According to the UN World Tourism Organisation, France is the most visited country in the world, receiving 82.6 million tourists in 2016! Although it can get crowded in summer in the tourist hotspots, there is still plenty to enjoy.
Where to visit
When it comes to variety, France is hard to compete with. The north is completely different from the south, and the various cities have their own unique identities. Also, the beaches are too great for you to miss out on!
Your holiday in France doesn’t have to cost too much: even the most expensive cities in France like Paris have lots of ways to save money and make your budget go a long way.
We have chosen three of the best places you can visit to have a good time without having to dig too deep into your wallet.
Lille is undeniably a cool place, and it is one of the best cities in France for you to relax and have fun. It’s in the very north of France, so not far to travel from the UK. There are no direct flights to Lille, so it’s best to get the Eurostar train.
The city has a beautiful Natural History Museum which has one of the world’s best insectariums. There is also the spectacular 17th-century Citadel of Lille. You’ll also get to see the biggest flea market in Europe at the annual Braderie de Lille, and enjoy delicious meals at an affordable price.
Paris is one of those cities that everyone has to visit once in their lifetime.
It’s possible to spend quality time in Paris without having to pay too much. You can roam around the Montmartre’s Secret Vineyards, have a little picnic under the Eiffel Tower with your loved ones, and dig out cheaper food options in a restaurant such as Chez Le Libanais, for delicious Lebanese shawarma.
Dune of Pilat
This is one of the most remarkable places in Europe. Located in the south-west of France, near Bordeaux, the Dune of Pilat is a large white sandy dune that stretches for miles, with the sea on one side and the lush forest on the other side. It is the tallest sand dune in Europe, and it is a famous tourist destination with more than a million visitors per year. It serves as a perfect place for relaxation and a perfect spot for a day trip.
Packing for a summer holiday in France
Summer in France can sometimes be scorchingly hot, mostly in the afternoons, but it can quickly turn cold later! It’s best to bring items that are light, but also to pack a jacket or a sweater to avoid the sudden drops in temperature. You’ll also find sunglasses handy for those long sunny afternoons.
For women, it’s best not to bring skimpy shorts, because French women don’t really wear them in public. It might work if you plan on going to a resort, but if you don’t, choose something else.
For men, light shirts and jeans are all you really need.