You've been offered a trip to France for your next vacation and you don't know where to begin to visit this country of a thousand different cheeses? Don't worry, you will have so much to do in France that your time will be jam packed with activities, whether you are going on a three-week organized tour, a couple of weeks in the south of France, or a month-long backpacking trip on the lookout for the cheapest hostels!
The only advice we can offer you is to be sure to book more than a week for a holiday in France, otherwise you will soon regret your decision! Here is some useful information for your next trip to France.
The Most Beautiful Places to See
As far as holidays in France go, there is no shortage of good restaurants in which to dine and places to relax. Many people choose the French Riviera, a region of southern France full of many picturesque towns and villages on the Mediterranean coast, including Nice, Toulon, Saint-Tropez, and Cannes, as their favourite spot for a dream vacation in France. But it is one region among many.
The region is spectacular due to its enviable geographical position. Indeed, the presence Mediterranean Sea gives this French holiday destination a unique charm that is found nowhere else in the world.
The Côte d’Azur, the South of France
There is something for every taste on the Cote d'Azur: gourmet restaurants, luxury hotels, cheap hotels, beaches, trendy boutiques, historic cities, magical parks and gardens, etc. Each city in this region has its special charm and offers something unique to travellers, which is why, if you have the chance, you must visit this area, popularly known as the French Riviera.
Nice, Cannes, Marseille, etc.
Whether you are looking for Nice's sublime expanses of blue water (undoubtedly one of the most beautiful regions of France) and its delicious gastronomy straddling France and Italy, night clubs, mythical cafés, the idyllic landscapes of the fishing port and marina in Saint-Tropez, the old towns, famous sunsets and world-famous beaches of Cannes – the international film capital, the breathtakingly beautiful mountains of Calanques National Park, the azure-coloured creeks and coves of the Blue Coast just outside of Marseille, to name only a few attractions, the Riviera has the finest that Europe has to offer and all it takes to make your trip to France unforgettable.
Several companies offer comprehensive tours of the French Riviera; this is the ideal option to ensure you don't miss the mark while travelling in France and on the French Riviera.
We can't imagine taking a trip to France without visiting Paris, the capital and one of the most visited tourist destinations worldwide. The nerve centre of France, Paris is full of historical and famous monuments to visit, starting with his famous Eiffel Tower, 324 metres high. Erected in the Champ de Mars park, it was the tallest tower in the world for many years.
People visit it to shop in its famous gift shop on the first floor, to taste French cuisine at the Jules Verne Restaurant on the second floor (125 metres high!), or to have the chance to appreciate the sublime, 360-degree view of Paris from the third floor, at the level of the clouds!
Other “Musts” in Paris
Among the other highlights that are worth seeing in Paris are the Arc de Triomphe, a national monument built during the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Louvre, one of the largest art and antiquity museums in the world, the largest square in Paris: the Place de la Concorde with its obelisk, located at the foot of the Champs Elysees, itself one of the most beautiful avenues of the capital and worth taking the time to explore.
Paris is also full of cafes and bistros where you can enjoy a good coffee and excellent pastries; French cafes and bistros are an essential element of France and must be included in your to-do list.
The Most Beautiful French Cities and Beaches
If you like culture and history, you will be in your element visiting the most beautiful cities in France, such as Toulouse, Lyon, Avignon, Nimes, and Strasbourg. If you are more the beach-type, you will also be well-served in France, as the country is full of expanses of water and coves worth seeing.
The Beach of Crozon-Morgat in Brittany
Such is the case with the famous Morgat Beach in Crozon, nestled in the heart of the Bay of Douarnenez, in the region of Brittany. The beach, hidden away in a Provencal enclave, is as prized for its beautiful turquoise waters and its spectacular cliffs as for the hospitality of the city, which attracts thousands of curious who come each year to swim with their sweetheart or picnic with the family. This is the perfect place to spend a part of your summertime vacation in France.
The Beach at Étretat in Normandy
Equally, if not even more spectacular, the beach at Étretat in Normandy is recognized worldwide for its white rock cliffs, including three natural arches, and the turquoise cove whose azure waters contrast the luscious greenery of the hill, offering a breathtaking spectacle. This spectacular site has inspired many artists is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and unique resorts in the world ... and it is in France!
People visit this site as much to admire its historical heritage as to enjoy water sports, such as sailing and catamaran. On thing is certain: no matter what you do there, if you visit, you'll be sure to have spent an unforgettable holiday in France!