Just a stone’s throw across the English Channel from us, France has long been the destination of choice for many Brits since holidays began. Of course, the advancements in air travel and the rise of budget airlines has meant that places much further afield are also available to us now. But France shouldn’t be underestimated as a destination for an amazing holiday. Here are the top five places you should consider visiting if you’re planning un vacance en France…
If glitz and glamour is your thing, look no further than the beautiful resort town of Cannes. Situated in the French Riviera, it’s perhaps most famous for it’s annual film festival – where the world’s rich and famous descend on the town each May to watch some up and coming talent. Take a stroll around the harbour and marvel at some of the millionaire’s yachts floating casually nearby. Luxury boutiques and jewelry shops can be found at the nearby Rue d’Antibes, and the Casino Croisette is a regular haunt for wealthy locals. However, there’s much more to Cannes than just showing off its wealth. If shopping and fancy boats aren’t your thing, pay a visit to the Old Town. Known as Le Suquet, there you can find a traditional food market selling lots of local produce. There is also an art museum and the spectacular Gothic 17th century church is not to be missed.
Glitz and glamour of a different kind greets you in Versailles, if that is your destination of choice. The architectural masterpiece of French monarch Louis XIV, The Palace of Versailles, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s little wonder too – the palace is a must-visit, showing the ambition and vision of one of the most famous kings in the world. But the palace isn’t the only reason to consider staying in Versailles. There are plenty of other beautiful buildings including churches in the main town, along with a regular food market. It is also a stone’s throw away from Paris, so it’s very easy to travel to the capital. Whether you are visiting the Eiffel Tower or going to see a football match, you can easily pop there for the day. There’s plenty of secure Stade de France parking too, so you can be of sound mind when leaving your vehicle.
If wine and good food is your thing, look no further than the east central region of Burgundy. Famed for its wines as well as Dijon mustard (Dijon being the region’s capital), Burgundy is laced with a series of stunning canals. Make the most of the sunshine by renting a boat to travel down the canals on and take in the scenery whilst you’re at it. A trip to Burgundy also wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a local vineyard. Clos de Vorgeot is one of the most famous vineyards in the area, existing since the 12th century when it was built by monks. Most of their wines are bottled in the cellar for ten years to mature, before that first glass is poured.