As the largest country in the European Union and the third most populated country in Europe, France features an endless number of opportunities for visitors. They might indulge gourmet tendencies in the famous Riviera region, enjoy some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery, or explore the remarkable cities and culture that has made France a top tourist attraction for so long. Everywhere in France has that distinctive French flavour, but travellers to France will quickly learn that France has more to offer than the Parisian stereotype. It is a country with abundant rural pleasures as well as urban ones. Further, as one of only three countries in the world with both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, France features a diversity of scenery and climates ranging from Mediterranean to Alpine. If culture is one’s interest, few places are more fascinating than France, a cultural and artistic leader in the world for many centuries. Architecture throughout France is also remarkable, ranging from the historic to the modern and visionary.
Given the diversity of the various regions in France and all they have to offer, it is a good idea to select a holiday that captures the essence of one or two regions of the country and not try to fit too much in. An attempt to encapsulate France in all its beauty during one trip will likely have the effect of failing to take in the distinct character of various French regions.
One of the most beautiful and simply enjoyable holidays to France is surely a holiday to the Riviera region. The region can offer both excitement and exploration as well as rest and relaxation. The food in this region, often sourced from the freshest local ingredients, is renowned around the world in gourmet circles. The region of the French Riviera, including the famous resort town of Cannes, is simply a distillation of the good life in all its senses.
Another option is to explore the French countryside in Provence and also in the Languedoc region. Such a journey would include remarkable historical sights, such as the world heritage site of Pont du Gard, in addition to a glimpse of rural French life. Few cities are more visually remarkable in their setting than Carcassonne, a historic walled fortress town, and papal Avignon is also a highlight of a visit to this region.