Situated just a 2-hour flight away across the English Channel, France is one of the most accessible countries for British travellers to visit, proving that we don’t have to go halfway around the world to have a memorable holiday.
France has a longstanding reputation as one of the best countries to holiday in Europe, with its lively cities, thriving cultural scene, beautiful countryside and delicious haute-cuisine all contributing towards its overall appeal.
If you’re looking for a cultural city break, Paris is the destination for you, or if you want something more low-key but equally as magnificent, try Lyon. Head to the South of France for everything from glamorous beach resorts and glistening turquoise waters to walled medieval villages and ancient castles. Those seeking an exciting ski trip should travel to the French Alps, while those who would rather walk should book a scenic getaway to the mountainous island of Corsica.
France prides itself on its gastronomical offering so wherever you go, expect to wake up to the smell of fresh bakes for breakfast, before choosing from delicacies like ratatouille or coq-au-vin, not forgetting frogs legs or snails, for other mealtimes. Finish off with a delicate dessert and wash it all down with a glass or two of full-bodied locally sourced red wine.
Prepare to be seduced by the iconic architecture of the Cathedral of Notre Dame or the Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation, or venture indoors to museums to see works of art by Renaissance artist, Leonardo da Vinci or world-famous sculpture and painter, Auguste Rodin.
Swap the sun for snow and hit the slopes in the French Alps and the Pyrenees where you’ll find family-friendly resorts with pistes to suit all skiing and snowboarding abilities, a bustling village to host all your après antics, or a quaint alpine retreat surrounded by awe-inspiring natural landscapes.