Discover France far away from the beaten paths. In search for travel recommendations? Your guide allows you to conveniently plan your perfect jaunt. Get the best info on the best tours in the region, events you should not miss, the most impressive sights and huts and hotels. Flip through the sections of our travel guide and find out if France is the right place for your next vacation.
France is a very diverse country in terms of landscape. It stretches from the Mediterranean coastal regions of Provence to the windward English Channel in the north. France is suitable for a holiday - both in summer and winter. The miles of sandy beaches on the Atlantic Ocean and the rugged Mediterranean coastline are a magnet for seaside holidaymakers during the warm season. In the winter months, first-class ski areas in the Pyrenees and the Alps attract skiers from all over Europe.
France on your own
Anyone who has watched the famous Tour de France on television knows that there are many ways to explore the country by road bike or mountain bike.
The Mont Ventoux, for example, is a great challenge for Tour de France professionals as well as for amateurs. The tour has already rolled over the summit 13 times, but since 2002 the "Windy Mountain" is no longer part of the tour.
You can also combine your stay in France with a trip home. As the German-French border runs along the Rhine, there are many cycling and hiking trails along the river bank or in the mountains of the Vosges.
Around Mont Blanc near Chamonix there are some mountains and peaks to discover. Those who venture into the higher altitudes of the mountains can enjoy the view from the "roof of Europe" or sniff fresh mountain air on the numerous Aiguilles (in English needle, mountain peaks).
But it doesn't have to go quite so high. The French Jura, for example, offers easier tours and one-day tours, and hikers will also enjoy the hiking trails around the Massif Central in the heart of the country. You can go hiking in the ten national parks of the country. Outside the parks, France also offers countless hiking trails and huts invite you to linger. The main towns here are the Alps and the Pyrenees.
...and off to the slopes! Where? In Europe's largest skiing area. Les 3 Vallées- Val Thorens/Les Menuires/Méribel/Courchevel offers pure skiing fun with 600 km of slopes. On easy (blue marked), medium (red) and difficult (black) slopes there is something for every skier. The little ones can let off steam on the toboggan run and make the children's land of the French ski school ESF unsafe.
The Atlantic coast is a paradise for surfers or those who still want to become one. The best hotspots are located on the 300 km long beach between the Gironde estuary near Bordeaux and the small surfer village Biarritz on the Spanish border - here you will certainly find a suitable wave. The coast is sparsely populated with relatively small holiday resorts and many camping sites in the pine forests. The high season is July and August, after that the tourists get less and the waves bigger.
France has a lot to offer for water rats. Enjoy nature from the water on a canoe trip in the Dordogne valley or rather adventurous climbing, abseiling and jumping in gorges while canyoning? There is something for everyone!
France is known for its extraordinary culture and is popular with many tourists all over the world. Everywhere in the country different dialects are spread, which constitutes the charm of the republic. However, the purest French is spoken in the capital, the "Coeur du pays" (heart of the country).
"Paris I love you" - The famous film title from the year 2006 confesses the love for the city - rightly. Paris enchants with its romantic streets and baroque buildings. With more than 200 art galleries, 100 theatres and 160 museums, the city is considered a top-class cultural landscape. So if you are also interested in culture and history as a balance to the sports programme, you will find the biggest offer here.
As a wine lover you have to taste the best wines of the country. Especially in the region around Bordeaux, the home of Bordeaux wine, many wine tours and tastings are offered. But also in Burgundy the famous Chardonnay or Pinot Noir can delight the palate. Provence is said to be one of the most beautiful wine regions of France. This region is one of the only French regions to specialise in rosé wine.