One of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, France regularly pulls in close to eighty five million foreign visitors every year. A global hub for artistic, architectural, philosophical and scientific thinking it is undoubtedly a must visit country for travel enthusiasts.
Here are seven places in France you need to see:
Let’s get the “big guns” out of the way first.
The beauty of the French capital is legendary and needs to be experienced first-hand to truly be appreciated.
With amazing sights like the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées and of course the instantly recognisable Eiffel Tower at the heart of the city it’s easy to see why millions flock to “the City of Lights” every year.
Add to that the sense of reverence one feels from the great stories of Parisian history and the never ending number of exquisite restaurants, buildings and landmarks to visit and you’ve got arguably the most beloved city in all of Europe.
A cultural and architectural behemoth. Don’t miss it.
Another French city of significance, Bordeaux is home to the second largest number of preserved historical buildings in the country, coming second to its brother to the north – Paris.
But if you do visit Bordeaux, you can’t leave without taking advantage of the food and drink culture the city has to offer.
As well as being home to some of the finest restaurants in all of France, Bordeaux is internationally recognised as being the deserving capital of the wine industry.
The city has been producing quality wines for over one thousand years, so it’s easy to see why.
Home to some of the most spectacular views in Europe, the French Alps offer more than just a nice getaway for skiing enthusiasts.
Sitting on the south border overlooking Switzerland, the full mountain range actually stretches for hundreds of miles across multiple countries.
But the most famous of all points across the range is unquestionably Mont Blanc.
Not to be confused with the popular aftershave, it is the highest point on the Alps and one of the most frequently visited French tourist destinations.
If you’re partial to wide-open landscapes filled with luscious greenery as far as the eye can see, then Provence is the place for you.
Scattered with all the elements you’d imagine would make up a French paradise – vineyards, lavender fields, forests and olive groves aplenty – Provence is arguably the place you’ll want to see the most if you want a ‘real’ flavour of France as a country
Add to this the enchanting hilltop villages of Gordes and Bonnieux, as well as the countless other quaint villages around the region, and you’ve got one of the most visually splendorous walking holidays France has to offer.
One of the more picturesque places to visit in France, the region of Alsace is located on the eastern side of the country bordering Switzerland.
It’s a perfect example of where to catch some classic French architecture as many of the villages still maintain their appearance as they would have been hundreds of years prior.
It’s like walking into a scene from Les Miserables!
At Whereabouts Holidays we offer various walking and cycling tours throughout France, including the Alsace region.
Oh, and don’t forget to indulge in some quality white wine or beer while you’re there. The region is known for producing both!
While Paris and Bordeaux might take the mantle for most historical places to visit in France overall, one of the top contenders that is almost always forgotten about is Nimes.
Situated in the south of the country Nimes is a prime example of Roman influence in France with many of the original buildings and sights still intact.
The obvious main attraction is the Arena of Nimes; A Roman coliseum with a seating capacity of around 24,000. It’s maintained much of its original look but has since been updated to be used for more modern events like concerts and shows.
Another image that has to be seen to be believed, the island of Mont Sant-Michel is located in the north of the country just off the coast of Normandy.
Appearing to have been lifted straight from a fairy tale, the island and its iconic monastery have been featured frequently in popular culture and have even served as inspiration for imagery used in popular Disney movies. Though, the history of the island is far too grim for a child’s bedtime story.
Formerly a prison, the island has been fought over numerous times over generations in various conflicts throughout history and has been a significant strategic fortification at times of great peril.
These are all magnificent locations, but they merely scratch the surface.
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