Top five French holiday destinations
France is a popular holiday destination for many people, however whether you’ve visited the country many times in the past or are going on a break there for the first time deciding where to go can be a tricky task. As there are many self catering locations throughout the country, you won’t have to spend hours looking for cheap holiday deals, instead head to one of the many campsites or caravan parks.
But to get an insight into some of the top places to head to for a holiday in France, read on.
Well-known for its golden beaches and crystal-clear water, Saint-Tropez can be a great place for sunworshippers to visit. Situated in the French Rivera, you will find the temperatures are pleasant all year round although they are at their hottest in the summer.
However, there is much more to do here than simply lie in the sun and if you visit in the last week of September you will have the chance to see the annual Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez yacht race.
Whenever you decide to head to the French resort, you can stop by the Musee de l’Annonciade. Housed in a 16th century chapel, the museum contains a wide range of paintings from artists such as Henri Matisse and Paul Signac, in addition to items from the Nabis and Fauvist movements.
Nature lovers may also enjoy a trip to The Butterflies House, a small museum that contains more than 20,000 species of the winged creatures sourced from all over the world.
For a truly memorable holiday in France, there are few better places to visit than Paris. The bustling capital contains a wide range of world-famous attractions, so there is bound to be something for everyone.
Culture vultures are sure to love stopping by the Louvre – which attracts more than eight million visitors each year and contains Roman, Egyptian and Islamic art, among a range of other artefacts – although there are dozens of others to check out.
The Eiffel Tower is perhaps the most famous attraction in the city and you can take a ride to the top of the statue every day of the year to take in fantastic vistas of the urban metropolis below.
Notre Dame cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe are just two of Paris’ other iconic monuments, so be sure that you pack your camera!
Situated just outside Paris, in the town of Marne-la-Vallee, is Disneyland. The theme park is certain to be a hit with kids young and old alike.
Visiting Disneyland Park gives you the chance to experience a range of thrilling rides across five separate zones – Fantasyland, Frontierland, Adventureland, Discoveryland and Main Street, USA, while Walt Disney Studios Park offers an insight into how films are made.
As you walk through the parks, you can even meet some of your favourite Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy!
Lille can also be a great place to head to on a holiday to France. The northern city is something of a mecca for art lovers, with Palais des Beaux Arts – which is the largest museum in France outside of Paris – sure to be on the list of must-sees. Rembrandt, Goya, Donatello and Monet are just some of the artists whose works are located here, while you can gain an insight into medieval France by visiting the Musee de l’Hospice Comtesse.
You should also visit the town hall and belfry, which has Unesco world heritage status, and as the city is located near the Belgian border, you may find a holiday here serves up a melting pot of different cultures.
Benedot in Brittany is a popular place for family holidays to France, with its sandy beach and rocky coves providing plenty of opportunities for youngsters to explore. The resort is a great place to spend time in the spring and summer months, make sure you visit the lighthouse for some fantastic views of the shore and the nearby islands.
You can take a trip on a glass-bottomed boat to the nearby Glenan Islands archipelago, while heading to Benedot’s Trez beach gives you the chance to sail catamarans or go windsurfing.
Away from the shore, you can visit the Notre Dame de la Mer church and the 13th century St Thomas Becket Church.
With so many fantastic places to visit, you can be sure of having a great holiday in France wherever you go.