Beyond the bubbly, there is so much to exploring Champagne France. The French province of Champagne is best known for its sparkling wine. However, there is much more to do here than taste its famous bubbly. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, an outdoor adventure, or some delicious local cuisine, Champagne has something to offer everyone. Here are three things to do in this beautiful countryside that don’t involve drinking champagne.
Reims Cathedral is a stunning Gothic-style cathedral located in the heart of Reims, France. Built over the course of almost 300 years beginning in 1211 and completed in 1516, this awe-inspiring structure was once home to the coronation ceremony of French kings and queens. Today, visitors can take guided tours of this magnificent building that include climbing 500 stairs up to the top of its bell tower for breathtaking views of the city below. With its soaring spires reaching into the sky and intricate sculptures adorning its walls, Reims Cathedral is one of the top sites to see while exploring Champagne, France.
Tucked away in northern Champagne lies La Montagne de Reims Regional Natural Park. This sprawling nature reserve covers over 22 miles and is home to many different species of wildlife including deer, herons, falcons, and wild boar. Visitors can enjoy scenic hikes through winding woods and rolling hills. All while taking in spectacular views from atop the park’s highest points at an elevation of nearly 1,000 feet above sea level. If you’re fortunate enough to visit during springtime when wildflowers are blooming throughout the park it will be a sight you won’t soon forget!
No trip to any region of France would be complete without sampling some authentic local cuisine! In addition to traditional French dishes like escargot and steak tartare (made with raw beef), Champagne also has some unique specialities such as quiche Lorraine (a savory tart made with bacon) and choucroute garnie (sauerkraut served with cured meats). And for dessert? A slice of tart au citron (lemon tart) or mousse au chocolat (chocolate mousse) should do just fine! Of course these meals pair perfectly with a glass or two of real Champagne—the sparkling wine that made this region famous!
A hot air balloon ride in Champagne, France is an amazing experience you won’t soon forget! On a clear day, you will have the chance to view the stunning French countryside from high above. From the rolling vineyards and picturesque villages to the stunning architecture, the experience of a hot air balloon ride in Champagne France is truly unforgettable. So why not experience the beauty of this region from a unique and exciting perspective? You won’t regret it!
No matter what your interests may be—soaring over the vineyards, hiking through natural parks; admiring ancient cathedrals; or indulging in local cuisine—you won’t run out things to do while exploring Champagne. The region has so much to offer beyond tasting its world-famous bubbly!
So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and head off on your own adventure in this beautiful corner of France! I’d love to help you design the perfect getaway exploring Champagne. To work with me, click this link and book a free discovery call. Bon voyage!
At Gourmet Adventures Travel Co., I craft culinary getaways for travelers who love to eat well and yearn to truly savor the authentic side of their destination. From a river cruise through Provencal wine country to a journey through the heady spice markets and medinas of Morocco, you'll taste your way through the world's most enchanting landscapes.