- By John
- On Nov 15, 2018
- Travel Tips
There are some wonderful cities, diverse and fascinating regions, beautiful beaches, breathtaking mountains and even border territories ideal for day trips to other European cities. Find out where to go in France.
Best Destinations in France for Families
Luberon – Ultimate in Provencal Charm
If you have ever read A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle, you have longed to enjoy the languid days and local warmth of Provence. Luberon is the primary provencal setting of the series. You won't be disappointed with a visit to this region of hilltop villages.
From its namesake river that encircles the town to fountains and watermills, water seems to be everywhere in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (translated as Island on the Sorgue River). This town is home to a darling antique toy and doll museum that will intrigue kiddos.
Also in Luberon, Gordes is a picturesque town cut into the side of a mountain with a gorgeous view of the verdant valleys of Provence below. Weave in and out of the town’s darling shops that sell decorative ceramics, packets of herbes de Provence, and other French goodies.
Meanwhile, amid a fragrant field of purple flowers, the Museum of Lavender in Coustellet is worth a visit to purchase any manner of lavender-themed souvenirs.
Strasbourg – A Blend of French and German Cultures
Located just across from Germany along the Rhine River, Strasbourg is a picture-perfect, very walkable French city with a German accent. While in Strasbourg, be sure to do a walking tour of La Petite France. Arguably the cutest neighborhood in Europe, you won’t want to put the camera down.
Located in the Grande Île is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg, the second-tallest cathedral tower in France and the sixth tallest church in the world. It is undoubtedly Strasbourg's finest architectural highlight and a must see when visiting the city.
Strasbourg is also filled with great restaurants and brasseries. Be sure to try some local favorites like a tarte flambée, an Alsatian take on pizza. It’s best to wander the streets and find a place with an outdoor patio where the kids can play in the courtyard. Every morning, try a different bakery in the square for some of the best cafe au lait served with a kugelhopf, an Alsatian brioche cooked in the shape of a crown.