Five Alternative Destinations in France
To celebrate the release of the Bravofly travel guide to France this week we reveal five alternative destinations you have to see for yourself, when you visit the land south of the English Channel.
France is a Veritable Treasure Trove of Tourist Destinations
France is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, hence why we released a travel guide about the country that acts as home to the Eiffel Tower. Usually when people think of visiting, they assume that the only places worth seeing are the ones everyone knows about – Paris, Marseille etc.
Yet France is so much more than its most famous tourist destinations. A nation built on thousands of years of history, it boasts stunning natural phenomena, amazing architectural feats, unique cultural experiences and a whole lot more. France is a veritable treasure trove of destinations ready and waiting for the traveller who’s committed enough to finding them.
You Have to Visit These Five Alternative Destinations in France
Since finding a hidden gem is hard to do by its very nature, we thought we’d give you a helping hand this week, by starting you off with the following five alternative destinations in France you have to visit…
- Luberon: Whilst you’re in the famous Mediterranean tourist destination of Provence, take some time to take a sojourn to nearby Luberon in the summer. The main reason to go is its stunning lavender season, which is so beautiful and aromatic, it’ll leave you breathless.
- Toulouse: Known as the City of Aviation, Toulouse is a gorgeous classically South French town that sits not far from the country’s majestic Pyrenees mountain range. Known for its architecturally stunning pinkish-terracotta buildings, there are plenty of places to visit in Toulouse, including the City of Space Theme Park, the Theatre du Capitole Opera House and the town’s mind blowing Botanical Gardens.
- Gorges Du Verdon: A hair’s breadth away from popular tourist haven, the French Riviera, you’ll find Gorges Du Verdon, which you have to visit if you’re an outdoor activity enthusiast. It’s epic to drive around, with some truly amazing tracks, and when you’re there, you’ll also be afforded the chance to kayak and hike through its stunning natural landscape.
- Desert Des Agriates: Napoleon is not the only reason to visit the French-Mediterranean island of Corsica. You have to go to check out Desert Des Agriates. A 12,000 acre plus protected area of dense scrubland on the island’s northern coast, it features some of Corsica’s famed desert beaches. These have to be seen to be believed and are well worth a short trip out from the mainland.
- Le Touqet: Northern France is seriously misunderstood as a tourist destination. There are great places to visit in Northern France beyond Calais, you know, and one of them has to be the town of Le Touqet. An under-the-radar beach town, that was once a gambling mecca to rival Monte Carlo, there’s plenty to do in Le Touqet, including horseback riding, eating at Michelin starred restaurants and cruising across the beach in a buggy!
A Lifetime to Discover Them All
More than anything, Bravofly hopes that with this article, as with the guide, we’ve opened you up to the possibility of France. When you and your family take a holiday to the UK’s maritime neighbour, you’ll encounter a country so chock-full of fascinating hidden-away tourist destinations, it’d take a lifetime to discover them all.