The Best French Destinations for Romantic Breaks
There is simply no better place in the world for a romantic break than France. It’s got some stunning beach resorts, charming cities and wonderful countryside destinations so whether you’re on a honeymoon or just want a special break with your loved one, France will not dissapoint.
Romantic Breaks in France
The first and most obvious would be a trip to Paris, the City of Lights. There are many attractions to visit in the city but the most popular would the Eiffel Tower, a great place to go for a romantic dinner in the rotating restaurant but this can be pricey (e.g. 200 for dinner) and you can be queuing for a long time.
Some other places to visit include the Arc de Triomphe, the fee is only 9 and the view is definitely worth it; Notre Dame, access to the observation deck is just 7 or 8 euro though there is no elevator so you will have to climb the 387 steps yourself; or the Tour Montparnasse, the tower is not the most beautiful building ever constructed but the view from the observation deck is probably the finest in the city.
If heights aren’t your thing then another very romantic place is on one of the bridges over the River Seine. These are very popular with lovers who are strolling through the old world streets of Paris.
Getting to the city is not difficult as most international airlines fly into Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) or Orly International Airport (ORY); both of which are located just outside the city with easy access into the city.
One of the other very popular destinations in France is the Loire Valley. The valley has a very high concentration of Chateaus, some of which have been converted into hotels which are ideal for a romantic getaway. Some of the most notable castles to visit include Château d’Amboise, a popular royal residence in the early 16th century was it is also the final resting place of Leonardo da Vinci; Château de Villandry, which has some of the most exquisite gardens; Château de Chenonceau, Henry II gave the castle to his mistress, Diane de Poitiers, because she enjoyed the view; and the Château de Chambord, this is the largest and most recognisable castle in the Loire Valley and to think it was originally built to be a simple hunting lodge for François I!
The main city of the Loire Valley would be the city of Tours, though there are bigger cities such as Nantes and Angers, Tours is the most convenient to most of the castles of the area.
Another romantic destination in France would be Saint Paul de Vence in Provence. This village is located just outside the city of Nice. There isn’t much in the village that could be described as a tourist attraction though there are a number of art galleries and the fortified walls; the village itself is both quaint and charming, making it the perfect setting for ye to concentrate on each other.
To get to this romantic haven, you will want to fly into Nice and get a car from there to Saint Paul. While you have the car you could perhaps go for day trips to Monaco or some other areas of the French Riviera.
Montségur is a great romantic break destination for the outdoors types who would prefer to break out into the countryside rather than stay within a city. While at the town you can climb the Pog Mountain which though a tough climb has an exquisite reward at the top. At the peak you will find one of the Cathars last strongholds. The ruins of the castle offer a commanding view over the surrounding countryside.
This town is located in the Ariège department, which is close to the Spanish border and Andorra. To get there you will want to fly into Toulouse and then get a car to Montségur.
Many of the romantic hidden gems of France are located away from the big cities (with the notable exception of Paris). So getting a rental car is highly recommended and it also gives you the opportunity to explore the beautiful French countryside. So if you want to see all our options, take a look at our car hire France page.
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