Just a stone’s throw away from the UK, France welcomes flocks of holiday makers in their thousands every year. As well as location and convenience, it’s also because it’s a country that simply has so much to offer its tourists. We’ve selected 10 of the top destinations in France to take your next holiday.
We couldn’t exactly leave the capital out of this list, especially as it’s one of the most famous cities in the world. From world-class monuments to a Disney theme park, unbeatable fashion and shopping to unforgettable romance, Paris really has it all.
A modern and fresh location with beautiful beaches and brilliant boutiques, Nice is the ideal choice for a seaside holiday as its home to the bright blue water that gave the Cote d’Azur its name.
The third biggest city in the country has a lot to offer in terms of history and style. It’s a great mix of old and new as it’s watched over by the basilica Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde; the city’s pedestrian zones and shopping areas.
A popular choice for families in particular, Brittany is known for being a friendly and vibrant destination. This is also a great choice if you fancy opting for a ferry trip rather than a flight too, as Brittany Ferries offer some great value holidays in France.
Another great choice for history lovers, Lyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its 2000 years of history and clear imprint of the Renaissance.
You’ll recognise the name Bordeaux if you’re a fan of wine, as it’s where some of the world’s best tipples hail from. It’s a fairly young place too; thanks to the huge university and tourist population that has continued to thrive in recent years.
If you’re into yachting – galas and regattas, and other world-class events and festivals, Cannes may be one of the best choices for you, as the town’s motto is literally ‘Life is a festival’.
If a beach holiday is what you’re longing for, Normandy is a good bet as it boasts a whole host of fantastic beach spots. From Urville-Nacqueville to Étretat, you’ll be spoilt for choice for idyllic spots to build sandcastles or simply do some sunbathing.
Provence is another great choice for those wanting to soak up some fabulous French sun on the beach. Cavalaire-sur-Mer is one of the most popular choices in this area, and is often dubbed as the closest you’ll get to St Tropez without going that far!
Can’t decide between a break in France or Germany? Welcome to the ideal compromise. You can have the best of German cuisine and French drink here, as well as taking in the amazing architecture and scenery.