France is the most visited country in the world. It has everything that you could ever want to see on your holidays: magnificent cities, pristine beaches, more monuments than you can count, a beautiful countryside, and incredible scenery. France’s food, wine, and way of life are renowned.
North of France
The North of France consists of the flatlands around the town of Lille and the English Channel. This area will remind visitors in many ways of Belgium and the Netherlands.
Paris, the city of light and its surroundings are some of the most visited areas. Paris is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities on the planet.
Normandy & Brittany have rolling hills, sandy beaches and quiet little harbor towns, with a rugged coast and many neolithic sites. It has quite a distinct atmosphere from the rest of the country; you can still sense the Celtic origin of the region in its inhabitants.
The eastern part of France consists of the Champagne, Alsace, Lorraine, Franche Comté and Burgundy
regions. The landscape has rolling hills and many beautiful cities, such as Metz, Strasbourg, Nancy and Dijon. This region produces many famous wines, including magnificent pinot noirs and chardonnays valued the world over, as well as the famous “Yellow wine” from the Jura mountain vineyard.
Center of France
The Center of France is in many ways the quietest region. But the great treasure of this region is the Loire valley, with many great castles and beautiful towns. Chartres with its famous cathedral and Tours rate among the most beautiful French cities.
South of France
The South of France, with its lovely nature, good food, Roman ruins and of course the Riviera, draws a lot of visitors every year. Towns like Orange, and Arles as well as big cities like Marseilles and Toulon are not to be missed. Provence is dotted with pleasant small villages.
In the Southwest of France the Dordogne is one of the most quintessential French regions. The valley is so pretty, the towns are so quaint and the food is so good, that it is hard to believe that the people who live here go somewhere else for their holidays. Languedoc has its own language and culture. In the south of the Languedoc you find the Pyrenees, where you can hike and ski. The towns of Toulouse and Montpellier and the medieval town of Carcassone are top destinations.
Bordeaux, long known as La Belle Au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty) is nowadays more than ever awake as a prestigious major city and world wine capital. The city is part of the UNESCO World heritage since 2007 and the center of several destinations such as the Medoc with its prestigious Wine Chateaux, the charming village of St Emilion and the beautiful hilly landscapes, the Arcachon Bay and Cap Ferret with its sandy beaches and typical oyster villages, and Cognac with its historic houses.
In Basque Country you can explore Biarritz on the coast, the lovely villages Bidart and Guetary, Saint-Jean-de-Luz and its fishing port, the coastal road “la Corniche,” toward the border town of Hendaye up to San Sebastian and Bilbao. Meander among breathtaking countryside villages and experience their delicious specialties such as Ascain, Sare, Espelette, St Jean Pied de Port, Ainhoa, Itxassou and many more …