5 Most Popular Places to Visit in France

As the world gathers to celebrate the pinnacle of sporting excellence at the 33rd Olympic Games, taking place in Paris between July 26th and August 11th, and the Paralympic Games, from August 28th to September 8th, the spotlight shines brightly on the host nation – France. 

Amidst what is sure to be an extraordinary sporting spectacle, there lies an opportunity to immerse oneself in the captivating allure, varied landscapes, and timeless charm of one of Europe’s standout stars. 

From the stylish, sun-kissed shores of the French Riviera to postcard-worthy Provence, there’s no shortage of reasons to prolong your stay and discover the many luxurious treasures that await in this enchanting country. 

1. Paris

As Audrey Hepburn said, ‘Paris is always a good idea,’ and those lucky enough to be attending an Olympic or Paralympic event are certainly in for a treat with this remarkable city. After an event, delight in haute cuisine at Michelin-starred restaurants or savor decadent pastries at quaint cafés on tree-lined streets. 

Explore outstanding museums such as the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay, or take in a performance at the Palais Garnier opera house. Marvel at iconic sites like the Eiffel Tower and stroll along the River Seine to admire the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral. 

Home to some of the world’s finest hotels, from the Hôtel Plaza Athénée to the Ritz Paris, you can expect service of the very highest standard. As a shopping mecca and the couture capital of the world, no trip to Paris could be complete without visiting its famed department stores and the elegant Champs-Élysées and Avenue Montaigne. 

2. Côte d’Azur

From high-end boutiques to golden beaches, the Côte d'Azur offers it all.


Known for its lavish hotels, golden sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and picture-perfect towns, the Côte d’Azur, otherwise known as the French Riviera, is a bastion of sophisticated glitz and glamour. A honeypot for well-heeled travelers, it promises to be an excellent spot to relax and indulge in the finer things in life after the excitement of the Games. 

When you aren’t unwinding at one of the area’s revered hotels, which includes the likes of Grand-Hôtel Du Cap-Ferrat and Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, spend your sun-drenched days exploring the famously upscale coastal towns of Nice, Cannes, Antibes, and Saint Tropez, or venture to scenic spots like Eze or Menton. 

Golf at prestigious courses, shop high-end boutiques, relax on pristine private beaches, or embark on a yacht charter to secluded coves and hidden coastal gems. The culinary scene is exquisite, offering everything from Michelin-starred eateries to traditional bistros, as well as nightlife and a choice of exclusive beach clubs. 

3. Provence

Fields of lavender in Provence

With its idyllic countryside, charming villages, rolling vineyards, and rich cultural heritage, Provence beckons travelers seeking tranquillity and refined luxury. Nestled in the South of France and bordering Côte d’Azur, Provence is an inland region featuring breathtaking views and magnificent landscapes, such as the Luberon Mountains, the Verdon Gorge, and the lavender fields of Plateau de Valensole. It has a serene beauty that words and photos don’t quite do justice.

Exploring its picturesque villages, towns, and cities, where time seems to stand still amid cobblestone streets and medieval architecture, is one of the highlights. Gordes, Saint-Rémy, Aix, Avignon, and Arles are among the dreamiest destinations to visit. 

Another must is a tour and tasting at one of the many esteemed vineyards. Here, you can sample renowned rosés and full-bodied reds while surrounded by stunning scenery. For relaxation, retreat to a soothing spa or soak up the splendor at hotels such as Villa Gallici, Château Saint-Martin, and Villa La Coste. 

4. French Alps

Lake Annecy in summertime

If the thrill of the Games has got you in the mood for adventure, then the French Alps offer a spectacular summer playground amidst the striking scenery of towering peaks, verdant valleys, and turquoise lakes.

From hiking and mountain biking along scenic trails to paragliding over pristine landscapes and white-water rafting on rushing rivers, there is an abundance of exhilarating activities to enjoy. Lake Annecy, nicknamed ‘Venice of the Alps,’ and the ever-popular resorts of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Morzine, Megève, and Courchevel all offer chic towns with fabulous amenities and a choice of divine restaurants, including some Michelin-starred mountainside delights.

Luxurious alpine spas and thermal baths provide the perfect place to unwind while enjoying the mesmerizing views. When it comes to hotels, top options include the sleek La Maison Bleue on the shore of Lake Annecy, the impeccable Four Seasons Hotel Mégeve, and the sumptuous Armancette Hôtel in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains. 

5. Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco aerial panoramic view. Monaco is a country on the French Riviera near France in Europe.While not actually in France, Monaco’s irresistible allure and proximity to the French Riviera make it impossible to omit. Home to a glittering superyacht-filled harbor, a host of iconic events, and vibrant streets lined with supercars, this small but mighty Principality is a magnet for elite travelers. 

Spend your days strolling the buzzy boardwalk around Port Hercule marina, chartering a yacht for a sunset cruise, or sipping champagne at one of the trendy cliffside clubs.

Hike the Tête de Chien trail for unbeatable views or soak up the sunshine from the blissful expanse of Thermes Marins Spa. The grandiose Monte Carlo Casino, where high-stakes games play out with a backdrop of ornate Belle Époque architecture and glamorous entertainment, is a must-visit.

As for accommodation, the emblematic Hôtel de Paris or the elegant Hotel Metropole will not disappoint. Visit between July 10th and August 22nd and enjoy Monaco’s ritzy Summer Festival and performances from world-renowned musicians. 

Fly to the 2024 Paris Olympics by Private Jet 

Fly by private jet charter to Paris this summer with Air Partner. Le Bourget Airport in Paris, dedicated exclusively to private jets and can accommodate aircraft of all sizes, will serve as your arrival point for the Games.

Wherever you choose as your onward destination, Air Partner’s extensive experience and strong industry relationships make us ideally placed to secure the perfect aircraft and airport slot for your needs, even during periods of high demand. 

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