France travel advice that will help you plan your trip
Posted on 06/03/2019 by Spaceships Crew
Vive la France. France is the most visited country in Europe, it has so much to offer from its capital Paris through to skiing in the Alps, basking on a French Riviera Mediterranean beach in Nice or visiting some magnificent Chateaux or Manor. In a Spaceships campervan or motorhome, you can see all of France and more...
France is located in West of Europe and borders Germany, Italy, Belgium and Spain and is one of Europe’s largest countries, with a short ferry crossing from the UK. (our depot location!) Whether you are a connoisseur of wine, champagne, cheese or a fresh baguette, look no further than France. What about Frogs legs and snails? You have to try it all you know.
Check out below what we think of France, some things to do and places to visit and where to travel for your campervan trip to France.
Paris would let you believe it is the most romantic city in the world, told through countless movies, tourist promotions and French themselves. It is one of Europe’s most iconic cities and plenty to see and do that you could easily spend a few days taking in all the attractions and enjoying the nightlife and restaurants. A Romantic Paris trip in a Spaceships campervan rental...oh la la. When it Paris you can’t miss.
You can’t miss this – literally. A tall triangle steel structure that is the epitome of Paris, seen through countless postcards, movies and photos. On any given day you will find couples proposing and big queues in summer as far as the eye can see. A great view of Paris meets you at the top. It was built in 1887.
Located in the Montmartre Hill area, this church built in the 19th century also has a great view of Paris.
A Museum since the 18th century which has been remodelled since, adding a glass pyramid causing much controversy amongst the Parisians. It still rates as arguably the best if not one of the best museums in the world, containing artworks centuries old. If you are into your art then set aside at least two days. The famous Da Vinci painting, Mona Lisa lives here, possibly the most photographed women of all time. See for more info the official website of the museum.
This place is not for the faint-hearted. A small passageway to follow through a multitude of skeletons and bones. This is pretty morbid yet fascinating...you be the judge.
Arc de Triomphe
One of the huge great landmarks in Paris surrounded by the most hair raising roundabout in the world. You can climb up to the top of the Arc with great views of Paris and watch for hours the traffic below. It’s a safe bet you will see an accident as it is every man for himself on the road – they say whoever enters this roundabout forfeits their insurance.
The Arc de Triomphe was ordered to be built by Napoleon in the 19th century to commemorate his war victories and acts as a central point in Paris where roads meet. It is located at the top of the Champs Elysee (finishing point of the Tour de France) and a great shopping street, the main street of Paris.
So much more to do and see in Paris
Although we listed 5 things you must do when visiting Paris, there is plenty of other places, museums and monuments which may tickle your fancy. If you have more time in Paris check out:
- Picasso Museum.
- Moulin Rouge – No Nicole Kidman or Ewan McGregor but what the movie was based on.
- Stade de France – Is France’s premier football and Rugby stadium – home to the 98 World Cup.
- Notre Dame Cathedral.
The best way to tackle Paris in our opinion is to wander around, without a map or anything else and soak up the atmosphere of one of the finest cities in the world.
Cote D’Azur (French Riveria)
The more commonly known French Riviera has for years been a place where the rich and famous have chosen for their holidays for its stunning scenery, warm Mediterranean waters and the place to be seen!. It still isn't limited to those of us who maybe haven’t got the big bank accounts of these people as there is plenty to do and see in the French towns on the med, although during the summer months campsites are extremely popular and definitely recommend to book in advance. Check out these places for you campervan hire:
Nice is one of the more popular places to visit on the French Riviera and a great little old town to match. Take a stroll on the promenade or cliffs and take a dip in the warm waters – although don’t expect sandy beaches (it is very rocky) and space (very busy in summer)!
Monaco is an independent state as opposed to part of France but is only a short trip from Nice. In all its decadence and money does seem no object in the site of the famous Formula 1 Grand Prix and a couple of James Bond films.
The rich and ‘it’ crowd swarm like flies on this place for their holidays and to live in extravagance. Take a walk along the waterfront and port and see some amazing yachts and ‘super’ yachts which are mind-boggling. Take a walk around town and up to the Monte Carlo casino – put down a few Euro’s and you never know, one of the yachts could be yours! Campsites are a bit scarce in Monaco so a day trip from Nice would be the best option.
Home to the famous Cannes Film festival – where France turns into a mini Hollywood with actors, celebrities galore! On any other normal day, it is an upmarket and beautiful fishing village.
Marseille is the second biggest city in France (after Paris) and is an old port town located south of France on the Med. The best part of Marseille is the port, with its stunning views looking over quite a large harbour. Take a boat trip to make the most of the views and give you a better idea of the city and surrounds.
It is also worth checking out Saint Victor Abbey and the IF Castle both a quite good.
The French Alps
No campervan hire France journey will be complete without visiting the French Alps. If you are snow and sports enthusiast or just up for some mountain beauty it is a place that cannot be missed when on a campervan trip around Europe.
There are a number of ski fields if you are heading in winter – they are:
- Chamonix – Megeve
- Les Arcs/La Plagne
- Les Trois Vallees
- L’Alpe d’Huez
- Isola 2000
In the Summer months and warmer climate take advantage of the national parks, plenty of hiking trails or strolls or if cycling is your thing then treat yourself to the many paths available. If adrenalin junkie is in you then there is plenty on offer from white water rafting, paragliding or sky diving to name a few.
D-Day June 6th 1944 and this place is historic for the Allied invasion in World War 2 and subsequent liberation of Paris. Check out the D-Day museum and learn about the famous landing. Normandy is located in Northern France on the English Channel. Check out the world heritage site of Mont St Michel and other medieval sites. Normandy also has some awesome cliff coastline and amazing Chateaux’s and Manors.
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