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Welcome to Paris

It is true that Paris is huge and full of charm : it has many sites to visit like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris and Montmartre, and features museums of high cultural interest, like the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou. But Paris is also the Parisian way of life, with its myriad of restaurants, bistros and cafes, its markets and shops offering a large choice of local products to enjoy the french gastronomy. Last but not least, as a fashion capital, Paris is a paradise for all the fashionistas with its leading designers and iconic brands. That’s why Paris is ranked first european city as a touristic destination, attracting more than 27 million tourists each year.

With this guidebook, Petit Futé has done everything possible to give you a selection of addresses gathering the must-sees as the hidden treasures for a successful stay in the City of Light and to enjoy the best of Paris.

Welcome to French Riviera

Exceptional and emotional land, the “French Riviera” owes much of its success to its unique diversity and richness. It has first of all a unique identity showing contrast between sea and mountains with a preserved landscaped ranging from the Mediterranean coastline to the Southern Alps allowing those who like helio¬tropism and animations to clump to the seaside to enjoy the beaches, festive and night activities, and those investigators of authenticity to escape to the back country and its preserved areas and to set off-road to discover peacefully the numerous perched villages.

Then there is its extraordinary cultural heritage that embraces much of the history of humanity: great creative workshop for artists around the world, art lovers follow the footsteps of Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, Dufy, Renoir and Bonnard, famous painters fascinated by the blue colour of the sky and the brightness of the region while culture-lovers are interested in the rich architectural heritage of the Alpes-Maritimes.

Welcome to Alpilles

It is true that Alpilles and Camargue are well known by all lovers of gastronomy, historical sites and art. Alpilles and Camargue are lands with great patrimonial weath and countless attractions: castles, abbeys, churches, natural sites, museums, etc. Alpilles and Camargue are great touristic regions with enchanting landscapes, charming small towns and wild nature that you can explore by walking, cycling, etc. But Alpilles and Camargue are also the craftsmen, the festivals, the cultural and culinary events, the markets where you can find local products… Tasty!

With this guidebook, Petit Futé has done everything possible to give you a selection of addresses gathering the must-sees as the hidden treasures for a successful stay and to enjoy the best of Alpilles and Camargue! Welcome to Alpilles and Camargue!

Welcome to Aude

Aude can be compared to a little France with countless attractions that offer a range of landscapes and pleasures to all. Aude is a region of enchanting lands: Carcassonne, Lauragais, Montagne Noire, Cabardès, Minervois, Narbonne, Côte, Corbières, Limoux, Quercorb, the Aude Pyrenees ... Our aim is to make you enjoy the best of this department: its rich gastronomy, its remarkable historical sites, its southern identity and its Mediterranean character. The Petit Futé team did not stop moving along its roads and trails from east to west and from north to south to find the best places for you. Of course, this list is not complete, that is why we also rely on you, so that through your comments, your lines left on www.petitfute.com or suggestions sent via the free application for Smartphones Petit Futé Reporter, we can share your emotions and discoveries.

Now it’s time to welcome you to Aude and to wish you a wonderful stay in the region. Hoping that this travel guide will help you all along your trip!

Welcome to Bordeaux

Our first images of a city remain engraved in our memories. And it is often guides who lead us in these first exploratory steps. Thus, in the pages of this Petit Futé dedicated to Bordeaux, you will discover the multiple aspects of the city: the harmony of its 18th-century facades which form a strange contrast with the winding and cobbled streets of the Saint-Pierre district, its shaded plots bordered by restaurants and its new and lasting neighbourhoods, its museums and its many markets. I invite you to stroll on its two shores, on foot or by bike, accompanied by the Garonne, and to enjoy this incomparable light which is suitable for daydream. You will find then through the variety of its neighbourhoods what makes Bordeaux a unique city, listed as Unesco World Heritage. A distinction that confirms the universal value of its architecture, which combines modernity and classicism.

From its past as a land of welcome of all the communities, Bordeaux retains humanism and a harmonious mixture of cultures that can be read and discovered through its streets bordered by blonde-stone buildings. You who pass by Bordeaux, you will undoubtedly remember this paradise corner nestled in the hollows of the Garonne.

Welcome to Bretagne

It’s true that Bretagne is full of charm: Bretagne extends from the Channel Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. Bretagne has many sites to visit and features cities of cultural interest, like Brest, Rennes, Vannes, Saint-Malo and more. But also beaches, seaside resorts, and rural regions that are known for their beautiful landscapes and tranquillity.

With this guidebook, Petit Futé has done everything possible to give you a selection of addresses gathering the must-sees as the hidden treasures for a successful stay and to enjoy the best of Bretagne.
Welcome to Bretagne!

Welcome to Burgundy

Land of history, land of culture and heritage, land of gastronomy, land of passions... Burgundy is all of this at the same time ! From one place to another, our guide will make you discover the infinite richness of this region : concerned about their lifestyle, burgundians are proud of the diversity of their land, and either for its culture or its gastronomy with many culinary specialties, you will quickly be influenced by local traditions. The application of the Climats de Bourgogne in order to be classified as a Unesco World Heritage site has become everybody’s business, opening new horizons on the transmission of knowledge, know-how and the preservation of the traditions rooted in burgundy from generations. Witnesses of the past abound, castles, churches, abbeys, medieval cities, monuments ... exceptional heritage sites where history is told and tamed down through the countless museums of the region... Want to relax in the heart of a generous nature? Here you can escape, glide over the water on the canals of Burgundy and Nivernais, explore the area by bike along greenways and cycle routes, visit the hiking trails or try water activities on one of the great lakes of the Morvan. From Dijon to Châlon-sur-Saône, through Auxerre and Nevers, Burgundy can also vibrate : festivals and events punctuate the seasons and boost the smallest village in summer...

So, whether you are a tourist, alone or with family, events are not lacking, and there is truly something for everyone ! During your stroll, flip through the pages of our guide, and let yourself be carried away by our favourites, our addresses and our smart tips, and succumb to the authentic charms of Burgundy !

Welcome to Cote d'Opale

The Côte d’Opale is like an old crazy friend. Both soft and short-tempered, calm and violent, melancholic and festive, you never know how it will accommodate you but one thing is certain, you always come back. Its coastline with multiple facets continues to fascinate travellers. Dune landscapes on the side of the Belgian border, sandy beaches stretching as far as the eye can see in Bray-Dunes and Berck-sur-Mer, valleys, green hills, marshes, streams, forests and meadows, nature dominates the territory... Those who prefer to keep their feet dry won’t be left behind. Mountain biking, horseback riding activities, hiking, the beautiful Côte d’Opale deploys countless trails as well as bucolic and fantastic paths. Finally, of the Côte d’Opale is primarily that of the Belle Epoque and its high-class seaside resorts, the most famous of which are those of Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, Hardelot and Wimereux... Today, the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer remains the largest fishing port in France. The coastline of Nord-Pas de-Calais still bears the scars of the several conflicts that occurred with its fortified cities, its blockhouses hidden in the hollows of dunes and its many relics and memorials of war... No one can resist the Côte d’Opale. And if it is true that wax and rubber boots are less glamorous than bikinis, the warmth and conviviality you will find by pushing the door of an estaminet or an inn open are worthy of the tropics !

It is therefore with great humility and pleasure that we present you the travel guidebook Best of Côte d’Opale. We wish you a pleasant discovery !

Welcome to France

France is huge and full of charm: Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. France has many sites listed as Unesco World Heritage and features cities of high cultural interest, like Paris, Bordeaux and many more.But also beaches and seaside resorts, ski resorts, and rural regions known for their beautifullandscapes and tranquillity. That’s why France is ranked as the first tourist destination in the World Tourism rankings compiled by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) with 83 million foreign tourists in 2012.

With this guidebook, Petit Futé has done everything possible to give you a selection of addresses gathering the must-sees as the hidden treasures for a successful stay in the country of human rights and gastronomy and to enjoy the best of France. Welcome to France!

Welcome to Lyon

It is true that Lyon is huge and full of charm: there are many sites and museums of high cultural interest to visit. But Lyon is also a special way of life with its myriad of restaurants, bistros, and cafes, its markets and shops offering a large choice of local products to enjoy French gastronomy. Last but not least, as a cultural capital, Lyon organises big cultural events for all publics, one if its leading events being, for example, the Fête des lumières (“Festival of Lights”). But you can also go shopping in some small traditional shops and department stores. That’s why Lyon is ranked as one of the first European cities as a tourist destination, attracting more than 5,5 million tourists each year.

With this guidebook, Petit Futé has done everything possible to give you a selection of addresses gathering the must-sees as well as the hidden treasures for a successful stay and to enjoy the best Lyon has to offer.

Welcome to Montpellier

Today 8th city of France, Montpellier continues its vertiginous development. Younger than its Languedoc neighbors as far as history is concerned, it is however the figurehead of the region, thanks to its incredible dynamism. Montpellier is young, considering its population, in particular there is a large number of students present here. Entertainment, festivals and the frank good humour of the south contribute to the construction of unforgettable memories... All this results in a beautiful harmony and the old buildings in the centre, many of them dating back to the Middle Ages, live side by side with the most modern architectural achievements, some of which are signed by the greatest names of architecture. The dynamism is also cultural, and the number of festivals and events taking place in Montpellier is simply breathtaking. But don’t panic! Petit Futé is there to guide you through the mass of what to see and do. Montpellier is also and especially the sun, which shines here with insolence (more than 300 days of sunshine per year), and the sea close by. Everything is there to help you spend pleasant holidays, and you can easily enjoy the city and bathe in the same day. Inland getaways will also delight lovers of wild and preserved nature, because, whether towards Camargue, the stretches of Languedoc vineyards or the foothills of the Cévennes, we are very quickly out of Montpellier and into the magic of the landscapes.

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Welcome to Perigord

It is true that Périgord is well known by all lovers of gastronomy and historical sites. Périgord is a land with great patrimonial weath and countless attractions: castles, abbeys, churches, bastides, trogloyctic sites, caves, chasms, gardens, museums, theme parks, etc. Périgord is divided into four touristic regions, a classification respected in this guide. Périgord Blanc: around Périgueux and the Valley of Isle. Périgord Noir unmistakably suggests the truffles found in this area and concentrates the main prehistoric sites and the remarkable castles. Périgord Pourpre includes all the Bergeracois and its hillside vineyards which produce a golden wine: the Monbazillac. Don’t forget to visit the bastides ! Périgord Vert includes municipalities situated in the Périgord Limousin Regional Natural Park and Brantôme, the green Venice of Périgord. Périgord is a land of enchanting landscapes, charming small towns and wild nature that you can explore by walking, cycling or horse riding. But Périgord is also the craftsmen, the festivals, the cultural and culinary events, the markets where you can find local products such as foie gras, truffles, ceps, walnuts, strawberries, wines… Tasty !

With this guidebook, Petit Futé has done everything possible to give you a selection of addresses gathering the must-sees as the hidden treasures for a successful stay and to enjoy the best of Périgord ! Welcome to Périgord !

Welcome to Perpignan

The marriage of the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean... Each year, many of you go on vacation in the Eastern Pyrenees. Then be welcome in our department, land of splendor, contrasts, exceptional natural spaces, breathtaking scenery, traditions and lively culture. The Eastern Pyrennes include 17 protected areas, 11 of which are natural reserves and among them, the marine reserve of Cerbère-Banyuls which extends on 650 acres of sea and highlights the beauty of our Mediterranean so well, the cove of Paulilles, one of the most beautiful jewels of the Catalan coast, our pic du Canigó, classified «Great Site of France» or the site of Bouillouses and its 27 lakes and ponds that attract more 155 000 visitors each year... As you can see, this department answers all your dreams of evasion and freedom, also being calls to relaxation and discovery. To be convinced, one just needs to open the door to our historic patrimony. The fortresses of Mont-Louis and Villefranche de Confient, both classified as UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Palais des Rois de Majorque, 700 years old, contemplating the Roussillon, the Prieuré de Serrabona, masterpiece of roman art, or even the beauty at sea of the Château Royal de Collioure, welcomes visitors from around the world every year and are the national and international hallmarks of our destination. Finally, you will undoubtedly be conquered by the grand expositions of the Modern Art Museums of Céret and Collioure. This will to enhance our natural and cultural assets, is also characterized by our craftsmanship and our local productions. With 13 names issued from 15 different varieties, the wines of Roussillon are very rich: Natural Sweet wines such as the Muscats, Rivesaltes, Banyuls, Maury and of course the Collioure, Côtes du Roussillon or Côtes du Roussillon Villages, dry white wines, red, rosé... our wineries pleasantly offer many choices. This authenticity is our strength and greatly embodies our Eastern Pyrenees lifestyle. Whatever the season, for a stay, a week-end, for a week or more, the Eastern Pyrenees invite you to travel, on a tour of all these treasures to be seen time and time again.

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Welcome to Provence

It is true that Provence is well known by all lovers of gastronomy, historical sites and art. Provence is a land of rich heritage and countless attractions: castles, abbeys, churches, natural sites, museums, etc. It is a great touristic region with enchanting landscapes, charming small towns and wild nature that you can explore by walking, cycling, etc. But Provence is also the craftsmen, the festivals, the cultural and culinary events, the markets where you can find local products… Tasty! With this guidebook, Petit Futé has done everything possible to give you a selection of addresses gathering the must-sees as the hidden treasures for a successful stay and to enjoy the best of Provence!

Welcome to Provence!

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