The bitter chill of winter has crept upon us fast and the stresses of Christmas are probably all you can think about, so why not treat yourself and book a spring break in France?
When it comes to beauty spots in France, you’re spoilt for choice. The Côte d’Azur is located on the Mediterranean coast in the south of France and its miles of sandy beaches and azure waters attract up to three million visitors a year.
On the French Riviera are a host of stylish coastal cities which have long been a hit with artists and writers flocking to the Mediterranean coastline for inspiration. Located nearby, former military stronghold Saint-Tropez is now a relaxed, glamorous and sun-soaked resort popular with the rich and famous.
The gorgeous beaches are packed with sunbathers, windsurfers, sailors and motorised water sports fanatics alike, as well as those yachting in their awe-inspiring yachts that rival most houses.
If you would like to join them, it can be cheaper than you think. According to the Owners Direct smartphone app, there are holiday villas to rent close by for as little as £47 a night!
A three-hour drive from Saint-Tropez is the elegant and discrete town of Uzès, and a very pretty town at that. With endearing boutiques scattered around the narrow streets, Uzès will capture your heart. In the centre, there is a plethora of captivating restaurants and grand fountains. Elsewhere in the south of France is La Bambouseraie, a huge tropical garden which is home to the biggest collection of bamboo forests and tropical plants in Europe – the arrival of spring is marked with the first camellia flowers so you can be the first to see them.
With extensive walking trails, this is the perfect location for those who love the outdoors and the beautiful scenery is certainly worth the hike. Emerge yourself in the peaceful natural world of greenery and the thousands upon thousands of species of trees and plants, all unique in their own right.
Some four hours away, in south-eastern France is the breath-taking Gorges du Verdon, one of Europe’s most beautiful river canyons and perhaps the best beauty spot of France. The emerald Verdon River winds its way through the canyon and is an enormous 700 metres deep and during the spring time, you can explore the Verdon via raft, air-boat or even white-water swimming.
The Verdon country itself is home to a thousand colours and perfumes, and neighbouring villages such as Rougon or La Palud-sur-Verdon offer amazing views of the thousand-year-old canyon.
Rougon provides great hikes with stunning panoramas whilst La Palud is perfect for a rest but also offers unrivalled views of the Alpine valleys.
Mont Saint-Michel is a small tidal island, connected to Normandy by a causeway. The rocky and peaked island only loses out to the Eiffel Tower as France’s most-loved landmark.
The spectacularly kept Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel sits at the brow of the island and is encompassed with winding streets engrossed with intricate Gothic architecture.
The rest of the Normandy region is just as beautiful as the island, with verdant nature green landscapes, chalk-white cliffs and idyllic châteaux dominating the area.
Also in Normandy is the rural riverside village of Giverny and it just may be one of the most picturesque village.
The beautiful country gardens are a must see, particularly Monet’s water garden which features white and purple wisterias, bamboo, water lilies and weeping willows as well as the famous green Japanese bridge, it’s no surprise that this was the birthplace of impressionism.