When we think of Provence, images of fields of brightly coloured lavender flanked by rolling hillsides with quaint villages perched at the zenith, are never far away.
South West France has a little of everything. The snowy, jagged peaks of the Pyrénées, a stunning coastline on the west, charming hillside villages, dramatic gorges, lush valleys and flourishing vineyards. With so much to see, do and experience, South West France makes the perfect family holiday.
If you’re looking for an Easter with a difference this year for all the family to enjoy, then look no further than France. This culturally-diverse nation clings onto unique traditions and customs all year round and none more so than at Easter.
With the sun soaring overhead, the temperatures warming up nicely and colourful festivals taking place in almost every city, town and village, Easter is a wonderful time to be on the Algarve.
At Eastertime, fairs are put on across the region, where you can sample gastronomic delights unique to the region, such as almonds covered in chocolate or sugar and traditional ‘folares’, sweet or savoury Easter bread topped with a hardboiled egg still in its shell.
In the traditional Algarve town of Tavira, an annual Triumphal Procession takes place on Palm Sunday. The colourful procession starts at the church and makes its way through the streets, parading past throngs of onlookers, until it eventually finishes back at the church.
Holy Week is celebrated with deep Catholic significance across the whole of the Algarve. Religious ceremonies are re-enacted, including the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday, the ascension to Heaven on Holy Saturday and the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
The Festas das Tochas Floridas – Flower Torches – is celebrated each Easter Sunday in the town of Sao Bras de Alportel. The streets of this characterful town are carpeted in flowers and petals displayed in intricate patterns.
The region’s bustling city of Faro is an enchanting place to be at Easter when the Carnation Revolution is celebrated every year. On April 25, 1974, the peaceful revolution marked Portugal’s liberation from a 40-year dictatorship.
This emotional festival involves locals singing Grandola Vila Morena, the song originally sung by the leftist folk singer Zeco Afonso.
With such vibrant, traditional, unique and meaningful events, carnivals and festivals held across the whole of the region, Easter is the perfect time to experience the Algarve at its most authentic, traditional and enchanting.
Bordering Italy and the Mediterranean Sea and scattered with rolling vineyards, pine forests, lavender fields and olive groves, Provence is a truly magical part of south-eastern France.
Alongside its rolling fields of lavender, quaint hilltop villages, upmarket coastal resorts and a beautiful blue coastline, the region of Provence in southern France is home to unique cuisine with incredible flavour.
France is world-renowned for its mighty chateaux, scattered across hillsides, next to rushing rivers and overlooking wonderful cities, towns and villages. The South-West of France is one of the country’s most beautiful regions and is home to many imposing chateaux that boast incredible vistas of the mountains, meadows and water.
For larger parties of up to ten wanting to stay in well-facilitated, modern and stylish, self-catering accommodation on Northern Brittany’s coastline, look no further than the fabulous Villa Brise.
With mild weather, a programme of exciting events and a welcoming, family-friendly environment, the Cote d’Azur is a fabulous place to spend Christmas.
Hailed as ‘the Tuscany of France’, the region of Tarn, nestled amidst the beauty of South West France, is one of the country’s best-kept secrets. Despite the unique scenic beauty and fabulous tranquillity of Tarn, there’s plenty to do in this verdant region to keep prone-to-boredom teenagers entertained.