When I think of holidays as a child, I think of France. I reminisce about ski trips with school in the French alps, long summers with the family in the Dordogne and poignant visits to battlefields in Normandy. Holidays to France shaped my experience of travel and to date it remains one of my favourite places to visit in the world. In fact, if I won the lottery tomorrow, I’d buy a place in Antibes on the Cote d’Azur as soon as the money had cleared.
France has so much to offer the curious traveller. From beautiful cities and rustic landscapes to fascinating history and wonderful cuisine. I can guarantee that you will never get bored no matter how many times you return. In this destination guide we have given you some of our top tips on how to make the most of your trip to France but as always make sure to check out our related articles for more in depth advice.
Arc de Triomphe
Antiques Market in Nice
Currency – Euro.
Best time to visit – one of the best things about France is that it is truly a wonderful country to visit at any time of year. From the beautiful Parisian spring, summers on the Côte d’Azur and winters in an alpine wonderland – France is the country for all seasons. As a general rule, the warmest weather can be found between June and September whilst the ski season runs from December through to April (in the highest resorts).
Accommodation – you are spoiled for choice when it comes to accommodation in France – especially if you like a rustic vibe. Book to stay in remote cottages and gites for the most authentic stay or opt for grand hotels in the city. One word of caution – some of the cheaper accommodation can be incredibly basis so it is worth paying a little extra for a nicer stay.
Food – French cuisine is world renowned and for good reason. My childhood holidays were spent visiting French food markets and popping to the bakers first thing in the morning for fresh croissants and baguettes. If you are vegetarian or vegan you may find it more difficult to find a variety of options, especially in the more rural areas of France.
Transport – public transport throughout France is generally great – unless there is a strike. France does tend to have more strike action than many other European cities which can really impact your travel plans if you are travelling by public transport. We had to queue for 5 hours to get on our Eurostar back to London last year. That said, when it is running at full capacity the public transport system is very efficient and the train line between Monaco and Cannes is simply stunning!
How much will it cost me – France is an expensive destination when compared with other parts of Europe. If you are travelling in the high season expect to pay top dollar for accommodation and travel. Living costs once you are in France can be inexpensive depending on whether you choose to eat out for every meal or whether you shop in the local markets. Beer tends to be more expensive than wine so our top tipple in France would always be un verre de vin.
He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo. Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic. Nothing is more sublime.
After lockdown, France will be one of the easiest destinations to visit from the UK. Start planning your trip today with all of Clock Out Check In’s top tips on visiting France.