Paris is renowned for being a major fashion capital and for Tour Eiffel. These make it the most popular vacation destination in France. But the country has a lot more to offer.
France is full of authentic wineries, picture-postcard chateaus, prestigious art museums, and iconic churches.
Here’s our list of the best places to visit in France:
- Dordogne Region
This region in southwestern France is full of picture-perfect chateaus and villages. Among all the chateaus, the Chateau de Beynac is a must-visit for the majestic views it offers.
However, Dordogne is famed for its prehistoric cave paintings. The walls of Lascaux are the most famous among the various prehistoric caves in Dordogne. Although the actual caves are not open to the public for preservation purposes, you must visit the replica.
Every district of Lyon is unique. You can visit Croix-Rousse to explore its traboules (secret passageways). Fourvière has remarkable Gothic churches and Roman ruins. Presqu’île is the best option for clubbing and dining. Vieux is famous for the Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste and souvenir shops.
Art enthusiasts must visit the Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon. It is second only to Le Louvre in terms of artistic abundance.
Plan to visit in early December to witness the Festival of Lights. Locals place candles in all the windows to create a vivid atmosphere.
- French Riviera
This glamorous tourist destination is situated on the Mediterranean coast of France. It is primarily renowned for the Cannes Film Festival and yacht chartering. While the public beaches are good, you may spend some peaceful private time on private beaches.
You can enjoy mesmerizing views of the French Riviera from the hilltop medieval village of Eze. The perfume capital of Grasse is home to many perfumeries. You can take a stroll in the lush green gardens of Menton.
The City of Light is known for its joie de vivre. Its architecture, art, culture, fashion, and gastronomy pull in millions of visitors every year.
Its architectural marvels include iconic landmarks like the Arc de Triomphe, La Tour Eiffel, Notre-Dame de Paris, and Sacre-Coeur. You can go through Paris’ art history by visiting Musée du Louvre and Musée d’Orsay. You can spend quality time with the family at any of Paris’lovely gardens.
Paris is a major fashion destination. It is home to iconic fashion brands like Chanel, Dior, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, and many more.Paris is known as the City of Love and many have popped the question here.
The architecture and cuisine of Strasbourg have a bit of both France and Germany in them.
History buffs must visit the Grande Ile. Cathédrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg is a thousand years old and one of the world’s most outstanding gothic cathedrals. You can enjoy stunning views of the city from the top of the cathedral. You can also visit some of the many museums in Grande Ile.
You must try the local Alsacian specialities like baeckeoffe, spätzle and sauerkraut.
This port city is one of the largest wine-producing regions in the world. So, wine tasting is a must.
The city center is home to more than 300 landmarks that include medieval churches, impressive plazas, and ancient bridges. You’ll love dining at the waterfront restaurants after a walk around sunset.
You should plan your visit in June as Bordeaux hosts both the Festival of Wine and Festival of the River at that time of the year.
- The Loire Valley
The Loire Valley is popular among tourists for its grand chateaus, historic villages, outstanding scenery, and photogenic vineyards.
You can spend have fun with your family at the Parc Mini-Châteaux. Renaissance polymath Leonardo Da Vinci spent his last few years at the Château du Clos Lucé near the royal castle of Amboise. The ancient villages Angers, Blois, Chinon, Orleans, and Saumur are also blessed with magnificent castles.
You must make reservations for a wine tasting tour. The wine from Loire Valley has notably high quality-to-price ratios.
- Mont Saint-Michel
This island commune is located on the north-western coast of France. The backdrop of apple orchards, cow pastures, and dense woodlands makes this town ideal for photoshoots.
From afar it looks like it belongs in a fairy tale. Talking about fairy tales, Mont Saint-Michel has featured in all the Harry Potter movies.
Make sure you visit the Abbey, The Parish Church, and the Museums of History. You must visit Mont Saint-Michel if you love spectacular views and history. Or if you are a Harry Potter fan.
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