The most visited country in the world has many glorious facets; historic cities such as its beautiful capital, Paris, long sweeping beaches, incredible mountain scenery, fantastic food, fine wine and a passion for enduring style and world-class fashion. Twice the geographical size of the UK yet containing the same population, the feeling of space is one which enchants visitors, be it to the north of France, with its flatlands and military history, or to the west, where a rugged Atlantic coastline fringes the regions of Normandy and Brittany, famed for lush rolling hills, quiet little harbour towns and delicious regional cheese.
The eastern part of France, consisting of the Alsace, Lorraine, Franche Comté and Burgundy regions, produces many famous wines, including magnificent pinot noirs, while certain cities, such as Strasbourg, hint at a Germanic past through architecture and local cuisine. Whilst the centre of France is largely sleepy, the great treasure of this region is the stunning Loire valley, home to a plethora of breathtaking châteaux and charming, rural towns. Not to be overlooked are the dramatic Alps, which welcome skiers in winter and hikers in summer, especially to alpine lakes such as Lake Annecy. Head to the south of France for Mediterranean-inspired dishes, Roman ruins and of course the glamorous Riviera. Provence is peppered with medieval hilltop towns, whilst to the south west of France, the Dordogne, one of the most quintessential French regions, sits close to the sunflower region of Languedoc. The impressive Pyrenees, a southern mountain range separating France from Spain, has a Catalan culture and is a haven for skiers. Given its enormous variety, France truly offers something for everyone!