Full of cultural attractions, renowned food and wine, 5,500km of coastline and seven main mountain ranges, France has a great deal to offer all types of travellers.
Whether you prefer hitting the slopes or sipping cocktails on a sun-soaked beach, most of the top destinations in France are easily accessible from the UK. Even better, our Gallic neighbour can be reached by ferry or train thanks to numerous transport connections, helping travellers make the more sustainable choice.
In 2022, France welcomed 82.6 million international tourists, overtaking Spain as the most visited country in Europe. Brits made up 14 million of them, heading to city destinations like Paris and Marseille as well as the beaches of Normandy or the French Riveriea, running from St Tropez to Menton. As travel times to France are so short, it’s possible to soak up some sights and stock up on beautiful views and good food during a long weekend. But there’s also plenty to do if you have time to stick around for a couple of weeks or more.
We’ve rounded up some of the country’s best holiday destinations, including snowy vistas and sandy coastal spots, to help you plan your next French holiday.
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About half-way between Cannes and Nice, Antibes is an excellent base from which to explore the French Riviera. It’s home to a peninsula that juts out into the sea, maximising the amount of warm, sandy beach available to sit on. It feels more relaxed and laidback than the neighbouring towns of Cannes and Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, so you can lounge without caring too much who’s watching or what you’re wearing. However, it is worth packing cocktail attire so you can venture to the famous Hotel du Cap Eden Roc for a Bellini, made with vintage champagne and freshly pressed fruit juice. The decor is opulent and elegant, helping you to visualise the glamorous guests that have sashayed through the corridors or sipped drinks at the bar over the past 130 years. World famous names inlcude Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, The Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson, Orson Welles, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso and more.
For art lovers a visit to the Picasso museum in Antibes is a must. It dates back to 1946 when Picasso was offered the exceptional opportunity to set up his workshop in the heart…
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