Romance, sophistication, beautiful scenery, scrumptious food and brilliant wines. Holidaying in France conjures up all these images and more. There’s something for everybody after making the swift flight across the Channel. Whether it’s a romantic stroll in Paris, entertaining the kids at Disneyland, skiing in the Alps or sunbathing on the French Riviera, we all enjoy a stay with our Gallic neighbours.
A trip to Paris is always one of France’s highlights. It’s ideal for taking your loved one on a romantic holiday. Think of a moonlit stroll along the banks of the River Seine before tucking into a three-course meal and bottle of Bordeaux red wine at a fine-dining restaurant. What could be better? Those with a head for heights can take the lift to the top of the Eiffel Tower. You quickly see that it’s France landmark for a reason, as you gaze out over the whole of Paris. There’s a puzzle to solve when you visit the world famous Louvre museum. Just what is the Mona Lisa smiling at? Then picture the grandeur of the French kings of old by visiting the Palace of Versailles.
There’s far more to see in France than just Paris. During the winter months, take your skis to the slopes of Chamonix and Meribel in the French Alps. Foodies can head to central France to spend days filling themselves with fine wine and cheese. If you’re looking for summer sun, then head to France’s Mediterranean coast in the south-east of the country. You can find mediaeval walled towns surrounded by beautiful stretches of golden sands.
Long sandy beaches and a sunny Mediterranean climate have made the French Riviera a favourite of both families and couples. You can even bump into the rich and famous in the fashionable cities of Cannes and Nice. Just imagine asking Brad Pitt to pass you the suntan lotion. Nice is a particularly popular year-round destination. Holidaymakers can sun themselves on the pebbled shores, before exploring the markets and festivals of the romantic old town in the evenings.
If you prefer to spend the day on skis than a sun lounger, then France’s Pyrenees are the perfect spot to hit the slopes. There are more than 60 miles of ski slopes to discover on the border between France and Spain. You can even head to the Pyrenees during the summer when beautiful forests and mountain valleys make a perfect hiking holiday.
Make sure there’s enough memory on your smartphone for all the photos you’ll take in Paris. There’s a Kodak moment around every corner. You’ll pass Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre and the Louvre as you see the city on foot or on a hop-on, hop off bus tour. After a short train ride from the city centre, you can reach Disneyland Paris. The kids won’t ever want to leave.
Wine and dine
The French are rightly proud of the quality of their food and wine. Wherever you go in France, there are mouthwatering local delicacies to try. These can range from freshly-caught shellfish in Brittany, a glass of bubbly in Champagne or the rich red wines of Burgundy. The only problem is you may well return home with an extra pound or two around the waistline.
Culture and clubbing in Lyon
The city of Lyon is a vibrant place to explore in the east of France. There are some fascinating museums, beautiful parks, romantic riverside paths and a historic old town to visit. Night owls will enjoy a trip to Lyon too after a lively clubbing scene has developed there.
History in Dunkirk
You’ll have only just cleared the Channel when you arrive in the port city of Dunkirk at the northern tip of France. It’s among France’s most historic places after its role in World War II. There are beaches and gun batteries to see where Allied troops landed, along with several interesting museums.
Beaches in France
When the sun is beating down, holidaymakers are spoiled for choice with beaches in France. The golden sands of Britanny have been popular with British tourists for generations. Alternatively, head to the south-west to the popular surfing spot of Biarritz. You can ride waves here with surf enthusiasts from around the world. If you’re keen to enjoy a spot of glamour, then head to the opposite coast to spot celebs on the French Riviera.
The dishes served up to you in France will often depend on which region you’re visiting. But there are several specialities that will cross your path again and again. A breakfast croissant is a must, as is a crunchy slice of baguette with every meal. There’s nothing better than mopping up the sauce of coq au vin - chicken stewed in red wine - with a hefty piece of bread. More adventurous visitors to France can try two of the dishes that the country is infamous for; frog legs and snails. Go on, be brave.
Restaurants in France
Restaurants in France generally take great pride in the cuisine that they serve and the French see eating out as a social occasion for the whole family. It is a leisurely activity and they can take hours chatting and nibbling over a three-course meal, while they sip on a glass or two of wine. It would be rude not to follow suit…
France is a great destination, regardless of what you’re looking for from your holiday. For couples or honeymooners, there are few more romantic places to jet off too. But fun for the whole family can be found too. There are plenty of beaches for kids to splash around on, while Disneyland Paris is easy to reach from the French capital. The best way to visit France is to book your holiday with easyJet holidays. If you book your hotel and flight together with easyJet holidays, then you’ll save even more off the cost of your trip.