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Unique Places to Visit in France in 2024

With the arrival of 2024 getting closer, now is the time to start thinking about and planning a trip to France. For those who have already visited France before and have seen the classic sights, now is the perfect time to experience a different side of the country. We’re sharing some unique France travel destinations in 2024 that we hope will inspire you. Read on to discover more about places like Saint Malo, Calvi, Biarritz and more.

Unique Places to Visit in France in 2024


unique places to visit in france in 2024 saint Malo

If you’re looking for a seaside destination not far from Paris, Saint-Malo is a great option. Situated on the northeastern coast of Brittany, near the border with Normandy, it serves as a perfect base for exploring nearby Mont Saint-Michel and even the D-Day landing beaches. Saint-Malo built its wealth during the 16th to 18th centuries, when it was a base for many “official” pirates. The ships were actually approved by the King of France to attack and seize the goods from ships of other nations.

Be sure to explore the old town which is known as intra-muros or “within the walls.” It lies behind massive ramparts which encircle the town. One of the best ways to discover Saint-Malo is by following the walk around the high, sturdy ramparts that encircle the town. From there, enjoy stunning views of the town itself, the beaches, the coast, and the surrounding area.

The beaches around Saint-Malo are lovely, with golden sand running down to the emerald and blue sea and rocky outcrops to explore. There are also various islands you can walk to. These islands are all accessible at low tide. When the tide rises, you may be stranded on the islands until the tide changes.


Calvi Corsica

Corsica itself is one of France’s best under the radar destinations. One of Corsica’s highlights is the northern port town of Calvi. For many centuries it was part of the Genoese Empire and, as legend has it, the birth town of Christopher Columbus. With its impressive snow-streaked mountains and rolling hills covered with typical Corsican macchia (woods and scrubland), the bay of Cali is an astoundingly beautiful sight.

Visit the famous 15th century Chapelle de Notre Dame de la Serra for a perfect lookout over the stunning panorama. A nearby rock holds the life-sized marbled A Madonna di a Sarra with outstretched arms, the patroness of Calvi. The Corsicans believe that lovers who pay their respects to the Madonna will be granted eternal love. 

Calvi is surrounded by beautiful beaches. The sandy bay and colorful marina bordered by large pine trees is one of the most beautiful gulfs in all of France. Travelers also won’t want to miss a stroll along the boardwalk, which offers a rich selection of restaurants and terraces, as well as exciting water sports activities.

Where to Stay in Calvi
hotel la villa calvi

Hotel La Villa Calvi

This luxurious 5-star hotel located above Calvi offers a superb view of the park that dominates the bay and the city.

Rooms feature a bathroom with a bathtub and separate toilet, satellite TV, and wireless internet access.

Be sure to visit the hotel’s five swimming pools, including an elegant 25-meter swimming lane, surrounded by a large swimming pool to which the black stone gives a unique look. A children’s pool is also available on the site. Surrounded by the pool bar, it offers an impressive view of the bay of Calvi. The swimming pool located at La Nouvelle Demeure features a unique view of the citadel.

Experience the Mediterranean flavors in harmony with Corsica’s southern gastronomy at the hotel’s two restaurants and bars. Pamper yourself with the best spa services that offer live experiences of absolute well-being.


unique places to visit in france in 2024 Carcassonne

Explore extraordinary Carcassonne, a perfect medieval city with massive fortifications that dominate the surrounding countryside. Carcassonne is best known for having an entire city that is a castle. The largest walled city in Europe is best experienced on a walking tour to discover the ramparts, Saint Nazaire Basilica, and more. Visitors can experience the city as it was during Medieval times. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Carcassonne is a must in Southern France for history buffs.

Foodies will also enjoy Carcassonne. Be sure to try the duck foie gras terrines, foie secs (a traditional pork liver recipe), and even Languedoc-style snails. Don’t miss out on this unique place to visit in France in 2024.


cognac town

Located between the cities of Angoulème and Saintes, the town of Cognac overlooks the Charente River. Mainly built on the river’s left bank, the town is on one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela and is birthplace of the iconic Renaissance King François I. Enjoy a walking tour of the historic center where you can discover the charms of the old houses and the relationship between the city and the Renaissance King.

Today, Cognac is a must for sampling brandy styles wines. Let French Side Travel arrange a tour that includes a private visit and tasting at one of the world-renowned houses and also at a smaller, but just as talented, local producer. You’ll meet with a passionate winemaker who will explain the history of this unique double-distilled spirit. Of course, you’ll also taste the three different types of cognac: VS, VSOP, and XO. Youll even have the opportunity to create your own Cognac XO. What better way to savor the unique taste of Cognac, than to make it your own?


biarritz unique places to visit in france in 2024

Located close to the Spanish border, explore Biarritz and enjoy the best of France’s charm, history, and fabulous food scene. Architecture fanatics will love discovering the important and historic architecture, full of imperial villas and palaces from the 19th century.

Between the beaches, surf spots, golf courses, thalassotherapy centers, and gastronomy there is plenty to enjoy in Biarritz. One of the most beautiful beaches in Biarritz is the Grand Plage. Its strong waves made the beach so popular with surfers in the 1950s when this sport became popular in Europe. The Grand Plage is still considered to be one of the best surfing beaches in the world. Visitors can also explore the Plage du Vieux which is a small, sheltered beach on the Old Port of Biarritz. Thanks to its calm waters it’s perfect for families with children and is popular among locals.

Where to Stay in Biarritz
hotel du palais biarritz

Hotel du Palais

This luxurious five-star hotel and former imperial mansion overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is truly an elegant place to stay.

The hotel features 86 rooms and 56 suites, an Imperial SPA with sauna service, a fitness facility, and a cardio training facility. During your stay, kids can choose from a variety of entertaining activities at the Kid’s Club. Pets are also welcome.

This hotel’s excellent dining options offer an exquisite French culinary experience for guests to enjoy regional seafood and unique local products.

Nearby attractions include the Villa Belza, Rock of the Blessed Virgin, the Biarritz French Surf School, and the City of the Ocean. Hotel du Palais is the perfect destination for those searching for one-of-a-kind and unforgettable memories.

French Side Travel thanks you for your support in 2023 and sends our Meilleurs Voeux (best wishes) for 2024. We hope this list of unique places to visit in France in 2024 inspires future travel. We would love to help you plan a dream trip to France this year with a custom itinerary that includes stops in any or all of these destinations. Get in touch with a travel designer today to start the planning process!

Top France Travel Destinations in 2023

With the arrival of 2023, now is the time to start thinking about and planning a trip to France. Our travel designers have already been hard at work planning fabulous tailor-made trips throughout France for this year. We’re sharing some of the top France travel destinations in 2023 that we hope will inspire you. Read on to discover more about Normandy, Paris, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, the South of France and more.

Top France Travel Destinations in 2023


top france travel destination 2022 normandy honfleur

Not far from Paris, there’s a reason why Normandy is consistently a top France travel destination. All along the coast visitors can enjoy wonderful seafood in picturesque seaside towns. The interior of the region boasts fertile green pastures yielding delicious creamy cheeses, crisp ciders, and fiery Calvados apple brandy.

Travelers won’t want to miss the natural beauty of the dramatic cliffs and wild seaside, specifically the striking Étretat, charming towns by the water like Honfleur and Deauville, the emblematic Mont Saint-Michel, and the powerful D-Day landing beaches and memorials. On the way to or from Paris, a stop at Claude Monet’s Gardens in Giverny are always a favorite.


paris café

It’s hard to come to France and not make a stop in Paris. This bustling hub of art and culture is filled with iconic landmarks that include the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Whether it’s your first or 20th trip, you’ll want to spend at least a day wandering around the picturesque streets. Part of the charm of Paris is stopping along the way at quaint cafés and charming boutiques. Visit the masterpieces in the Musée du Louvre and Musée d’Orsay and don’t miss an interactive sound and light show at the Atelier des Lumières. An all-time favorite Paris activity is taking a boat ride down the Seine after the sun sets to take in the twinkling Eiffel Tower. Afterwards, you’ll truly understand why it’s called the City of Light!

There’s something for everyone in Paris, whether you’re interested in history, fashion, cooking, art, food and wine, architecture, art, and beyond!

pavillon faubourg saint germain

New Hotel Opening in Paris: Pavillon Faubourg Saint Germain

This newly renovated 5-star hotel, formerly a favorite place for artists in the 20th century, welcomes you with its warm and comfortable ambiance. Backed by strong history yet still modern, this is a perfect hotel for you to discover the city of light.

The rooms are elegantly designed in harmony with modernity. They are spacious, luxurious and perfectly equipped. Indulge in absolute relaxation and unwind in the lounge bar nestled near the beautiful stone fireplace. The hotel’s attached restaurant serves delicious brasserie dishes made from fresh and seasonal produce. Savor a plethora of culinary delights! Experience the ultimate in well-being and forget the hustle and bustle of the city with the wide range of spa services.

Loire Valley

château de villandry

For fabulous French castles, stunning scenery, and delicious wines don’t miss the Garden of France, located just a couple hours drive southwest of Paris. This area was a battleground during the Hundred Years War before becoming a retreat for French royalty in the 15th and 16th centuries. Châteaux (castles) span the entire region. Chenonceau, Chambord, and Amboise are the first châteaux that most visitors see, but many others are worthwhile (you can see French Side Travel’s Top 10 Loire Valley Châteaux here). Having access to a car is a must in this region. We recommend letting an expert driver/guide show you the ins and outs of the Loire Valley.

relais de chambord hotel

A Unique Stay in the Loire Valley: Relais de Chambord

Located in Chambord, a four minute walk from the château, this refined 4-star boutique hotel designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte is situated in an unrivaled location. With captivating views around almost every turn, you’ll get to know each spire of the castle’s famous rooftop skyline.

The stylish rooms are full of natural light. Every room is unique, so you will find each one slightly different in a charming and individual way. Some rooms offer a view of the Château de Chambord, while others overlook the Cosson River, Place Saint-Louis or the forest.


top france travel destination 2022 bordeaux arcachon

While it’s best-known for its fine wine, charming Bordeaux has a lot to offer beyond grapes and wine tastings. Its architecture, with spacious avenues and alluring classical facades, begs exploring. The city is low-key and friendly, with a fabulous food scene and great shopping. Try the canelés, a small rum and vanilla-flavored pastry with a caramel crust.

Wine-aficionados will come here to visit the world-famous châteaux in the countryside. Be sure to visit the tranquil Arcachon Bay, which emerged as a luxury retreat for Bordeaux’s rich in the 19th century. The elegant Belle Époque villas, rejuvenating spas, and expansive golden sandy beaches make it a favorite of the French. The largest sand dune in Europe, the Dune de Pilat, is an impressive site with even better views from the top. You can even visit an oyster farm to sample some of the best oysters in France!


top france travel destination 2022 provence

Provence of course makes the list of top travel destination in France for 2023. It oozes charm that most people only dream about. Nestled between sea and mountains, its striking colors range from azure sky to bright pastel facades and deep purple lavender fields to vibrant yellow sunflowers. In the summer cicadas melodically buzz in the background. Wine lovers can’t miss the powerful Côtes-du-Rhône reds and the refreshing Coteaux-d’Aix-en-Provence rosés. History buffs should make time to explore the exceptional Roman ruins and the Gothic Palais des Papes. Enjoy the relaxed pace of life with great weather, millennia of history, and a fantastic art scene.

villa la coste provence

Luxury, Art and Architecture in Provence: Villa La Coste

This Palace hotel set in the midst of the Provençal landscape, and in the heart of a biodynamic vineyard, is an international destination for art, architecture and natural beauty.

The property features 28 Villa Suites, surrounded by gardens, herbs and flowers. Each opens onto a spacious terrace offering expansive views over vines and valley. The hotel’s contemporary architecture embraces the natural setting with an emphasis on local materials. The close-to-nature philosophy runs through in each of the four contrasting restaurants, all of which feature organic produce.

The spa with its clean lines, natural stones and light wood conveys contemporary elegance in keeping with the spirit of the property. 100% natural treatments feature regional ingredients: think oils from Provençal plants and flowers, mineral salts, clays and more.

While book at this hotel with French Side Travel, enjoy a free guided walking tour of Art and Architecture path and wine tasting.

Côte d’Azur

top france travel destination 2022 cote d'azur

Further east, the glittering French Riviera is a Mediterranean paradise. The Riviera marries glamour with old-world charm. Bask in the bright sun and soak in the superb turquoise waters. Indulge in the Rivera’s flair for luxury. Michelin-starred restaurants, yacht rides, legendary nightlife, and Monaco’s Monte Carlo Casino await. This sparkling coastline from Cassis to Menton has long drawn celebrities and the jet-set crowd. The Côte d’Azur is a wonderful place to visit anytime of year, you can see French Side Travel’s guide to visiting the Nice area in the winter here.

French Side Travel thanks you for your support in 2022 and sends our Meilleurs Voeux (best wishes) for 2023. We hope this list of the top France travel destinations in 2023 inspires future travel. We would love to help you plan a dream trip to France this year with a custom itinerary that includes stops in any or all of these destinations. Get in touch with a travel designer today to start the planning process!

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