If there is one country that looms large on people’s travel horizon, it’s France. There are so many historical/sophisticated/fun things to do here you could travel for years through its various regions and never get bored. (And if you do get bored, you really need to take up a hobby.)
From the chateaux of the Loire Valley to the cosmopolitan flair of the French Riviera, there are a million different ways to enjoy a fabulous French vacation.
So let’s jump in and talk about some of the best things to do in France.
Top Activities for Your France Vacation
Enjoy the Culture of Paris
Factor in world-famous art museums such as the Louvre, French designers such as Coco Chanel, and oodles of urban sophistication, and you’ve got yourself one of the most popular vacation spots on the globe.
In fact, Paris is the top destination in France and France IS the most popular travel destination in the world.
Check out the Top 10 Things to do in Paris.
Take a Day Trip to Versailles
Home to the royals of France in the 17th and 18th centuries, the opulent Palace of Versailles is both a symbol of opulence and excess.
For some serious luxury try a private backstage tour of the Palace of Versailles, or get into the spirit with a 18th-century photo shoot at Costumes & Chateaux.
Visit Monet’s Garden at Giverny
Only a couple of hours from Paris, Giverny is a garden of earthly delights. It’s here that the Impressionist master Claude Monet lived and painted his iconic waterlily series.
All in all it makes a sweet-smelling day trip from Paris.
Explore D-Day Sites in Normandy
Between the Memorial de Caen, Dieppe and Juno Beach, this is be one of the most sobering, enlightening trips you’ll ever do.
Tempt Your Palate in Lyon
Often called Paris’s second city, Lyon has become a must-eat destination for foodies.
Sip Champagne in the South of France
Or maybe a crisp rosé? Picture a breezy terrace overlooking the Mediterranean on the Cote d’Azur … you’ve just entered jet set territory.
Check out these popular South of France destinations.
Relax in a French Spa Town
French spa towns such as Evian-les-Bains and Vichy offer Belle Epoque history, mineral-rich water and a look back at a slower paced of life.
Tour the Chateaux of the Loire Valley
If you like castles, the grand chateaux in the Loire Valley otherwise known as France’s Valley of the Kings.- should be high on your list.
Go Star Spotting at the Cannes Film Festival
A celebrity magnet, the Cannes Film Festival is one of those must-be-seen stops for A-listers, wheeler dealers, producers, starlets, wanna-be starlets and men who want to date starlets.
Oh yeah, the films are pretty good, too.
Try Barging on the Canal du Midi
Built on the orders of Napoleon, this ambitious canal in the South of France is 241 km long and barging through France offers a lazy way to float through the countryside.