style, or country style, are cozy stone houses with a porch, portico or open veranda. The walls are given a white color, the roofs are covered with gray tiles - this is the classic version. Currently, throughout southern France, you can still find old French country houses with wooden shutters and family coats of arms carved on stone. The interior is strikingly simple: wooden beams, homespun rugs and flowers in clay pots. You can check our offers for French country houses and to feel the coziness.

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French country house

Provence style, or country style, are cozy stone houses with a porch, portico or open veranda. The walls are given a white color, the roofs are covered with gray tiles - this is the classic version. Currently, throughout southern France, you can still find old French country houses with wooden shutters and family coats of arms carved on stone. The interior is strikingly simple: wooden beams, homespun rugs and flowers in clay pots. You can check our offers for French country houses and to feel the coziness.

Mercantour National Park

The Mercantour National Park(Parc National du Mercantour) occupies the same mountain range of about 685 square kilometers in the northern part of the department of Alpes Maritimes, on the border with Italy. Founded in 1979 around the highest point in the region - Mount Gelas(Mont Gelas, Cime du Gelas, 3143m) and the Valley of Mervey(Vallee des Merveilles - "Valley of Wonders", included in the list of historical monuments of France), in a short time has become one of the largest reserves in Europe, attracting the attention of tourists with a range of natural and historical sites.

The flora of the park is unique - there are more than 2 thousand plant species(including 54% of plant species in France), 25 endemics and about two hundred endangered species. The fauna is also diverse - about 70 species of mammals and 76 species of birds, and near the city of Saint-Martin-Vesubie is the only alpha reserve in the country. Since 1987, Mercantour has merged with the Italian Argenter National Park, which further expands the range of many unique plants and animals. At the same time in seven central valleys - Roy, Beveru, Vezubi, Tini, Upper Var, this is the department of the Alps, Verdon and Yuba where almost three dozen picturesque mountain villages are hidden, all with unique architecture, including both French and Italian traditions. But the hallmark of the park is the Mervey Valley, located at the foot of Mount Bego(Mount Bego, 2872m), where more than 37,000 rock paintings dating back to the 2nd millennium BC have been found.

Around 240km of carefully designed and marked hiking trails have been created around the park, and hikers will find many interesting rocks in the Bego, Monnier, Pelat and Mouton mountain ranges. The national park can be reached by car from any city on the Cote d'Azur via Monaco and Nice.

Port-Cros

Port-Cros National(Parc national de Port-Cros)occupies part of the territory of the islands of Hyeres(Iles d"Hyeres) southeast of Toulon. Together with the botanical reserve of Porquerolle, it occupies about 10sq.km of land and about 80km of water area. This is the first marine reserve in Europe(founded in 1963), specializing in the protection of the unique ecosystems of the dry Mediterranean islands and adjacent waters. Especially in the summer, when there is a high court case for fires, however, a whole network of footpaths passing ruined fortresses and a handful of buildings around Port-Cros. Heather fields, which serve as nesting places for seabirds, and on the shores of picturesque small beaches, allow for a short time to discover the amazing nature of these places.

Porkerol Island can offer picturesque landscapes, opening from the old lighthouse(open to the public from June to September, from 11.00 to 12.00 and from 14.30 to 16.30) and the surrounding rocks, quite exotic hiking trails along the coastal rocks, through wasteland and overgrown dry poppies as well as a visit to the Mediterranean botanical garden Le Hameau. You can also swim in the sea or relax on the pine-framed beaches of Notre Dame(the longest on the island, located 3km northeast of the village of Percolol, just before the fence that occupies the entire northern part of the military base) or Argent(1km west), as well as swimming with a mask among the coastal rocks inhabited by countless living beings underwater and above its level. You can reach the reserve by ferries from Toulon and Le Lavender, as well as tourist boats from any port on the Cote d'Azur.

Golf in France

France is rightfully considered the country of golf. There are over 500 golf courses, including courses designed by the world's best architects. Since the 19th century, golf has become a popular hobby(and for some, a sport) in many provinces of France. Golf courses of varying difficulty are a familiar part of the country's scenic landscape.

Golf competitions are held year after year, and there are all conditions for this. The best sites are located in the area of ​​Laura, Côte d'Azur, Brittany, Provence and Normandy. Therefore, a relaxing holiday in France can be perfectly combined with golf lessons. This game will become doubly interesting due to the fantastic conditions and the magnificent landscape against which the fields are located. No need to worry about equipment - everything you need, including uniforms, can be rented on site. Experienced instructors are at the service of beginners and those who wish to improve their golfing skills. They will give a master class or teach you how to play.

Ski vacation

Skiing in France is a popular pastime in winter. At the same time, France is one of the main destinations for ski holidays in the world. A large number of ski resorts in France are located in the Alps: these are the world famous names of Chamonix, Courchevel, and other equally remarkable resorts. Today, many ski resorts in France are recognized as the best in Europe. International competitions, championships and cultural events are held here every year. In addition to skiing directly to the services of vacationers - snowboarding, sledges, skates, bowling, squash, parachute descents and other mountain and neighborhood activities. Some ski resorts are located in the glacier zone, so the appropriate weather conditions allow skiing all year round.

Climate

The climate in France is varied, but in general it can be described as moderate. Most areas, especially Paris, have cool winters and warm summers. On the Mediterranean coast and in the southwest there are mild winters and hot summers, with a significant amount of precipitation in the southwest. Moderate winters(with rains) and cool summers in the northwest(Brittany). Cool and cold winters, but hot summers - on the border with Germany(Alsace). In the Rhone Valley, a strong, cold, dry northeasterly wind sometimes blows, known as the mistral. In the mountainous regions of the Alps and Pyrenees, winters are quite cold.