France - Destinations

Introduction to France - Destinations

The diversity of France spans from Brittany’s coasts in the north to the limestone hills of Provence in the south and from the luxurious, Mediterranean island of Corsica to the canyons in the Pyrenees and from the Dordogne’s wooded valleys to the peaks of the Alps. Each of these contrasting regions has its own style of architecture, typical food and dialect.

There are all kinds of holidays that can be enjoyed in France, from a city break in Paris to a skiing trip in the mountains and a relaxing summer holiday at a châteaux in the south. There are lots of open spaces and outdoor activities to be enjoyed including walking, cycling, sailing, canoeing, skiing and snowboarding. In contrast, the cities are filled with things to do and places to see including shops, fashion, movies, music, museums and galleries.

When's the best time to travel to France - Destinations

Most of the French take their holidays from mid-July to the end of August so a lot of places are shut then, except the tourist industry. The weather varies depending on the region; the north of France can be wet and unpredictable, while Paris has four mild seasons that aren’t too hot or too cold. However south of Loire the weather is much warmer. The west coast weather is dependent on the proximity of the Atlantic and there can be fierce thunderstorms all year round. In the centre and east of France the climate is more continental with colder winters and hotter summers. The country’s most reliable weather is along the Mediterranean coastline and on Corsica where the winters are short and the summers are long and hot.

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