France has been a global leader in art, science, gastronomy, and philosophy for hundreds of years. They have the world's fourth-largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, more Michelin-starred restaurants than anywhere in the world, and the most number of foreign tourists over any other country in the world. Without a doubt, France is everyone's favorite travel bucket list country. There is something for everyone here. You can discover the beauty of the countryside, explore the metropolitan cities, go wine tasting in the beautiful valleys, relax on the beaches, and experience historical sites firsthand. You might be wondering where to start in planning your French vacation. The Travelling Souk is here to guide you through the many options and give you advice from our personal experience. So let's get started!
Paris is the quintessential romantic city offering the ultimate cultural experience. There are over 130 museums, 115 Michelin-starred restaurants, and five UNESCO World Heritage sites. If you are looking for a luxury vacation in exclusive beach clubs overlooking sparkling azure waters, then head over to the French Riveria. The French Riveria has been the vacation destination for countless celebrities for decades and it's not hard to see why. The lush hills are dotted with colorful French architecture with stunning cliffs rising above the Mediterranean ocean. You can also visit the ever-popular Loire Valley. This area is known for its stunning châteaux, an abundance of vineyards, vibrant culture, and spectacular scenery. You will fall in love with the gorgeous architecture, the wine and cheese tours, the art and history museums, and the fresh produce available at every restaurant.
The best time to visit France is in the spring (April to June) or the fall (September to November) when there are fewer tourists, lower prices, and moderate temperatures. The summer months can be very hot and few places have air conditioning. Also, the summer is the most popular time to visit so lines may be long and tourist attractions are crowded.
When you are in Paris, you can't miss walking through the Louvre, climbing to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral, or eating at a cafe overlooking the Eiffel Tower. If you are a foodie, then you will love the wide variety of Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from in Paris. Or pop into one of the many bakeries along the street to try a baguette, croissant, or macaron. In the French Riveria, you can gamble at the Monte Carlo casino, stroll along the Promenade des Anglais, or relax at the Cannes beach. You are sure to be star-struck in the French Riveria as its one of the most popular destinations in the world for celebrities. When you visit the Loire Valley, you must do a wine and cheese tour. The Loire Valley has been producing wine since Roman times in 1 AD. Also, it won't be possible to miss the cathedrals and castles in the Loire Valley because there are literally hundreds. However, be sure to see Chartres Cathedral, Château d’Amboise, Château Chambord, and Château Chenonceau. There are lots of tours you can do so you can be sure to see everything.
It's time to start planning your trip to France! Which area interests you the most? What activities would you like to do? The Travelling Souk has explored all around France and has put together some articles to help you make your decision. No matter what you decide, it's impossible to make a wrong decision! France will enchant, enlighten, and inspire you wherever you go.