The self-confessed city of romance, Paris has much more to offer than the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Although these classic landmarks are must-see photo opportunity for first-time visitors, a slightly closer look will reveal plenty of lesser-known delights too.
The landmarks of Paris are broadly familiar to most of the Western world, but less is made of its stunning parks and landscaped greenery. Jardin du Luxembourg is an oasis of calm within the hectic city, the perfect place to people-watch and admire the classic Parisian fashion sense of natives as they walk their dogs. Stop off at the Musée du Louvre to gaze upon some of the world's most esteemed art, or take things easy on a cruise tour along the Seine. If romance is firmly on the cards, a stroll along St Martin Canal is guaranteed to seal a proposal. Shrouded in beautiful trees that conceal a wide variety of hip bistros, the atmosphere is intimate but fun-spirited.
With short flight times and incredible family-friendly attractions, Paris is an ideal city break choice with children.
Rub shoulders with your favourite fairytale characters at Disneyland, one of Europe's greatest experiences for children of all ages. Head to the National History Museum for a lesson in nature and evolution, it's also home to Ménagerie, the oldest public zoo in the world. Or for the more futuristic, find your way around the interactive themed gardens of Parc de la Villette, filled with mirrors, mists and acrobatics. Equally as enchanting is the Pompidou Centre - a building which is essentially inside out, take the escalators (on the outside) to enjoy a great view of the city before heading inside to the modern art gallery.
Paris is just the start; head out of the city to discover more of France's jewels. Start with the intricate and beautiful Château de Chambord, steeped in over 500 years of history. There are 440 rooms to explore and a spellbinding double helix staircase sure to keep your wanderlust at bay.
Surrounding the breathtaking castle you'll find gorgeous parks and enchanted woods just waiting to be explored. Its beauty stretches 5,440 hectares - as vast as inner Paris - which is conveniently just a couple of hours away.
An underrated classic, Bergerac is a destination that promises a relaxed environment in which to enjoy fine French foods and wine. Learn to craft your own exquisite chocolates, or take an outdoor adventure tour of the city's many grand castles.
Nestled at the foot of the French Alps, in Grenoble you can embark on the action-packed outdoor adventure of your choice, whether it's skiing, snowboarding or simply admiring the mountain views.
Brimming with awe-inspiring churches, gardens and enough historical sites to thrill culture lovers, Limoges is place built on craftsmanship. There'll be plenty to do for even the most active families too just a couple of hours away.
Home to the French Riviera, Nice is the ideal location for almost every holidaymaker, whether you desire a romantic retreat, golfing getaway or a spontaneous luxury jaunt. Sun Seekers will adore the spotless beaches, while culture vultures can lose themselves for hours in the countless art and history-laden museums.