THE WORLD’S NUM­BER ONE HOL­I­DAY DES­TI­NA­TION

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From the an­cient charm and gas­tron­omy of Paris to the sul­try shores of St. Tropez, France of­fers trav­ellers an ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ence. With jagged Alpine peaks, rolling coun­try­side and sun-drenched beaches, an ex­tra­or­di­nary cul­tural her­itage with re­mark­able cathe­drals and spec­tac­u­lar palaces and an un­ri­valled culi­nary her­itage, France is the world's num­ber one hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion.

WHERE TO STAY

Many just visit Paris, but step away from the city and dis­cover the Alps and the Pyre­nees, ex­cep­tional wine and culi­nary trails and fine ho­tels and chateaux like the dream­like Do­maines les Crayères in Reims.

From Brest to Bayonne the west coast of France is a re­mark­able land­scape edged by for­ti­fied ports like La Rochelle. While to the south the Côte d'azur boasts some of the most iconic names in global tourism such as St. Tropez, Nice, Cannes and An­tibes.

WHAT TO DO

For tourists France of­fers trav­ellers an unimaginable spec­trum of things to see and do. From Dis­ney­land Paris or bask­ing on the beaches of the French Riviera to rev­el­ling in the fas­ci­nat­ing pre­his­toric art of the Las­caux Caves near the vil­lage of Mon­tignac, there is some­thing for ev­ery­one.

In Paris ex­plore the fa­mous art gal­leries, mu­se­ums, his­tor­i­cal plazas, churches and palaces that sit along­side de­signer shop­ping. To the north the beaches and towns of Nor­mandy are full of his­tor­i­cal in­ter­est, while in the south of France fairy-tale vil­lages like Saint-cirq-lapopie with its beau­ti­ful me­dieval half-tim­bered houses are en­chant­ing. WHERE TO EAT

There are over 600 Miche­lin-starred restau­rants in France with over 100 hav­ing two or three stars. But to eat well in France you don't have to go Miche­lin as the coun­try is awash with fab­u­lous cafés, bistros and crêperies that serve fab­u­lous au­then­tic French bistro fare. There's no short­age of pan-asian, Ara­bic and Mediter­ranean restau­rants too and a plethora of French and in­ter­na­tional com­fort foods are avail­able, par­tic­u­larly through Nor­mandy, the Côte d'azur in Paris. france.fr

BASILIQUE DU SACRÉ-COEUR DE MONT­MARTRE © SARAH SERGENT

HAUTEURS © MARC BER­TRAND

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