There are few countries in the world that have the charm and attraction of France. A country with a rich and colourful history, and with its capital city Paris being one of the most romantic places to visit, it’s no wonder that many people love visiting France – whether it be for a romantic break or a relaxing holiday. If you’ve never been to France before or you’re stuck for ideas on where to go, then read on to find out our pick of the 5 most breath-taking places to visit.
A city that conjures up images of famous landmarks, quaint little streets with serene cafés and wine bars, and restaurants with some of the best tasting food around, Paris has something to offer for everyone. As romantic destinations go, Paris will be the number one destination on anyone’s list. A walk alongside the River Seine, a picnic in one of the many parks, even a visit to the Eiffel Tower is just one of many things on offer at what is probably the world’s best known city for romance.
Famous of course for a certain alcoholic beverage, the Champagne region is one of the most beautiful parts of France to visit. Situated in the north-east, the area has picturesque scenery, and offers a plethora of historical places of interest such as the palace and cathedral of Reims, medieval Troyes, and of course Epernay where you can visit local vineyards and sample champagne to your heart’s content!
The city of Strasbourg is situated in Alsace, an area of eastern France that borders Germany on the river Rhine. This historical city is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is no surprise given the importance of landmarks such as the impressive gothic architecture of the cathedral of Notre-Dame, and the Rhine Palace. Also situated in Strasbourg are some pretty renaissance style houses in an area known as “Petite France”, and if looking at impressive modern buildings is your thing, be sure to check out the European Parliament and Court of Human Rights buildings.
Côte d’Azur (the French Riviera)
Renowned for its glamour, beaches, sunshine, and the rich and famous, the French Riviera is located on the Mediterranean coast of southeast France. Probably one of the most expensive parts of France to visit but impressive nonetheless, the area boasts some stylish places such as Nice, Saint-Tropez and Cannes. There are also many less-known yet idyllic locations to visit within the region too, should you wish to do some exploring outside of the tourist trail.
An island in the Mediterranean that is situated off the south-east of France, Corsica is home to some 1,000 kilometres of beautiful coastline and over 200 beaches. It boasts stunning scenery, and with good weather throughout most of the year, it is one of the most sought-after destinations for a relaxing holiday. When you get hungry, be sure to go to one of the numerous restaurants where you can sample mouth-watering local Corsican food.