If you’re eager to inject a little joie de vivre into your spring holidays, why not visit France? An icon of this European stalwart, Paris is a must-see, but there’s much more to France. If you have the time, it’s well worth hiring car or making use of the fantastic train network. Exploring will take you from verdant wine valleys to opulent seafront hotels. Enjoy a cultural masterclass when it comes to the arts and creating culinary delights. Learn where couture came from and practice a little of the lingo. Whatever your tastes and holiday expectations, France is sure to enthrall you. Here is a guide to just some of the many highlights.
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It seems illogical to start anywhere else but beautiful Paris. A city for lovers, you could get lost for days wandering around the charming, elegant streets. Gaze through the boutique windows, and grab a curbside coffee. Draw up a to-do list and create a rough itinerary. You won’t want to miss the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame or Moulin Rouge. Take a stroll arm in arm along the banks of the River Seine. Round off a shopping spree on the Champs-Elysee with a visit to Arc de Triomphe. Indulge your cultural side and pay the Mona Lisa a visit at the Louvre. After sunset, head to a cosy brasserie for a classic French cassoulet and a glass of red. Revisit the Eiffel Tower at night to see it illuminated in all its glory.
Strasbourg is a fantastic example of how to combine old and new. Timber-framed houses and rustic churches sit alongside glass-fronted offices and futuristic municipal buildings. A visit to the Old Town will catapult you back to medieval times and give you an insight into the city’s Alsatian roots. Close to the border of Germany, there’s a strong sense of both French and German identities here, and it makes for a fascinating result. Sedate days give way to raucous nights, as the large student population hits the town. Join in the fun at one of the many canalside taverns and sample the local beers.
A firm favourite with the aristocracy in the 19th century, Biarritz is an upmarket coastal resort. The beaches are clean and expansive, and the promenades ooze glamour and grandeur. Stay in Biarritz to take advantage of chic al fresco dining joints, trendy beach bars and high-class boutiques. Book a hotel with a seaview or share a private villa with friends. If you fancy injecting some adrenaline into your holiday, why not book a surf lesson? France’s prime surfing spot, the impressive waves attract professionals from all corners of the globe. Look out for high profile events and international competitions if you’re ager to see the pros in action.
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If you’ve never visited France before, now is the time to discover true love. This stunning country will treat you to an unforgettable cultural experience. Throw in some fine food and wine and plenty of incredible vistas, and you’ll be planning your next visit before you’ve even left.