Imposing chateaux, dormant volcanoes and the City of Light
Central France may not boast fine beaches or share its borders with other European nations, but some of the country’s richest landscapes and attractions are located here: the châteaux of the Loire Valley, the extensive vineyards of Burgundy, the lakes and moors of Limousin and the volcanoes of the Auvergne. It also holds the shining jewel in France’s crown – Paris.
The capital needs little introduction. Many of its various museums, monuments, gardens, restaurants and architectural marvels are of legendary renown, and in combination they make every step through the city completely beguiling. The enchantment continues in the Loire, where some of the world’s most spectacular châteaux lie. Once royal residences, each has its own story to tell and all remain integral to the country’s identity. East of here the picturesque villages of Burgundy sit among row upon row of leafy vines, from whose grapes the elegant Burgundian wines are made.
Limousin and Auvergne are lesser known regions that have maintained a wild, unspoilt beauty that it’s a pleasure to behold. Vast, glittering lakes, volcanic scenery, honey coloured hamlets and medieval castles make these regions the perfect place to escape and feel the freedom of the outdoors.
A visit to central France is a chance to discover some of its less frequented areas, to delve further into its magnificent history and culture, and to sample some of its greatest produce.