France Pictures

Ferrari on Promenade des Anglais, Nice Attractions, Cote d'Azur, Nice attractions, France

Nice, Côte d’Azur,  France Pictures.

Pictures of some principal French attractions

Chateau in Loire Valley, France

Loire Valley, central France, a lush and lovely stretch of varied and stunning chateaux in a rural landscape

luxembourg gardens, paris, France

Paris, France, masses of world famous tourist attractions in a compact, walkable area.

carcassonne, France

Carcassonne, south France, a massive and truly Disneyesque castled village a bit off the beaten vacation track.

antibes beaches, France

Antibes, Cote d’Azur, delightful old town, port and sandy beaches. Also known as Angletibes due to the number of Brits living there.

Nice, France

Nice, Cote d’Azur, one of our favourite French cities, big, lively, interesting, fantastic promenade but stony beaches.

menton, France

French beaches, a huge range of photos and information from the Atlantic coast to the Côte d’Azur and Corsica island.

aix-en-provence, France

Aix-en-Provence, pretty and entertaining though not exactly our cup-of-tea! Decide for yourself from our images.

avignon, France

Avignon, Provence, now that’s more like it! A fantastic walled city with amazing palace, bridge and history.

arles, France

Arles, Provence, small, quiet but loaded with history and imbued with art.

st tropez, France

St Tropez, Cote d’Azur, we’re not fans of this elitist town or the traffic tourists need to plow through to get there. And we have the photos to prove it!

cannes, cote d'azur, France

Cannes, Cote d’Azur, too much hype but good beaches, great restaurants and staggering firework displays.

menton, cote d'azur, France

Menton, Cote d’Azur, tiny, tranquil and at the Italian end of the French Riviera, Menton offers pretty, shingly beaches and quiet nights. And that’s how they like it.

biarritz, France

Biarritz, Atlantic coast way down south, this is surf city France and buzzing core of French Basqueness and terrific seafood.

st jean de luz , France

St Jean de Luz, Atlantic coast, a secret delight, serene and beautiful seaside town on the Spanish border, near Biarritz, with fantastic beaches.

arcachon, France

Arcachon, north Atlantic coast, a small seaside town that only springs into life in the summer but adjoins the most awesome dune in France.

verdon gorge, france

Verdon Gorge, south France, near the Côte d’Azur, a mini Grand Canyon with fantastic precipitous drives, hikes and excellent river activities.

pont du gard, france

Pont du Gard, south France near Avignon, this attraction is a staggering Roman aqueduct with lovely walks and bike trails fanning out into verdant countryside.

nimes, france

Nimes, south France, worth a look for tourists passing by by don’t make a huge effort.

annecy, france

Annecy, northeast France, near Geneva and the Alps, this lakeside city has a gorgeous old town and brilliant lake shore walks, beaches, bike tracks and gliding.

st paul de vence, france

Saint-Paul de Vence, Cote d’Azur, another popular, cute walled town near Nice, much favoured by celebrities.

grasse, france

Grasse, Cote d’Azur, fans of perfume may enjoy the free tours of historic perfumeries but we think the town is an overcrowded, uninteresting, traffic-heavy dump.

eze, france

Eze village, Cote d’Azur, it’s not a real living village but this medieval village hanging over the French Riviera is sensational and a tourist-must-see.

corsica, france

Corsica island in the Mediterranean, we love the place, a couple of hours by car ferry from Nice. Brilliant beaches, hikes and rock formations.

marseille, france

Marseille, the biggest port on the Mediterranean, is a surprise: sights, culture, old town, beaches and easy walking. No gangsters visible!

Why visit France?

French tourism is the number one European holiday target, competing with Britain for English-speaking travellers but winning the tourism war generally with its array of monster attractions – gloriously romantic Paris, warm and relaxed Côte d’Azur towns and beaches, the chateaux studded Loire Valley, endless little fortified villages, fine skiing, mad paragliding or spectacular hiking in the mighty French Alps, surfing on the Atlantic coast, burning on the beaches, lazily slurping fine wine and enjoying excellent cuisine at good prices everywhere, these are some of the ways to learn about France’s joie de vivre.

Style, culture, architecture, food, wine and fashion all exist in multiple layers of excellence in France, with Paris in particular capturing the imagination but the rest of the country has masses of spectacular offerings too, from the Loire Valley region down to the Côte d’Azur towns and beaches.

This is the largest country in Europe and has an incredible diversity of landscapes offering a vast variety of holidays in gorgeous villages, world-famous resorts, soft warm beaches or spectacular romantic escapes.

Best seasons

March – early October for sightseeing; June – September for beaches tho’ July and August are overheated/overcrowded on the Côte d’Azur;  January-March for winter sports.

Beware July and August when the country is packed with foreign and local tourists. Avoid driving on the weekend at the beginning of August, it’s hell on wheels, bumper-to-bumper even on autoroutes. Some services in Paris – even museums and restaurants – are closed.

Atlantic beaches are warm and useable though the waters never warm up to Mediterranean standards.

November-February can be bitterly cold in mountain areas and in the north including Paris, though the Cote d’Azur may well see blue skies and daytime T-shirt weather, but. . . rain is equally likely in winter.