France is one of the few places that can be chic and rustic at the same time. A mix of upscale boutiques, relaxed cafés and chilled-out beaches, it has something for everyone.
Credited for both the Michelin Guide and the macaroon, France is proud of its culinary achievements. It’s here you’ll find many of the world’s best wine-producing regions too. The country also invented the baguette and turns out around 1,000 different types of cheese to go with it. No matter which part of France you choose, you’re guaranteed to not go hungry.
When to Go?
France is divided into 26 different regions - amongst these the weather conditions vary significantly. As you travel from north to south, from east to west you will find your self experiencing a smorgasbord of weather conditions - ranging from Continental to Oceanic, from Semi Continental to Mediterranean and Alpine.
Lille (Rijsel in Flemish) may be France's most underrated major city. In recent decades this
once-grimy industrial metropolis has transformed
itself into a self-confident cultural and commercial hub. Highlights for the
visitor include an attractive old town with a strong Flemish accent, three renowned art
museums, stylish shopping, some excellent dining options and a cutting-edge, student-driven
nightlife scene. The Lillois have a well-deserved reputation for friendliness
and they're so proud of being friendly that they often mention it!
Lille Metropole respects their commitments in terms of accessibility of buildings and transportation in order to
improve the comfort of people with reduced mobility.
The Lille Tourism Office offers guided tours every day on a minibus, accessible to people with reduced mobility.
The accessibility map of Lille city centre and main buildings (theatres, museums, operas, cinemas, libraries,
places of worship) is available in city halls and at the Tourism Office.
Most touristic areas of Lille Metropole are adapted to people with disabilities. Some
places even offer specific activities in order to make their visit a more enriching experience.
All natural spaces have been organized by the General Council so as to allow people with
disabilities to access them. Informations signs in Braille as well as wheelchair-friendly
pathways are available. At the doors of metropolitan Lille, you will find
La Voie Verte de la Plaine de la Scarpe (Scarpe Plains Greenway), a privileged site
for strolls and the discovery of nature! Lille is a self confident city on the rise.
Lyon claims to be the second tourist destination in France after Paris, and ahead of Nice or Strasbourg.
But in fact, maybe this is not too surprising. Lyon is France's second city, one of France's oldest cities, and is reputed as the gourmet capital of France.
And it now has a brand new museum which looks as if it may vie for celebrity with the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao. The new Confluences museum is a museum of science and anthropology, with plenty of interactive exhibits.
As a city break destination or a long weekend destination, Lyon has plenty to offer;
and what it has got to offer well makes up for what it has not got. The old city is
classed as a UNESCO World heritage site, there are plenty of places to see and
visit, and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the city's life and experiences, and
the many events that take place in Lyon during the year.
As the gastronomic capital of France, it is a city with a huge selection of good restaurants – not just its top-of-the-range Michelin starred eateries, but also its many good traditional bistrots and small city restaurants offering top quality food and local specialities at reasonable prices.
The city is one the the primary art and cultural centers on the European
continent. The louvre Museum is the most visited art museum in the world, and is home to the
Mona Lisa. Architectural marvels, including the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, the Sacre-Couer and
the Eiffel Tower draw large numbers of tourists year-round, but especially in the summer
months. Paris is filled with opportunities for wheelchair users to experience all that it has to offer.
Sidewalk pavements in most of Paris's neighborhoods or arrondissements are in a generally
good state of repair. The majority of sidewalks are smooth and are equipped with curb cuts.
Some sidewalks are paved with bricks or cobblestones, making them uneven. These are rare
along streets, but more common at some of the sights and attractions, including the
Sacré-Ceour Basilica and the Palace of Versailles. Intersections are equipped with curb cuts and lighted crossing indicators.
Most of the city’s popular attractions are wheelchair accessible to a large degree.
The public transportation system in Paris is steadily increasing in accessibility to wheelchair users. The best way to see Paris is by bus.
Nearly all of the city's buses are wheelchair accessible. Many of the on-street tram lines offer easy roll-on/roll-off access.
Paris has a large fleet of wheelchair accessible taxis that can generally be ordered on demand.
From the first blast of warm air as you step out of the airport, Nice fills the senses.
Walk along the Promenade des Anglais, visit the art galleries, or the beautiful churches to
escape the heat. Spend time at the hidden gem of Nice, Parc Phoenix, a haven of wildlife,
gardens and fountains. Take the short train ride to Villefranche and enjoy coffee or lunch in
one of the delightful cafés, feeding the fish at the water's edge. Or simply sit at a café in
Nice itself and enjoy this wonderful, busy, atmospheric place.
A famous location for religious pilgrimage in the South of France, Lourdes is much more than its holy history.Every year millions of believers head to the spot where Bernadette Soubirous experienced holy apparitions. For some the town signifies hope of a cure, a solution or help in times of trouble. For others, Lourdes is a bustling town packed with tourists. Either way, this is a must-go destination for everyone
A disabled city break of art and history, Orange is outstanding for its exceptional historical heritage.
Around the ancient Theater the busy life of the city centre is animated every Thursday morning by the great provencal market.
The city is dedicated to Art, the roman Theater in Orange thrills every summer when it welcomes the Choregies, a prestigious
Festival for Opera and lyrical Art, displaying quality shows.
Set in southeastern France’s Provence region on the Rhône River, Avignon charms visitors with its ancient streets, restored mediaeval ramparts and the immense Gothic architecture.
From 1309 to 1377, it was the seat of the Catholic popes. It remained under papal rule until becoming part of France in 1791, this legacy can be seen in the massive Palais des Papes (Popes' Palace) in the city center.
The annual Festival d'Avignon, a major arts festival, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors for theatre, dance, film and street performances.
Here at Disabled Access Holidays our devoted sales team, with over 15 years combined experience, will help you find and book your dream accessible holiday.
They will guide you through your options and will help you make the best decision based on your needs and what you are looking for. Each disabled holiday
is tailor made to the client so no two holidays are the same.