12 Reasons to visit France in 2012

The Eiffel Tower against a blue sky

The Eiffel Tower against a blue sky

Here are 12 great reasons to consider French holidays in 2012 – whether you enjoy the hustle and bustle of Paris city breaks, or prefer to spend a week relaxing in the French countryside!

There aren't many countries in the world with the allure of France, its capital is accepted as being one of the most romantic cities in the world and its people are lauded for their mythical style. We challenge you to think of one reason not to go to France after reading this:

1. The Eiffel Tower
The world’s most famous tower is synonymous with France and attracts 6.8 million visitors each year! On holidays to France 2012 you can visit the Eiffel tower as well as a wealth of other Paris attractions including Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe and the Moulin Rouge.

2. The Louvre
The Louvre Museum is the most visited museum in the world with 8.3 million visitors each year! Visit the Louvre on your 2012 holidays to France to admire the original Mona Lisa and in 2012 there’s a Leonard Da Vinci exhibition focused on his painting of ‘Virgin and Child with Saint Anne’.

3. Euro Disney
With nearly 15 million visitors last year Euro Disney is a major draw for families on 2012 holidays to France. There are exciting new parades and shows starting from Christmas 2011 through to next year.

4. Wildlife Parks
There is a great selection of wildlife parks to discover on 2012 France holidays including the Zoo Parc de Beauval in the Loire Valley and the Reserve Africaine de Sigean which is home to 3,800 exotic animals!

5. Food and wine
The food and wine culture of France is infamous throughout the world. And as well as the first-class restaurants, bistros and patisseries there are plenty of French food festivals in 2012 including the Black Pudding fair in March and the European Taste Festival in June.

A gorgeous looking beach in Nice

A gorgeous looking beach in Nice

6. Beaches
France’s beaches are notoriously naturist friendly but there are also family orientated beaches at La Bouillabaisse, private coves at Page de la Briande and super-stylish beaches at Plage de Tahiti. The Cote d’Azur beaches are a real attraction to 2012 holidays to France.

Light refracting over the top of the Alps in Chamonix, Mont Blanc Credit: Kat Clay

Light refracting over the top of the Alps in Chamonix, Mont Blanc Credit: Kat Clay

7. The Alps
In the French Alps ski holidays are a hugely popular pastime. Visit Tignes in March 2012 to see the Winter X Games or experience the Polo Masters Tour in Val d’Isere. Extreme sports fan or not the Alps are a wonderful destination for 2012 holidays to France.

8. Cycling
France’s dramatic rolling countryside is perfect for cycling holidays to France in 2012. Use a bike to discover some of France’s finest country side including the Champagne Region and the Chamonix Valley.

9. Festivals
Each region and town in France has its own unique festivals and celebrations. Join in the festivities on 2012 holidays to France with the Bastille Day celebrations in Lyon with street parties and fireworks, or experience Marseille Carnival in March with processions and street theatre. Nice Jazz Festival takes place in July and attracts jazz enthusiasts from all around the world.

10. Walking
Hiking and rambling is a hugely popular pastime for holidays to France. The Grand Randonnee trail is one of the country’s prettiest walks and is marked out with symbols on trees, rocks and posts.

11. Architecture
French architecture is a major attraction to holidays in France for culture lovers. Apart from the established landmarks in Paris (Notre Dame, Sacre Couer, Eiffel Tower) there are magnificent buildings set in the French valleys such as the Carcassonne Medieval City, Pont du Gard and one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres -Arenes de Nimes.

The Palace of Versailles Credit: Samuli Suomi

The Palace of Versailles Credit: Samuli Suomi

12. Places to Stay
Although France offers world class hotels it also presents the opportunity to try something different. On holidays to France in 2012 you can enjoy your stay in a tepee, a charming gypsy caravan or even a traditional yurt!