General Information about France
To make your holiday as smooth as possible, we’ve outlined some general information that may be helpful to you when planning your next getaway to France.
Food & Drink
France is famous for its fine cuisine and delicious wine. Wine is particularly inexpensive, and really good bottles can be purchased from supermarkets for less than €5. Snails and fried frog legs are French delicacies, but if that does not take your fancy, try some French onion soup, steak tartar, or beef bourguignon.
Southern French cooking is known for its fresh, vibrant colours and herby flavours. Bouillabaisse, salade Niçoise, crispy fried courgette flowers, lamb roasted with herbs and aromatic garlic are just a few of the specialities that will set your tastebuds tingling, while locally produced rosé wines are a popular accompaniment.
History & Culture
Even if you have never visited France before, you are bound to have a certain knowledge of the country's history, thanks to books, films and popular culture. Our holidays provide you with the opportunity to bring to life what you might already know, while also enhancing your knowledge. Think about touring the hilltop village of St-Paul-de-Vence, one-time home to artists that have numbered among them Marc Chagall and Arielle Dombasle, and current home to several superb art galleries. Imagine, too, visiting Antibes, founded as a Greek colony in the fifth century, and now home to the Napoleon Naval Museum and the Picasso Museum.
Despite the geographic closeness and relative linguistic familiarity, there is enough about France to make us feel that it truly is somewhere new, somewhere different and somewhere very special.
English is widely spoken, particularly in the cities, and so there is little reason to fear communication problems, And, of course, by travelling with us, you will always benefit from fluent, native speakers to ease your way, aid your understanding and enhance your enjoyment.
If, for you, French culture is inextricably bound up with elegant clothing and distinctive perfumes, a holiday to the Côte d'Azur, in the wealthy south east of the country, is a fascinating way to indulge your interests. The juxtaposition of the cutting-edge fashions you might see on the Promenade des Anglais, in Nice, and the quaint medieval town of Grasse, long famous as the perfume capital of the whole world, will enthral you.