This picture perfect French Village only has 60 residents during the winter, but when the canal is open, Le Somail is the place to be, with bistros and restaurants and their friendly owners, ready to welcome you and introduce you to their take on local French food.
Pick up fresh bread and pastries from the village’s only shop, which is on a barge! Visit Madam Gourgues Antiquarian Bookshop where you’ll find everything from cheap paperbacks to very rare editions, crammed in bookshelves from floor to ceiling. There is also a hat museum here, promising to show you a collection of hats that is ‘unequalled in all the world’!
While you are in this postcard village, complete your French experience by hiring a Citroen 2CV and driving through the vineyards to L’Oulibo Olive Caves for a tour of the olive groves where you can learn about the olive oil creation process from start to finish, and sample the products too.