Things to do in France

If you’ve got an appetite for life, you’ll never go hungry in France. This is a country that seduces its visitors with fine food, wine, culture and an appreciation for the little things in life. Every little pocket of this country has its own unique flavour and they’re all equally delicious.

If you consider yourself a bit of a foodie, you’re guaranteed to be wooed at every stop from Parisian bistros to quick bites from the boulangeries (bakeries). Fancy getting handy in the kitchen? You can do that too by learning to make fine French crepes, petit fours and more at a cooking class. And, of course, France is a wine lover’s paradise where you can drink Champagne in ancient cellars or take the winery tour to end all winery tours in Bordeaux. Truly, people don’t eat to live here, they live to eat.

The joy the French take in eating can only be matched by their love of art and architecture. Of course, you’ll have to see all the iconic landmarks that grace the country’s postcards (such as the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame), but make sure you keep an eye out for other must-see sights like the secret squats in abandoned Haussmann mansions. Or, if you’d like to immerse yourself in the subject of a famous artwork, take a stroll through the lily gardens Monet painted.

Really, it’s no surprise France is the land of all things lovely and wonderful, because well, its land is quite wonderful. From striking cliffs to bright blue seas and picturesque countrysides, this country is a feast for your eyes. Here are a few of our favourites.

Eiffel Tower

With such iconic status, the Eiffel Tower is not only the most-visited monument in Paris, but the most-visited paid monument in the world. Each day the tower is visited by thousands and it’s also one of the most-photographed monuments in the world.

Palace of Versailles

Once home to the infamous Queen of France, the palace is a stunning monument to French opulence and excess that was enjoyed by the royal family from 1682 to 1789.

Disneyland Paris

Is this the happiest spot in Paris? Head to Disneyland Paris for Mickey et al with a decidedly Euro feel. Make sure you visit for some of the theme park's great rides, entertainment and awesome annual events.

Biarritz

Biarritz by name, Biarritzy by nature, this stretch of the Basque coast has it all – a gorgeous coastline, stunning examples of Belle Époque and Art Deco architecture and pumping surf.

Burgundy

No trip to France is complete without some sort of pilgrimage of the grape-appreciation variety. Make Burgundy your number-one stop for the drop of the same name.

Provence

Are you picturing rolling fields blanketed in purple? Impossibly blue skies, rustic villages and lazy afternoons nibbling soft cheese washed down with a frosty French brew? You must be psychic.

French Rivera

Known in France as the Côte d'Azur, this delightful piece of Mediterranean coastline in the southeast pocket of France extends from Saint Tropez in the east to Cassis in the west. It also includes the ever-so-glamorous sovereign state of Monaco.