Our neighbours to the south, France is a favourite destination for British holidaymakers and has been for generations. With French ports such as
Dunkirk in such easy reach, it's no wonder we love to keep visiting the beautiful landscapes and historic cities of this amazing country.
Overview, traditions & history
France is one of the powerhouses of Europe. A large country with a fascinating, chequered history and a truly unique culture, France may only be 20 miles across the Channel, but it is a million miles away from home.
France is temperate in the north, with beautiful, rugged scenery and lush countryside and gets warmer the further south you go. The southernmost reaches of the country enjoy a Mediterranean climate, with beautiful summers and warm weather most of the year.
Why visit France?
France is the most popular visitor destination in the world with more than 80 million visitors last year, some margin ahead of the nearest competitor. It is also ideal for UK residents, with several
ferry routes to France providing easy access. It seems that 80 million people can't be wrong, so what makes France such an attractive prospect for tourists?
With huge, world-changing events such as World Wars I and II, the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars taking part in France, the country is rich in history. Most British tourists will also be familiar with the names of famous Frenchmen such as William the Conqueror, Joan of Arc and Charles De Gaulle, and what better place to learn about them than in the country itself?
French food and drink is world-renowned, and is a major reason for the country attracting so many tourists. Dining in France ranges from sophisticated, elegant restaurants, to homely brasseries and bakeries serving delicious desserts and tasty pastries.
France's landscape is varied and interesting, with the fretted northern coastlines of Brittany, the snow-topped mountains in of the Alps and the Pyrenees, gorgeous, verdant meadows in Burgundy and golden, sandy beaches in the south. There are several big cities in France, but the country is generally fairly rural, making it an ideal destination for outdoor activities.
There are ski resorts in the Alps that are among the best in the world, with tourists regularly flocking in huge numbers to hit the slopes. Outdoor types can also enjoy specialist areas for hiking, cycling, canoeing, watersports and other activities, as well as excellent facilities for camping and caravanning.
Paris, is one of the most famous cities in the world with a rich heritage and culture. The city has famously attracted some of the world's greatest artists, writers, philosophers and other great thinkers, putting it at the forefront of Europe's literary, artistic and intellectual history. Paris is at once both a classically-French and a modern, cosmopolitan city. Everybody knows about Paris's most famous tourist attractions - the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe and so on – but there is always more to discover in this famous, fabled city. Paris is famously the city of love, making it the ideal destination for a romantic getaway, with countless refined restaurants, snug saloon bars and cosy cafes for you and your partner to enjoy.
For families, France is also home to Europe's most magical theme park,
Disneyland® Paris! A break that is sure to delight both children and adults alike, with everything from excellent rides, restaurants and other leisure facilities on your doorstep, not to mention all your favourite Disney characters!
Want a more in-depth look at some of France's top cities? Visit our individual city travel guide pages for more information.
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