France is one of the world's top tourist destinations offering something for everyone, catering to all tastes and budgets. Couples, groups, families and singles all make their way to France to relax, shop, ski, sightsee or try an amusement park. Paris is a popular destination with couples as many find it romantic. There are many sights to see and depending on the time of year you go, you can either go skiing or relax on a beach. Some of Europe's best beaches can be found in France, with soft white sands that lead down into the water. The beaches are all clean and child-friendly making them the perfect place for families to spend the day relaxing. Half-board, full-board, room only and self-catering are all offered in many hotels in France that are rated from 1-5-stars.
The most obvious activity in France is Disneyland Paris. This is brilliant for families and couples, with plenty of rides to try and Disney characters to get photos with. There are also a number of museums all over France that allow you to see more of the history and culture of the country and the different areas within it. Diving in France is extremely popular, and whether you are experienced or a complete beginner, you are invited to give it a try. During the summer, the crystal clear waters can reach 25°C. You can swim among shipwrecks, look at coral reefs and see the variety of marine life around there. Horse-riding is a popular activity among the mountain paths and along the beaches. There are over 50 peaks exceeding 2000m which is why rock climbing is fast becoming more popular in the country. Skiing is good in some resorts during the winter months, as is snowboarding.
The French cuisine is fascinating to some, however it is not to everyone's tastes. Therefore you will also find some more familiar cuisine in some restaurants. Wine is the most popular drink in France and there are many vineyards, meaning many different wines to choose from. Paris, Lyon and Marseille all have a lively nightlife, with nightclubs, bars and cafés all staying open late into the night. Many nightclubs stay open until 5am, giving you plenty of time to dance the night away. There are also a number of theatres showing cabaret and light-comedy shows for your enjoyment. When it comes to shopping you will find something for everyone in France. There are crafts, clothing, shoes, bags, jewellery, souvenirs, textiles and markets everywhere as well as as few department stores.
France has typical Mediterranean style weather, with hot summers and mild winters. July and August are the warmest months in France with temperatures reaching 30°C. You will also get around 11-12 hours of sunshine a day. April and May still see temperatures of around 20°C and 7-8 hours of sunshine a day. December and January are the coldest months in France, however temperatures rarely drop below 14°C and you still receive 5 hours of sunshine a day. The only time you will see colder temperatures are in the ski resorts.