France

The cultural symbols of France are among some of the world's most recognisable icons. Home to the Eiffel Tower, croissants, the Louvre, Bordeaux vineyards and dreamy beaches along the Cote d'Azur, France inspires the imaginations of people all over the world. Once you discover the magic of this beautiful country, you’ll certainly come back many times to explore its diverse geographical and cultural faces.

The endless variety of historical monuments, modern cities, cultural events, picturesque towns and scenic views dotted with architectural gems continues to attract masses of visitors from all over the world. Most of them choose Paris as the destination of their first journey. This cosmopolitan city has come to serve as a byword for romanticism and sophistication. A capital of world art, culture, fashion, nightlife and refined cuisine, it constitutes a perfect environment for any lifestyle. A visit to the top of the Eiffel Tower reveals the abundance of treasures that the French capital has to offer. The world-famous landmarks are all within your reach: the glass pyramid of the Louvre, the ultra-modern building of Centre Pompidou, the breath-taking Notre-Dame de Paris, the Basilique du Sacre Coeur, the grandiose Arc de Triomphe, and the Tuileries Gardens. However, Paris also boasts a number of precious places that lie hidden away from the centre. For example, bohemian Montmartre with its maze of narrowly winding streets and the luxurious residence in Versailles.

However, one glance at the list of attractions available in other destinations across France will be enough to make any visitor believe that their first visit to the country doesn't have to begin in its capital. French regions are famous for their distinct culture, traditions, cuisine, architecture and landscapes. Just south of Paris lies the picturesque Valley of the Loire, famous for its fine chateaux scattered around the charming historical towns of Orleans, Blois, Tours, Angers and Nantes. The north of the country, home to such cities as Le Havre, Brest, Rennes, Dunkerque, Calais, Arras and Lille, attracts with their austere beauty and rugged mountain peaks coated in pine woods and ever-lingering mist. To the east, the area along the border with Germany is known for its unique combination of the cultures of both countries, which can be experienced in places such as Colmar, Reims and Strasbourg, the latter of which is the site of many important European institutions.

The south of France is a land of contrasts. The eastern part of the region is home to the spectacular French Alps, at the foot of which sit the towns of Grenoble and Annecy. This area, along with the French Pyrenees, constitutes the country's major skiing destination. An important location for many renowned ski resorts is also the Massif Central, surrounded by the attractive tourist destinations of Clermont-Ferrand, Saint Etienne and Toulouse. Amidst the snow-coated mountain tops lies one of the world's favourite holiday areas, Cote d'Azur, a true paradise of azure sea and endless, sandy beaches. The best-known resorts include Nice, Cannes, Toulon, Saint Tropez, Marseille, Montpellier, Perpignan, and the off-shore island of Corsica.

Renowned for its sophisticated taste, France has always been a favourite destination for food and drink connoisseurs. It's estimated to be the world's largest producer of wine by value. The picturesque vineyards around Bordeaux and Dijon are certainly worth a visit, especially in late summer and autumn, when the season's first wines premiere in local bars and restaurants. The title of the country's capital of gastronomy belongs to Lyon, home to a large number of France's best restaurants.

With such a staggering variety of attractive locations, France certainly belongs to the first league of world's tourist destinations. The rich cultural life of French cities with their multitude of museums, theatres, operas and many special events provides entertainment for all types of visitors. The excellent public transportation system makes travelling around the country fast and easy. Choosing France as your holiday destination, you're up for one of the most memorable experiences of your life. Book your flight today, and feel the magic of one of the most unique spots on the planet.