Famous for its cheeses and wines, France is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, receiving a staggering eighty two million foreign tourists every year. Those who come here are attract by Normandy, Brittany, the wonderful castles of the Loire Valley, but also a surprisingly entrancing countryside and lots of unique historical cities. On top of these already gorgeous places you can visit, France also offers the Island of Corsica and the Atlantic Coast, some great beaches on the French Riviera and an overall agreeable climate. Therefore, if you plan to visit it, you’re going to be impressed with France’s overall beauty and diversity.
Chateau de Chenonceau
If you love chateaus, then you certainly need to visit the Chateau de Chenonceau which is the most popular chateau you can find in the Loire Valley. Built in the XVI century, the chateau features a few passageways for boats and is by far the most visited in the country. On top of that, it has some pretty gorgeous gardens that you can visit and the place looks amazing after it was restored post WW II.
Le Puy en Velay
In the S. part of France you can visit the beautiful Le Puy En Velay which is a popular destination for 3 things: making lace, lentils and its cathedral. There’s also a shrine that was dedicated to Virgin Mary which can be found on top of Mons Anicius. In fact, the shrine is so popular that it managed to attract thousands of pilgrims from before the Middle Ages. And while you’re here, you should not miss visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral and trying some Verveine (a delicious green liquor that’s been carefully flavored with verbena).
The Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris and it must be the most visited tourist destination in France. The tower was designed by Gustave Eiffel for the World Fair of eighteen eighty nine and consists of 8 thousand metallic parts. The tower is 905 feet and as you can imagine, it offers some pretty exhilarating views of the city.
The Louvre is one of the most popular museums in Europe and includes some of the most iconic works of many Western civilizations, such as The 1st Century BC Venus de Milo sculpture, Veronese’s Wedding Feast at Cana and the hyper popular Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. The collection is the combined effort of the many kings that lived in the Louvre. Currently, there are more than 30 thousand artworks that people can see when visiting the museum.
Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles is more than a royal residence and it was actually designed so that it portrays the French monarchy’s glory. Louis the 14th, also known as the Sun King, turned the small hunting lodge his father owned into a sumptuous palace with a breathtaking Baroque interior.
After the transformation, the palace became the king’s symbol of total power and even managed to set new standards for Europe’s princely courts. The lavish interior and the wonderful Baroque façade of the castle were created by popular architect Jules Hardouin Mansart. The popular Hall of Mirrors is where everyone who had an audience scheduled with the king had to wait for their turn to meet him. It’s an amazing hall with plenty of sunlight that’s reflected off huge ornamental mirrors. On top of that, Versailles is also well known for its charming fountains, perfectly trimmed shrubbery and decorative pools.
If you’re the type of person who loves backdrops, then the Mont Saint Michel is going to be a tough one to beat. This is a medieval town that sits on top of a rocky, yet very imposing outcrop in Normandy and is by far one of the most interesting attractions in the country. Among other things, it also contains historic battlements, a medieval church and a breathtaking Romanesque Abbey.
Last but not least, the Nimes Arena is probably the most well preserved amphitheater in the world and certainly deserves a visit from anyone who is curious about it. In fact, it’s so well preserved that it even makes Rome’s Coliseum pale in comparison. To bring the experience to life, the amphitheatre includes some pretty detailed exhibits and also an interactive audio guide.