Map BurgandyBURGUNDY

Depts:Yonne (89),Cote d'Or (21),Saone et Loir (71),Nievre (58).

 Bourgogne,or Burgundy as we know it, is a peaceful rural region in  the heart of France. It has a rich and unique history,the Dijon based duchy ran Burgundy for 600 years until 1477, when the region was jealously snatched by the kingdom of France.
 The  evidence of the duchy's wealth and power remain everywhere, such as the many beautiful chateaux and lovely towns and villages. Burgundy was also influential in  religious and spiritual matters. There are two great abbeys at Vézelay and Fontenay and the ruins of a monastery at Cluny where the abbots' influence was second only to the pope's.
 This monastic presence ensured that during the Middle Ages Burgundy was a great church-building region.

Today much of Burgundy's prosperity is centred about the prestigious wine growing areas in the south and around Dijon,with some of the world's most famous wines coming from the area,such as  such as Nuits-Saint-Georges, Meursault and Beaune.

Most of the vineyards are found in the attractive Côte d'Or area. It is divided into the Côtes de Nuits and Côtes de Beaune, the latter is known for its whites: Meursault, Montracet and Puligny. The reds of the Côtes de Nuits are considered superior as they are richer and better age.

The Romans introduced grapes to the region  and the production was mastered by the local monks.

 Burgundy attracts many holiday makers to enjoy canal boat holidays on its inland waterways,there are 1200km (750 miles) of rivers and canals. Cycling along the canals is also a popular and for walkers there are plenty of gentle to more  demanding walks.
 In the centre of the région is the Parc de Morvan, a wooded hilly area, with a number of nature trails, animal reserves and craft shops.

At present Burgundy has no major  economic importance and few industries but on the whole the standard of living is good. Burgundy is surprisingly not as popular a region as some with foreign home-buyers,but does attract  Parisians looking for weekend retreats. Inexpensive village houses and farmhouses in need of restoration can be found.



Oceanic and semi-continental                                                                        burgandy vinyards

Average sunshine 1830 hours(Dijon)

Average rainfall; summer 48mm

                        winter    75mm


Land Area:       31,500 sq km

Poulation:         1.6million





















brittany map




Depts : Finistere (56), Cotes dAmor (22), Ille et Vilaine (35),Morbihan (56)


Brittany (Bretagne), is the region  occupying the rugged western tip of France. It is bordered on three sides by a long and varied coastline of app.1110 kilometers.

The region is described as two lands - Armor meaning "land of the sea" and Argoat, at the interior, meaning "land of the woods". While the coastline gets plenty of visitors, much of the inland is unexplored with some parts surprisingly remote and depopulated.

Becoming popular with homebyers is the area around Heulgoat, known for its enchanting forests.

It has a coastline with rugged cliffs dotted with lighthouses, wide estuaries, islands and islets ,with many white sandy beaches and pretty coves, making wonderful bathing opportunities. Sailing and windsurfing are popular and some of the best scuba-diving in France is available here. There are  many  picturesque harbours with   strong maritime traditions to the area.
Stone has been always dominated the region’s landscape. All over Brittany stone circles and mysterious megaliths can be found. Brittany homes are built in the traditional pink, grey and black stones with slate roofs. The Côte de Granit Rose is particularly known as a land of pink stone and the pink granite rocks along the coast have been eroded into fantastic shapes.


For a long time  the people of Brittany, Bretons, have seen themselves as inhabiting a country separate from France and the ancient Breton language is still spoken by some. Traditional Breton customs are most evident in the far western half of the peninsular, particularly in Cornouaille on the south-western tip. Breton costume is often still worn on special occasions. The eastern half in the St Malo area has kept far less of the traditional way of life.


Property is more expensive by the coast but it's certainly worth venturing inland where bargains can be found - wherever you are in Brittany, the sea is never very far away.


Brittany is considered France's number one agricultural and fishing region, accounting for 10% of national production. Agriculturally the principal crops are artichokes and cauliflowers. There's also a good deal of industrial activity in the region  and local authorities have embarked on a campaign to promote the development of advanced technologies. The capital, Rennes, is an international centre for telecommunications research.




Average temperature; summer 17.5C ,winter 5.6C

Average sunshine; 1851 hours (Rennes)

Average rainfall:  Summer 42mm,Winter 60mm (Rennes)


Land area; 34023 sq km

Population 2,906,197

Population density;107 per sq km





















Depts;Cher(18) Eure et Loir (28) Indre(36)

Indre et Loir(37) Loir et Cher(37) Loiret(45)                  






More commonly know as Central Loire, Val de Loire, the Loire Valley or even the 'Heart of France', the overall administrative term is the less evocative 'Centre'.
The famous, and France's longest river, the Loire flows through the region, which due to its natural fertility has long sustained both natural and economic wealth.

Evidence of this is illustrated by the amount of the truly impressive chateaux in the region and also the hunting lodges and cathedrals. Today they attract many tourists and those with a special interest in Medieval and Renaissance architecture.

The region is also well known for it's fine wines, Sancerre or Pouilly-fume perhaps being the most well known, but many others including Anjou,Chinon,Gamay,Saumur and Touraine.
Other main crops in area include cucumbers ,beetroots,red onions and sunflowers.

The countryside and scenery throughout the region are worth exploring, many villages have received the award for being among the 'Most Beautiful villages of France' and the region along the river is now a UNESCO listed heritage site.

The climate is influenced by both continental and oceanic weather fronts giving the Centre region pleasant temperatures during a long part of the year. However, winters can be pretty cold but are quite short whilst summers can be pleasantly hot and long.



Population: 2.4 million                                                            
Pop.density (people per km2): 62      
Principal city: Orléans                                                    

climate Type
Continental and oceanic.

Average Temperature
Summer: 17.6°c, Winter: 3.7°c.

Average sunshine

1,804.5 hours per year (Orleans).
Average rainfall

Summer: 48.4 mm, Winter: 53.0 mm. Equivalent to 637.2 mm per year (Orleans).