From vineyards and cafés to culture and beaches, holidays in France have something for everyone. Flybe can take you to 18 French destinations when you fly from the UK, including Avignon, Bordeaux, Rennes, Nantes, Toulouse, La Rochelle and many more. And we operate from 32 airports across the UK, so a Flybe airport is always close to you. Find great deals on flights to France with Flybe today.
Vibrant, cultural Avignon is a must-see for anyone venturing to Provence. Its old town is still encircled by its original medieval wall and the famous Palais des Papes and Pont Saint-Bénézet (better known as the ‘Pont d’Avignon’) are listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites. For three weeks in July, the city is transformed into one vast stage and hosts 600 theatre companies for the Avignon Festival – but at any time of year, visitors enjoy strolling along boutique-lined streets and through leafy squares, pausing to dine in the city’s excellent restaurants. Asparagus is especially revered and celebrated, and there’s also a long-standing association with excellent wines.
A city uniting old and new, Rennes boasts a 2,000-year-old history as well as a lively cultural scene thanks to its student community. It’s renowned for its Transmusicales music festival and Marché des Lices, France’s second largest food market stuffed with seafood and saucisson. Take a wander around the medieval streets of the picture-perfect old town and admire the impressive parliament building, before relaxing in the Thabor gardens. Rennes has a contemporary side too: Les Champs Libres houses the Museum of Brittany, Science Museum and Planetarium, while Brittany’s Regional Contemporary Art Fund thrives in an imposing structure of stainless steel and glass.
One of France’s most important ports in earlier centuries, limestone-clad La Rochelle is a maze of attractive arcaded walkways, half-timbered houses, gargoyles and lighthouses. It’s a thoroughly modern, green city with innovative public transport, open spaces and plenty of family attractions. There’s lots to learn about the city’s maritime glory days as you admire the 3,500 yachts moored in the harbour, and you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to seaside activities: surf, sail, fish, join a pleasure cruise or simply sunbathe on the beach. To refuel after all of that, indulge in the abundant rope-grown mussels and oysters from nearby Île d’Oléron, with a glass or two of cognac-laced Pineau de Charentes.
Dynamic Bordeaux is capital of south-west France, bursting with exceptional 18th-century architecture that’s earned it the nickname ‘Little Paris’. Life is good here, striking a balance between art, culture, fine food, shopping and nightlife. It boasts an inexhaustible mix of fine dining and rustic bistro fare and wine is a major star, with 60 local appellations spread across the surrounding vineyards, and united at the recently-opened Cité du Vin. January’s antiques fair is the most important event of the year for the region – and the Esplanade des Quinconces the largest downtown city square in Europe, laid out in 1820.
France’s fourth-largest metropolis and nicknamed ‘la Ville Rose’, Toulouse is a tangle of ochre rooftops and attractive churches in the south west. Its charming old quarter is packed with boutiques but the buzz is tempered by its two serene waterways: the Garonne River and the much-loved Canal du Midi, along which visitors enjoy boating and biking. Toulouse is also a major aeronautical hub; the Airbus factory is situated just outside town. Getting into holiday mode is easy here, whether gorging on cassoulet and confit duck, sipping espresso in the cafés or soaking up smouldering jazz at one of the music festivals.
Capital of Pays de la Loire in western France, Nantes is a city for arty and outdoor types; its focus on the environment and communal green space makes it a refreshing destination for a city break, and art in all its forms is celebrated by the two-month Voyage à Nantes each summer. It has an important maritime and river history – and with a pedestrianised centre and plenty of smart shops to browse, all you need here is a comfortable pair of shoes. Don’t miss the wacky Machines de L’Île or the remarkable views from the rooftop bar of the Tour de Bretagne, situated on the 37th floor of this city skyscraper.
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