The best 5 places to visit in France
France has so much to offer tourists that decide to get outside the city limits of Paris. From wine tasting to skiing, there really are no limits in this stunning land. Let's look at 5 places that will offer you and yours a memorable vacation next time you are in France.
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Situated in the Northeast of the country, the Champagne region is famous for both large multinational and small local vignerons working side by side to produce the world's favourite celebratory drink. The contrast is stark and the upshot is that all the variety will keep you busy tasting the bubbly all throughout your visit.
Nice straddles the Cote d'Azur in the French Riviera and during your stay you can inhale the Mediterranean air while sampling some phenomenal local dishes in open air restaurants. A romantic stroll along the iconic Promenade des Anglais (called La Prom by the locals) is always a nice option and a great place to people watch from. A stroll around town is also highly recommended as Nice is definitely a city to be soaked up slowly.
Dune du Pilat
The tallest sand dune in the whole of Europe can be found 60km Southwest of Bordeaux. It makes for a wonderful hike and once you reach the summit at 110 metres above sea level you will be treated to some fantastic panoramic views of both Banc d'Arguin and the surrounding bay. The area has some great campsites and renting a bike to tour around the area will complete a memorable trip.
Those interested in history will be hard pressed to find a more emotional area than Normandy. A visit to Omaha beach and Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial serve as a stark reminder that not long ago the world was in turmoil and Normandy served as the main stage for a time. There are plenty of tours that you can join for a detailed account of this beautiful province. And if you have had your fill of the past then rent a bike and explore the beautiful and fertile rolling hills throughout the region.
Sharing a border with both Italy and Switzerland, the Rhône-Alpes region grants you unrestricted access to some of the finest mountains in the Alps. Whether you are a skier, snowboarder, hiker or nature lover this area will not disappoint you one bit. Lyon is also available as a safety net should you need your modern conveniences and a good night on the town. Or for something truly unforgettable why not engage in a spot of paragliding, you might never get the chance to do it in an area so stunning again.