The romantic city of Paris is France’s capital and the perfect holiday for loved-up couples. Discover the beautiful Languedoc Roussillon region with the historic city of Montpellier and the medieval walled town of Carcassonne.
The Eiffel Tower and Le Louvre in Paris are must-see sights, as is the opulent Palace of Versailles. Enjoy a glass of Bordeaux in the city of the same name or strap on your skis and hit the slopes of Chamonix and Meribel in the French Alps.
What better place in Europe to visit on a city break than stylish Paris. Popular with couples and honeymooners due to its luxurious hotels, romantic moonlit walks along the River Seine and fine French dining in its restaurants, Paris is a destination everyone can enjoy. Take the kids to Disneyland Paris, drink coffee and people watch on pavement cafes or simply stroll around the city taking in the famous sights.
Elsewhere in France soak up the culture of Dijon and La Rochelle, enjoy fine dining in Lyon and discover the history of the ancient and beautiful city of Rouen in Normandy.
What to do
The French Riviera in the south of France makes an ideal destination for both families and couples, thanks to its long sandy beaches and sunny Mediterranean climate. Relax on the beach and top up your tan before exploring the fashionable cities of Cannes and Nice.
If skiing rather than sunbathing is more your idea of holiday heaven, head to the Pyrenees, where there’s more than 100km of ski slopes to discover. In summer the lush forests and pretty mountain valleys are perfect for a hiking holiday.
A holiday to France is as much about the food and wine as it is the delightful towns and cities and stunning countryside. Visit the vineyards in Burgundy, tuck into fresh fish and shellfish in the harbour town of St Malo in Brittany or sip a glass of bubbly in Champagne.
When to visit
The best time to go to France depends on your plans when you get there. Skiers need to be there in the peak snowfall months December to March. Hikers might prefer the shoulder months, April, May and September, October when the weather is milder but pleasant to walk in. For Paris the summer is quiet as the French head to the coasts so the nightlife is less lively but there are less queues and crowds at the sights. Although cooler in April to June, these months have their own delights including flowers, warm weather and the grape harvest!