France is truly a destination that can capture the hearts of travellers with penchants for all kinds of holidays.
Connoisseurs can taste their way through some of the world’s best wine regions. Beach-goers will fall in love with the glistening glamour of the French riviera. History buffs will adore cities like Paris and Normandy and the charm of the French countryside. And of course the Alps are a major drawcard for anyone interested in snow sports.
The Best Places To Visit in France
Paris’ leafy boulevards are home to world-class museums and restaurants, and climbing the Eiffel Tower at sunset is still one of the top things to do in the city.
The rugged island of Corsica has a distinctly Mediterranean feel thanks to a host of glorious beaches and the locals’ penchant for afternoon siestas followed by long, late dinners.
Anyone with an interest in food shouldn’t miss a Michelin star-studded visit to Lyon, which is fast becoming the restaurant capital of the country.
If it’s snow-dusted memories you’re seeking, head to the Alps. Expect snug lodges warmed by roaring fires and epic views that will take your breath away.
Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Beaujolais are all places where you can wander or bike through vineyards and taste their produce til your heart’s content. If you like your bubbles, a visit to Champagne for a taste of the real deal is a dream come true.
The Best Time to Visit France
Choosing the best time to visit France will depend on what kind of trip you are looking for.
The summer months of July and August are the best time to explore Provence, when its rolling lavender fields burst into bloom and the markets in honey-coloured towns such as Nîmes heave with local produce.
During these months it’s best to avoid tourist hot-spots like Paris, and since many French travel within their own country during this time, the beaches in the south can also be very busy. Spring (April–May) and autumn (September–October) are good times to go if you’d prefer a little more space.
Between December and March, the Alps are transformed by a thick mantle of snow which brings infamous skiing resorts like Val d’Isère and Méribel to life.
French Tours & Deals
Royals, revolution and a certain queen telling the people to eat cake when they were starving to death in the streets of Paris… the Palace of Versailles has seen it all. Explore it by pedal power with a bike tour through its 2,000km of gardens.
France has more than 8,000km of waterway, so what better way to tour than by canal boat? You’ll see everything from major rivers crossed by UNESCO-listed bridges to babbling streams lined by farms that have been owned by the same families for generations.