Home to the city of love, it’s not hard to see why France is one of our favourites for holidays pour deux. This wonderfully elegant country has been seducing travellers with its familiar culture, world-class art and iconic architecture for centuries. Playing host to many a romance, city chic oozes from Parisian bistros and country charm bursts from small-town market stalls. Indulge in warm croissants and stop off for a plat du jour (dish of the day) after all, here culinary excellence is a way of life. Lyrical landscapes take visitors on a varied journey from the sands and cliffs of the north and the lavender fields of Provence,
to the shores of the Mediterranean in sunny Saint-Tropez. Whether you are swimming in the clear waters of a deserted cove in Corsica, or strolling through the gardens of Versailles, there is oodles of romance waiting for you on any France couples holidays.
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With the ‘City of Love’ nickname, buttery pastries, chocolate-box villages and a history of salacious love affairs under its belt, France is practically made for two. Whether it be the sultry beaches of Corsica, where white sand beaches blend into tangled evergreen forest, or historic hotels on the edge of Louis XIV’s Versailles estate, France couples holidays are the epitome of indulgence. Dine at Michelin-starred restaurants (which shouldn’t be too hard to find as the country holds the highest number of them), step back in time in Burgundy at the Fontenay Abbey in Marmagne - the oldest and most well-preserved Cistercian abbey in the world - and let time pass you by on wine estates in Bordeaux. But before you let their resident oenophiles pour you their favourite tipples, we recommend a morning spin round the enchanting city. Cycle past boulevards fringed with 18th-century hôtels particuliers (mansions) to the heart of the city where the Place de la Bourse and Basilica of Saint Michael stand proud over Haussmann’s romantic and oh-so-French rooftops.
If it’s romance you’re after, a long weekend in Paris will leave you practically swooning. Or, if you’re the kind of couple that prefers things a little more muted, a road trip around Corsica is likely to be right up your street. Join a private guide for a walking tour of Calvi, hop on a boat to the nearby Lavezzi archipelago and sample authentic olive oil straight from groves overlooking the glistening Gulf of Porto-Vecchio. If, however, you’d rather just relax with a couple of Chablis, a few pinot noirs and Côte de Beaune chardonnays, there is plenty of opportunity to do so – say on a picnic overlooking Burgundy’s undulating vineyards? Really, could France couples holidays be more romantic?