What could be more fun than (re)discovering a city on a romantic trip? In Biarritz, Lyon, Versailles, Marseille, Toulouse or Paris, you’re guaranteed to have a wonderful time… especially if the best luxury AccorHotels are part of the picture.
Soak up the colours of Biarritz-Pays Basque
Clownfish, zebra sharks, green moray eels and even a big fish called ‘Napoleon’: the Biarritz Aquarium will amaze you with all their colours. Situated in the town centre facing the Rocher de la Vierge, it offers visitors a highly original experience of the seabed. For a view across the rooftops, head up the Biarritz’s lighthouse – it’s a 248-step climb to the top, but you’ll be rewarded with arguably the most beautiful panorama in the Pays Basque, so bring comfy shoes. Or indulge yourself in a pair of espadrilles from The Art of Soule on Rue Gambetta, a very nice souvenir made in France.
Shortcut through Lyon
Play hide and seek in the streets and alleys of Old Lyon by taking the shortcuts: the secret passages, stolen staircases and inner courtyards that connect the buildings. It’s easy thanks to a dedicated app, ‘Traboules’ (in English, in augmented reality). Look out for the Boulangerie du Palais, which sells the best pink praline buns in Lyon – a delight to munch in the hillside gardens of Fourvière. Bell towers, terraces and esplanades offer magnificent views, as well as the rooftop terrace of the must-see Musée des Confluences.
Travel into space in Toulouse-Occitanie
Do you dream of seeing the galaxy? For an extraordinary journey into the stars, the Cité de l’Espace is a scientific theme park unique in Europe, where you’ll come as close to walking on the moon as you can on Earth. If you are into planes too, the Airbus factory is just next door – and you can combine it with more aeronautical adventures at the Aeroscopia museum. Maintain the altitude on Galeries Lafayette rooftop afterwards, where Michelin-starred chef Michel Sarran has set up his new restaurant, Ma Biche Sur Le Toit.
Into the paintings of Paris
If you’re looking for a new place, with a mix of culture and fun and a good balance of passive contemplation and hands-on experience, head to the Parisian quartier of Bercy Village. The Atelier des Lumières throws its visitors into the heart of works of art thanks to immersive technology. 140 video projectors and a spatial sound system guarantee the wow factor. It’s magic – just like an evening at the AccorHotel Arena! This large, grass-covered pyramid (formerly the Palais Omnisport of Paris Bercy) hosts shows and sports competitions in consistently lively atmosphere.
Play with cubes in Marseille-Provence
Moving between light and shade in a spectacular cube of intricate concrete ‘lace’ or enjoying the spectacle from the terrace with a glass of wine. With its daring architecture, the MuCEM (Museum of Civilizations of the Mediterranean and Europe) is the artistic star of this Phocaean city, situated just in front of the Sofitel Vieux Port. More discreet but equally entertaining, the MuSaMa is the brand new soap museum in town – with a supporting app in eight languages and virtual-reality headsets on hand, you can learn all the tricks of the soapmaker’s trade as they make these small, scented Provençal cubes.
Live like kings in Versailles
Versailles is all about its château of course –its Grand Canal and “à la française” gardens are perfect for a romantic stroll. With your hotel nearby, take the time to soak up the spirit of the place. Have a picnic at the edge of the water or alongside Marie-Antoinette sheep in the charming eponymous hamlet. Or for the fun and a great souvenir play courtesans during a photo shooting in costumes. And if you’re a fan of France’s History, get a crash course with a guided tour of the Jeu de Paume Hall.