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Your guide to France
All About France
From Paris’ world-famous museums to the Champagne region’s cycling routes to the Mediterranean glamour of Saint-Tropez, France is home to a diverse landscape, some of the world’s most lauded cuisine, and a rich history to explore. Head to Brittany to soak up a culture and character all of its own, wander the winding cobbled streets, and admire over 2,000 kilometres of coastline.
Separating France from its Spanish neighbour, the Pyrenees mountain range offers striking scenery and Pic du Midi Observatory’s unrivalled view of the night sky. On the other side of the country, Alsace lies on the border with Germany and boasts blended specialty dishes along with homes that have inspired countless colorful chocolate boxes. Provence’s sunflower fields and shaded town squares have been immortalised in postcards and oil paintings, while Lyon’s forward-looking foodie scene and the glassy waters of Lake Annecy add yet more contrast.
The best time to stay in a holiday rental in France
With the slopes drawing skiers from all over the world, visitors lining the shore of the Côte d'Azur throughout the summer months, and spring in Paris appearing on most travellers’ wish lists, France is a year-round draw. Summer heat can be intense, especially in the south of the country and in larger cities. Locals traditionally go on their summer holidays in August, which can mean both quieter city streets for you to explore but fewer restaurants and shops to choose from. Bastille Day on 14 July is a colourful celebration marked by parades in many cities and lots of red, white, and blue. Provence is also a great place to be in July, when its famous lavender is in full flower — the heady scent will stay in your memory long after you leave.
Top things to do in France
Whether you’re a literary enthusiast, history buff, or just a fan of pretty streets and harbour hangouts, La Rochelle is sure to enchant. Popular with a slew of writers and poets in the 18th and 19th centuries, the city also has a rich maritime history, from numerous lighthouses to the Musée Maritime. For a bird’s eye — or crow’s nest — view, head up the medieval towers stationed around the port.
Often thought of as a winter destination due to its strong ski culture, the eastern Jura region is home to ancient hilltop villages and lush, rolling hills to explore at any time of year. Foodies will be in their element here, from excellent wine in Arbois to a sought-after selection of cheeses including nutty Comté. Head up behind Fort l’Écluse for a sweeping view over Haute-Savoie and towards the Swiss Alps.
Parc National des Calanques
This protected natural wonder sits just outside Marseille and extends towards Cassis — a pastel-hued coastal town worth a visit in itself. Hidden among towering limestone cliffs, these secluded coves are a must-visit for locals and visitors alike. Hundreds of plant species and rare reptiles draw wildlife lovers, while water sports enthusiasts sail or kayak around the coast. Spring and early summer are the best times to visit, and cars are prohibited between June and October.