France is the place to go. With countless must-see destinations; from the expansive rural regions and fashionable sea-side towns, to the culture soaked Paris oozing with delectable French food and shopping, stylish France has so much to offer even the most discerning travellers.
During the 19th and 20th centuries France had built the second largest empire of all time and you can see this mighty manifestation mirrored in such grand sites as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and The Louvre museum in Paris, or the gothic architecture of northern France. Compare these impressive monuments with the luxury of the pastoral south or the bright beaches of Marseilles and promenades of Nice which lie along the Mediterranean coastline and you’ll begin to sense why France is the most visited country in the world.
Cities you shouldn’t miss include the magnificent food capital Lyon, the glamorous Aix-en-Provence or the laid-back Bordeaux, - especially if you’re partial to fine French wine. Wine lovers should also pay visits to the attractive world heritage site, Strasbourg or the ancient, elegant city of Bergerac as well as the regions of Burgundy, of course, Champagne! Cider drinkers will be impressed with the apple brandy and cider of Normandy, a region which also has impressively lush farmland, beaches and bustling market towns.
For those who prefer their history to take precedence in their travels, be sure to spend time in Nimes which is one of the oldest cities in Europe, or enter Carcassone, with its medieval fortified Cité that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll also find plenty of historic gems in Paris, with its museums, monuments and striking architecture. The capital is also renowned for its incredible shopping, be it delectable designer wear or unique boutiques, so you can be guaranteed to find the perfect gifts from France for those at home.
As well as Paris, art-lovers should also visit Giverny, the famous location of Claude Monet’s garden. If you love grand scenes, don’t miss Grenoble which is the gateway to the glorious Alps. Equally visually impressive is the fairy-tale looking tidal island of Mont Saint-Michael, with its abbey’s spindly towers that jut into the clouds from the island’s heart. Like the rest of France, the magic must be witnessed first-hand.