France travel guides will point you in all the right directions as you plan your long-awaited Paris getaway or family vacation. Since France is the world's most popular tourist destination, travel guides to all the hot spots abound. But if you know a little bit about the country, you also know that as magnificent as Paris and the Eiffel Tower are, there are scores of places to visit and sites to see in France outside of the capital city.
Some of the most popular historical areas frequented each year are Normandy, Provence, and Burgundy. To visit ancient castles and drink great wine, be sure to put Alsace on your itinerary. And if gorgeous sunny beaches and water sports are your passion, bring out the bikinis, smear on some suntan lotion, don your shades, and head over to Cannes, Nice, St. Tropez, or Corsica. Since France is surrounded by water on three sides, you'll find yourself enjoying either the coast of the Mediterranean, the Côte d'Azur, or the popular French Riviera. On the flip side, you could also head up to northern France where you can enjoy skiing in the French Alps and stay at a luxury ski resort.
What makes France the number one holiday destination is the mix of history and modernity it offers, in addition to its famous wines and cheeses, museums, monuments, cultural activities, music festivals, casinos, hiking, golf, rock climbing, fishing, boating and paragliding. When you're browsing through France travel guides, be sure to look for guides dealing with specific cities or regions. For each location, pay attention to the maps, transportation, accommodations, restaurants, noted places of interest, and special events listed.
If you are shop-a-holic with a taste for the finer things in life, you don't need France travel guides to tell you that Paris is the world's capital of fashion and haute couture. In fact, shopping is one of the biggest allures bringing millions of visitors to Paris each year. However, a travel guide will tell you how to get to Paris' main shopping avenues and department stores. Be sure to look up "Galeries Lafayette," "Printemps," and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, which is home to almost every major global fashion house. For exclusive shoe and handbag selections, the place to shop is Andre, and for a professional makeover and your entire cosmetic needs, look up Viseart and Rue Charlot on your France map.
If you're traveling with children, you definitely want to spend time in the Euro Disney theme park, located in eastern Paris at Marne-la-Vallée. The magnificent Arc de Triomphe and the iconic Champs Elysees, pictures of which are featured in almost all France travel guides, are also a perfect venue for people of all ages, with street performances, restaurants, boutiques, and souvenir shops. If you want to see the famous boulevard in a different ambience, however, wait until evening when the street is all lit up. Finally, remember that in this age of computers there are also many informative online travel guides for you to browse through.