Fine wines, sumptuous cuisines and romantic settings make France a halcyon for travellers. And the attractions don´t stop there. Fashion, culture, art and vibrant cities, fairytale chateaus and sumptuous beaches. France simply offers everything. No wonder it´s the most visited country in the world.
One of the greatest lures in obviously Paris, one of the most exciting and attractive city on the planet. It´s famous landmarks leave you in awe, its bohemian cafes invite you in with the aromatic smell of coffee and freshly baked baguettes, sumptuous restaurants drip with style. Then you have world-class museums, bustling bars, a pulsating nightlife and one of the focal shopping hubs in the world. Paris is too irresistible to miss.
And so too the stunning scenery in the Cote d´Azur, with its elegant beaches sidling up to a sparkling blue sea and picturesque harbours coiled into the backdrop of rolling hills. Experience the lure of luxury and the thrills of Monaco´s nightlife, or the cosmopolitan ambience and wealth of history in Nice.
Explore the stunning countryside and sample mouth-watering wines in Bordeaux and throughout the Burgundy region, visit the charming villages of half-timber houses and quaint churches that grace serene canals, or in contrast drive through the lush green forests and visit the enchanting fairytale chateaus in the Loire Valley.
The uber-scenic Champagne-Ardennes region is dotted with unspoiled medieval towns and acres of raking vineyards. Visit the underground champagne cellars for a glass of bubbly, explore the quaint villages to sample sumptuous cheeses and hunt for bargains in the chic boutiques and handicraft stores.
Not far from Paris is the historical centre of Versailles, home to the King Louis´ and the setting for the unrest that lead to the French Revolution and the ousting of the royal family. Follow in the footsteps of Marie Antoinette and indulge in the elegance of the Versailles Palace and admire the lavish collection of decorative arts.
On the north-east border with Germany you will experience life in two countries with the blend of Franco-Germanic cuisine in Strasbourg. From bratwursts to creperies, beer to wines, the attractive riverside town on the banks of the enigmatic Rhine has flavours to tickle your taste buds.
And don´t miss out on the seaside resorts of Marseilles and Le Harve with their stunning harbours and graceful architecture, peaceful city parks and inviting beaches. France has a wealth of experience to enjoy and visitors are never disappointed.
Travelling to France by Ferry
There are numerous ferries sailing direct from the UK to France (not all listed below), however you may well be coming from further north in the country and sailing from Hull or Newcastle to Belgium or Holland may well cut your driving time considerably.