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Getaway - Ardèche and its caves
The Ardèche is many things: a nature park, a Département and a river, it has numerous attractions but the name is always the same. The Départment contains the park, with its hills and wooded valleys, home to unique prehistoric caves, as in Chauvet, for example (discovered in 1994) or the Madelei
Getaway - Clermont-Ferrand and Vulcania
To the east of the Puy chain of mountains, Clermont-Ferrand, the capital of Auvergne, delights visitors by its old quarters, the Amboise fountain and splendid Cathedral of N.D. de l'Assomption. Near the city is Vulcania, a discovery park that takes visitors into the heart of the life of [Auvergne v
Getaway - Le Puy en Velay
Le Puy en Velay owes its fame to Godescalc who made it the first departure point for the Santiago de Compostella pilgrimage in the 10th century. The Episcopal city is dominated by two enormous rocks where exceptional monuments were erected (The Chapel of St-Michel d'Aiguilhe and, on Corneille Rock,
Getaway - Livradois-Forez Regional Park
This immense nature park stretches from the plains of Limagne to the peaks of the Forez mountains.
A landscape of medium-sized mountains and high forest-clad-plateaux, with small towns and isolated hamlets and valleys chiselled out by winding rivers full of trout and the Velay Volcano, a trip t
Getaway - Lyons
Once the capital of the Gauls and the second largest city in France, Lyons is one of France's main economic and cultural centres. From historic quarters, listed by UNESCO (Croix-Rousse, Old-Lyons and peninsula), via the “traboules” (old passageways) and Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque ch
Getaway - The Beaujolais
However famed its wines are, the Beaujolais countryside itself remains a well-guarded secret!
Of course it is not totally unknown, as it is so easily accessible when you cross France north-south, lying alongside the A6 Autoroute du Soleil just north of Lyon. Simplicity and welcome are the essenc
Getaway - The Forez Plain and Loire Gorges
Crossing Auvergne and the Rhône Valley, the Loire Gorges form a series of remarkable sites along the twists and turns of France's longest river. If we follow its winding course, we cross the plains and granite plateaux of Forez, from the “Mont du Matin” to the “Mont du Soir”
Getaway - The Vercors and Grenoble
In this immense nature park in the northern Alps, the hills, gorges, coombs, forests, plateaux and valleys are an ideal place for walking and admiring exceptional landscapes and views.
However, the Vercors is known to many because of the Second World War when it was an important meeting place for
Getaway - Valence
On the banks of the River Rhône, where Provence and the Vercors meet, between Ardèche and the Drôme, Valence functions as an intermediary between the North and Southeast of France. The town is two thousand years old, with an interesting heritage: the “Maison des Têtes”(House of the
Getaway - Vienne
To the south of Lyons, Vienne was founded by the Gauls and subsequently invaded by the Romans who extended the city and left behind a number of important buildings.
Vienne is now one of the most admirable ancient cities in France, where the temple of Augustus and Livia and Cybèle archaeological g
Getaway - Villefranche-sur-Saône
Villefranche-sur-Saône in the heart of the Beaujolais, a famous wine-growing region to the north of Lyon, has a fine Renaissance heritage around its Rue Nationale. From the town you can set off on attractive tours of the wine-growing villages.
Villefranche-sur-Saône is the economic and cultural
Getaway - Volcans d'Auvergne Regional Park
The Volcans d'Auvergne Regional Park runs from the Puys mountains to the Cantal peaks, taking in the Monts Dorés and Monts Dômes and revealing one of France's most captivating landscapes. A succession of splendid volcanoes, plateaux and valleys, this unchanged landscape is a hikers' and spring wa