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These are the reasons why we love France

PUBLISHED: 17:22 25 August 2016 | UPDATED: 16:54 08 November 2016

Rochefort-en-Terre in Brittany © kneiane / Thinkstock

Rochefort-en-Terre in Brittany © kneiane / Thinkstock

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The scenery, the food, the language, the culture… there are so many reasons why we love France!

1. The food

From gourmet feasts featuring foie gras, snails and duck to freshly baked croissants and baguettes for breakfast, French food is, in our opinion, the best in the world.

Read more: our favourite French recipes

2. The stunning scenery

France has it all – majestic mountain ranges, spectacular coastline, field of lavender, medieval villages and stylish towns.

3. The French language

Known as the language of love, French is a beautiful language and we love discovering new words and phrases every day.

Read more: 15 of our favourite French idioms

4. Shutters

Is there anything more French than a classic blue shutter? It is definitely top of our French property wish list.

Read more: 4 French property features we just can’t resist

5. The mountains

With no less than five mountain ranges, France certainly has something for everyone whether you want to scale Mont Blanc or hike the Jura. No matter how often you visit the mountains they will take your breath away every single time.

Read more: Reasons to visit the mountains in summer

6. French festivals

The French have a festival for everything, be it the humble strawberry or the beginning of democracy. Whenever and where-ever you go you can be sure the French are holding a festival about something!

Read more: What’s on in France

7. The climate

Whether you like scorching hot days on the beach or wading through snow to the shops, there will be an area of France where the climate suits you. And with so many micro-climates you don’t have to go too far south to find a bit of sunshine.

Read more: Where to buy in France for guaranteed sunshine

8. The wine

The Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Burgundy… France is home to world-famous wines as well as plenty of delicious local vintages. It would be rude not to try it!

9. Paris

As Audrey Hepburn said: ‘Paris is always a good idea’. The stunning architecture, café terraces, world-class museums, major attractions… we could never tire of Paris.

Read more: 8 places in Paris the tourists miss

10. French markets

One of the best things about France is the markets. Whether it is a local produce market or a giant flea market we just can’t resist browsing the stalls.

Read more: 6 tempting French markets to discover

11. The vineyards

Is there a more beautiful view than an autumnal vineyard? You don’t have to travel far in France to discover a vineyard and often there are opportunities for a little degustation too…

Read more: 10 outstanding vineyards in France you have to visit

12. French properties

We may be biased but French properties are just stunning. And there is so much variety – old stone farmhouses, grand manor houses, Provencal villas, Parisian apartments, half-timbered homes and period village houses, how can one possibly choose?

Read more: 28 property types explained

13. The coast

Bordering both the Atlantic and Mediterranean seas, France has plenty of coastline, from glamorous Riviera beaches to rugged coves.

Read more: Discover the stunning secret beaches of the south of France

14. Historical sites and museums

France has 38 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Loire Valley châteaux, Carcassonne and Mont-Saint-Michel, and a museum for just about everything so if you’re into history you’ll never get bored!

Read more: France’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites

15. Café culture

Is there a better way to spend a sunny afternoon that sipping un café and watching the world pass you by?

16. French films

We love a good French film and have regular debates as to our favourite – we’ve managed to narrow it down to 10 must-see French films but that was the best we could do! After all modern cinema was invented in France.

17. French villages

There are 153 villages classified as the Plus Beaux Villages de France (the most beautiful villages in France) and hundreds more than could easily be on the list.

Read more: 10 beautiful villages in the Dordogne Valley you must visit

Why do you love France? Let us know on social media using #WhyWeLoveFrance

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