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France - Sail on France’s beautiful and spectacular canals and charming rivers, which run through some of Europe’s most beautiful areas. Riverboat holidays in France offer cultural and culinary delights, majestic landscapes, colorful villages and much more. Whichever destination you choose, you will be sure to find great wine, gourmet cuisine, beautiful scenery and historic sites – here are activities for all ages.
France consists of three geographical regions – lowland areas in the northwest, the highlands of the Massif Central in the south and the mountain ranges of the Pyrenees and the Alps in the southwest and southeast. The landscape is intersected by the great rivers Rhône, the Loire and the Seine, which have been important transport routes for many centuries. The coastal stretches towards the Atlantic and the Mediterranean consist of both rocks and long sandy beaches, and have many natural ports where large commercial towns have grown. In the northern part of the country, the climate is typically North Atlantic, with much rainfall throughout the year and moderate differences between seasons. Further south, there is typically a Mediterranean climate with less rainfall and warmer summers. You do not need any sailing training to rent a boat or sail here where there is no commercial sailing and where the boats are not allowed to sail more than ten km per hour. There are excursion boats on different stretches.
Traditionally, every region of France has had its own distinctive cuisine: in the northwest with butter, crème fraiche and apples; in Provence (in the Southeast) olive oil, herbs and tomatoes are used; in southwest duck fat, foie gras and Karl Johan mushrooms; Food from northeast France is very similar to German food and uses fat, sausage, beer and sauerkraut. In addition to the four general areas, there are many local cuisines such as the Loire Valley’s freshwater fish and white wines and the Basque cuisine’s use of tomato and chili. Today, however, the geographical differences in cooking are not so great as there has been greater population exchange in recent times. But the local French cuisine is about to have a renaissance. French cooking is often considered outside of France to be the fine food of Paris served in restaurants at high prices. The fine cuisine has most of its inspiration from Northern France, but is more refined. Typical French cooking in France does not have much in common with the fine. Wine and cheese are two very important parts of any French cuisine both as ingredients and as accessories. France is widely known for its many wines and cheeses.
Channel du Midi France is cut across the canals and rivers, which are navigable. The French waterways have a total length of about 7,000 km. One of the most famous stretches is the Canal du Midi, a 240 km long canal from Toulouse to the port of Séte. When the canal was constructed in 1681, a waterway was created from the Mediterranean all the way to Bordeaux and the Biscay. The Canal du Midi has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. It winds its way beautifully through lush landscapes, vineyards and beautiful small towns. Canal de Burgundy through the beautiful hilly countryside of Bordeaux. There are also no large cargo boats and commercial sailing here. Strasbourg is the capital and the most important city in Alsace. Still, it is a slightly overlooked metropolis in Europe. The city is one of the most beautiful cities in the North-East of France with a cozy, old town with picturesque half-timbered houses, the romantic district of “petite France” and the many wine houses along the canals. East of the old city center lies the German district with wide boulevards and large buildings. The city’s landmark is the Gothic cathedral of 1439 in pink sandstone, which with its characteristic single twin tower can be seen from a long distance. The second tower was not completed according to the original drawings, although it has also been discussed later.
France has several thousand kilometers of coastline, which offers a variety of beautiful bathing beaches, ranging from large sandy beaches with inviting waves to small secret beaches surrounded by cliffs. On the French Riviera there are many small secret beaches that few people know about. The small beaches are often just around the corner – sometimes you just have to walk a few 100 meters down the coast, at other times they are at the end of a staircase that is easy to overlook. From Embiez to Roquebrune Saint-Martin – Voilà our favorite beaches where the towel can be spread out on a small piece of sand, far away from everyone else.