The traveler's guide to Marseille

The traveler’s guide to Marseille

Marseille is the second largest city in France, and the country's busiest port at the Mediterranean, but this is no seaside copy of the capital - Marseille has a personality of its own, and a very obvious one at that. Marseille has been a port for millennia: it was founded in 600 BC as a Greek colony, and it hasn't stopped being a port since then. Marseille is infused with a typically Mediterranean joy of living, French poise and sense of style, and the warmth of North Africa. From a tourist... [ read more ]

The best city break destinations in France

The best city break destinations in France

When you have only a few days to travel, it's more important than ever to pick the right destination. You will want something really exciting, otherwise you short break will feel like it was wasted, and you need a destination that it just the perfect size to be explored and taken advantage of in a day or two. If you are planning on escaping to France for a city break, there are hundreds of destinations you could choose - there is no one perfect destination, there are several of them! If you ... [ read more ]

The picturesque port cities of France

The picturesque port cities of France

France has a rich maritime history, and at some point in the past, French fleets could easily rival any one of the most powerful fleets in the world. The French built colonies across seas and oceans, fought battles on water, and developed a considerable fishing industry. But the bottom line is that there are quite a few port towns scattered over the coasts of France, some of them centuries and millennia old. If you've ever dreamed of sailing on the high seas, or if you're just fascinated by ... [ read more ]

Must-see landmarks in Paris

Must-see landmarks in Paris

As the capital of France, Paris is the place where you can find almost all the things that France is famous for. Some of the finest restaurants in the world can be found in Paris, and let's not even start with all the designer shops and boutiques. If you want to wine, dine, shop and sip cafe au laits at sidewalk cafes in a purely French style, then Paris can keep you busy for weeks. But another great feature of Paris are its landmarks, which you can see scattered around the city whether you ... [ read more ]

Top 5 sights in Strasbourg

Top 5 sights in Strasbourg

Multicultural and cosmopolitan Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, has been for centuries one of the cultural and financial capitals of France. Several important institutions of the European Union are located in Strasbourg, so there is no shortage of rich dignitaries and restaurants and shops to make them feel at home, and the hefty student population keeps the city vibrant all all hours of day and night. Strasbourg's dining scene and nightlife are definitely enough to attract holiday-makers,... [ read more ]

The best vineyards in southern France

The best vineyards in southern France

If one had to pick the things most associated with France, it would be the romance, the castles, the food and the wine. All of them are available anywhere you are in France, from the tiniest village to the great cities. But although you can pamper yourself with lovely French wine wherever you are, if you are a true fan of wines then you absolutely must visit a few wineries at least. Many wine regions in France have fashioned themselves into tourist magnets, but still, the south of France win... [ read more ]

The best UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France

The best UNESCO World Heritage Sites in France

It's not difficult to find interesting places to visit while you're spending your holiday in France, any travel brochure has lots of good tips on the subject. Some travel attractions like the Louvre, Versailles or the Eiffel Tower are so famous that they don't even need an introduction, and even people who have never visited France know about them. But thirty seven sites are inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is more than enough proof that they are worth visiting. Mos... [ read more ]

10 free things to do in Paris

10 free things to do in Paris

Paris, the city of lovers, is not always the cheapest place for a holiday. Travelers of all budgets love Paris, from the luxury travelers who stay in bohemian boutique hotels overlooking Champs Elysees to backpackers on a shoestring come to Paris in search of art, culture and excitement. But the French capital can be hard on your budget, especially if you want to have a few typically Parisian experiences, like drinking a cafe au lait in a pavement cafe, seeing the city from the top of the Tour E... [ read more ]

The most beautiful abbeys in France

The most beautiful abbeys in France

When it comes to religious architecture, France wins by quality if not by quantity. Even the smallest and remotest village in France will have its tiny old stone church, and the larger cities and the capital are a vertiable paradise for those who are interested in religious architecture and art. That isn't to say that there's a church at every corner in France, just that its churches, chapels and cathedrals tend to be consistently beautiful. For a more rustic feel, monasteries and abbeys are... [ read more ]

The most scenic cities in the French Alps

The most scenic cities in the French Alps

France's lavender fields and pleasant, gentle hill slopes are only one side of the coin, and despite their popularity with the lovers of the great outdoors, they are nowhere near as famous and visited as the mountains of the country. With craggy outcrops, proud cliffs, verdant forests and rivers that range from tame to the wildest on the planet, French mountains have the perfect combination of fun, novelty and excitement for travelers of all kinds. The French Alps in particular have drawn ho... [ read more ]