France travel guide

The rebirth of Occitania, an ancient region in the South of France

The rebirth of Occitania, an ancient region in the South of France

Occitania has risen from the ashes. The ancient region is an area doused in heritage, its name long entwined with the old hamlets, towns and cities that stud its hills, and the intriguing language marking out many of its inhabitants.

Six of Lyon's best bistro-style 'bouchon' restaurants

The bouchon — a rustic restaurant serving hearty local fare — is a true symbol of Lyon. Loosen your belt and take in some of the city’s best.

Seven of France’s most beautiful camping spots

Camping in France is your ticket to the country’s wildest and remotest reaches: whether it be seal-spotting in the Baie de Somme, cycling along Brittany’s Atlantic coast and the château-lined banks of the Loire, or wreck-diving off Corsica’s east coast.

Six unique ways to embrace French culture

Whether you want to make your own perfume in Grasse, wander around royal châteaux in the Loire or dive into Alsace’s storybook villages, France enthralls with its one-of-a-kind culture.

Four of the best boutique hotels in Dijon

Modern boltholes are hidden behind historic facades in this French city, where hoteliers have a knack for creating stylish places to stay out of creaking 15th-century mansions and chic 1920 townhouses.

The best croissant in Paris: the journey to awarding one patisserie the prestigious title

Flaky, fluffy and golden, the perfect croissant is a thing of beauty, but not all made the cut at the Concours du Meilleur Croissant de Grand Paris 2021. We take a look behind the scenes of a very French competition.

Four extravagant stays in the Loire Valley, France

Revamped palaces and arty treehouses await in France’s bucolic chateau country.

The pastis of Provence: the revival of the aniseed aperitif

In the south of France, in and around the city of Marseille, a new generation of artisanal distillers are breathing fresh life — and flavours — into the region’s beloved aniseed aperitif.

How to experience the best of Paris at home

Whether it’s listening to suburban hip-hop or baking bread under the tutelage of a master baker, there’s a raft of ways to enjoy the French capital without crossing the Channel.

A culinary guide to Alsace, France

Tucked up against the German border, France’s once-contested region has been shaped by centuries of upheaval. Today, chefs and winemakers alike are celebrating a legacy of culinary diversity.

A portrait of pastoral life in France's Central Pyrenees

A week in the Central Pyrenees, tucked in the south west corner of France’s Occitania region, reveals a pastoral life little changed in centuries. Here, among medieval market towns and lush valleys, the past’s thread snakes its way through the present.

Notes from an author: Jini Reddy on hearing nature’s voice in the French Pyrenees

Can slowing down and listening to the natural world allow us to really hear it — ghostly whispers and all?

A taste of France in six drinks

Every part of France boasts its own alcoholic speciality, from the pastis of Provence to Burgundy’s crème de cassis and Normandy's apple brandy, calvados. Here’s our pick of the country’s top tipples.

The ultimate hotel guide to Saint-Tropez

High-end hideaways, chic townhouses and plush hotels hidden in the pines — it’s all here in the Côte d’Azur’s ritziest resort.

How to spend a weekend in Angers in the Loire Valley

Warm days on the edge of France’s Loire Valley are for getting outside — explore the city’s mighty chateau, cycle along the waterfronts and experience live music  at its distinctive riverside bars.

Notes from an author: Elaine Sciolino on Paris

Tales abound in the City of Light, though one of its greatest secrets isn't in the metropolis at all. Follow the Seine straight to the source to reveal one of the French capital's forgotten histories.

Vive Lyon: how the grand dame of French cuisine is looking to the future

Lyon has a culinary reputation like no other. But the launch of an ambitious new gastronomic attraction in one of its most famous old buildings is just one of several eye-catching ways in which the city is sprucing up its menu.

Explore Nat Geo

  • Animals
  • Environment
  • History & Culture
  • Science
  • Travel
  • Photography
  • Space
  • Adventure
  • Video

About us


  • Magazines
  • Newsletter
  • Disney+

Follow us

Copyright © 1996-2015 National Geographic Society. Copyright © 2015-2016 National Geographic Partners, LLC. All rights reserved