Will you be in your new property in France by the summer? If so, here are a few ways to enjoy the warmer months in France.

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Visit outdoor markets

What better way to while away a fresh summer’s morning or a balmy evening than by strolling around a vibrant market? French markets are second to none and you will find everything from food and drink to gifts and textiles. Whilst weekly markets will run all year round, night markets are a particular highlight in the summer and pose a great opportunity to meet with friends.

Take a road trip

Why not explore other parts of the country in a car, van or by train? If your move to France is recent, you may wish to explore the rest of your region and scout out some things to see and do on your doorstep. The warm weather and long evenings will generally make your trip more enjoyable, especially if you’re looking to go camping or set off in a camper van.

Get involved in village events

If you’re new to the area, what better way to meet your neighbours than by getting involved in village events? Many villages have a schedule of events for the summer, which are usually organised by the local “comité de fetes”. These can include anything from Brocantes (second hand markets) to meals in the local establishments and celebrations of culture and the arts. Bastille Day falls on the 14th of July and is also the perfect occasion for a celebration.

Try some outdoor activities

Whether you’re into water sports, hiking, cycling or anything else, France has you covered. If you’re on the coast or near rivers and lakes, you can get involved in kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming and more.

For land-based activities, take in the natural beauty of the area or a nearby national park by hiking, walking cycling or even horse riding. And while it isn’t a typical summer sport, some resorts in France, such as Tignes, offer skiing during June and early July!

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Embrace leisurely dining

Dining alfresco on a summer evening in France – what could be better? Enjoy fresh produce, great wine and catch up with friends and neighbours, all whilst taking your time. These long evenings starting with apéros, leading into dinner at a leisurely pace.