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Famous Tourist Places to Visit in France

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If we were unreserved in how we say it, France seduces people with its world-class art and culture which are amazing in terms of volume and diversity. It is the global centre of science, art, and philosophy. It is also a leading tourist destination for hosting a large number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. France is home to a wide variety of topographical sets and natural landscapes which attract a number of travellers every year. To that end, there are numerous places to visit in France which are known for their beautiful natural attractions, weather, world-class lodgings, and excellent culinary treats.

Besides man-made wonders and sights, there are many other natural wonders in France that showcase excellent landscape and scenery. One can explore nature at its best in France, from its dramatic mountains to earthly caves. If that wasn’t enough, France is also famous for its wines and cheeses.

A Traveller’s Delight

All its historic cities, attractive picturesque countryside views, sophisticated culture, dazzling landmarks, and romantic mountain gateways are perfect places to visit in France. Owing to its natural and outstanding landscapes and popular tourist destinations, France receives more than 82 million foreign tourists annually. People generally picture Paris when they talk about France, but there are other spectacular places to visit as well in France. Whether you are out on an adventurous sightseeing trip or a relaxing retreat with your loved ones, there are many places to visit in France to pick and choose from.

Paris

The first thing that comes to everyone’s mind when we talk about Paris is the Eiffel Tower, which is one of the most famous France tourist places that are widely visited by people every year. This 324-meter high tower was built by Gustave Eiffel in 1889 and consists of three floors, each of which lets you enjoy a magnificent view of Paris. Apart from this, Paris wears a rich history of monarchy, heritage, revolution, revolt, and artistic innovation which you come to see in places like:

Louvre Museum

This is the most-visited art museum which is spread over an area of 210,000 square meters. It is divided into 8 departments and till date, more than 60,600 exhibitions have been organized here.

Champs Elysées / Arc of Triumph

This magnificent edifice, which also happens to be one of the best places to see in France, was built in the 19th century and was dedicated to the glory of imperial armies. The Arc of Triumph is the world’s largest monument of its kind which is popular for its impressive sculptures. Further, the names of 558 generals and the great victories are engraved in its pillars. It provides a panoramic view of Paris and is also popular for its luxury boutiques.

Disneyland Paris

People who have family members or who themselves are a big fan of Disney must visit Disneyland in Paris. It is located 32 km from central Paris. It consists of two theme parks: Disneyland (with Sleeping Beauty's castle) and Walt Disney Studios. This is one of the best places in France which is loved by children.

Do check our Paris holiday packages for other famous attractions in close proximity!

French Riviera

French Riviera is a region that boasts of famous tourist places in France that are appreciated for their glamour and beauty. Think of it as a visual amalgamation of sea scenes and beautiful fields of lavender.

La Colline du Chateau — Nice

Nice, which is in the East of the Cote d’Azur, is a city that’s known for its boutique restaurants, bars, and cafés. The view from the top of La Colline du Château (Castle Hill) is incredible, to say the least; one can view the vibrant architecture of Baie des Anges, Nice's boardwalk, and Old Town from the top of Castle Hill. Moreover, there is a verdant park which is perfect for taking a picnic and relaxing after sightseeing, all of which adds to its reputation as a famous tourist place in France.

Èze and Grasse

If you plan to visit places in France that give you a peek into the simpleton way of life, head out to Eze and Grasse, Paris’ medieval villages. Eze is perfect for photography and Grasse is very popular as the world’s perfume capital for producing famous perfumeries like Fragonard. Here, one can enjoy nature at its best with never-ending fields of lavender which dominate this hilly landscape.

Cannes

Among the must-visit tourist places in France, Cannes epitomises luxury, glamour, and glitz. Explore fine dining restaurants and VIP nightclubs in here, or indulge and pamper yourself at one the sandy beaches – you’ll cherish every moment of it.

Marseille

The “oldest city in France", Marseilles was founded as Massalia in 600 BC. It developed as an important port in the ancient Greek times which was a major point for transition and trade. It is located near Rhone, which is the greatest natural corridor between the Mediterranean and northern lands. Marseilles was recently developed as a tourist destination as people from all over the world started visiting it for its much-touted beaches. When it comes to integral tourist places in France near Marseilles, these include Le Vieux Port ─ the old port, The Mucem, The Fort Saint-Jean, The Eglise Saint Laurent, La Major Cathedral, Le Quartier du Panier - la Butte, La Canebière, and Le Musée Cantini.

Mont Saint-Michel (The ‘Wonder of the West’)

Mont Saint Michel was founded by some devoted monks in 708 AD. It is believed that Archangel Michael visited this place. Hence, this place has been treated as a pilgrimage point, strategic prison, and fortress over many centuries. It is a rocky tidal island which has been reshaped by erosion and various other natural calamities. Here, nature can be witnessed at its best.

It offers beautiful views of medieval walls, defence territories, small villages, and winding streets which are lined up with beautiful gardens, chapels, shops, hotels, and museums. Moreover, it is one of the most popular places to visit in France for its wide selection of cafes and restaurants. People can also explore Ramparts Pathway and Grand Rue during their time here.

Luberon (The villages of the Luberon)

Widely popular for its spectacular countryside that is bounteous in terms of vineyards and orchards, fascinating "perched" hill-top villages, and natural produce, Luberon is one of those tourist places in France that is an extremely pretty sight. Luberon is surrounded by three mountain ranges, is rich in biological diversities, and home to picturesque towns and villages. During your visit to Luberon, here are the places you shouldn’t miss out on:

Bonnieux

One of the less-suggested places to see in France is Bonnieux which is picturesque to its very last acre. The view from the hilltop is marvellous and invokes a sense of calm which you often seek in the hustle and bustle of daily life. On clear sunny days, people can also enjoy great views of Mont Ventoux. Then there’s the Bonnieux Friday market that is also very popular for locally produced goods like fresh goat’s cheese and authentic Provencal soap.

Lacoste

Lacoste is a village whose history is coloured with old as well as contemporary details. This place was home of Marquis de Sade, one of the most notable figures in French history. At present, this place is owned by fashion royalty Pierre Cardin who organizes various cultural events to showcase his latest innovations and creations. If you go by our recommendation, this is one of the calmest places in France for spending a meaningful afternoon with close ones.

Lourmarin

This place is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in France which have also been awarded the title of ‘plus beaux villages de France‘. This enchanting town is famous for its famous resident Albert Camus, who was one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Known for its cafes, restaurants, and authentic Provençal food, Lourmarin is indeed one of the best places to see in France.

We’ll close this one with a quote by Gustave Naudad – “To be, is to exist, but to travel, is to live”. Travel the length and breadth of France, and you’ll surely have a fresh perspective of what life is, and what it can be.

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May 26, 2019

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We are an Indian travel company founded in 2013 and excel at domestic and international tour packages including guided group tours, specialty tours, customized holidays, corporate MICE travel, inbound travel and destination weddings.

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