There isn't a single travel destination that has the romantic pull of France. Idealised by millions all over the world, dreams of French holidays involve champagne on the Eiffel Tower, cruises on the Seine, bicycling through wine country and exploring the resorts of the Côte d'Azur.
A holiday in France offers a wide variety of attractions for all travellers, whether interested in culture and history or just having a good time. While Paris is famous for its sophistication, there are more than 40,000 castles and chateaus dotting the countryside, dozens of ski resorts in the French Alps, holiday towns along the coast and countless cities and villages hidden around every hill providing never-ending opportunities to explore for millions of tourists each year.
French culture is known for its effortless sophistication, including the gastronomic delights of French cuisine, museums dedicated to centuries of French art, and the sought-after haute couture creations of French fashion designers. Whether looking for a city break in Paris or exploring the lesser-known delights of Alsace-Lorraine, a holiday in France is the dream vacation for many.
Best time to visit France
France has four distinct seasons and each season offers delights for travellers, but arguably the best time to visit is in late spring (May) and early autumn (September), to avoid the crowds of summer and the harshly cold winters. Having said that, summer (June to August) remains the most popular season to visit France.
What to see in France
-See the Mona Lisa and other famous works of art at the Louvre gallery in Paris.
-Spot celebrities at Cannes.
-Stroll through the gardens of the magnificent Palace of Versailles.
-Browse the luxury fashion boutiques on Paris' Champs-Elysées. Read more on France Attractions.
What to do in France
-Go skiing at resorts like Tignes and Serre-Chevalier in the French Alps.
-Take a guided tour of the Moët et Chandon cellars in Epernay.
-Have dinner at the Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower.
-Treat the kids to a day at Disneyland Paris.
-Party in the nightclubs of St Tropez.
However you prefer to stay while you’re travelling, from great value convenience to five-star luxury, we’ll find the perfect place for you to rest your head. Here’s a selection of our favourites in France.