5 Reasons Your Next Holiday Should Be France
by Nakita Mason | Updated 11 March 2019 | Posted in Top Lists, France
We know what you’re thinking; ‘France? Why France when I can saunter off to sunny Spain, romantic Italy or mesmerizing Greece?’
Well, why indeed?
Here are 5 excellent reasons why France should be your next holiday destination.
Often cast aside as the city of lovers and romance, Paris is of course much more than a place to exchange heart-framed pleasantries and engage in moonlight walks. It’s, in fact, the hub of culture, awash with galleries, museums and of course amazing architecture like the Notre Dame. Time spent in Paris is a culture vulture’s delight and as you sip rich coffee in a quiet café or amble along the sleek streets and gaze about you’ll discover there simply aren’t enough hours in the day.
To help, here are some top picks:
- Musée du Louvre
- Les Catacombes
- Musée d’Orsay
These are just a few, you’ll find there’s plenty more things to sink your teeth into, so go on, get chomping!
There are few places better than France for good food and wine. It’s all fabulous, but there are some things it does particularly well.
For one thing, French desserts are a dream. Even walking into a standard French supermarket will have you coming across a dessert aisle like you’ve never seen before. Remember that scene from Jurassic Park? (stick with us here) where Tim and Lex lay eyes on that wonderous table of desserts? Well, a French supermarket is like that but a thousand times better. From the deliciously naughty Crème brûlée, the hearty Flaugnarde or the wonderfully moreish Café liégeois, you’ll be spoilt for choice if you have a sweet tooth! And taste aside, they're little works of art too!
3: Wine, Vineyards and Festivals
Truly, from serious wine fans to those who just like a cheeky tipple on a Friday night, France is a goldmine for anyone interested in that most fantastic of grape-based beverages.
Once again, French supermarkets will showcase a much wider selection than you’re likely used to back home (the UK at least) but far beyond that, there are many wine-related adventures to be had (some of which no doubt ending a little like that scene from Absolutely Fabulous…). For one thing, there’s the much-loved Bordeaux Wine Festival, possibly one of the biggest and best in France, as well as a plethora of smaller ones that run up and down the country. All French wine festivals give you a great opportunity to try new grape varieties and learn about the amazing process that ends with the glass in your hand, so if you've yet to go to one we strongly urge you to give it a try.
Then, there are of course plenty of Vineyards for you to visits too. Some of the best wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Burgundy, and Merlot all up for the tasting on these expeditions as well as giving you the chance to try some of the lesser known strains aswell. Go, explore and talk wine with the people who really know their stuff, you won’t be disappointed.
She might not be the first place you think of when you consider natural wonders, but France has plenty of gorgeous places to drink in if you only dare take a wander…
One of the best is Mont Blanc, situated on the border between France and Italy, a breath-taking mountain and the tallest in all the Alps. Beautiful from a distance and a challenge to climb, it’s one of the most beguiling sites you’ll find, but certainly not the only one:
- Pont d’Arc
- Scandola Nature Reserve
- The Camargue Salt Flats
- Gorges du Verdon
5: The Coast
If you love the sea and all that entails then France is the gift that keeps on giving. There are vast stretches of beautiful coastline and delightful ports, lined by cafes and quaint pubs, making for a stunning backdrop to a lovely lazy day. It’s also, of course, a wonderful way to get fresh fish, try your hand at boating or relax on the beach. Some great places are:
- The French Riviera