Pedal through history in France
Delve into French history on a Softies holiday, from the beaches of Normandy and the lavender fields of Provence to the majestic châteaux of the Loire.Read more
From the sun-kissed vineyards of France to the rugged coast of Catalonia, the landscapes of Europe are incredibly diverse. It’s perhaps no wonder that directors and filmmakers have used Europe as the setting for some of the most visually impressive films and TV shows of recent times.
Come cycling with us through Europe this summer to discover some of our favourite filming locations.
The Chianti Hills: The English Patient
The Italian scenes in Anthony Minghella’s 1996 film The English Patient were filmed at the Monastery of Sant’Anna in Camprena, which you’ll discover on our Tuscany and the Chianti Hills tour. Distinctive for its remote location and imposing size, it provided the perfect location for Ralph Fiennes to tell his story.
The English Patient won an impressive 63 major film awards when it was released, and we can’t help but think that perhaps the majestic Tuscan scenery had something to do with it.
The film Chocolat follows Juliette Binoche as she moves to a quaint yet small-minded village to open a chocolate shop, and comes up against opposition from the village residents. Chocolat was filmed in Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, just north of Burgundy. It’s easily accessible on our Discovering Burgundy and Beaujolais tour.
In this medieval hilltop village, you’ll find the remains of ancient fortifications as well as, of course, plenty of options for those with a sweet tooth. Visit the famous lolly shop, Anis de Flavigny, to sample some treats which are still made with the same recipe used by Benedictine monks in the 16th century.
Catalonia: Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones, with its epic battles and complex storylines, is one of the most popular TV shows of the moment. Lose yourself among the atmospheric backdrops by visiting Spain’s rugged coasts on our From Cava to Coastlines in Catalonia tour. The city of Girona acts as Braavos, the fictional city from the sixth series of the smash-hit HBO show.
Girona is the largest city in Catalonia, and its crumbling walls, Gothic architecture and knotted streets made it the perfect match for the labyrinthine city of Braavos. Girona is also a treasure trove of museums, galleries and churches, so during your time in the city make sure to keep an afternoon free for exploring. The Cinema Museum, dedicated to the world of film, is a utopia for movie buffs.
Provence: A Good Year
The rural elegance of Provence is perfectly showcased in A Good Year, starring Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard. On our Côtes du Rhône in Provence tour, immerse your senses in the vineyards which are explored by the characters in the film.
Make sure to stop off in the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Vaucluse region, where you can sip a glass of its world famous wine. The wines here are controlled by the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée, and blend 13 grapes together for an unforgettable taste.Back To Blog
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