Travel France Online, French heritage for the explorer within

Travel France Online, French heritage for the explorer within

Travel France Online is a free travel resource that helps you explore France's rich cultural and architectural heritage.

You’ll find articles on some of the most acclaimed tourist sites, but we also take you off the beaten track to the discovery of France’s 'best hidden secrets', places and traditions often overlooked in many mainstream tourist guides.

Start your journey by clicking the images below, we’ll do the rest.

Nougat de Montelimar with almonds and pistachios

Nougat de Montelimar, a French confectionery

The nougat de Montelimar is a honey and almond-based confectionery and renowned Provençal specialty that was invented in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) during the 10th century
Bouchons Lyonnais

Bouchons Lyonnais – bistros-restaurants

Bouchons Lyonnais are Lyon's unique bistros-restaurants that serve local specialties traditionally accompanied by a glass of Beaujolais or Côtes-du-Rhône
Ascension of Le Puy Mary

Le Puy Mary, a remnant of Europe’s largest stratovolcano

Le Puy Mary, the remnant of the largest stratovolcano of Europe, is one of the Monts du Cantal, a series of extinct volcanoes part of the Parc Regional des Volcans d'Auvergne
The lumberjack house in Châtel

Châtel resort – Portes du Soleil ski area

Châtel is nestled in the deep of Val d'Abondance, at the border with Switzerland, and is one of the 12 ski resorts of Portes du Soleil
Hospices de Beaune - Details roofs

Hospices de Beaune, the Jewel of Burgundy

Hospices de Beaune, a 15th century former charitable almshouse and hospital for the poor, worldwide renowned for its annual charity wine auction
Vercingetorix surrenders to Caesar in Alesia

Alesia – a decisive battle of the Gallic War

The Battle of Alesia took place in Alise-sainte-Reine in 52BC and ended with the victory of Caesar over the Gallic chieftain Vercingetorix and his warriors
Abbaye de Cluny - 18th century buildings

Abbaye de Cluny a major medieval spiritual center

Abbaye de Cluny, fully independent from the secular power and a major spiritual and intellectual center recognized throughout Europe during the Middle-Ages
La Roche de Solutre

La Roche de Solutré, a major geological and archaeological site

La Roche de Solutré in Burgundy, a limestone spur considered a rare geological phenomenon and the site of major archaeological findings
Kerascoet thatched cottages in Nevez

Nevez, from Anse de Poulguin to Port Manech

Nevez, a picturesque rural district located by the mouth of the Aven, boasts many tourist spots such as Kerascoet village, Hénan tide mill and Port Manech
Early morning in Pont-Aven

Pont-Aven, Gauguin and La Cité des Artistes

Pont-Aven, a small seaport nestled in the Aven estuary and worldwide known for the School of Pont-Aven, an artistic group founded by the painter Gauguin
La Pointe du Grouin - Ile des Landes, Chenal de la Vieille Rivière and lighthouse

Pointe du Grouin, a rocky spur south of the Baie du Mont Saint-Michel

La Pointe du Grouin, a rocky spur and protected natural site on the Emerald Coast in Brittany, marks the south boundary of the Baie du Mont Saint-Michel
Colonne du Guesclin marks the site of the castle

Colonne du Guesclin – La Motte-Broons

The Colonne du Guesclin was erected in 1841 on the site of the Château de la Motte-Broons, the castle of Bertrand du Guesclin that was pulled down in 1616
Loire Valley - Gabare

Loire Valley, the Royal Valley

The Loire Valley is also known as the Royal Valley because of the many chateaux the kings of the French Renaissance and their vassals built along the river
Aerial photo of the Chateau de Chinon

Chateau de Chinon – Loire Valley – History

Chateau de Chinon, restored ruins of the fortress built by Henry II of England where Joan of Arc came to serve King Charles VII during the Hundred years War
Cycling along the Loire River

Cycling along the Loire River

The best cycling routes along the Loire River, a series of trails that follow the river from its spring in Auvergne downwards to its mouth in the Atlantic
Chateau de Villandry and gardens

Villandry Renaissance Chateau – Gardens

The Renaissance Chateau and gardens of Villandry in the Loire Valley, fully restored by Joachim Carvallo, and today registered as UNESCO's World Heritage
Maison des Tanneurs in La Petite France

La Petite France – Strasbourg’s historic district

La Petite France, Strasbourg’s medieval tanners district, a prestigious tourist landmark renowned for its Alsatian architecture and a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site
Fountain on Place Stanislas

Place Stanislas in Nancy, the Golden Gates City

Place Stanislas, a prestigious square built by the Duke of Lorraine, boasts a wealth of Classical and Baroque architectural features that earned Nancy the name of Golden Gates City
Reims Cathedral

Reims, the City of the Kings and Saint-Rémi

Reims, the city where Saint-Rémi baptized King Clovis in the late 5th century AD, and where the French Kings were crowned for 10 centuries
Picturesque lane in Alsace

Alsace former administrative region

Alsace is part of the Grand Est in Eastern France, one of the 13 new regions created by the territorial reform that took effect in 2016

Picardie former administrative region

Picardie is located in north-west France, and is now part of Hauts de Seine - Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie, one of the 13 new regions created in January 2016

Nord-Pas-de-Calais former administrative region

Nord-Pas-de-Calais is located in northern France and is part of the Hauts de France, one of the 13 new regions created by the territorial reform of 2016
Heron - Baie de Somme

Baie de Somme – Picardie Region

The Baie de Somme, an exceptional natural reserve and Grand Site de France located in western France, and ranked among the most beautiful bays in the world
Saint-Valery-sur-Somme - Courtgain

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme – Baie de Somme

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, a walled city perched on the cliffs overlooking the mouth of the Canal Maritime de la Somme and an thriving sea and river port
Wilhelm Lubrich's grave among his companions' in arms

Wilhelm Lubrich – Story of a Polish soldier of the Second World War

This is the story of Wilhelm Lubrich, a Pole from Silesia, who was forced to fight in the German army during WWII and died in Normandy
Quesnel-Morinière mansion-museum and Jardin des Plantes de Coutances

Coutances, the Unelles’ capital renamed after a Roman emperor

Coutances, the capital of the Celtic Unelles was renamed after a Roman Emperor and later became the seat of the Bishopric of Coutances and Avranches
Dakotas above Saint-Clair-sur-l'Elle on June 6,1944

Saint-Clair-sur-l’Elle paintings – Vlastimil Suchý

In the night of June 6, 1944 above Saint-Clair-sur-l'Elle, is one of the stunning WWII paintings by Vlastimil Suchý, a Czech artist and aviation specialist
Traveling to Normandy from the UK

Traveling to Normandy from the UK

Traveling to Normandy from the UK by air, rail and road is easy as the region is served by 2 airports, 3 ferry links and railway and road networks
Engraved salmon - Abri du Poisson

Abri du Poisson – Rock shelter adorned with an engraved salmon

Abri du Poisson in the Vezere Valley, a prehistoric rock shelter engraved with a salmon, the oldest representation of a fish known to this day in the world
Poster for the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Bel-Air City

Commemoration of the Centenary of the Bel-Air City

Boulazac-Isle-Manoire commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the creation of the base and hospital of the American Army in its district of Bel-Air City
Marais Poitevin in Poitou-Charentes

Poitou-Charentes – Nouvelle Aquitaine Region

Poitou-Charentes is part of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region, and is situated in south-west France, between the Loire and the Gironde estuary in Aquitaine
A river in Limousin

Limousin – Nouvelle Aquitaine Region

The quintessential historic Limousin in Central France is divided in 3 departments and has been part of the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region since 01/01/2016
La Capelle Balaguier Templar Cross

La Capelle Balaguier Templar Cross – Quercy

La Capelle Balaguier Templar Cross, an enigmatic stone Cross initially erected in a nearby village and moved to its current location in Aveyron in 1811
Spectacular canyons in Gorges de la Jonte

Gorges de la Jonte – canyons – Aveyron – Lozere

The spectacular canyons known as Gorges de la Jonte traverse the Grands Causses Regional Nature Park and delineate the Aveyron and Lozere departments
Violet of Toulouse

Violet of Toulouse, a fragrant flower from Parma

The Violet of Toulouse was imported from the Italian city of Parma in the middle of the 19th century and is today the official emblem of the capital of the Occitanie region
Barbican in Peyrousse-le-Roc

Peyrusse-le-Roc medieval village – Aveyron

Peyrusse-le-Roc, a stunning ruined medieval village that once was a thriving mining city and one of the most important bailiwicks of the historical Rouergue
One of the 25 Paris churches you'll enjoy visiting

25 Paris churches you will enjoy visiting

A compilation of 25 Paris churches you will enjoy visiting, churches that might be less known but boasts a wealth of architectural and ornamental features
Maison d'Ourcamps

Maison d’Ourcamps – A vestige of medieval Paris

La Maison d’Ourcamps, one of Paris oldest houses, is home to the Commission du Vieux Paris, a committee in charge of the protection of the city’s heritage
Theatre du Gymnase Marie-Bell in Paris

Theatre du Gymnase Marie-Bell – Grands Boulevards

Theatre du Gymnase Marie-Bell, a theater inaugurated in 1820 on the Grands Boulevards and renowned for its superb original architecture
Porte Saint-Martin in Paris

Porte Saint-Martin, a triumphal arch for Louis XIV

Louis XIV commissioned the triumphal arch Porte Saint-Martin in 1674 in order to commemorate his military victories on the Rhine and in Franche-Comté
Chateau de Commequiers

Chateau de Commequiers, demolished by order of King Louis XIII

Chateau de Commequiers, the fortress of the Protestant lords of La Tremoille was demolished by king Louis XIII at the end of the Wars of Religion
Moulin de Raire

Moulin de Rairé, a windmill in constant use since 1555

Moulin de Raire in Sallertaine, a windmill that has constantly turned and been exclusively powered by the force of the wind since its construction in 1555
Abbey church of Sallertaine

Sallertaine – A former island among the salt marshes

Saint-Martin de Sallertaine, an Angevin Romanesque Church and only vestige of the 12th century abbey founded on a former island in the Baie de Bourgneuf
Grande Salle des Malades in Hôpital Saint-Jean - Angers city

Angers, the former capital of the County of Anjou

The city of Angers, the former capital of the Counts and Dukes of Anjou, boasts a rich historical heritage that earned it the label City of Art and History
Cemelenum archaeological museum

Cemelenum – Archaeological museum – Nice Cimiez

Nice archaeological museum is located in Cimiez, a town that developed from Cemelenum, the Roman military garrison built in 14BCE on the Via Julia Augusta
Van Gogh's room in Saint-Paul de Mausole Asylum

Van Gogh – asylum in St-Remy-de-Provence

Vincent Van Gogh admitted himself to the asylum at the Monastery St. Paul de Mausole on the outskirts of St. Remy-de-Provence where he spent his last years
Promenade Paul Ricard in Bandol

Bandol seaside resort and vineyard – Cote d’Azur

Bandol, the name of a seaside resort nestled in the heart of a bay sheltered by the surrounding hills and a vineyard that produces exceptional wines
Oppede-le-Vieux - Ruins of the castle and Notre-Dame d'Alidon Church

Oppede-le-Vieux, a perched village in the Luberon

Oppede-le-Vieux, a former ghost-village perched on the north side of the Luberon is steadily restored and brought back to life after decades of neglect
The Macarons de Paris differ from the Macarons de Saint-Emilion

Macarons de Saint-Emilion, an Italian recipe

Macarons de Saint-Emilion are biscuits made from crushed almonds, sugar and egg whites, an ancient recipe invented in Italy and improved by the Ursuline sisters of St-Emilion in 1620
Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs, a pagan tradition turned Christian

Easter Eggs, a Christian tradition that take its roots in paganism, when ancient people considered eggs as the symbol of renewal, life and fecundity
Violet of Toulouse

Violet of Toulouse, a fragrant flower from Parma

The Violet of Toulouse was imported from the Italian city of Parma in the middle of the 19th century and is today the official emblem of the capital of the Occitanie region
French Fries

French fries versus Belgian fries

You all know what French fries are, but do you know the origin of their name and the country they come from, France and Belgium?
Lalande de Pomerol

Lalande de Pomerol wines – Bordeaux vineyard

Lalande de Pomerol vineyard near Bordeaux produces wines considered the jewels of wines which have no ranking and are among the world most expensive wines
Gamay grape - Beaujolais Vineyard

Beaujolais Vineyard – Wine Appellations

Beaujolais Vineyard is one of 16 great French vineyards, it spreads over 19,000 hectares along the river Saône and between the towns of Macons and Lyon
Glass of Beaujolais Nouveau

Beaujolais Nouveau – Basic facts

Beaujolais Nouveau, a primeur wine obtained from Gamay N grape variety and produced exclusively in the AOC Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages vineyards
French Vineyards

French Vineyards – Simple Facts and Lists

The 16 great French Vineyards produce 3245 labeled wines over an area of 900,000ha that turn France into the largest wine-making country in the world
Poster for the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Bel-Air City

Commemoration of the Centenary of the Bel-Air City

Boulazac-Isle-Manoire commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the creation of the base and hospital of the American Army in its district of Bel-Air City
Your story of the Great War

Your Story of the Great War – 1914-1918

Your story of the Great War is a compilation of the stories some of our readers sent us, the stories of their relatives who died on the battlefields of WWI
Monument des Marie-Louise at the farm of Hurtebise - Chemin des Dames

Monument des Marie-Louise – Hurtebise – Chemin des Dames

The Monument des Marie-Louise is located by the Ferme d'Hurtebise on the Chemin des Dames in the Aisne and commemorates the Battles of 1814 and 1914
Monument des Basques

Monument des Basques – Chemin des Dames

Monument des Basques, the memorial obelisk erected in honour of the men of the 36th Infantry Division, a division that suffered a huge death rate during WWI

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