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France has a rich cultural heritage and a wealth of historic buildings, museums and art galleries to visit. If you are interested in prehistoric art then try to visit the famous caves at Lascaux or Les Eyzies in the Dordogne. Holidayloop.co.uk offers France holiday rental and Gite rentals. You can rent a private apartment in Paris directly from your local home owner. Brittany has many prehistoric monuments, in particular Carnacis well known for its menhirs and burial mounds. Filitosa in Corsica also has megalithic standing stones with carved faces. Nîmes and Orange are famous for their Romanamphitheatresand nearby you can visit theRomanaqueduct of Pont du Gard, all in Southern France.Meanwhile Bayeux in Normandy is famous for its 11th century tapestry depicting scenes from William the Conqueror’s victory at the Battle of Hastings.
 
France boasts many beautiful cathedral cities. Amiens has the largest Gothic cathedral in the country while Notre-Dame de Chartres in the Loireregionhas beautiful stained glass windows, impressive spires and flying buttresses. Strasbourg’s pink sandstone Cathédrale de Notre-Dame has a tall, elegant spirewith amazing views over the city from the top. Meanwhile the restored Fontenay Abbey in Burgundy is one of the most complete Cistercian monastery complexes in existence. Avignon in the southeast is home to the former seat of the Pope, the magnificent Palais des Papes. Lourdes in the southwest has long been place to visit for those seeking healing. Holidayloop.co.uk brings together a great collection of France holiday accommodation, France holiday apartments, France holiday villas and Gites. Holidayloop.co.uk is unique in providing France holiday lettings because we are the only site that allows you to find someone local to you who may have advertised their France home.
 
Carcassonne in the south is well worth a visit - spend a day exploring the shady narrow streets of Europe’s largest fortified medieval Cité. The medieval hilltop villages of Gordes, Saignon and Entrecasteaux in Provence with their stepped and terraced houses are also lovely places to visit and escape the heat of the day.
 
One of France’s greatest art treasures, the Issenheim altarpiece by Grünewald can be viewed in the Musée d’Unterlinden in Colmar, Alsace. The Musée d’Orsay in Parishouses a world famous collection of Impressionist art in a former railway station and the Musée Marmottan Monet on the outskirts of Paris holds the world’s largest collection of Monet paintings. Monet enthusiasts will also adore his house and exquisite garden at Giverny in Normandy. A gem of an art gallery is the Musée Eugène Boudin in Honfleur, Normandy with works by several Impressionist artists who were inspired by this pretty fishing port. The eccentric composer and artist Eric Satie also has a small museum here called Maisons Satie. The Musée Rodin in Paris has a fabulous collection of Rodin sculptures which you can view both inside and in the beautiful gardens. The Musée Picasso alsoin Paris has a vast display ofworksby Picassoplus his own personal collection of contemporary paintings.The Palais des Beaux-Arts in Lille contains important works by old European masters. Famous contemporary art works can be seen in Les Abattoirs in Toulouse.
 
Finally, look out for the annual nationwide Journées du Patrimoine which takes placeon the third weekend in September when you can visit private art collections and historic buildings not normally open to the public. Enjoy! Don't forget, a cultural break in Avignon or Normandy, France, staying in self catering accommodation makes an ideal family break.

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