France Holidays 2019
France, the Western European country which combines old medieval towns, snowy mountainous villages and sunny Mediterranean beaches. The country’s chic capital of Paris is famous for all types for its fashion, art and of course its landmarks. Spots like the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre attract loads and loads of tourists to the French capital every year and it’s not hard to see why. With a culinary scene which is well known and has so many dishes to offer, France provides a true holiday experience for all types of holidaymakers. It’s place in history means there is an abundance of culture and stories left behind, ready to be discovered.
The south of France is filled with all inclusive resorts and hotels which place you right along France's picturesque coastline.
Things to do in France
France’s capital city, Paris is home to an abundance of historical landmarks which are well worth the visit. The main attraction of the city has to be the magnificent Eiffel Tower. Towering over the capital, this iron structure provides stunning scenic views of the rest of the city. With two vantage points on the tower, choose whether to take the lift up or walk the steps to the first platform. There are 1,710 steps so it definitely is a challenge. Once you reach the top of the Eiffel Tower, or mid-way, soak up the amazing views and visit the gift shop or the tower’s restaurant. The Arc de Triomphe is a national monument which also offers stunning views of the city. The arch was created to honour Napoleon’s victories. Climb to the top of the of the arch to admire the surrounding views of Paris’ twelve avenues.
Take a trip to the Palace of Versailles located in Versailles, around 50 minutes away by car. It is a stunning palace amongst lush gardens and was the principal residence for the kings of France up until the French Revolution in 1789. Inside you’ll find the Hall of Mirrors decorated with prestige chandeliers. There is also a fountain show on the complex.
Food and Drink
The French cuisine is a huge part of the French culture and is often world-renowned by many food critics and tourists alike. Why not try traditional French dishes whilst in the country? Typical dishes include coq au vin and beef bourguignon. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try the escargots which are snails baked in parsley butter whilst still in their shells. Many French restaurants may include a set menu and even a dish of the day in most cases. Bread and cheese are very popular in France. Expect to be presented with a bread basket for the majority of meals. Enjoy cheese fondues with a selection of white wines.
France for families
Families will love France’s capital of Paris. There is simply so much to do here, it will no doubt keep the kids entertained during your family city break. A trip down the River Seine on a boat ride will be fun for everyone, especially as you spot nearby sights during the journey. Of course, Disneyland Paris has to get a mention. It is the ultimate hub for family holidays in France. Enjoy theme park attractions, including life sized versions of the kids’ favourite Disney characters. With a trip to the French Riviera, kids will love the beach days out along with fun water excursions and beach activities.
Action and Adventure
If you’re looking for a spot of adventure during your French holiday, there is plenty on offer. Paris is great for thrill seekers, believe it or not. Jump on a helicopter and enjoy the views of this beautiful city from above. Try your hand at indoor skydiving, which might even tempt you to go all the way and do the real thing. During the summer, the River Seine is transformed into a paradise for adrenaline junkies. Along the banks, you can rent kayaks and even sailboats. On the other hand, the French Riviera is the best spot for water sports and other water excursions. Not only is the French Riviera’s coastline stunning to look at, it can be a lot of fun too.
The French Riviera
The French Riviera is a stunning part of France situated in the south of the country. This glitzy area is struck out for the rich and famous, offering its visitors a glamourous atmosphere and lifestyle to experience. There are lots of beach resort towns fitted with luxurious and stylish hotels. It’s not hard to come across marinas loaded with yachts and lined with villas. Towns like Nice, Saint-Tropez and Cannes provide wonderful beaches with lovely views and golden sands. The beaches in these French Riviera towns are great, especially in the summer. Sit back and relax the clear waters and the hot climate during this time of the year.
France has a fantastic nightlife scene which includes everything you could possibly be looking for, from bars and restaurants to pubs and nightclubs. Paris is the perfect place to start off your search for nightlife in France. The capital is full of bars and clubs, offering a mixture of classy venues and dressed down, casual places. Other great bars and clubs can be found in major French cities like Lyon and Marseille. Lyon offers a wonderful atmosphere in order to enjoy the nightlife in this city. France’s second biggest city of Marseille has a nightlife to experience. Situated along the Mediterranean coast, Marseille offers diversity above all else. Visit Vieux Port for the majority of the city’s bars and clubs.
France for couples
Of course, the best place for couples to enjoy a romantic weekend together abroad is in France’s capital. Paris is the perfect backdrop for romance and offers so much for couples to enjoy. Take a stroll together down cobblestoned streets and discover the Gothic styled Notre Dame. Enjoy a romantic dinner by the Louvre, which is absolutely stunning, particularly at night when the area is lit up. If the French Riviera is your chosen romantic destination, you haven’t made the wrong choice. Beautiful marinas and stunning coastlines make this are perfect for your couples holiday. Spend the night together in a posh restaurant, enjoying the local French dining.
France has a ton of culture to soak up during a visit to the country. A trip to France isn’t complete without a stop in it’s culture infused capital. Paris is of course home to the Louvre (which is the world’s biggest museum), which in turn houses the well-known portrait of Mona Lisa. Not only that, but the Louvre has contemporary art pieces and so much more. Other historical points of interest in the capital include, the Sacré-Cœur, the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame. A typical tour around France’s capital will unlock so many aspects of the country’s culture, that you’ll realise that Paris is the culture capital of Europe.