France - Travel Guide

Paris at night. Copyrights : © ATOUT FRANCE/Patrice Thébault

France is one of the worlds most popular travel destinations and with so much to do and see, it’s easy to see why!  

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Day Trips to France 
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Travel guides:

Calais Dunkirk Paris Normandy Dieppe Le Havre

Ferry Routes:

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Dover to Dunkirk Newhaven to DieppePortsmouth to Le Harve 


Arc de Triomphe. Copyrights : © ATOUT FRANCE/Michel Angot History

World famous Parisian attractions such as the Eiffel tower or the Gothic Notre Dame Cathedral are steeped in history and pull in crowds from across the globe, contributing towards Paris’ status as the most visited City in the world.

For those that are interested in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars, the Arc de Triomphe is a must see. Situated in the center of Paris, the landmark was initially built to recognise those that died during these periods in France’s history. The ‘Tomb of the Unknown Solider’, which can be found beneath the monument’s vault, was later added to celebrate the memory of the soldiers that died in both World Wars but were never formerly recognized.

Moving away from Paris, a visit to Lille’s main square will allow you to enjoy the beautiful French architecture that dates between the 17th and 20th centuries. For those not scared of heights, you can also visit Lille’s 104 meters-high belfry, which is recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Tourists by the Pyramid at the Louvre. Copyright: 20072392© ATOUT FRANCE/Danièle Taulin-Hommel Culture

For those that like to soak up a bit of culture, the Louvre museum is located on the banks of the River Seine and is one of the world’s largest and most popular museums. Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is just one of many recognizable paintings on show.

The Musée d'Orsay is another popular museum in Paris, displaying work that dates from between 1848 and 1915. If you are interested in impressionism or post-impressionism, then you can enjoy the works of renowned artists such as Monet, Manet and van Gogh....to name but a few!

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Food and drink. Copyrights : © ATOUT FRANCE/Fabian Charaffi Food and drink

French cuisine is considered amongst the best in the world and with such a diverse range of foods available, you will certainly be spoilt for choice!

Sample the wide selection of fresh pastries and breads that are available in the local patisseries and cafes or try one of the 400 types of cheese that are made in France. So if you haven’t sampled Camembert, Roquefort or Brie before, there’s no better place to start!

If you are a fan of a nice glass of wine, then a trip to the Bordeaux region, the largest wine-producing region in France, could be just what you’re after. With around 700 million bottles of wine produced every year, you’ll be sure to find a tipple that takes your fancy.

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Activites

Golf-lovers will also enjoy Dunkirk’s re-landscaped 27-hole golf course that can be found just 15km from the port. It’s perfect for a weekend away - and so easy too!

After some regeneration in recent years, Bordeaux’s old docks (known locally as ‘Les Quais’) have also become a hotspot for tourists, due to the introduction of a number of cafés, gardens and museums.

There are also hundreds of campsites across France that are perfect to escape to for a short break away. Why not  buy your Camping Cheques  today to get access to over 600+ camping sites and ensure peace of mind when booking your pitch?

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Kids

It is easy to see why kids fall in love with the magic of the  Disneyland® Resort Paris . The endless supply of rides, shows and surprises make visiting Mickey and co. an unforgettable treat for children of all ages and those young at heart.

The Parc Astérix theme park can be found just 22 miles north of Paris (a short drive from Dunkirk). Based on the stories of Astérix the Gaul, the park provides thrills and spills with its selection of roller-coasters log-flumes, rapids and bobsleds against the backdrop of Ancient Rome and Greece. Your guaranteed an action-packed day.

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