best places to visit in France
An expert guide into the top places and cities to visit in France and the best places to stay, in locations including Paris, Marseille, Nice, Cote d'Azur, Languedoc-Roussillon, Dordogne, Cannes and Monaco.
Provence nourishes a spectrum of expectations like no other European region. There is the sensual promise furnished by olive trees and lavender, the warmth, the light and the drinking of rosé under the stars. This life may be as sweet as a maiden’s smile. Then there’s the vigour. The place is forever sending you up mountains, kayaking along rivers, jumping off rocks, cycling vertically; on the go non-stop with barely time for selfies. Provence does relaxation better too. This is the continent’s most cultivated playground and has been since the Romans sprinkled theatres about the place and Avignon’s medieval popes attracted the world’s greatest artists. Provence remains overwhelmingly Provençal, its villages held together by family and farming, festivities and feuds round the fountain.