FRANCE TRAVEL GUIDE
With so much to see and do it's no wonder holidaymakers are flocking to visit France - the heart of Western Europe. One of the most geographically diverse destinations in the world, France boasts something for everyone: from foodies and beach bunnies to history buffs and culture vultures.
This varied nation caters to all kinds of holidaymaker: whether you’re looking to explore the stylish boulevards of Paris, escape to the gorgeous countryside of Normandy or relax on the sun-kissed resorts of the French Rivera.
For those living in Britain, a trip to visit France is as easy as hopping on a 90-minute P&O ferry from Dover to Calais.
FRENCH COUNTRY RETREATS
If you want to experience true freedom on your holiday, nothing beats a self-drive vacation to the French countryside.
Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Brittany, and Normandy are rich in medieval history, but the real draw of the North West is the luscious green scenery. A tour of this beautiful region presents the opportunity to encounter examples of France at its most authentic – you’ll stumble upon quaint villages, grand chateaux, stunning coastline and plenty of historical monuments.
Outdoorsy types will relish in the chance to go hiking and cycling along the specifically-designed trials that pepper this plentiful region.
Looking to relax on the beach? There are few coastal destinations that come close to the Côte d’Azur. The French Riviera is one of the jewels of the Mediterranean, drenched in sunshine 300 days of the year.
The glittering resorts around Nice are known for being playgrounds for the rich, famous, and fabulous. Fashionable St Tropez and cultural Cannes are favoured for their cruising, yachting and golfing opportunities. A trip to the South coast of France also wouldn’t be complete without stopping by the country’s oldest city, Marseille, a sun-soaked destination oozing style and sophistication.
The 13 hour drive to the South of France from Calais is like a mini-holiday in itself, presenting the occasion to bypass through idyllic French countryside.
ALPINE SKIING HOLIDAYS
The snow-topped mountains of the Alps ensure that France is the most popular destination for British skiers and snowboarders. Most people are amazed to discover that a drive from Calais to the Alps takes under 10 hours, so the hardest part of planning your French ski holiday is choosing from the myriad of world-class resorts.
Families favour the traditional draws of Megeve, while those seeking challenging terrain opt to explore the Les Trois Vallees region, the largest linked ski area in the world. Stunning Chamonix is also a popular destination, an idyllic resort nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc. Wherever you visit, the spectacular peaks offer stellar snow reliability, gorgeous glaciers and tree-lined runs you’ll remember forever.
SHORT CITY BREAKS
Many visitors choose to top off their French holiday with a few nights in Paris, the capital. It takes approximately 3 hours to drive from Calais to Paris, and when you get there you’ll realise anything is possible in the iconic city of lights.
Sprinkled with landmarks and galleries, Paris is a delight to behold all year round, whether you want to watch the world go by from the dizzying heights of the Eiffel Tower or rest your eyes on the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum. To win over the kids, there’s always the failsafe option of Disneyland.
Forget the rush and confined spaces that come with air travel – your holiday starts as soon as you step on board! With space to walk around, lots of entertainment options, comfortable seating, and stunning sea views, you’ll arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Travelling by ferry is very convenient as you can pack as much luggage as you like, and bringing your car on board means that you have the opportunity to visit a number of European destinations during your trip, without the hassle of hiring a car.
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