There isn't a single travel destination that has the romantic pull of France. Idealised by millions all over the world, dreams of French holidays involve champagne on the Eiffel Tower, cruises on the Seine, bicycling through wine country and exploring the resorts of the Côte d'Azur.
A holiday in France offers a wide variety of attractions for all travellers, whether interested in culture and history or just having a good time. While Paris is famous for its sophistication, there are more than 40,000 castles and chateaus dotting the countryside, dozens of ski resorts in the French Alps, holiday towns along the coast and countless cities and villages hidden around every hill providing never-ending opportunities to explore for millions of tourists each year.
French culture is known for its effortless sophistication, including the gastronomic delights of French cuisine, museums dedicated to centuries of French art, and the sought-after haute couture creations of French fashion designers. Whether looking for a city break in Paris or exploring the lesser-known delights of Alsace-Lorraine, a holiday in France is the dream vacation for many.
Best time to visit France
France has four distinct seasons and each season offers delights for travellers, but arguably the best time to visit is in late spring (May) and early autumn (September), to avoid the crowds of summer and the harshly cold winters. Having said that, summer (June to August) remains the most popular season to visit France.
What to see in France
- See the Mona Lisa and other famous works of art at the Louvre gallery in Paris
- Spot celebrities at Cannes
- Stroll through the gardens of the magnificent Palace of Versailles
- Browse the luxury fashion boutiques on Paris' Champs-Elysées. Read more on France Attractions
What to do in France
- Go skiing at resorts like Tignes and Serre-Chevalier in the French Alps
- Take a guided tour of the Moët et Chandon cellars in Epernay
- Have dinner at the Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower
- Treat the kids to a day at Disneyland Paris
- Party in the nightclubs of St Tro
Whether enjoying a patisserie treat on a pleasant spring morning or looking out over a sky filled with stars with a glass of fine wine in hand, the quintessential French holiday is one which has been built around food and drink. While in France, you’ll never be more than a few strides from good food. There are frogs’ legs and snails for the brave, but the simplest pleasures of fresh breads and fine cheeses, France is without compare.
French cities have always been a major tourist draw, and it’s not only the bright lights of Paris. While the enchanting aura of the capital, with its world-class museums and unmistakeable skyline, is a must-visit on anyone’s itinerary, there’s much more besides. Marvel at Bordeaux’s gardens, Strasbourg’s cathedral or the vibrancy of Lyon – or why restrict yourself to the mainland? Corsica offers a unique and irresistible spin on French life.
Nature in France has inspired artists and musicians for centuries with its beauty and scale. Rivers have carved through the country to create environments as astounding as the Loire Valley and the Verdon Gorge. Explore vineyards and sample the produce, or head to the Swiss-Italian border region for some of the world’s most reliable ski resorts. But if you’ve had your fill of the coast, countryside and mountains, there’s the small matter of Disneyland Paris!
Here's a small snapshot about on what France can offer you, so you can make sure you come home with amazing memories, instead of a bunch of those dreaded what ifs!
Few people take as much pride and joy in their food and drink as the French. But while you’ll still find extraordinary restaurants, the greatest gastronomic joys can come from building your own picnic from local bakers and market vendors. Bon appetite!
On the south coast of France, looking out over the Mediterranean, you’ll find the French Riviera – or as the French say, Cote d’Azur. It’s a place to see and be seen, with exclusive resorts such as Nice and St Tropez delivering glitz and glamour like nowhere else.
The French Alps offer some of Europe’s very best winter sports opportunities, along with simply astounding mountain views. If you want to test your ski skills, head to resort towns such as Chamonix and Grenoble. For alpine beauty, Lake Geneva is second to none.
Nestled at the heart of France is some of its most breathtakingly beautiful countryside, concentrated around idyllic river valleys such as the Loire Valley, many of France’s most prominent wine-growing centres and some spectacular chateaux – unmissable!
However you prefer to stay while you’re travelling, from great value convenience to five-star luxury, we’ll find the perfect place for you to rest your head. Here’s a selection of our favourites in France.