French cuisine is a very good reason for crossing the Channel, but there’s so much more to France than wine and cheese (yes, really).
If you do take a trip to France, don’t forget you can share your #holidayspam with Feel At Home on Three. Because when you travel to France (and 17 other destinations) you can use your phone allowance like you would in the UK to call and text back home, and get online, all at no extra cost. That means lots of selfies, status updates and calls back home - without worrying about data roaming.
So what should you be snapping when you’re there? Here’s a rundown of some of the best things to do in France, along with some great photos of each, via Instagram:
Climb the Eiffel Tower.
The capital’s iconic tower was built by Gustave Eiffel as the entrance arch for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889. Since its construction more than 200,000,000 people have visited, making it the most visited paid tourist attraction in the world. Don’t forget to take a selfie at the top.
Marvel at the Lovre.
Don’t even think about leaving Paris before you’ve seen the Lourve.
It’s not only one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, it’s also one of the largest too. This 13th Century building has awe-inspiring architecture and magnificent artefacts inside that are not to be missed.
Sunbathe in St Tropez.
Experience how the other half live in this picturesque village located in the French Riviera. St Tropez has been dubbed the playground of the jetset, fashion models, and millionaires. When you’ve finished celeb-spotting you can sample the delights that have lured artists, writers and film makers to this beauty spot.
Watch the Tour De France.
Attracting cyclists from all over the world, Le Tour De France is the largest bike race event in the world, and is regarded by athletes as one of the toughest challenges. Every year sees excitement and gruelling physical exertion – so why not witness it all from the side-lines? This year it starts on Saturday 4 July.
Ski in the French Alps.
The French Alps are one of the best places for skiing in the world. There are some gorgeous places to stay and loads of slopes to choose from. And if you don’t like skiing, there are plenty of other activities to get stuck into off-piste, so you won’t feel left out.
Visit the Notre Dame.
At the risk of sounding like an architectural bore, this is another must-see building (there are loads of them in France). The Notre Dame is easily one of the most famous churches in the world; you have the history, the myths and even a Disney film. It’s a stunning sight when you’re there in person.
Disneyland Paris has really taken off in the past decade. The theme park is fun for kids of all ages (including you big kids). Terrify yourselves with rollercoasters, have photos taken with your favourite characters and be entertained in that magical Disney way.
Experience the Moulin Rouge.
You’ve probably seen the Baz Luhrmann film of the same name, but if you haven’t, the Moulin Rouge is a famous cabaret theatre which gave the Can-Can dance its origin many years ago. This famous nightclub - founded in 1889 - specialises in risqué material and burlesque-style outfits. It’s an unmissable night out.
Sunbathe on a secluded beach.
The picturesque and secluded island of Porquerolles lies between Cannes and Marseille, just off the French Riviera. The pearl-white sand and peacock green-blue sea make for a beautiful sunbathing setting, plus the island is so small, you can walk around it in just a few hours.
Visit the vineyards.
The Alsace is one of the most enchanting wine regions of France, and the famous Alsace Wine Route winds its way from north to south for more than 106 miles. Discover vine-lined hills and wine-producing villages, and taste famous Alsace wines made by some of the world’s most passionate wine makers. Chin Chin.