We reckon it’s time to blow those winter cobwebs away and give yourself a well-deserved break and a bit of French sunshine.
Here are our top French destinations for a fun break in the sun:
The capital of the Côte d’Azur is renowned for its rainbow of colours all year round. Popular sites include the Promenade des Anglais, the cobbled streets of the old town, Cours Saleya and a picturesque market. There are museums galore including the fabulous Matisse Museum, Roman ruins, the “Chateau de Nice”, boutiques and stunning restaurants. With regular, short flights from the UK, what’s not to love?
West of Nice on the French Riviera, this town is famous for its Film and Shopping Festival. But it’s not all bling. There are stunning beaches, exceptional golf courses, sites of outstanding natural beauty like the Lerins Islands and a charming, authentic old town. For a relaxed, luxury break – Cannes is just about perfect.
The French Island of Beauty boasts 1,000km of coastline lapped by turquoise waves and 2000m high mountains. Whether you want to relax in the sun on a sandy beach, cycle or hike, there’s something for everyone on this island of endless possibilities. Corsican gastronomy is famous and there’s not much that beats dining al fresco in the sun looking over the Mediterranean Sea from an island village…
The sunny ‘Belle Epoque’ town of the French Riviera is home to remarkable natural heritage such as the National Park of Port-Cros and the Ile d’Or Archipelago. Hyères has over 2400 years of history, a ruins of a medieval castle, gorgeous beaches and wonderful arts, and cultural venues. From here you can visit the Porquerolles islands, one of the most beautiful in France. Hyères is a mere 20 minutes east of Toulon and its airport.
In the south of France, spanning from the Spanish border all the way to Provence, this region has the sea and gorgeous beaches plus mountains and famous vineyards. With many Plus Beaux Villages de France (“Most Beautiful Villages in France”), Montpellier, 11 historic Cathar castles and an extensively rich cultural and historical heritage (including several UNESCO world heritage sites), this region has everything on offer.