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  • Celebrate 14th July, France's National Day

    Bon 14 Juillet! Today, 14th July, is Bastille Day, France’s biggest national public holiday and major celebration of the start of the French Revolution in 1789.

  • Complete guide to the Tour de France now published

    'Tour' is a fat, glossy magazine with fabulous photos and all the low-down on the 2011 Tour de France - and it features French Connections places to stay close to the Tour locations.'Tour' is described as the ultimate fans' guide to the great race. It includes exclusive interviews with Bradley Wiggins, the great British rider and Geraint Thomas, the Welsh superhero, and gives tips on bikes and equipment for cycling enthusiasts.  There is a complete rundown on the stages, teams, favourites and bikes and a detailed stage analysis by Chris Boardman.

    An article on 'Grand Tourism' reminds readers that going to France to watch the action unfold is an unbeatable experience with the bonus of riding some of the race's legendary routes.  Among the suggested places to stay are French Connections' Old Salt House in Port Launay, Brittany (ID 152560), Grange du Devezou in the Auvergne (ID 154964) and some 300 properties within 30 miles of Serre-Chevalier for the Alps stage.

  • Congratulations Chris Froome on third Tour de France win!

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    Yesterday champion British cyclist Chris Froome rode the customary lap of honour in the Champs-Élysées, Paris, before being crowned winner of the 2016 Tour de France. The win is his third, making him Britain’s first ever three-time winner and one of a small, elite group in the world.

    Froome shared the honours with Romain Bardet of France,  the Colombian rider Nairo Quintana and Britain's Adam Yates, who came fourth. André Greipel of Germany won the final stage in the traditional sprint on the Champs-Élysées.

    Froome had held the yellow jersey, awarded to the winner of each stage, for several days of the race. On Saturday he safely negotiated pouring rain in the mountains, with a treacherous descent from the Col de Joux Plane to Morzine, to gain a lead of four minutes and five seconds.

    Inspired by Chris's victory? There's still time to plan a cycling holiday in France this year, using our handy cycling guide

    Looking ahead, the 2017 Tour starts in Dusseldorf and if you want to know where to go in France to see the excitement for yourself, watch for further details on the official Tour websitethen check out our accommodation along the route.

  • Follow in the Tour de France cycle tracks of Bradley Wiggins

    Bradley Wiggins’ historic Tour de France victory has inspired many of us to get on our bikes. If you’re an even half serious road cyclist, what better way to pay homage than to follow in the great man’s tracks by taking a cycling holiday in France?

    Make your base a self-catering property in one of the great cycling areas of France and you have maximum freedom and flexibility to plan your timetable and routes. In the evenings, there’s a choice of relaxing by the barbecue while you massage those weary legs, eating out locally for a change of pace and scene or falling into bed at an early hour to be ready for the next day’s fun.

  • We're excited about the Tour de France!

    The 2012 Tour de France rolls into action on 30th June. We always love this dramatic cycling event, with its opportunity to see regions of France and their varied landscapes – but this year there’s a bigger buzz than ever in the UK as British star Bradley Wiggins and his Team Sky are going into the race as favourites. Could Britain win its first ever Tour de France? The team also includes sprinter Mark Cavendish, who we'll be seeing in the London Olympics Road Race.

    Liège in Belgium is the starting point on Saturday 30th and this leads into a series of very accessible stages in Northern France, taking in Boulogne, Abbeville, Normandy’s cathedral city of Rouen and then down to Epernay in champagne country. The route then dives through eastern France and through the Alps, before going across to the Pyrenees, along the Mediterranean coast and returning through the centre of the country to the grand finale in Paris on Sunday 22nd July.

    You can follow the race live on the ITV4 channel – but why not hop across and take in all the excitement for real? We’ve put together a comprehensive mini-guide to the Tour with links to accommodation in all the crucial areas, making it really easy for you to plan your getaway, even at the last minute. Stay in a B&B or your own holiday home, watch the race, get inspired, go cycling yourself at a gentler pace and take in some of the beauty of the French countryside and coast in early summer. Keen cyclist but can't make the Tour? Browse our selection of cycling holidays in France.

  • Where to stay to see the Tour de France 2016

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    This year’s Tour de France starts on Saturday 2nd July in North Western France by the famous Le Mont-Saint-Michel and finishes on Sunday 24th July in Paris.

    For the first time in Tour de France history, the famous cycle race will start in Manche, Normandy before crossing Western France, with a long stretch down through Angers, Saumur and Limoges.

    The tour will pass through southern France and will then dip its toes in Northern Spain before winding its way back up. Stage 16 and 17 diverts through Switzerland summits promise to really put the cyclists through their paces.

    One of the final stages is expected in landlocked Andorra but, as usual, the Tour will culminate on the Champs-Élysées in Paris for a sprinters’ showdown.

    Much of the route is through areas of France perfect for combining relaxation and sightseeing with the excitement of the race, so check out our easy search in relevant regions for self-catering accommodation or a friendly B&B.

    Close to the Normandy start is La Cidrerie, formerly an old cider farm and now three beautifully renovated cottages. Orchard stands alone whilst Cider and Apple are semi-detached. The cottages are ideally suited for couples, families or larger groups and La Cidrerie is situated just outside the pretty village of St Pierre Langers.