When you think of France, images that come to mind are inevitably those of the Eiffel Tower, tightly knit narrow streets of Paris, or perhaps even the rolling countryside around the valley of the Somme, still pockmarked by bombs from World Wars One and Two. Whatever the imagery that comes to mind when thinking of France, one thing is for certain – this gorgeous country is filled with things to see and do from top to bottom and will have you wanting to return again and again. But what should you not miss? Here are our top suggestions:
The capital city of France is home to some of the world’s most iconic landmarks including the Eiffel Tower – one of the international symbols of love. Visitors from all over the world line up in their hundreds each day to climb the tower for panoramic views from the top. Along with the tower there are numerous other great things to see in the city of love including the impressive region of Montmarte, also known as the artist’s quarter. You can get some tickets to see Moulin Rouge, which is just around the corner from Montmarte and is a great evening out. Be sure to hit the other sites of Notre Dame Cathedral as well as the Sacre Coeur church which is set atop a huge hill overlooking the Artist’s quarter and provides panoramic views of the city as well.
France is famous for its wine and what better way to experience some true French culture than a visit to a vineyard. Many vineyards offer tours and tastings along with opportunities to stay at the vineyard itself and enjoy a weekend in wine country tasting the various wines on offer and relaxing in the rolling hills of the region. Areas to note for great wine and wine tasting includes Chardonnay, Bordeaux, Alsace, Burgundy and Champagne of course for its world famous sparkling wine made especially in the region.
The French Riviera
The French Riviera is a great region for sunseekers and those who want to laze by the seafront for awhile. The mediterranean climate of the French Riviera means that the temperatures stay high later in the year and warm up earlier than other parts of the continent and so the riviera attracts people who want to escape the winter blues in places like the UK or Germany. For those who like to celeb-watch, plan your trip to time well with the Cannes film festival, but be warned that prices in the area around Cannes can skyrocket during this time so come prepared to spend a pretty penny. For beach lovers the resort region of Saint Tropez is a common go-to as well as Nice. To get a taste of the rich life, take a day trip into neighbouring Monaco and see how the other half live.
So if you’re looking for a great getaway this winter, or really anytime, be sure to check out France. With so much to see and do from the north shore to the south shore and beyond you will find yourself returning again and again to take in as much of this gorgeous country as possible.