Vive la France

Welcome to Vive la France, the area of the Sawday’s website where you will find everything you need to plan your next French adventure. From beautiful places to stay to expert advice and exciting itineraries and stories, we’ve collected the best recommendations from our team of writers, journalists and France-based travel specialists.

The hills and vineyards of France are where Sawday’s was born and we never miss a chance to head back across La Manche, say a hearty “re-bonjour” and give the place a big kiss on both cheeks.

Discover when, where and how to experience all the beauty that France has to offer.

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Who are Sawday’s?

Sawday’s was founded 30 years ago, from walking tours that fostered a love of going slow and introducing travellers to the wonderful owners of independent hotels, B&Bs and self-catering places. Three decades on, that’s what we still do. All across the UK and Europe, we personally inspect places to stay with warmth and soul, add them to our collection, then put you directly in touch with their owners. You can send them an enquiry through us or go directly to their site to get in touch or book. Either way, you won’t pay us any fees and you’ll be talking to the people who will welcome you when you stay.

Articles to inspire your next trip

Picking our five best city breaks in France is tricky, but it’s a lovely problem to have. You’re spoilt for choice, from the delights of wine country to the warm south coast and the unending charm of the capital. Here are our top five cities in France, but check again tomorrow and we might have five totally different ones.

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If you’re thinking about a visit to Brittany but aren’t sure where to start, then here’s travel journalist and Francophile Carolyn Boyd’s regional Brittany breakdown. She gives you the whys and where-to-eats of her favourite regions, so you can go straight to a part of Brittany you’ll love.

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