Blooming landscapes and a burst of activity from festivals and other events give a new lease of life to picturesque pockets of France when spring arrives. Paris is a popular destination at this optimistic time of year – blossom brings a flush of pink to tree-lined streets, squares and, most impressively, green spaces like the Jardins du Trocadéro and Paris’s Jardin des Plantes. Celebrations take place around the Easter period at religious sites such as the Basilique du Sacré Coeur, and in the spirit of this time, Paris’s chocolatiers display ornate chocolate eggs in their shop windows – seek out the boutiques of renowned chocolatiers such as Patrick Roger. In Paris, stay at a legendary hotel like Ritz Paris or a new arrival like Cheval Blanc Paris.
Elsewhere in France, make the most of this exceptionally verdant time by touring the villages, orchards, vineyards and chateaux known for their spectacular landscaped gardens across the Loire Valley where the International Garden Festival, opening each year in April, takes place at Château de Chaumont-sur-Loire.