Central France

Step onto broad North Atlantic sands, the mountainous heart of rural France or stop for a sip at the châteaux.

Central France is where the action steps up a notch. Those seeking rolling waves can make a splash in the Atlantic waters of the Vendée or if you’re seeking rolling hills, head to the heart of France to hike past gorges galore in the Jura. Make time to stop for a sip of famous red in Burgundy or slide down the slopes in the Alps.

If you’ve got a nose for culture, let it loose in the Loire and discover over 1,000 stately châteaux to see how French aristocrats used to live. Wind your way down to the Dordogne to explore medieval towns like Sarlat or even an underground lattice of mysterious caves. Be sure to stop riverside for canoeing or a picnic packed with local delicacies!

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Central France, Dordogne, Sarlat
Central France, Dordogne, Chateau Milandes
Jura, Cascades du Herrisson
Alps, Annecy
Alps, Annecy, Col Forclaz

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Wine lover?

Burgundy’s vineyards are as close to heaven as it gets. Even the villages read like a wine-maker’s who’s who: from Chablis to Macon and Meursault to Beaune. But the area’s towns - such as vibrant Dijon - offer art and architecture in equal measure.

Regions in Central France

Got a taste for the grape? Stop for a sip at Burgundy’s world-famous vineyards or wonder at ancient architectural icons like the 12th century Abbaye de Fontenay, the oldest Cistercian Abbey in France.

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Delve into the Dordogne to find meandering rivers, ancient villages, impressive châteaux and rich vineyards.

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Caught between Burgundy to the west and Switzerland to its east, the Jura has the best of both worlds. It’s also home to the impressive Cascades du Herrison, 31 magnificent waterfalls.

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Settle into the Loire, known as the Garden of France, and spot a château (there’s over 1,000) or sup on your new favorite grape

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Seeking fresh, boundless air? Then the Alps are for you. A paradise for skiers and nature-hunters alike, the region is famed for its stunning backdrop of towering peaks, glaciers and shimmering waterfalls.

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Visit the Vendée to race through long, dune-packed sands and try out water sports on its broad sweep of Atlantic coast.

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