Spain and France

Spanish Lifestyle Days under sunny skies on the beach or on the golf course, evenings munching tapas and sipping wine in friendly bars and restaurants these are just a small part of the Spanish lifestyle you can enjoy if you own a Spain property or take your holidays in Spain. The Spanish lifestyle is full of warmth and colour and offers water sports, golf and a fine range of shopping, dining and cultural experiences. France Breaks Are you bored from your routine life and planning for a late break? If yes then France is the perfect place for it. France is one of the best Eurostar destinations. France is directly connected with UK through Eurostar trains. You can travel in a direct train from St Pancras International Station and Ashfrd international to France.

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Horse-race - October 2022

Sunday 2nd October 2022

Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe flat horse-race at Longchamp Racecourse, Paris.
Classic winners from England, France, Ireland, Germany and Italy.

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French Open Tennis Tournament - Paris - 2022

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Monday 16th May to Sunday 5th June 2022

French Open Tennis tournament at Stade Roland Garros in western Paris, on the southern boundary of the Bois de Bologne in Paris' 16th arrondissement.

There are 3 principle courts Philippe Chatrier (Centre Court) Suzanne Lenglen and Court 1 plus other outside courts.

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Bois de Bologne is a large public park with lakes, gardens, greenhouses, zoo, chateau, 2 horse-racing tracks, the Louis Vitton foundation plus other activities and attractions.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Mont-Saint-Michel, NW France - Race Events May 2022

Mont-Saint-Michel (a world heritage site) is a walled medieval city and abbey on the border of Normandy and Brittany.

Bed and Breakfast, Chambres, Hotels near Mt-St-Michel in Basse Normandie

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2022
A series of events take place along the Normandy / Brittany coast during this weekend.

Sunday 22nd May 2022
Marathon de la Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel. Departure at Cancale.

Duo-Marathon. 2 runners in a team starting at Cancale. Halfway one runner hands the baton over to a team-mate.

Saturday 21st May 2022
Trail de l'Archange53km Trail from Saint-Pere-sur-Mer (off the beaten track) through the Normandy countryside.

Semi-Marathon. Intermediate distance 20km starts from Pontorson.

10km. Starts in Pontorson, sportive and convivial.

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Sunday, January 23, 2022

Bio Fayre - Mur-de-Bretagne, Central Brittany France - 2022

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 2022

Bio Fayre - Mur de Bretagne, Central Brittany, France

Annual large organic market with approx 250 stallholders held in the small town of Mur-de-Bretagne in Cotes d'Armor, Central Brittany, France.
Mur de Bretagne is a rural town with several shops (including a tourist office), plenty of places to eat and an 18th century Chapel. It is situated near to the Quenecan forestNantes-Brest canal and the Guerledan Lake. The north and south coasts or other places in Brittany are easily accessible by car.

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Le Mans - Race Circuit - France 2022

 Le Mans Bed and breakfast, chambres, hotels in Sarthe France

Le Mans 'Circuit de la Sarthe', Pays de la Loire, France

Many races are held throughout the year at this famous french circuit: Cars, Superbikes, Motorbikes, Lorries, Go-Karts, Bicycles and Rollers. The 'Musee de 24 Heures' (Museum) is a must for any race-goer or visitor.
The Le Mans circuit is in the region of Sarthe (Dept 72 - Pays de la Loire), approximately 10kms from the city centre. The track uses some local roads that remain open to the public most of the year. The Le Mans tramway system makes for easy access to the circuit. Camp sites are available nearby.

Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March 2022
Exclusive drive. Annual car event takes place the 3rd weekend in March.

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th March 2022 - SUPERBIKES
Championnat de France Superbikes Race.

Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April 2022 - FUN RACING CARS
Fun racing cars.

Thursday 14th, Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April 2022 - 24hr MOTORCYCLES
24 Heures Motos (Motorcycles) Race.

Saturday 7th May 2022 - MOTORCYCLES
Rallye de la Sarthe Motos (Motorcycles).

Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May 2022 - FRENCH MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX
The Grand Prix de France Moto Race.

Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th June 2022 - 
24hr CARS
The 90th edition of the 24 Heures Le Mans Endurance Car Race, first held in 1923.

Thursday 30th June, Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July 2022 - CLASSIC CARS
Classic car event.

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th July 2022 - 24hr ROLLERS
The 24 Heures Rollerblades race on the Bugatti circuit is open to all skaters.

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August 2022 - 24hr CYCLES
The Pearl Izumi 24 Heures velo race.

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September 2022 - 24hr TRUCKS
The 24 Heures Camions event.

Next race in 2023 - V de V
Endurance Race held every 2 years.

Saturday 29thth and Sunday 30th October 2022 - KARTING
Inter Ecuries Go-Karting event.

Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November 2022 - T.T.E.
Trophee Tourisme Endurance.  2 Endurance championships (Saloon and Proto) and 2 Spirit championships (1300 MITJET and Free Racing).

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The Le Mans tramway system passes near the circuit.

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Interceltique Festival at Lorient, Southern Brittany, France - 2022

Friday 5th to Sunday 14th August 2022

The Interceltique Festival is held annually in the city of Lorient on the southern Brittany coast in north-western France. A celebration of the Celtic culture : music, dance, theatre, sculpture, painting, photography, gastronomy and sport. 

Lorient harbour and fishing ports, the former sub-marine base, Larmor beach, the wild dunes at Gavres, surfing at Guidel, the citadel Port-Louis, Ile de Groix are just a few of the other attractions of this beautiful region in the department of Morbihan.

Abbaye de Bon Repos - Central Brittany, France - 2022

 Bed and breakfast accommodation near Abbaye de Bon Repos Brittany

Abbaye de Bon Repos is a cistercian abbey at Saint-Gelven in central Brittany France. It is alongside part of the Nantes-Brest canal.

Each summer the Sound and Light show (Son et Lumiere) takes place in this open-air theatre, showing the history of central Brittany (le Pays de Conomor).

Next events are:  3rd, 5th, 6th, 10th, 12th and 13th August 2022

Other attractions nearby are an 18th/19th century iron village "Les Forges des Salles"  set in the Quenecan forest, Guerledan lake (water-sports / sunbathing / off-road cycle tracks / 3 beaches), Electricity Museum (Musee de Electricite) at Saint-Aignan with details of the construction of the Guerledan dam.

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Saturday, January 22, 2022

La Vuelta - Spain - Cycle Race - 2022

Friday 19th August to Sunday 11th September 2022

La Vuelta cycle race starts in the Dutch city of Utrecht and stays for 3 days in the Netherlands. Then goes to Vitoria-Gasteiz in northern Spain, next goes south-east and continues south before it heads to central Spain and the finish in Madrid. In total a distance of 3280.5kms.

Aug  19      Utrecht  to  Utrecht                  Netherlands      23.2km
Aug  20      's Hertogenbosch  to  Utrecht    Netherlands      181.6km
Aug  21      Breda  to  Breda                      Netherlands      193.2km
Aug  23      Vitoria-Gasteiz  to  Laguardia    Northern Spain     153.6km
Aug  24      Irun  to  Bilbao      187km
Aug  25      Bilbao  to  Pico del Jano      180km
Aug  26      Camargo  to  Cisternia      190.1km
Aug  27      Pola de Laviana   to  Collado-Fancuaya      154.6km
Aug  28      Villaviciosa  to  Las Praeres      175.5km
Aug  29      REST DAY
Aug  30      Elche  to  Alicante   South-East Spain      31.1km
Aug  31      Alhama de Murcia  to  Cabo de Gata      193km
Sep  01      Salobrena  to  Penas Blancas      195.5km
Sep  02      Ronda  to  Montilla   Southern Spain      171km
Sep  03      Montoro  to  Sierra de la Pandera      160.3km
Sep  04      Martos  to  Sierra Nevada      148.1km
Sep  05      REST DAY
Sep  06      Sanlucar de Barrameda  to  Tomares   Andalusia      188.9km
Sep  07      Aracena  to  Monasterio de Tentudia      160km
Sep  08      Trujillo  to  Piornal      191.7km
Sep  09      Talavera de la Reina to Talavera de la Reina  Toledo    132.7km
Sep  10      Moralzarzal  to  Puerto de Navacerrada   Madrid      175.5km
Sep  11      Las Rozas  to  Madrid      100.5km  

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

Giro d'Italia - Cycle Race - 2022

 Friday 6th May to Sunday 29th May 2022

The Giro d'Italia cycle race starts in Budapest (Hungary) and finishes in Verona (Italy). It takes place in Hungary for the first 3 days before going on to Sicily for the next 2 days. Continues on towards southern Italy and Naples on the west coast, then northern / north-western Italy including the province of Rimini, Liguria, the Aosta Valley, Lombardy, the Alps, the Friulu-Venezia Giulia before finishing in the north-east at Verona in the Veneto region.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

6 Nations Rugby 2022

 An annual rugby tournament between 6 countries :

England  France  Ireland  Italy  Scotland  Wales

Feb  5      Ireland  v  Wales                           Aviva Stadium                Dublin
Feb  5      Scotland  v  England                     BT Murrayfield               Edinburgh
Feb  6      France  v  Italy                              Stade de France            Paris,  Saint-Denis

Feb  12    Wales  v  Scotland                        Principality Stadium       Cardiff
Feb  12    France  v  Ireland                          Stade de France            Paris, Saint-Denis
Feb  13    Italy  v  England                            Stadio Olimpico              Rome

Feb  26    Scotland  v  France                       BT Murrayfield                Edinburgh
Feb  26    England  v  Wales                         Twickenham                   Twickenham
Feb  27    Ireland  v  Italy                               Aviva Stadium                Dublin

Mar  11    Wales  v  France                            Principality Stadium       Cardiff
Mar  12    Italy  v  Scotland                            Stadio Olimpico              Rome
Mar  12    England  v  Ireland                         Twickenham                   Twickenham

Mar  19    Wales  v  Italy                                 Principality Stadium       Cardiff
Mar  19    Ireland  v  Scotland                        Aviva Stadium                Dublin
Mar  19    France  v  England                         Stade de France            Paris,  Saint-Denis

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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Tour de France - Cycle Race - 2022

Friday 1st July to Sunday 24th July 2022

This Tour de France cycle race passes through Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland and France , a total of 3328 km. It starts in Copenhagen (Denmark) and finishes at the Champs-Elysees in Paris (France).

JUL  1      Copenhagen   to   Copenhagen   (Denmark)      13km
JUL  2      Roskilde   to   Nyborg   (Sthn Denmark)      199km
JUL  3      Vejle   to   Sonderborg   (Sthn Denmark)     182km
JUL  5      Dunkerque   to   Calais   (France)      172km
JUL  6      Lille Metropole   to   Arenberg Porte du Hinault      155km
JUL  7      Binche   (Belgium)   to   Longwy   (France)      220km
JUL  8      Tomblaine   to   La Super Planche des Belles Filles  (France)      176km
JUL  9      Dole  
(France) to   Lausanne   (Switzerland)      184km
JUL 10      Aigle   (Switzerland)   to   Chatel Les Portes du Soleil (France)   183km
JUL 11      REST DAY Morzine Les Portes du Soleil
JUL 12      Morzine Les Portes du Soleil   to   Megeve     (France)      148km
JUL 13      Albertville   to   Col du Granon Serre Chevalier      149km
JUL 14      Briancon   to   Alpe d'Huez       (Alpes)      166km      
JUL 15      Le Bourg d'Oisans   to   Saint-Etienne       193km
JUL 16      Saint-Etienne   to   Mende      (Loire)       195km      
JUL 17      Rodez   to   Carcassonne       200km
JUL 18      REST DAY Carcassonne
JUL 19      Carcassonne   to   Foix       179km
JUL 20      Saint-Gaudens   to   Peyragudes      (Pyrennees)       130km      
JUL 21      Lourdes   to   Hautacam       143km
JUL 22      Castelnau-Magnoac   to   Cahors       189km
JUL 23      Lacapelle-Marival   to   Rocamadour       (Lot)      40km      
JUL 24      Paris La Defense Arena   to   Paris Champs-Elysees      112km

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There are 6 classification awards during the race :

Yellow Jersey -- leader of general classification
Polka Dot Jersey -- leader of best climbers classification
Green Jersey-- leader of points classification
White Jersey -- best young rider age 25 years or under
Team Classification-- (teams 3 best riders' totals added together) - wear yellow helmets and race numbers in next stage
Most Aggressive rider --  Distinction awarded at end of each stage - winner wears red numbers in next stage

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If you're looking for bed and breakfast accommodation in France or Spain our accommodation directory has all you need to find a suitable establishment at your chosen destination.

A taste of life in a real French household
A Bed and breakfast (or B&B, also spelled BnB) known in French as "Chambres d'hôte" is generally available on a nightly basis. Whether it is on a farm or ranging up to a chateau and some are in particularly charming locations. Your overnight accommodation will normally include breakfast and quite often the owner of the property will provide evening meals "table d'hôte".