Vive le France! From the romantic capital of Paris to the stately vineyards and lavender fields of the French countryside, there are countless reasons to visit France…here are 15 to get you started!
- Say salut to Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower
- Wine and dine in Burgundy
- Experience pure opulence at Versailles
- Drink in the scenery at Menton
- Step into a fairy tale in the Loire Valley
- Experience history at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres
- Breathe in the beauty of Provence
- Visit the picturesque slopes of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
- Lose yourself in the Alsace
- Visit the monumental city of Carcassonne
- Brittany, a land of myths and legends
- Soak up sun in Biarritz
- Enjoy stunning views in Rocamadour
- Peep into prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux
- Create art in Giverny
Say salut to Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower
No trip to France is complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower. This marvelous feat of engineering is an iconic feature of the Paris skyline. It’s beautiful at every time of day, but seeing the tower at twilight is truly special. If you’re a connoisseur of art or history, don’t miss the Louvre Museum. Feast your eyes on fabulous works by Michelangelo, Veronese, Raphael, Donatello, and more. You can even wink at Mona Lisa, and be assured that she will smile back.
Wine and dine in Burgundy
Burgundy, or Bourgogne in French, is the place to be if you love to wine and dine. The wines of the region are simply superb. Go beyond burgundy wine, and sample all the wines this area has to offer from chablis to beaujolais. Sip in style, on a half-day wine tasting tour from Dijon, then wrap up your excursion with a delicious bistro dinner.
Experience pure opulence at Versailles
The Palace of Versailles dazzles with ornate interiors, magnificent fountains, and decorative pools. When you visit, you’ll soon understand why Versailles is one of the most talked-about palaces on the continent. Less dazzling, but no less fascinating is the artificial French village on the palace grounds, which Marie Antoinette used as a summer retreat. Stroll its rustic gardens and get a glimpse into the private world of this renowned queen.
Drink in the scenery at Menton
France boasts a splendid coastline from Saint-Tropez to Menton, known as the Cote d’Azure, or Blue Coast. And its crystalline waters certainly live up to its name. This spectacular region has long been a favorite destination for backpackers and celebrities alike. Don’t forget to pack plenty of fashionable swimwear to enjoy your days on this idyllic coastline.
Step into a fairy tale in the Loire Valley
If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting a land filled with enchanting forests, river valleys, and castles with turreted towers, then the Loire Valley Châteaux will turn your dreams into reality. Also known as the Garden of France, this beautiful area is home to countless medieval fortresses and Renaissance palaces. To this day, the region still has the power to mesmerize visitors with its enchanting views and beautiful landscape.
Experience history at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres
The Cathédrale Notre-Dame has stood for more than eight centuries and is famous for its beautiful stained-glass windows and Gothic architecture. A visit to this famous cathedral is a trip back in time, one where you’ll discover incredible craftsmanship, style, and artistic expression dating back to the 12th century. If you want to see the cathedral at its best, visit during morning hours when sunlight filters through the stained-glass windows, casting an ethereal look over the interior.
Breathe in the beauty of Provence
Like the sound of spending a day in sun-drenched rolling hills covered with beautiful lavender fields and olive groves? If the answer is yes, head straight to Provence. This idyllic location has inspired many great artists like Matisse, Picasso, Chagall, and Cézanne, and once you visit you’ll soon see why. The country charm and rustic beauty of Provence is the perfect place to soak in the culture of southern France from cobblestone streets to outdoor cafes.
Visit the picturesque slopes of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
If you’re after truly spectacular scenery then Mont Blanc in the French Alps is a good place to start. Chamonix is a quaint alpine village nestled in a valley, and its the perfect base for exploring the French Alps. With cozy chalet restaurants, historic churches, and charming auberges, Chamonix feels like a town straight out of a storybook. If you enjoy winter activities, the village offers hiking, skiing, rock climbing, and more.
Lose yourself in the Alsace
The charming region of Alsace is all about picturesque villages tucked away in rolling hills. Get a dose of quaint French charm when you tour these villages, complete with half-timbered houses with flowering balconies, small parish churches, and cobblestone streets. If you want to discover France’s relaxed, rural side, all while enjoying fine white wine and exceptional cuisine, then the Alsace is for you.
Visit the monumental city of Carcassonne
Take a trip to the Middle Ages by visiting Carcassonne. This UNESCO-listed city boasts historic houses, cobblestone lanes, and a fascinating heritage. Here’s your chance to immerse yourself in a complex city that has stood the test of time and has plenty of stories to tell. No wonder it’s served as a backdrop for epic Hollywood movies like Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves and Labyrinth.
Brittany, a land of myths and legends
Brittany has a strong Celtic influence that is evident in the local cuisine, architecture, and dialect. It’s home to quaint sea-swept fishing villages steeped in ancient traditions and religious festivals. Surfers and swimmers will be drawn to the region’s pristine sandy beaches of Sword, Omaha, and Juno. Nature-lovers and adventure-seekers alike won’t want to miss exploring the country’s rugged North.
Soak up sun in Biarritz
Can’t get enough of the beach? Then head straight to Biarritz, a favorite destination of Napoleon III’s wife, Empress Eugénie. The emperor’s former home has been converted to Hôtel du Palais, a luxury hotel that offers sensational views and tempting cuisine. If you’re in the mood for some mind-blowing pastries, don’t pass by the Miremont Tearoom without stopping in. You can thank us later.
Enjoy stunning views in Rocamadour
The village of Rocamadour is like no other. This unique vertical village clings to the side of a sheer limestone cliff, overlooking a canyon. Climb 216 steps carved into the cliff, or simply take an elevator, to explore this medieval town. Don’t miss the authentic city gates or the chapel of the Black Virgin. Once you’ve strolled the village itself, explore the surrounding Parc Naturel Régional des Causses du Quercy, which is a favorite with hikers.
Peep into prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux
France is home to some world-class art galleries, but this one might be its most unique. For one thing, the paintings on display are so old, they’re prehistoric. For another thing, they’re painted onto the walls of the Lascaux cave complex. Although the original cave is no longer open to visitors, an exact replica is available to admire.
Create art in Giverny
If you’re familiar with Monet’s iconic water lilies, here’s a chance to see this wonderful flora in person, in Claude Monet’s very own garden. Pack a watercolor kit and paint supplies and try creating an artwork of your own. After all, it’s not every day that you get to sit in the exact spot where a master painter sat centuries ago to create masterpieces.
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