If you’re staying in France, it isn’t difficult to find things to do. The country is full of inspiration, places to see, things to do and food to eat. If you do find yourself short of inspiration, here are some of the best things to do while you’re in a French gite.
1. Eat at Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower
Le Jules Verne is a Michelin-starred restaurant on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. You’ll have to book in advance but the restaurant has one of the best views anywhere in the world and the food is pretty good too.
Follow it with a leisurely ascent of the tower to enjoy unrivalled views of the French capital.
2. Lose yourself in the Louvre
While you’re in Paris, no visit would be complete without visiting the Louvre. It’s another cultural hotspot that houses the Mona Lisa and other priceless art and artifacts from across time.
It’s a real mix of Green, Roman, Egyptian and European displays that will take much more than just a day to enjoy.
3. Visit Versailles
Versailles has to be one of the most sumptuous palaces anywhere in France. Located just outside Paris, the Palace of the Sun King has to be seen to be believed. If the palace is closed, the gardens are equally worth visiting and will take up almost as much time as the palace itself.
4. Go crazy at Disneyland Paris
If you have kids, or are a big kid, a visit to Disneyland Paris is just the thing to raise your spirits and make you forget about the world for a while. Enjoy Europe’s largest theme park and soak up the fantasy and fun as you wander around the extensive entertainments.
It’s definitely worth booking in advance but is also well worth the effort.
5. Experience amazing food in Lyon
Moving away from Paris, Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France. It’s a city full of restaurants (bouchons) serving high quality food crossing all cuisines, food types and tastes.
There is literally something here for everyone and we defy you not to find something that renders you speechless.
6. Celeb spot in Cannes
The Cannes Film Festival is held every May and is home to hundreds of movie stars and celebs wanting to see and be seen. While it’s unlikely you can get a hotel in town, you could drive or get the train from your gite and enjoy a week of glitz and glamour at a much lower cost than anyone else will be paying!
7. Mount Mont Saint Michel
As long as you time the tides right, you should definitely visit Mont Saint Michel. It is one of the most popular attractions in France and is amazing to behold. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it should be!
You can see Mont Saint Michel from miles away but it’s only when you get close that the majesty and architecture really make themselves known!
8. Go skiing in Chamonix
If you’re lucky enough to be able to book a gite within a short drive of Chamonix in ski season, you’re lucky indeed! It’s an amazing place to visit any time of year but especially when the snow is here.
See Mont Blanc in all its glory and explore idyllic alpine villages, drink hot chocolate by the fire and you’ll never look back!
9. Relax while exploring Provence
Provence is like going back in time but in a good way. It’s quiet, quaint, charming and everything you expect rural France to be. There are dozens of medieval villages to explore, art to inspect, food to taste and amazing gites to stay in.
Provence is one of our favourite regions of France and there are some very high quality gites to choose from here.
10. Bike around Bordeaux
No, not Tour De France style, more a leisurely cruise around some of the most beautiful country you will ever see. There are hundreds of miles of bike paths, quiet roads, lovely towns and villages and a huge selection of gastronomic delights around Bordeaux and we think you would love them all!