17 reasons to visit France

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There are endless reasons why everyone should visit France, the country in the heart of Europe. Wine, Food, beautiful coastlines and several mountain ranges are all but a few of the many enticing reasons people visit France year after year. We have compiled our favourite 17 reasons to visit the extraordinary country in 2017.

 

1. Wine

France is one of the largest and oldest wine producers in the world, producing approximately 7 billion bottles of wine per year. From modest wines to expensive high end wines, France has it all. Most wineries offer tours through their vineyards with a wine tasting session included. Some of the best wine areas to visit are Bordeaux, Rhône and Burgundy each growing different varieties but all full of taste.

France Vineyards

Recommended Villa: La Grande Maison


2. Bordeaux

The recently opened Cité-du-Vin (Wine Centre) is a great museum to learn about wine and the best way to do this is with a wine tasting session. In June the wine even has its own festival - The Fête le vin takes place along the banks of the Garonne river. For the shopping lovers Bordeaux’s main shopping street ‘Rue Saint- Catherine’ offers everything you can dream of.

Bordeaux

Recommended Villa: Maison des Amis


3. Luberon National Park

The Luberon is composed of three mountain ranges located in Provence. It is the perfect starting point for hiking or biking tours to the romantic villages such as Gordes or Bonnieux where you can enjoy panoramic views over the valleys and lavender fields.

Luberon

Recommended Villa: Le Mas de Gordes
 

4. Lavender

From June to August it is Lavender Season in Provence. The landscape is filled with blue and purple colours and the charming scent of lavender. A must see if the picturesque Sénaque Abbey close to Gordes - one of the most photographed lavender places. For endless fields head to Platea de Valensole or Plateau de Sault. The best time to go is between June and Mid- July when the harvesting begins. This is also celebrated in the village of Sault every year on 15th August.

Senanque Abbey Lavendar

Recommended Villa: Le Mas Des Lavandes 
 

5. Avignon

Hosts to the Pope in the 14th century, Avignon played an important role in the world during that time and Avignon still holds a lot of history waiting to be explored including the Pope’s Palace and the famous bridge Pont d’Avingon. Only a 30 minutes’ drive out of the city there is the Pont du Gard. This ancient aqueduct can be explored by foot and is a great idea for a day out in the nature.

Avignon Bridge

Recommended Villa: La Chatelaise
 

6. Nice

The vibrant city has a lot to offer, from the old town with many shops hidden in the little streets to the Promande des Angalais and the castle hill from where you have a panoramic views over the city and the bay of Nice. If you’re planning a spot of lunch then a must try is Socca - a pancake dish made of chickpeas.

Nice

Recommended Villa: Chateau Nissa
 

7. Monaco

The world’s second smallest country can be explored in a day. Start your morning with a walk around the old town, watching the changing of the guards at the prince’s palace before enjoying a delicious lunch in one of the restaurants hidden in the streets. Continue your tour with a visit at the Oceanographic museum before heading down to the port looking for superyachts. You will be walking on the famous Grand Prix (28 May 2017) race track which is a normal street the remaining time of the year. The famous bend lies just behind the famous Casino in Monte Carlo where you can try your luck in the evening.

Monaco

Recommended Villa: Villa Hyatt


8. Cannes

The former fishing village has become one of the most famous cities along the Côte d’Azur. A stroll on the Croisette, along the beach restaurants, designer boutiques and famous hotels makes you feel the vibe of the buzzing city especially during the Film Festival (17-28 May 2017). During the summer months (July and August) the Firework Festival attracts over 80000 visitors in the evenings. The best place to enjoy this is in one of the beach restaurants, having a delicious dinner that is crowned with a firework makes one memorable evening you will not forget.

Cannes

Recommended Villa: La Cannoise
 

9. St Tropez

One of the most glamourous villages on the Côte d’Azur attracts everyone from tourists to film stars. Stroll through the little streets of the town into the harbour watching the sailing boats leave for the ‘Les Voiles de St Tropez’ (sailing competition from 30th September to 8th October 2017) before you head to the Pampelonne beach to enjoy a sunny afternoon with cold drinks in one of the beach restaurants. One delicacy you should not miss is the ‘Tarte Tropézienne’, a delicious and very sweet cream tart that received its name from Brigit Bardot in 1955 while she was filming ‘And God Created Woman’ in St Tropez.

St Tropez France

Recommended Villa: Villa de la Colline
 

10. Èze Village

One of the great natural aspects of the Côte d’Azur is, that directly behind the coast line. The village of Èze is located on a 427m high cliff that boasts spectacular views. It is best enjoyed from the Exotic garden where you have a beautiful panorama of the sea and flowers around you. Wandering through the little streets of the old village you will find many artists taking in the surroundings, delicious restaurants and also the museum of Fragnoard, one of France’s most famous perfumeries.

Eze

Recommended Villa: Villa Med 
 

11. Bandol

Bandol is located south of Marseille on the Mediterranean seaside but also not far away from the vineyards of the ‘Cotes de Provence’. This is the perfect combination for a summer holiday for sea and wine lovers because in Bandol you can combine both without having to drive far. Around Bandol other cities, like Sanary sur mer or Cyr sur mer are inviting for exciting day trips, trying delicacies on the local markets before heading onto a catamaran for a sunset cruise. On the wineries in the area you can learn about the wine production and of course taste the many different wines produced in the area.

Bandol France

Recommended Villa: Le Castellet 
 

12. Languedoc

An area full of history which we can still discover today. In the 12th and 13th centuries Cathar dualists were tackling the Catholic Church in Languedoc. An outcome of their resistance are mountain tops with picturesque castles of which many are still standing today and can be visited.

Fortress of Cacarsonne

Recommended Villa: Chateau St Martin and Chateau Moliere 
 

13. Marseille

There are many reasons to visit Marseille, but one of the most important is to try the Bouillabaisse - the famous fish soup. In the earlier days this was the food for the poor man as it is made of all the leftovers the fishermen couldn’t sell, so they were sustainable and cooked it for themselves instead of throwing it away. The key ingredients are at least five kinds of fish, potato, tomato and saffron. Nowadays it is one of the bestselling dishes in the city and something everyone should try during their visit.

Bouillabaisse

Recommended Villa: La Bastide des Etoiles
 

14. Food

The best place and most authentic way to try the French cuisine is in France itself of course. Sauces, Cheeses, Croissants and pastries are waiting for you as well as many local delicacies such as the Pissaladière (onion tart) in the Provence, a Socca (chickpea pancake) in Nice or the famous Tarte Tropezienne (cream tart) in St Tropez to satisfy your sweet tooth. Most restaurants and cafes have outside sitting areas allowing you to watch the people strolling by and taking in the French way of life.

Tarte Tropezienne

Recommended Villa: La Tourterelle
 

15. Biarritz

Located on the Atlantic coast in the south of France this elegant town is the place to be in summer. A fresh and relaxed atmosphere lies above the city and its Grande Plage (beach) below the Old Promenade from where you can watch surfers hitting the waves. Some of the main attractions to see are the light house on the high head land, the rock of virgin designed by Gustave Eiffel and the Casino Barriere.

Biarritz France

Recommended Villa: Villa Ederra 
 

16. Cap Ferret

The oyster capital of France; Cap Ferret is often unheard of and overlooked by tourists. If you’re looking for a quieter place to visit away from the hustle and bustle of travellers, Cap Ferret offers the perfect location. With its pine forests and diverse beaches Cap Ferret offers an assortment of things to see and do. For the best views of the area and the Atlantic Ocean, climb to the top of the Cap Ferret lighthouse – the landmark of the area.

Cap Ferret

Recommended Villa: Villa du Cap 

 

17. Corsica

France’s island in the Mediterranean Sea is the perfect spot to holiday this year. For the sun seekers there are plenty of sandy beaches to spend a relaxing day including Santa Giulia and Palombaggia. A long hiking trailing leading through the mountains in the heart of the island and endless roads winding through it are perfect for hikers and bikers. The mountains also provide great rivers for rafting and canyoning and with 1000km coast line, there are plenty of water sports as well. And for the people who enjoy sight seeing, there are many villages and cities to be explored, the most famous ones are Bonifacio, Porto- Vecchio, Port, Calvi and Île Rousse.

Calvi Corsica

Recommended Villa: La Signoria