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Destination of the month: France

Tue 02 Oct, 2012 // Firstnumber Team
France destination

La France attracts more foreign visitors per year than any other country in the world. Need the French do any further destination marketing?

The charming European country appeals to travellers of all sorts: outdoor enthusiasts, champagne-infused glamour seekers, history buffs, shoestring budget backpackers, keen shoppers, and so many more.

What to Do in France

When in France, why not visit the home of the world renowed fizzy beverage that is champagne? Famous producers such as Moet & Chandon, and Mumm, as well as smaller local champagne houses offer guided cellar tours and tasting events. Did you know there are around 100km of underground cellars below the town of Epernay, housing approximately 200 million bottles of the golden liquid?

Looking for a bit of history? Mont St-Michel is a popular attraction on the north western French coast. It is an elaborate abbey rising from a small island ensconced by historical ramparts and battlements. The bay in which it is set boasts extraordinary tides with the difference between low and high reaching an astonishing 15m at times.

France's mountain ranges – the Alps, the Pyrenees, the Ardennes and more - are ideal for both a spot of amateur rambling and serious hill walking. The lesser known Vosges in the north are covered in luscious pine forests with trails alongside which one can pick many fruits of the forest from wild strawberries to cepes. In the winter, the area becomes a favourite among winter sports enthusiasts. To warm up, locals indulge in Mirabelle, a potent liqueur unique to the region, made of a special type of plum.

The richest of the rich flock south in summer to resorts such as St Tropez, Cannes and Nice. Fortunately, there are cheaper alternatives for those on a tighter budget that include Perpignan, Montpellier, Agde and others. All resorts offer visitors excellent sunbathing and swimming facilities, dining and nightlife.

Cycling is a popular means of getting around both in cities and rural areas, and what a romantic pastime it can be. Many cities boast affordable pay-as-you-go rent-a-bike schemes such as the Velib in Paris. Often, the bikes come equipped with a basket that's the perfect size for picnic foods. Take a break in a city park, or lie back in the beautiful countryside depending on your chosen route. Crunch down on a fresh baguette brimming with cheese and sip on a glass of crisp, chilled white wine.

Quirky Facts About France

The croissant, arguably the most popular type of pastry in France was actually first invented in Austria in the 17th century.

So, the croissant isn't a French invention... neither are French toast and French fries!

There are claims that in France you can purchase over 1000 different types of cheese.

France is smaller in size than the state of Texas in the USA yet boasts five major river systems and seven mountain ranges.

April Fool's Day is believed to have originated in France in 1564.

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