Ferries to France could prove popular among art enthusiasts this year, with a major festival celebrating Impressionism set to take place in Normandy.
Described by the French Government Tourist Office as "unmissable", the festival will bring more than 200 events to the region from June to September.
Holidaymakers can reach Normandy by taking ferries to Le Havre from Portsmouth with LD Lines
or travelling on the Portsmouth to Caen ferry route, which is served by Brittany Ferries
One of the highlights of the programme is the exhibition A City for Impressionism, which will open at the Musee des Beaux-Arts in Rouen on June 4th and run until September 26th.
The display will bring together around 100 paintings by artists including Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin and Camille Pissarro.
Visitors will also be able to see exhibitions at the Musee Malraux in Le Havre and the Musee des Impressionismes in Giverny.
While the main focus of the festival will be on painting, there will also be events celebrating photography, music, cinema, theatre and other art forms.
Brittany Ferries also provides access to Normandy via the Portsmouth to Cherbourg ferry route, while Irish Ferries
serves the French port from Rosslare.
Posted by Andrew Smith