‘Party’ vous Francais? Do you party the French way? France has to be one of the most popular and visited countries in Europe, and its influence on other countries and cultures can be seen almost everywhere in the world.
It is a country rich in culture, heritage and history, with lots of old architecture, buildings and churches, universities, museums and art galleries. You can wine, dine, go dancing and shopping, swim at beaches, or go skiing. You can party hard in the city, or relax in the country.
For the travelling visitor, there is so much to see and do, that it’ll blow your mind! So where do we begin?
Places to see and things to do in France
…..In Paris, of course! This is one of the most fashionable, stylish and cosmopolitan cities in France.
Get your groove on at all the trendy clubs, bars and restaurants. Take a must-see tour of the Louvre Art Gallery, Eiffel Tower, the Musee d’Orsay, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame.
Travel just outside of Paris to the outer suburb of Montmartre to visit Jim Morrison’s gravesite in the cemetery, the Sacre-Coeur, or go to the Moulin Rouge for one of their famous shows. This is a very bohemian place, so you’ll find lots of markets, cafes with great food, galleries, and an interesting and lively mix of people.
Almost everyone has heard of Provence. It’s a regional area of France with lots of chateaus, wineries, little towns and pretty scenery. Not so many people venture to the Loire Valley because it hasn’t been talked up so much that it’s jumped onto the tourist trail bandwagon like many other famous landmark places in France.You can do an artist’s tour in Amboise where Leonardo da Vinci lived, a wine tour, an architectural or historic buildings tour, or just a good old-fashioned pub crawl through the countryside. There are also some really quirky and kitsch tourist sites you can visit for a few laughs, and some fun places to stay at to get a real feel of the French countryside. Be prepared to be adventurous – it ain’t the city!
This is a very popular, sophisticated and glamorous beachside town on the Southern Coast of France, and attracts many locals and tourists to its famous beaches every summer. You can feel the buzz in the air with its party atmosphere and warmer weather. There are the well-known beaches with the crowds to match, but there are also less populated ones further away from the centre of town where you will often find a better crowd of people and a better party! There’s a big surfing crowd around and great waves too if you’re into the lifestyle.
Biarritz features some good value local eateries, bars and clubs to kill some time when the weather’s not so fine, and the whole place really just feels like one big holiday resort. There are a range of places to stay from the most exclusive, where you might spot someone famous, to your average budget hostels, so everyone is welcome here!
This region of France, near the Spanish border, is famous for a little town called Lourdes, where lots of visitors make religious pilgrimages to each year, but it’s also home to some of the most majestic natural scenery in the country, and the world. If you’re a nature-lover, you’ll fall in love with the Pyrenees and its wonderful flora and fauna, in both the summer and the winter time.
Arles, in the Provence region of France, is where Van Gogh and Gaugin have lived, along with many other artists and musicians, and is full of renaissance history, architecture and cultures. Still to this day, you can watch a bull fight in the city’s main arena, or see Roman ruins around the city’s edges. Have fun at one of the many regular folk festivals, see an art exhibition, listen to some great music, or visit the Camargue Nature Park with its spectacular scenery.
Lyon is becoming one of the most attractive cities in France besides Paris, for its cosmopolitan lifestyle, interesting people and culture, architecture, museums, shopping, fashion, design, art and most of all, food. It’s become a gastronomical delight for foodies all over, with its world-class cuisine.
There are some very cool sight-seeing tours you can join to familiarise yourself with the city, and then Lyon’s your ‘oyster’! This place is definitely for those who want to eat and drink themselves merry!
Nice, Cannes and the Cote d’Azur are just some of the places you may visit if you decide to cruise along the French Riviera. Laze about on exotic beaches with the rich and famous, high-roll it at one of the extravagant casinos, take a boat ride down the river, spend your days lounging in cafes, or enjoy the nightlife in a place where it’s a party every night of the week! Be warned, you will need to save your pennies if you want to live it up a little more here, but you can still do it on the cheap if you’re prepared to sacrifice the luxuries.