What is there to say about France that hasn't already been expressed through centuries of art, wine, cuisine, and groundbreaking philosophical thought? It's one of the oldest nations on the globe, one of the most important in the Western world, and the most visited of all with more than 84 million foreign sightseers each year. It's an epicenter of history and culture, a way of life to be admired, and an experience you'll always remember with one of our France vacation rentals.
As the largest country in Western Europe, France has roughly hexagonal borders that touch Germany, Switzerland, and Italy in the east, Spain and Andorra in the south, and Belgium and Luxembourg in the north. The country's 2,130-mile coastline traces the sun-splashed shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the narrow English Channel, and the rugged Bay of Biscay to the west.
Whether you travel by air, rail, or Chunnel, you'll find the heart of France on the sidewalks of Paris, a city that has inspired artists and writers for centuries. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower or visit the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, and L'Orangerie to see Renaissance and Impressionist masterpieces. Wander the banks of the Seine with a warm baguette in hand, and take in the beauty of the City of Light with a stroll through Luxembourg Gardens.
Spend a day or two outside Paris at the Palace of Versailles, tracing the footsteps of Louis XIV, or head south to the Loire Valley to discover a vast UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its gracious châteaux.
Explore the northern reaches of France on the quiet shores of Brittany, marveling at the island monastery of Mont Saint-Michel at the Breton border. And in Normandy to the east, there are few more moving experiences than standing atop the bluffs of Utah and Omaha Beaches - the site of the Allied D-Day invasion that changed the course of World War II.
If sunshine is what you seek, head south to bask in the warmth and glamor of the Côte d'Azur on the Mediterranean Sea. Mingle with celebrities in Saint-Tropez, Cannes, and Cap d'Antibes, discover a postcard-perfect beach in Villefranche-sur-Mer, or catch the legendary Grand Prix in the Principality of Monaco. You'll also be within an easy distance of Provence, the southern pastoral region known for its farm markets, fields of lavender, and charming towns from Avignon to Arles.
Head west to explore the vineyards and vibrant city streets of Bordeaux, leaving time for a coastal escape to Biarritz. To the east in Lyon, you'll find a sophisticated collection of museums and restaurants on the shores of the Rhône and Saône Rivers.
Discover tastes, sights, and a local lifestyle you'll want to emulate for years to come - discover the charm and beauty of our France vacation rentals.
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