Explore France – the ideal short haul holiday destination

When it comes to short haul holiday destinations, France can offer up a holiday to suit most tastes and budgets. From the majestic mountains of the French Alps, to the chic cities on the French Riviera, there is an abundance of beautiful scenery, culture, and tourist traps to explore, and of course a few well known landmarks too.

Hop on a plane or take the Eurostar and you’ll soon be sampling the delights of Capital City Paris, an unforgettable part of any French travel guide. The magic of Disneyland Paris is something few can resist, though Paris has many other famous attractions including the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, The Arc De Triomphe, and the lively Champs Elysees. There’s also a chic café lifestyle, designer shopping, and Seine River Cruises to tempt visitors. Further along the Eurostar route, there is Lille, a medieval town packed full of museums and monuments, including Charles De Gaulle’s Birthplace and Museum.

Then there are the French cities that have created their own blend of sophistication and charm, such as Monte Carlo, Cannes, and Nice. These stunning resorts all form part of the popular Cote D’Azur, or French Riviera area. Located in the South of France, this is the area where the mountains meet the Mediterranean, and as such is popular with sun worshippers. Monte Carlo, part of the Principality of Monaco, is well known for its Casino, wealthy residents, and its links with Formula 1 and the Monaco Grand Prix. Cannes meanwhile hosts an internationally renowned Film Festival, and Nice by contrast is a charming old town with well-known markets and fine hotels.

France isn’t just known for its culture and history though, it’s one of the biggest European wine producers too, and there are some first class wine producing regions in the country, such as Bordeaux, The Loire Valley, Champagne, Burgundy, and the Languedoc-Roussillon area. There’s the opportunity to stay at or visit many vineyards and wine chateaux in these areas, and perhaps even sample the produce too!

Maybe you’d even like to sample some fine food and wine as part of your après ski activities, during a ski holiday in one of Frances many ski regions/resorts?  There are ski slopes to suit both skiers and snowboarders, of all ages and abilities, set in stunning locations in the French Pyrenees or French Alps. Resorts in the Pyrenees include Gourette, La Pierre St-Martin, Peragudes, and the Les Vallees D’Ax, while the Alps offers up ski areas that include Alps Maritime close to the Cote De Azur, the well reputed Chamonix Valley, Espace Killy, and the sizable Grand Massif.

So whether you want to hit the slopes, indulge in the summer sun, or a springtime walking holiday, soak up the culture on a city break, or head to the countryside for the weekend, France has it all. The attractions covered here are just a hint of what’s on offer though, so why not pay a visit and find out what else this European hotspot has to offer. Flights leave from most UK airports to destinations such as Nice, Paris, Bordeaux, Bergerac, Biarritz, and La Rochelle. There’s also the option of travelling by Eurostar, or by ferry from Portsmouth and Plymouth, which is ideal for resorts in the North and West of France.

France has style, glamour, scenery, history, city life, and countryside traditions, all of which are within easy reach of the UK.  The question is, which is your ideal French holiday?