Holidays in South France – Take an Early Break This Year and Benefit From Reduced Rates!

Holidays in South France – Take an Early Break This Year and Benefit From Reduced Rates!

Holidays in south France are wonderful at any time of year whether you prefer hot summer breaks when the kids are on holiday or holidays outside of peak season. If you are thinking of taking holidays in south France, Kingfisher Holidays’  gites, cottages and farmhouses are available from spring through to autumn for couples, families and groups of friends.

Spring is a fantastic time of year for holidays in south France as you can take advantage of the glorious warm temperatures, lush green fields and colourful flowers in bloom. The beauty of the countryside makes spring holidays in south France particularly popular among walkers and hikers.

Here we shall look at some of the reasons why spring is such a great season for holidays in south France. Kingfisher properties are available for holidays in south France from 28 April onwards for Saturday to Saturday bookings.

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Why Take an Early Holiday This Year?

Spring is an excellent time to visit the Lot Valley for holidays in south France because temperatures are not sweltering but are still good and average at about 18 degrees with lows of 16 and highs of 24 . This is why it is such a great time of year for outdoor activities such as rambling and horse riding.

In addition to the warm weather, prices are much more affordable in spring time. You can take advantage of the better rates all round such as cheaper flight and ferry fares and lower cost accommodation (mid season rate).

As it is the time of year when the children are still at school, you can beat the scores of families and explore the countryside and attractions at your leisure.

What is the Lot Valley Like in Late Spring?

The Lot Valley is a wonderful place to visit for holidays in south France in late spring. It is when the flowers are bursting with blooms and you can enjoy ambling down the narrow cobbled streets in the historic towns and see beautiful window boxes stuffed with spring flowers.  It is a very colourful time of year when the forests and countryside are lovely and green and you can see newborn lambs playing in the fields.

The markets in the many stunning bastide towns are bursting with fresh produce and as they are much quieter at this time of year you can mingle with the locals. Try seasonal produce at the Organic Market in Place d’Aquitaine, Villeneuve-Sur-Lot, which is the largest organic market outside of Paris. This is open on Wednesday mornings from 7.30 – 12 noon.

Most of the Lot Valley’s tourist attractions open from Spring onwards . For example, the outstanding Gouffre de Padirac caves just north of Cahors opens from April 7th, 9.30 am – 6.30 pm. The tour takes about one and a half hours and don’t forget to bring a sweater as it gets quite chilly underground! May is a good time to visit, as the caves are much less crowded at this time of year.

Spring also offers the chance to see some of the festivities that take place in and around the area such as May 1 when the annual Mayday flower festival  occurs at Tournon d’Agenais which is an impressive spectacle with flowers lining the streets and the village square.

Another reason to visit us in spring is that you will feel less like a tourist at this time of year and more like a local. Restaurants will be less crowded too – so you can enjoy France and all it has to offer at its best.

Things To Do On a Late Spring Break

As the weather is so beautiful at this time of year it is a good time to take part in outdoor activities such as walking, cycling or boating. South France in spring is also ideal for golfing holidays and you can take advantage of our 25 per cent discount at the Villeneuve-Sur-Lot Golf and Country Club 18 hole golf course which is open all year round. The golf course is just north of the Villeneuve-Sur-Lot where you can also have use of the pool and tennis court. In addition to the course, it has a practice range and two putting greens and a fantastic restaurant serving up delicious local cuisine.

Whether you are holidaying as a couple, with groups of friends or with young children, there are plenty of sites of interest to visit, such as castles, chateaux, vineyards and the 40 or so ancient bastide towns.

No visit to the Lot Valley would be complete without taking a trip to Bonaguil Castle, Saint-Front sur Lémance, Lot-et-Garonne. It is said to be the most beautiful castle in France and has a history dating back to the 13th century. It was then restructured at the end of the 15th and middle of the 16th century by Berenger de Roquefeuil who made improvements and added all the defences. The castle is open throughout the year including April and May when opening times are 10.30 – 1 pm and 2.30 – 5.30 pm.

On your spring break in the Lot Valley it is advisable to hire a car, so you can explore the area – and visit the pictoresque bastide towns at your leisure.  Lauzerte, for instance, is deemed one of the most beautiful villages in France which governed the surrounding area until the 18th century. Another great place to visit is the pretty bastide town of Penne d’Agenais which still has the remains of a 13th century castle on a cliff edge Alternatively, visit Moissac where you will find the oldest surviving cloister’s with narrative capitals. Its statue of Prophet Jeremiah is one of the finest examples of Romanesque art in France.

Wine lovers may choose to take some time whilst visiting the Lot Valley to try some of the region’s wines. A fantastic place to go for wine tasting is Chateau Latuc and run by Jean-Francois and Genevieve Meyan who give excellent tours in English. Chateau Latuc is situated near Cahors at Laborie – 46700 Mauroux and is open from 9 am – 12 noon and from 2 pm – 7 pm, Monday to Saturday. They also open Sundays after a call or email. The wine is superb and they have won two gold medals in major French competitions. Telephone 0 (033) 5 65 36 58 63 for more information.

Another interesting place to visit is the Musee du Foie Gras, Ferme de Souleilles, 47140 Frespech. The museum opened just over ten years ago and takes you from the early foie gras production methods right through to the modern day. After a morning or afternoon of sight-seeing you can dine at their restaurant and enjoy wonderful duck-related food. The attraction is open all year round and there are plenty of activities for children including outdoor games, a mushroom hunt, donkeys, chickens, ducks and turkeys to see and the chance to ride a pony. The farm opens Monday to Saturdays 10 am – 7 pm and Sundays and bank holidays from 3 – 7 pm. The entrance fee is five euros and is free to under 12’s.

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