Some of the dreamiest places in France

Written by on April 30, 2020 in Holidays & Things to do, Places to Go

Tables and chaties in a square in France, lined with bars and restaurants, tables shaded by plane trees

In 1787, 14 years before he became the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson toured France. He left Paris where he was based and made his way south, stopping en route at dozens of towns and cities, tasting wine, enjoying the food and writing about the people he met and the sights he saw. His conclusion was that “Every man has two countries – his own and France.” He noted the enormous variety of landscapes, the wealth of history, beautiful castles and more. What held true then is true now. France is a land of contrasts, sea, countryside, mountains, grand cities, pretty and medieval villages.

We asked our friends at French Connections holiday company to tell us about some of their dreamiest places in France which reveal its many glorious diversities…

Provence

Fountain in a square surrounded by tall old houses and lush green trees in Provence

Lavender fields, sun-kissed hilltop villages, historic cities, vineyards, amazing wine and gastronomy, marvellous markets, seaside resorts and charming fishing villages. Provence has it all – and then some.

Bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, Alps and Rhone river, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur is a sun-drenched region with a gentle climate and generous soil. Set at the crossroads of Europe and the Mediterranean, it offers a unique blend of culture and gastronomy, not to mention rosé wine.

There are so many places to fall in love with from Nice to Aix-en-Provence, Avignon to Gigondas, Orange to L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. You can visit a different part of Provence for years and never see it all.

Paris

View over Paris from the top of Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower in the background

You know that old saying “Paris is always a good idea” – it’s totally true!

Almost 40 million visitors a year make this one of the most popular cities in the world. We’re really not surprised. With its long history and tradition of preserving it’s iconic buildings and landmarks, it’s easy to fall head over heels with Paris. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Cathedral of Notre Dame, strolling along the river Seine, browsing the second-hand bookstores… the list of Paris’s charms is endless. It’s more than just the buildings and places though, Paris has a certain je ne sais quoi. Fabulous boulangeries and patisseries, city street markets, cosy cafés and the Metro. A stonking 153 museums to keep the most ardent culture vulture happy. And there are beautiful parks where chairs painted Paris green invite you to sit and watch the world go by. Yup – we’ll take Paris any day…

Bordeaux

Water sculpture known as the Mirror of Water in Bordeaux city reflects buildings around it.

The main city of Aquitaine, Bordeaux is one of the most elegant cities in France. With its large avenues teeming with 18th century buildings which have UNESCO World Heritage Site status, museums, riverside quays of shops and restaurants – it’s simply fabulous. It’s also the gateway to some of France’s most famous vineyards. Pomerol, St Emilion, Pessac Leognan, Entre deux Mers, Medoc, Cote de Blaye…. And there are hundreds of Chateaux! South of Bordeaux you’ll reach the Atlantic Coast. Arcachon is a particular favourite seaside resort. It’s famous for its oysters and the Dune du Pilat, the tallest dune in Europe.

Burgundy

Vineyards surround a tiny town in Burgundy, houses with terracotta roofs and an old church

Glorious wine, gorgeous countryside, castles, abbeys and beautiful villages plus a network of canals and rivers. There’s something to please everyone in Burgundy. Dijon is a stunning city with wonderful restaurants and sensational museums. And, nearby Beaune, with its famous Hospices, is a must-see. With its UNESCO listed vineyards, the “climats” and world-renowned cuisine, Burgundy is the perfect region for those who want to relax.

Loire Valley

View of the city of Blois, Loire Valley, pointed towers of the castle, arched stone bridge, old houses

There are more than 1000 chateaux including the royal castles of Blois, Amboise, Chambord and Chenonceau in the Loire Valley. Beautiful countryside and world-class vineyards – it’s no wonder the Kings of France chose the Loire Valley as their playground. Known as the “garden of France”, the Loire Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed for its living cultural landscape, the largest such area in France. Pretty little villages, historic cities such as Tours, Orleans and Saumur, cycle trails, rivers, troglodyte houses, Sancerre with its wine and famous goats cheese – crottins de Chavignol. The Loire Valley just has so much to fall in love with. It’s the sort of place you visit and never want to leave – once really just isn’t enough…

www.frenchconnections – thousands of gites, villas, cottages, apartments and chateau rentals all over France.

Related Articles

Writer’s retreat in Brittany

Finding time to write. It can be a problem. We’ve all been there. We have big plans for a great story and then we have to go to work, we have to cook dinner, pick up the kids, clean the house, entertain guests, go on outings. And then after all of this extra work all […]

Continue Reading

Writers retreat in France

In September 2020, a very special writers retreat will take place in Bordeaux. With three great writing instructors on hand including Cara Black, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 19 books, this one week course is designed to help and support writers of all genres and all levels. Whether you’re a writer […]

Continue Reading

Three great spring destinations in France

Banish those winter blues with a spring break in France…. Spring sees the return of a warm sun in France. Vineyards are flourishing, the beaches are enticing, the countryside is filled with the scent of blossom from cherry, almond, lemon and orange trees. Shops and patisseries are filled with drool-worthy sweet things like edible works […]

Continue Reading

One day watercolour painting workshop in Gers

Enjoy a one day watercolour painting workshop in Fourcès, a Plus Beaux Village de France – officially one of the prettiest villages in France. In the heart of the Gers department, this isn’t a holiday experience that you’ll find in the tourist guides. But – that’s what makes it so special. Renowned teacher Ray Johnstone […]

Continue Reading

Stunning B&B in authentic Provence

Not far from Marseille on the sun-kissed Cote d’Azur, lies a secret piece of Paradise. Unspoiled southern France at its best, seemingly left behind and a world away from the usual busy, crowded beaches and towns. And, in the middle of it, in the medieval town of Ceyreste, with its winding cobbled streets and pretty […]

Continue Reading

Subscribe

If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed

Comments are closed.

Top