France Beyond Paris
First, I want you to imagine Bordeaux – not the wine, nice as it is, but the city. Bordeaux is not a backwater idyll nestling between rolling hills and vineyards, far from it. The city has a vibrant cafe culture and a night-life that stands up to any other bustling city. And, let’s face it, any town that offers Vinothérapie, or wine spas, has to be top of the bucket list!
Next, Lyon. Founded by the Romans, this city is still filled with their legacy. Add to that the fact that the Romans knew how to party, and you also have some of the best night-life in the region. The city also has a reputation as a centre for all things gastronomic, so you can eat some of the best food around in between all those trips to the clubs.
Lastly, I want to concentrate on the region of Provence, not just because you will find some of the best food in the world here, but also because it is filled with wonderful cities, cities that like to party as fast and hard as any other in Europe. Take Nice for starters. Nestled on the coast, and not that far from Monte Carlo, Nice is a vibrant city and France’s largest tourist destination.
Nestled on the Mediterranean, this city has an annual carnival, more shops than you can shake a credit card at, pretty little streets filled with cafes and bistros and, of course, as much night life as you care to enjoy.
There is one city in Provence that has been called the ‘meeting place of the world’, it is, of course, Marseilles. And any city with a reputation like that is going to take care of all your holiday needs. From mountain climbing to cruising (on a boat, naturally) this city has something for everyone. In fact, I would go as far as to say that Marseilles is worthy of a holiday all on its own.
So, a very quick run through of some French cities you may not have considered as party towns. Get over there, the parties don’t stop just because the season changes. France is an all year round destination with more than enough going on to keep you happy and excited. Why not check out some of the great offers available at the moment for getting to France. Momondo.com, for example, is offering some good savings on airfares at the moment.