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France holiday guide

France is a rich and diverse destination for a holiday or short break at any time of the year. In the summer months, areas such as the French Riviera, Loire Valley and Brittany are hugely popular with tourists from across Europe. In the winter, many head to the French Alps for some of the best skiing facilities in the world, while city breaks are a great option for a short break no matter what the weather.

The perfect beach holiday

Anyone looking for perfect beach holidays in France may choose to travel to the Cote d’Azur (the French Riviera) on the south coast. This beautiful Mediterranean region, with its warm climate and gorgeous beaches, offers an ideal setting for a family holiday by the sea and can be reached with one of our cheap flights to Nice.

Another outstanding region for a relaxing beach break, and less well known than the French Riviera, is Languedoc. This picturesque area can be reached with our flights to Avignon, Toulouse and Beziers-Cap d’Agde and offers not only a great location for beach holidays in France but plenty of things to see and do for all the family.

Food and wine on your holiday in France

France is known for its rich gastronomic heritage and no matter where you visit, you’re sure to find a new culinary delight. From fine-dining in a delightful Parisian restaurant to searching for local produce in a quaint market town, there are always new tastes to experience when you travel to France.

France is also well known for its wine producing regions and many choose holidays in France to experience a real taste of the country. Wine tasting trips are hugely popular with tourists and are available throughout the year.

Top things to do during your holiday in France

What to visit

Our Gallic neighbour has a rich and interesting history, and the countryside is dotted with many castles (chateaus) and vineyards. However, there is much more to discover when you travel to France. The cities of Paris, Bordeaux, Nice, Rennes and Bergerac (to name just a few) are steeped in history and house many museums and galleries where tourists can soak up a bit of culture during their stay.

The Loire Valley, known as the Garden of France to the locals, is a vast stretch of countryside that attracts visitors all year round. With an abundance of vineyards and fruit orchards, historic towns (such as Nantes and Tours) and castles (including the impressive Château d'Amboise) to explore, a break in the Loire Valley is ideal for those seeking picturesque scenery and cultural excursions.

Tour de France and other events

The Bordeaux Wine Festival, which is held in June, is just one of the many festivals dedicated to the favourite tipple of the French. It attracts visitors from far and wide every year. The French also have a love of sport and you may choose to time your trip to France to coincide with one of the many sporting events held in the country, such as the Tour de France (cycling) and the French Open (tennis).