Regent Seven Seas Cruises recently unveiled the 2016 Summer & Fall Collection, which includes calls on four spectacular French ports that span from the picturesque southern tip of Corsica to the charming northern coast of the mainland that overlooks the Bay of Biscay. These fantastic cities offer delightful new experiences and an even more in depth perspective of the renowned joie de vivre.
Discover Corsica’s most charming port as you walk along its cobbled streets and shop alongside locals. Stop for a delicious snack at one of the many cafes lining the 19th century square of Place St-Nicolas. Or visit Saint Jean Baptiste Cathedral and see the marvel of innovation that is one of Europe’s oldest astronomical clocks. Bastia is surrounded by some of Corsica’s best wine lands and is also the gateway to Cap Corse, a long peninsula of nature reserves and secret beaches.
Bonifacio is a town and commune near the southernmost tip of Corsica in France, situated directly on the Mediterranean Sea. Separated from Sardinia by the Strait of Bonifacio, the town’s proximity to idyllic beaches makes it a popular destination, especially in the summer. Be sure to take the train through the mountains to the beach for an unparalleled view or visit the prehistoric Araguina-Sennola caves and the Genoese towers. Bonifacio is also a gateway to the Lavezzi Islands, which have been designated a marine preserve by the French government.
The picturesque landscape of Pont-Aven inspired post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin to paint some of his most famed canvases. This attractive little village also has some lovely riverside walks, a mouth-watering food specialty and a colorful summer festival. No visit to Pont-Aven would be complete without buying some galettes from Biscuiterie Traou Mad, where these butter biscuits were invented. Be sure to stroll down the Promenade Xavier Grall, named after a famous writer who lived in the village, which runs alongside the river and is lined with beautiful plants and shrubs throughout the year.
Discover quaint Sanary-Sur-Mer, with its colorful pointu fishing boats, pastel buildings along the small beautiful bay and its reputation as the sunniest place in France. Explore the daily open-air market and the St. Nazaire Church with its iconic tower and beautiful frescoes. Visit the Media Museum and the Diving Museum. Look for unique souvenirs of regional treasures; herbs de Provence, lavender infused honey, soaps, sachets, chocolate, fine wine and cotton clothing. Enjoy the vibrant café culture. Order the regional Provencal specialty bouillabaisse. Relax over a glass of wine in the intoxicating breezes known as Mistral of this seaside haven.