Sunday, 15th July 2018 les Bleus made French people dream by winning the Fifa World Cup in Russia, against Croatia and adding a second star on their jersey.
This is why we’ve selected 5 places to go to this summer in France like real champions!
We’ve explained why we’ve chosen these places, the inescapable cities to visit and what we like to do there. Let’s go!
1 - Corsica
Corsica , also known as « Isle of Beauty » is a french island and a single territorial collectivity in the Mediterranean Sea.
First, stroll in Bastia, an authentic city with loads of character thanks to its port and its citadel. Then, pass between the Cap Corse’s mountains and creeks. Enjoy Ile Rousse’s market, its 3 fine sand beaches and the hinterland. Dive near Calvi, or merely enjoy the beach and the pine forest. End your trip in Bonifacio, a city of Corse-du-Sud (South Corsica), built on top of limestone cliffs, overhanging the sea.
In Corsica, walks and farniente are the watchword!
2 - The French Riviera
It’s THE classical holiday destination but we’ll never be tired of it!
In Nice, follow the Promenade des Anglais, get lost in the Old Nice and you don’t want to miss the daily flower market or the Place Masséna. Pass by Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat to visit the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. Play film stars on the famous Croisette, as if it was the Cannes Film Festival. Tan and/or read on Saint-Raphaël’s beaches. Enjoy Saint-Tropez’s parties. Finally, discover Les Îles d’Hyères and the Ïle de Porquerolles in particular, where you can walk or bike ride and contemplate breathtaking views.
Enjoy, with friends or family, to rest, relax, visit or party all summer!
3 - The Island of Martinique
Nicknamed the Flowers Island , Martinique is an overseas department and region of France, from the French West Indies.
On the island, discover Fort-de-France, the capital, with the unmissable Fort-Royal. Then, you absolutely need to visit the botanical garden Jardin de Balata and its bamboo plantation, Sainte-Anne’s creeks and heavenly beach Plage des Salines (white sand and crystal clear water, typical from the Caribbean region), contemplate the Diamond Rock and trek the Mount Pelée volcano.
You can also scuba dive or swim in the lagoons, even if most of tourists only come to relax and enjoy this exotic little paradise.
4 - The Basque Country
The French Basque Country is a both mountainous and ocean region , a tradition territory known for its home produce.
Come to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, small town full of charm, known for its port and the Church of St. John the Baptist. Then, go up toward Biarritz and go straight to the beach La Côte des Basques to see surfeurs or to La Grande Plage to swim, read, tan or rest… Gamble in the casino and walk in the downtown streets. Discover Bayonne specialties: Bayonne ham and feria or « Fêtes de Bayonne » which take place every summer at the end of July.
Higher, still on the French West Cost, pass by Hossegor to see many more surfeurs and enjoy the Golf.
5 - The Provence
Great family trip, la Provence allows you to recharge the batteries before going back to school.
Start by Avignon with the Palais des Papes and the Pont Saint-Bénézet, aka. « Pont d’Avignon ». On the road, stop by L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, then by Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and finally by Les Baux-de-Provence. When arriving at Aix-en-Provence, contemplate the Montagne Sainte-Victoire, a magnificent landscape that you will recognize while visiting the Atelier de Cézanne. Now go down to Marseille, city full of history, in order to visit the Calanques (beautiful creeks), the Old Port, the Mucem and the Musée de la Faïence. Before coming back home, make a detour by Draguignan and spend a day in the Lake of Sainte-Croix.
Don’t forget to eat tapenade and to contemplate the lavender fields all your trip long… That’s it, you are now ready to come back home!
Do not hesitate to share your favorite French destination and the activities and best spots that you recommend to discover there, on the comment section!