Take a journey through France with the FRANCE Calendar 2021

PUBLISHED: 15:28 14 October 2020 | UPDATED: 16:57 14 October 2020

This year's FRANCE Calendar cover star is beautiful Fontainebleau

This year's FRANCE Calendar cover star is beautiful Fontainebleau

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Take a look inside the FRANCE Calendar 2021, brought to you by FRANCE Magazine, and discover the beautiful images of France we have chosen for you. Order your calendar today!

Get a sneak peek at some of the gorgeous snaps inside the FRANCE Calendar 2021. We like to think there’s something for every Francophile, from the beaches of Brittany to the mountains of the Pyrenees and everywhere in between. Enjoy a little tour around France and buy your calendar now!

JANUARY: Château de Sully-sur-Loire, Loiret

With its elegant façade and dreamy turrets, this palatial pad seems straight from the pages of a fairytale. That said, it’s no folly; it’s actually a fortress built to guard one of the few sections of the Loire that can be forded. Forgo the crowds of the Loire Valley tourist trail and head here for a peaceful visit to marvel at its fantastic tapestries and go for a stroll in its parkland. If you come during the summer, you may be lucky enough to attend one of the castle’s popular concerts.

Sully-sur-Loire at sunset is our FRANCE Calendar 2021 image for January. Pic: Javier Castro/GettySully-sur-Loire at sunset is our FRANCE Calendar 2021 image for January. Pic: Javier Castro/Getty

FEBRUARY: Le Bon Georges, Paris

Parisian bistro culture is one of the simple pleasures of daily life in the French capital, and there are few better places to indulge than Le Bon Georges. Situated in the 9th arrondissement, this Parisian institution offers an authentic taste of France with its traditional wooden tables, slate boards and bien sûr its delicious menu. Will you pull up a chair in the dining room or enjoy some people-watching from the pavement?

MARCH: Ponts Couverts, Strasbourg

Nicknamed the ‘Crossroads of Europe’, cosmopolitan Strasbourg is a stone’s throw from the German border and home to numerous international organisations. Whether you’re there for business or pleasure, make some time to visit the Ponts Couverts in the heart of the city’s Petite France district. These defensive works have straddled the River Ill since the 13th century and are a sight to behold.

APRIL: Montreuil-sur-Mer, Pas-de-Calais

Enjoy a pootle around Montreuil in our April FRANCE Calendar 2021 photo. Pic: Hemis/ AlamyEnjoy a pootle around Montreuil in our April FRANCE Calendar 2021 photo. Pic: Hemis/ Alamy

You don’t need to travel far from the northern ferry port at Calais to reach the pretty medieval town of Montreuil (despite its name, it’s not actually located on the coast!). Famous for its historic ramparts, Montreuil was immortalised in Les Misérables after Victor Hugo paid a visit there. It’s even said some of his best-known characters like Cosette were inspired by people he met during his stay. Don’t miss the outstanding son et lumière show based on the book, starring 500 local volunteers.

MAY: Étretat, Seine-Maritime

Jutting into the English Channel, Étretat’s three magnificent arches are symbolic of the Côte d’Albâtre, or Alabaster Coast, of Normandy. One of the best (and most thrilling) ways of seeing these impressive features close-up is on a speedboat ride for the brave. If you want to keep your feet firmly on dry land, Étretat itself is a beautiful holiday destination in its own right. It was – and still is – a mecca for painters and writers; among the luminaries inspired by the resort were Guy de Maupassant, Gustave Flaubert, Claude Monet and Gustave Courbet.

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Competition time! Do you recognise this colourful spot? Enter our competition to ‘Name that June’ and you could win a copy of next year’s FRANCE Calendar! Find out how to enter in the 2021 calendar.

JULY: Dinard, Ille-et-Vilaine

Standing proudly in Dinard’s Plage de l’Écluse, these stripy beach tents are a throwback to the golden years of the seaside resort. This is just one of the town’s four main beaches and boasts golden, sloping sands for sunbathers to enjoy. Perched on the Côte d’Émeraude in northern Brittany, the town is nicknamed ‘the Cannes of the North’ thanks to its glitzy visitors: Winston Churchill, Joan Collins, T.E. Lawrence and Picasso.

A seaside scene in Dinard for our July FRANCE Calendar snap. Pic: Boris Stroujko/AlamyA seaside scene in Dinard for our July FRANCE Calendar snap. Pic: Boris Stroujko/Alamy

AUGUST: Èze, Alpes-Maritimes

If you’re looking for a breathtakingly beautiful Mediterranean village at which to spend your next French holiday, Èze ticks all the boxes. Only 17km from Nice, it also makes for the perfect day trip from the Alpes-Maritimes capital. A must-see is the famous tropical garden with its cacti, located on the site of a ruined medieval fortress. Don’t forget to pick up a souvenir from one of the perfume shops; some of France’s top brands like Galimard and Fragonard have boutiques in Èze, and the latter even has a factory here.

SEPTEMBER: La Roque-Gageac, Dordogne

Its picture-perfect looks make La Roque-Gageac a standout star of the Dordogne Valley. Visitors to this precious town of honey-hued houses backed by a steep cliff will feel like they’ve stepped back in time. One of the best ways to see the town – and to snap the best pictures – is on a river cruise along the Dordogne on a replica gabarre, one of the flat-bottomed boats that once transported the regions’ treasures across France.

OCTOBER: Canal du Midi, Occitanie

The Canal du Midi in its autumn glory is our FRANCE Calendar October star. Pic: Yvon52/GettyThe Canal du Midi in its autumn glory is our FRANCE Calendar October star. Pic: Yvon52/Getty

Adventures await on this Unesco World Heritage Site, spanning the departments of Hérault, Aude, and Haute-Garonne. At 240km in length, it makes for a perfect canal boat holiday, with stop-offs along the way including Carcassonne and Béziers. Or if you prefer getting around on two wheels, why not hire a bike and cycle on the gloriously flat towpaths alongside the canal?

NOVEMBER: Pic du Midi de Bigorre

Teetering atop the Pic du Midi in the French Pyrenees is a scientific wonder: the Pic du Midi Observatory. Take the cable car to the top for wonderful views across the surrounding mountains and visit the museum to discover the story of the observatory. Before you go, enjoy a sky-high gastronomic meal in the restaurant – you can even stay the night! Fearless skiers can ski all the way back down afterwards.

DECEMBER: Colmar, Haut-Rhin

Colmar is magical at any time of year, but this Alsatian beauty comes into its own at Christmas when the market arrives in town. If you’re lucky enough to be able to visit France this year, the 2020 market takes place from 20 November to 30 December. The town’s Petite Venise, or Little Venice, is particularly worth visiting at Christmas, with festive lights illuminating the traditional half-timbered houses.

Enjoy these beautiful images every day with the FRANCE Calendar 2021. A single calendar costs £11.99, but if you order 4 or more they are only £8.99 each.

To order, visit subscriptionsave.co.uk/Products/France-Products/France-Calendar-2021/XFC21FR1 or call 01858 438840 and quote code XFC21FR1.

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