France Leads in European Cultural Exploration with 31 Council of Europe Cultural Routes

Launched in 1987 by the Council of Europe, the Cultural Routes spotlight Europe's shared heritage through 31 diverse itineraries in France, among 47 across the continent. These routes, themed around arts, history, landscape, and religious heritage, remain an undiscovered journey into Europe's cultural and tourist landmarks.

​Launched by the Council of Europe in 1987, the Cultural Routes demonstrate, by means of a journey through space and time, that the heritage of different European countries contributes to the common cultural heritage

Besides the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, 31 routes pass through France among the 47 certified in Europe, but this program still remains too little known in Europe. These 31 itineraries allow you to discover major heritage, cultural and tourist places, cities & regions in France, but also throughout Europe. These itineraries are divided into four themes to better know and understand the common European heritage: Arts and architecture; History and civilization; Landscape and crafts; Religious heritage.

An interactive map is available allowing you to view all the routes present in France and the detailed maps of each route: simply click on one of the 31 thumbnails (one per route), to then be able to access each of the 31 maps detailed, zoom in on the proposed routes and stages, discover the partners involved, the sites to visit, etc. Everything is complemented by photographs and descriptions.

To this end, a brochure in French and English designed in the form of fact sheets is available in the dedicated webpage. Each sheet offers a source of information: detailed map of each route, historical, heritage and tourist description, photos of course and activities carried out by each of these 31 routes.

For more information: Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme

Source: European Committee of the Regions

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