From the gorges of the Ardèche to the unlimited horizons of the Camargue, from the Clos de Bourgogne to the sparkling shores of the Mediterranean, in the heart of Brittany or along the Atlantic coast, from the Perigord forests to the valleys of the Nice hinterland, we take the road through France. In Spain, Portugal, Sweden, and Denmark, in the Balkans, we continue the road a little further. The selection of our advisers from the most beautiful road-trips in France and around.
Road-Trips in France
1. Road-Trip in Provence and Ardèche
We cross the Camargue in 4×4 – flamingos, reeds that bend in the wind, infinite horizon. We love the kilometers of beaches of Beauduc, which we reach using a tongue of asphalt oscillating between ponds and salt marshes. A stop in Arles at the Abbey of Montmajour, and on the way to the gorges of the Ardèche. There, we leave the car on the side of the departmental, in single file, we cross the chestnut groves in a steep slope, we reach a water hole. We settle on a giant and smooth rock or we dive into the water, soft, icy.
2. Road-Trip on the French Riviera
In Marseille, we eat shellfish in the Goudes, glean spices and halva at the Noailles market, we escape the city by boat for a glass of wine and a dip off the coast of Frioul. In Cassis, a mansion between pine forest and creeks, we overlook Cap Canaille. In Ramatuelle – it is there, at the edge of a swimming pool, that Romy Schneider and Alain Delon invented glamor – we settle in the mythical hotel of the sixties, on the beach of Pampelonne, one of the most beautiful beaches of France: exactly under the sun.
3. Road-Trip in Brittany
A wild, almost austere nature, which we like to scroll through the window with the miles. A coastline of cut rocks facing the Atlantic, the sea air, between moor and forest. And soon, calm will be found, sheltered from the Gulf of Morbihan, a protected inland sea strewn with fantastic islands – the long sandy beaches, the coastal paths, the lost villages, the salt marshes.
4. Road-Trip in Burgundy and Champagne
In Champagne, we walk the vineyards in the mehari, we cross the Marne, we invite ourselves to the best houses – Ruinart, Taittinger. Then we go south, in Burgundy, where we take the Grands Crus route, along with a campaign of gentle curves, with the most famous vines in the world, well-aligned in tight rows sheltered by walls dry stones.
5. Road-Trip in Corsica
From the north – Cap Corse, a peninsula which points towards Genoa and Liguria, to the south – limestone lace from the Bonifacio region, we trace the route away from the crowds. To the north, small fishing ports and villages drained in wild valleys. In the heart, Corte, stony paths, streams, and pools of clear water. To the south, white cliffs and blue coves.
6. Road-Trip in Périgord
Green Périgord from forests crossed by rivers, White Périgord from limestone plateaus, Purple Périgord from vineyards dotted with country houses, Black Périgord, a fertile jewel set by the valleys of the Dordogne and Vézère – twilight forests and hills of oaks dark foliage. The Périgord is declined, between history and prehistory, of caves in cave dwellings, of fortified villages in farms with slate roof. Criss-crossing between holm oaks and junipers, its hilly roads alone are an enchantment.
7. Road-Trip in the Basque country and in the Landes
With the peaks of the Pyrenees facing the ocean, the pine forests, and the sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, we follow the coastline from the Basque Coast to Bordeaux. A white house in Guéthary, facing languid Spain and Biarritz the white. A surfboard, a terrace. Endless beaches, oaks, and pines, we cross the Landes towards the Arcachon basin, up to Ferret, for the contemplative calm of the basin, for a bike ride, for a coffee-canelé.
3 Road-Trips in Europe from France
8. Road-Trip in Denmark and Sweden
Urban planning, fashion, fine arts, design, Copenhagen is not only one of the most stimulating capitals in Europe, but it is also a model of smart city, adapted to climate change. So we go there by bicycle, Danish style. A train ride to Gothenburg – Sweden’s second city, as rebellious as Stockholm is conventional: indie music, contemporary art, food trucks, and live beers in microbreweries. Sated with all urban pleasures, we take the road through rock and water landscapes, to the Väder archipelago.
9. Road-Trip to the Balkans
In Montenegro, the Bouches de Kotor is a European fjord: palm trees and parasol pines, palaces and fishermen’s houses, azure sky, sea saturated with the sun. A mountain road and that’s Bosnia, and Sarajevo – minarets, mosques, and Turkish cafes: the Orient! In Croatia, in the Kornati, you can taste a sweet Mediterranean lifestyle with your family.
10. Road-Trip in Spain and Portugal
We cross the Pyrenees for two weeks of a family road trip. In Asturias, the curves of the landscape, on the road which crosses a green Spain, valleys and mountains, wild coastline, succeed those of the Guggenheim museum of Bilbao. We cross the border, and in Portugal, the landscape is riddled with medieval vestiges and pretty villages. After Porto Baroque and Art Nouveau, we continue through vineyards in the Douro Valley, for the hospitality of its inhabitants, and the shade of an arbor.
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