From the beautiful coastline of the French Riviera to walking along the Seine in Paris. France has something for everyone and it’s only just across the channel. I’ve been lucky to visit France ten times now, although most of my trips were to Paris. However, I’ve been looking into booking some French getaways this Summer and here are a few destinations worth considering.
The French Riviera
Whenever I think of The French Riviera, I think of the movie Mr.Beans Holiday. Has anyone seen it?! I actually spent a week on the Côte d’Azur back in 2016 and visited Cannes, Nice, Antibes and Monaco. We rented an apartment in Nice and found it was really easy to travel along the Mediterranean Coastline on the train. There are plenty beautiful southern France vacation rentals on Luxury Retreats which would make the perfect base for exploring the coast.
Our visit to the French Riviera was in May, which meant we were in Cannes for the Film Festival and also in Monaco for the Grand Prix. Overall, the weather was not the best and the beaches were very quiet with few things were closed. I’d definitely be interested in visiting further into Summer when there’s a lot more going and guaranteed sunshine.
Bordeaux which lies on the Garrone River is a very underrated city. Not only has it been claimed to be the wine capital of the world and is actually home to La Cité du Vin which is a wine museum. That’s right, you read that right. A museum dedicated to vino. La Cité du Vin only opened in 2016 but has quickly become a firm favourite with critic and has been hailed the best wine museum in the world.
If you’re an art enthusiast, You’ve got the Museum of Fine Arts and the CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art hosting works from the likes of Picasso, Renoir and Chardin. So if you’re into Wine, Art and good food. Bordeaux is for you.
The Loire Valley
The Loire Valley looks like my kind of place. With plenty of magnificent Chateaux’s to explore and it’s also easy to reach from Paris. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love looking around Stately Homes and Castles. The Loire Valley will have you spoilt for choice. The region is actually a big Unesco World Heritage Site with over 22 Chateaux’s highlighted as major must visits.
The Chateaux de Chambord is one that caught my eye which is situated in Blésios. The architecture is out of this world which is why it’s one of the most visited and extravagant in the region. It’s crazy to think about how many castles that you could visit. You could spend a whole two weeks just exploring all these grand Chateaux’s! Alternatively, you could visit in a day and there are certain tours which take you to three of the top castles in the area.
La Rochelle popped on my radar last year when I saw a few other bloggers visiting the seaside city. I’ve never really given the city much thought before then but after doing a little bit of research, it looks like such a lovely and pretty seaport. Ideal for a long weekend away from the UK to relax, enjoy some delicious food and explore the old town.
You might recognize Mont Saint-Michel, it’s one of those places that you’ll see on Instagram but not really know where it is. The island which is home to an 11th-century abbey is located in the Normandy region in north-west France. This place is one for the bucket list, the island is a pretty magical place and an unmissable sight in France.
Of course, I have to include the French Capital of Paris. Let’s face it, Paris is always a good idea. There are so many layers to Paris, not only is it the city of love, the art capital and also a major tourist hotspot and home to many iconic landmarks, there are so many hidden gems and neighbourhoods worth checking out. I’m planning to do a little guide to Paris soon so keep your eye’s open for that.
If it’s your first time in the city, obviously checking out the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre & The Arc De Triomphe are all must-dos. You can also get free entrance into some of these attractions if you are in the EU. Don’t forget to bring your passport! One of my favourite things to do is visit the Sacre-Coeur in the Montmartre district. From up there you have incredible panoramic views over the city.
Day Trips from Paris
If you’ve got a couple of days in the city, you can always take a day trip to one of my favourite places; Disneyland Paris. The parks are just a short train ride to Marne-La-Valle. Summer will be peak season so it’ll be a little busier but it’s still possible to see and do a lot in the two parks in one day! I’m thinking about doing a guide on how to make the most of a short visit to Disneyland Paris. Let me know if that would be of interest to any of you.
Another idea for a day trip out of the city would be to visit the Palace of Versailles. This has been on my to-do list for the longest time but I’ve never got round to it. Next time I’m in Paris for a couple of days I’m going to make it a priority. It’s only just under an hour’s train or car journey – I have no excuses!
Have you ever been to France? Where have you been? Where would you like to go?
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