The French are well known for their decadent culture, incredible food (and wine!) and their love of romance. As far as honeymoon locations go, you can’t get much better. France has something for everyone – from tropical resort towns along their Mediterranean beaches to rolling hills and vineyards to towering, snowcapped mountains. And then, of course, there are its many famous cities.
Below is a list of 4 of the best cities in France to visit on a honeymoon, as well as information about each location, the best French hotels in each area, and main tourist attractions.
You can’t go to France without paying a visit to its capital city, Paris. Perhaps the most well-known city in all of France, Paris goes by a second name: The City of Love. The height of French culture, Paris is home to many famous hotels, restaurants, architectural features (the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower), churches (Sacre Coeur, Notre-Dame), and museums (the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay). The city also boasts stunning views of the river Seine.
If you’re looking for a place to stay, check out the Hotel Opera located in the 9th arrondissement (neighborhood) of Paris, a short distance from the Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame, and the Louvre.
Located in the central-southwest of France, Lyon is another great location for any honeymoon. Lyon is famous for being a city of art and artists. All along its streets and waterways, you will see any number of new or established pieces and exhibits. Lyon offers the variety of a city with the peace and charm of the countryside – the perfect place for a romantic getaway.
If you visit in December, you can catch Lyon’s famous Festival of Lights, a four-day celebration of art and light that shines so brightly, it can be seen from space. If you’re looking to indulge in a little luxury, consider staying in the Hotel Bayard-Bellecour or booking a dinner reservation on the famous Hermes Restaurant Boat.
You know about Bordeaux wine, but have you ever wondered where it comes from? Bordeaux is a port city located along the river Garonne in the southwest of France – deep in the heart of French wine country. Also known as the wine capital of the world, Bordeaux is home to the world’s best wine museum, countless wineries, and the best wine tours you’ll ever find anywhere.
If you’re going to stay in Bordeaux, check out the Saint-James hotel, which offers great views of the city and a Michelin-star restaurant right inside the building. Many couples also like to book private wine tastings or vineyard tours, during which you can enjoy the beautiful French countryside and each other’s company.
Located in the south of France in the sunny French Riviera, Saint-Tropez is a bustling port town with unparalleled beaches and a world-famous nightlife. Stars and celebrities have been known to frequent Saint-Tropez during their getaways, but anyone can enjoy the views and luxury that it has to offer. This includes countless gourmet restaurants, perfectly manicured beaches, open-air markets, charter yachts, and high-end hotels. It is also just a short drive away from other famous spots along the French Riviera, including the towns of Cannes and Marseille.
If you’re in the market to go big, check out the Hotel Byblos – a favorite of the rich and famous. For a more modest price, try checking out the Hotel Sube. If you’re feeling a little frisky, you can hit the notorious Tahiti Beach, where clothing is optional (or, for a more family-friendly beach, check out Bouillabaisse Beach).