12 Beautiful Places to Honeymoon in France
There is no other country that bespeaks romance as beautifully as France does. The lovely weather, quaint architecture, stunning landscape and a culture that is just as mesmerising, it is a perfect destination for couples to go to. More so, if it's for a honeymoon. Of course, cities like Paris are an obvious choice when we think about it, but there are other gems too that offer an equally indulging experience.
If you are one of those newlyweds that are planning a honeymoon in France soon, check out 12 Beautiful Places to Honeymoon in France. Every place from this list is unique in its own right and depending on what kind of duo you are, you can choose one that suits you the best!
1. Paris - The Epitome of Classic Romance
I mean, come on. It’s Paris where walking anywhere feels like a romantic stroll, you can splurge on a hotel and be treated like royalty, and intimate meals over candlelight are a dime a dozen. It’s also easy to navigate and very visitor-friendly, so you’ll feel like everything’s been taken care of for you. And if it’s your first time, you can spend a couple of days on some side trips from Paris to make it feel like two vacations in one.
2. Nice - For the Beach Honeymoon
Nice, the capital of the French Riviera, is beautifully curved round the Bay of Angels, desirable and as lively as you like. Its reputation for glamour is enhanced by an equal reputation for top-end scandal. The clearest-possible light spangles the Mediterranean to create a setting for sybarites, and shadows for well-dressed decadence. You could spend an entire trip just wandering along the Bay. But you'll also need to see Nice Old Town, where the real Niois re-colonise their city, hosting the south's finest flower market on the Cours Saleya. This is a glorious, and playful, slice of urban greensward. And it’s bewitching at pretty much any time of year.
3. Marseille - Blast of History and Culture
One of the top honeymoon destinations in Europe, Marseille can be reached in a 3-hour train ride from Paris. This enchanting port city brimming with history and multicultural urbanites is ideal for newlyweds to spend memorable time. A romantic stroll in the Parisian Boulevards is highly recommended for newlyweds. If you happen to be here by the end of June you can take part in two famous festivals of the city- La Fte Bleue (The Blue Festival) and La Fte du Panier. Watch the sunset at Vieux Port with your spouse or visit to the Notre Dame de la Garde which would be an experience that you’d like to add to your honeymoon album.
4. Lyon - Romance in the Mountains
A gourmet slant is inevitable in a weekend itinerary in Lyon, with the healthy sprinkling of Michelin-starred restaurants and streets packed with the traditional Lyonnais bouchons, their red-and-white checked tabletops groaning with dishes of offal, Quenelles de brochet and unctuous St Marcellin cheeses. Old Lyon, a Unesco world heritage site, lies between the hills of Fourvire and Croix-Rousse, its narrow streets punctuated with characteristic passageways that were used by the silk merchants to transport their products years ago. Today, though, a new chapter is in the making, with Lyon gleaming from renovations and urban remodelling.
5. Bordeaux - Tchin-tchin Over Fine Wine
Visit Bordeaux to stroll the most graceful streets in France, eat well, drink better and then have the liveliest possible time in a city in touch with its Latin side. This remains the world HQ of wine and chteau-owning folk. But there’s also a cracking museum of modern art next door, tapas bars up the road and fusion food in the restaurants. And there are few more graceful urban sights in France than the miroir-d'eau reflecting the splendid Palais-de-la-Bourse. Welcome, in short, to the Bordeaux nouveau. It offers the ancient dignity but with added zest and fruitiness. For immediate drinking.
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6. Corsica - French Island for Honeymoon
Corsica resembles a miniature continent, with astounding geographical diversity. Within half an hour, the landscape morphs from glittering bays, glitzy coastal cities and fabulous beaches to saw tooth peaks, breathtaking valleys, dense forests and enigmatic hilltop villages. Holidays in Corsica will therefore be incredibly varied: from hiking and canyoning to working your tan, enjoying a leisurely cruise, delving into the island’s rich history and sampling local specialties. Though Corsica has officially been part of France for more than 200 years, it feels different from the mainland in everything from customs and cuisine to language and character, and that’s part of its appeal. Locals love talking about their Corsican identity so plenty of engaging evenings await, especially if the holy trilogy of food, wine and melodious Corsican music are involved.
7. Loire Valley - For the Grandeur of Chateaus
If you love a road trip, then the Loire Valley is your honeymoon. Grab a rental car in Paris and head a bit south to visit historic Chteaux, gardens, vineyards, and basically live your fantasy life for a couple of weeks. Loire Valley is known as the birthplace of the French language we stumble through speaking today. The area is particularly popular with visitors who come to see the chteaux; more than 300 of them are now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Once fortifications or royal residences, now few castles are open for the public. Some were turned into hotels, while others serve as homes. Even a drive through the valley offers incredible sights, especially in the fall.
8. Annecy in Rhone-Alpes - The Historic Resort Town
South of Lake Geneva in eastern France, Annecy has its own lakeside setting and it's one of the most beautiful resort towns in the French Alps. Annecy has a glorious historic center full of old buildings and monuments. It's an area of passageways and streets crisscrossed by the little branches of the Canal du Thio. Standing apart and unmissable, the Palais de l’Ile sits between two bridges, in the middle of the Canal. It’s a lovely building that has been royal court and prison, most notably during World War II when French Resistance fighters were incarcerated here, leaving their signatures scratched onto the walls. Dominating the town is the chteau that once housed the great families of Genevois counts and the Dukes of Nemours.
9. Carcassonne in Southern Languedoc - The Medieval Town for Fairytales!
From a distance, the cité of Carcassonne looks as if it recently landed on its hilltop fresh from a starring role in a medieval myth. The arrangement of ramparts, pointy-roofed towers and bulky buildings is almost Disney-perfect. The mind’s eye can’t help filling in the knights, damsels-in-distress and a dragon or two. Up close, though, the prospect is real enough. The 52 towers and monumental walls battled their way through the Middle Ages. The Carcassonnais make the most of this world-class site. The old stones throb with multi-coloured gift shops and more eateries than you could get round in a month of lunchtimes.
10. Aix-en-Provence - For Castles & Fountains
If you don’t instantly dream of running in lavender fields because you are more of a urban person (who would like to avoid mosquitoes), you should head to Aix-en-Provence, in the south of France. This sweet town is speckled with fountains and little squares full of restaurants happy to welcome you to quench your thirst of the hottest summer days.According to leading travel guides, the uo;Aix” main street is one of the most stunningly beautiful in all of Europe and perhaps the world. This city features lots of top museums, shops, churches and engrossing places to enjoy a walk about while simply enjoying the sheer beauty and relaxation of France.
11. The town of Mont Saint-Michel - Of Seas and Valleys
If you want to be fully engrossed in the natural beauty of France, then a must see place is the famed city that is the Mont Saint-Michel Abbey in the Normandy region. There are plenty of great restaurants, stores and places to climb and enjoy dynamic views of the landscape and ocean that surround Mont Saint-Michel. If you ever get tired of the bustling city, you can always escape to the calanques, idyllic steep-sided valleys that have been partially submerged by a rise in sea level.
12. Riquewihr - Beauty and the beast!
Who can resist such a charming village squeezed in the east of France. They say it’s the very village that inspired the setting for Beauty and the Beast. Wander down the many alleys among the half-timbered houses from the 15th and 18th centuries, and let your eyes be amazed by the colors surrounding you. Legend has it that in the past, shops in Riquewihr had to be painted differently according to your profession (baker, seamstress, butcher, and so on). Well, now isn’t this is a perfect place for a honeymoon then?
So here were our picks for the best honeymoon destinations in France. Hope it has helped you on deciding places which you might want to go for. Comment below and let us know!
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