In 2016, there were 1.235 billion tourists travelling around the world and France’s arrivals accounted for 82.6 million of them, beating the United States, Germany, Thailand and the UK for international tourist visitors. Germans are the biggest visitors with over 13 million followed by Belgium and Italy. The Brits love it too with 12.5 millon jetting over to see what all the fuss is about.
It’s Easy to Get To
France shares its borders with 8 different nations so it’s easy to country-hop and make the most of your holiday, even if you only stay for the day! It’s quick and simple to arrive from the UK via the Eurostar and the Eurotunnel as well as a fleet of ferries or multiple airlines.
The Gorgeous Weather
One of the most favourable and famous aspects of any French holiday is their amazing weather, particularly along the Cote d’Azur. With bright blue skies, sparkling sea, hot summers and mild autumns, it’s no surprise that people flock to the country to enjoy the climate France has; even the locals head south for the summer!
The History & Heritage
The French have a fantastic reputation for looking after their heritage and promoting their history with pride. They have a talent for keeping historical sites immaculate and interesting; making them just as relevant and exciting in the present as they were in their heyday. With war sites, historical colourful towns, chataeux’s and castles – You will find a rich and fascinating piece of history wherever you go.
The Incredible Food
It’s not all ‘escargot’, smelly cheese and baguettes (although we’d never turn down a freshly baked baguette from the boulangerie!). There’s an endless variety of tasty food and indulgent dishes to try. Whether you prefer a family run restaurant tucked away from the hustle and bustle or a Michelin star soiree with the finest food imaginable, you will never go hungry – France is famous for its culinary delights.
Ever heard of a wonderful thing called champagne? How about Claret or Burgandy wine? These are all names of regions as well as marvellous types of wines that originate from France. There are 27,000 wineries in France and around 110,000 wine growers so there’s always an opportunity to taste test for yourself!
It’s The Perfect Pit Stop on a European Road Trip
If you’re not one of those thousands of people flying into France for their holidays, then you can always join the rest who pass through the country for a mini break. It’s well worth extending your holiday by spending a few nights along the French Riviera before heading off to any one of France’s neighbours like Italy or Spain.
When someone says France, most people immediately think of the Eiffel Tower and rightly so! The immensely beautiful tower is the icon of France and remains one of the most popular landmarks to tick off any keen traveller’s list of ‘Things to See’. However, France includes many more thrilling landmarks to capture. The city of Paris is one in itself but along with the tower, you should definitely visit the Arc de Triomph as well as the Louvre Museum. Don’t forget the Lavender fields in Provence, the iconic Pampelonne Beach in St Tropez and of course, Mont Blanc.
The Mountains Are Calling!
With its varied and stunning mountain ranges, France is one of the world’s biggest and most popular destinations for skiers and snow sport fanatics. Whether you’re looking for an exhilarating winter full of skiing, a cosy Christmas where the snow is deep and white or even a summer of hiking and climbing activities; the French Alps offers beautiful resorts for you to explore and enjoy.
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