Are you thinking of making a trip to France by car and do not know where to start? It’s that all roads of this beautiful country are wonderful! Travel by listening to Charles Aznavour or Carla Bruni, eating a baguette or croissant (be careful if you are driving) and enjoy the best 5 routes in France to make by car.
When we think about making a road trip through France we come to the imagination rural roads and small towns, lost on the map and where nature is the protagonist. And that’s exactly what you’ll find on your journey!
Do not hesitate to make stops for a typical picnic which of course includes French wine, but you must avoid if you’re the one who leads and keeps going for some of these incredible routes … Oh, that is! It’s incredible!
1. From Montpellier to Nice
You can choose between two routes to reach their destination. The first alternative is through Provence and the other always with the coast as a company. What a difficult choice! Since the journey is something extensive to do in just one day, choose to sleep in Arles and in Marseille.
Unmissable places in this route:
- Aigues-Mortes is a walled village facing the sea.
- Camargue: with extensive vineyards and home to some famous wild horses.
- Aix-en-Province: perfect for enjoying a few hours of the beach.
- Cassis: You cannot miss trying their liquor and beautiful city.
- Tropez and Cannes: not only for movie lovers but also for partying and glamor.
- Monte Carlo: its great casino not to be missed!
- Grasse: is the perfume capital of the world. Do not wait for airport duty-free!
2. From Avignon to Provence
Would you like to go to know the famous bridge of the children’s song that surely you have sung until the fatigue? This is your route then. South of France you expect a lot of adventures, landscapes and villages highlights:
Arles, Avignon and Salon de Provence: this spectacular triangle has many vineyards that you can walk on foot.
Pont Du Gard: an ideal place for a picnic and to stroll through the facilities of a large park.
Les-Baux-de-Provence: between Arles and Avignon, a beautiful village on top of a hill.
Orange: soothe yourself with the beautiful lavender plantations and enjoy its aroma!
3. From Bricks to Booze and Beaches
This road trip covers the southwestern part of the country. There you can pass important places such as Toulouse, Bordeaux, and Biarritz. Also, do not miss:
Cote d’Argent is the longest beach in Europe and popular with surfers.
Lourdes: destination is chosen by the devotees of the Virgin, who made almost 20 apparitions to Bernadette Soubirous.
4. From Paris to Chartres, Le Mans, Rennes, Caen, and Rouen
Back to the French capital! Are you looking for a truly unforgettable trip along the routes of this beautiful country? Then this is one of the best options at your disposal. Rent a car in Paris, through beautiful landscapes and learn about culture and history:
Chartres: The Cathedral and the St. Aignan Church are the must-sees. Do not forget to eat a typical meatloaf.
Le Mans: Known for hosting the French Grand Prix. Take a tour of the Circuit de la Sarthe!
Rennes: with its houses made of wood, a beautiful postcard of a spectacular journey.
Caen: The beaches of Normandy and the Memorial to the Fallen in Caen are among the main attractions.
Rouen: with its cathedral painted nothing less than by Monet and near the River Seine. Special to finish a magical journey.
5. From the Alps to the French Riviera
It is the same route followed by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1815 as he returned from the Island of Elba. It covers an area of 325 kilometers and you will discover more than pretty villages, plus a part of the history of France. Some of the “must have” stops are:
- La Mure
- Vallier de Thiey
Have you already prepared the GPS and the travel kit? Feel free to follow any of these beautiful routes through France by car. You will enjoy incredible landscapes and cities full of history.