4 great reasons to visit France during 2016

06th January, 2016
With its variety of cultural, historical and natural delights, France has always been an exciting and enticing place to visit, with each region promising a unique experience, meaning no one visit to France is ever the same. 2016, however, is promising an excellent line-up of events which could make this year in France one to remember. Here are just four of the reasons you should stay in one of our holiday cottages in France in 2016:

UEFA Euro 2016

This year, France will be hosting the UEFA 2016 Euro football championships, with 24 countries battling it out for Europe?s biggest footballing accolade, including defending champions Spain and World Cup holders Germany. Matches will be held in venues across ten cities in France, including Paris, Nice, Bordeaux and Marseille, between June 10 and July 10.

Lascaux IV prehistoric cave art centre

Due to open in June is the Lascaux IV prehistoric cave art complex, where wall paintings from over 20,000 years ago help bring to life what it was like in the caves alongside scale models and 3D effects. Situated in the Dordogne?s Montignac-sur-Vezere, the complex is just one kilometre from the original caves discovered in 1940, and acts as a replacement for the Lascaux II replica caves.

Tour de France 2016

France?s most famous annual sporting event, the Tour de France, promises yet more world-class sporting action in 2016, with the race kicking off on July 2 from Le Mont-Saint Michel in Brittany. Alongside Brittany, the route will cover several other vast areas of France, each offering their own challenges, such as the Loire Valley, the Pyrenees and Provence, between July 2 and July 24.

Cité du Vin

This modern new building, set to open in June, is dedicated to Bordeaux?s rich heritage as a wine region, and allows visitors to gain an insight into the thousands of years of winemaking that has taken place in this area. Situated on the banks of the River Garonne, the Cité du Vin will showcase how wine has been an important element of the Bordeaux culture from ancient times to the modern day, with its observation deck offering picture-postcard views not only of the city but also the surrounding vineyards.

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