29 Top Tourist Attractions in France

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Chateau de Chenonceau

Le Puy-en-Velay

Epernay Champagne

Cannes Film Festival

Val d'Isere

· Val d'Isere in the French Alps is second only to Courchevel in the amount of winter sports activities possible in the area. · More than 70 kilometers (43 miles) of pistes, 35 lifts, and television coverage help keep visitors entertained all through the winter. · The pistes are perfect for all levels of ski expertise, and learning is quick, with well-groomed runs and knowledgeable instructors. · The resort is a walking distance to the towns of Brides-les-Bains and Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, both of which have easy-going charm.

Nimes Roman Monuments

Nimes is one of the best-preserved ancient Roman cities in all of Europe, making it a very popular tourist destination. The Nimes Roman Monuments Museum is an educational institution that displays the daily lives of ancient Romans in the city.

The museum offers archaeological artifacts that help to preserve the city’s history. It consists of eleven large exhibition halls and many small antechambers.

One unique exhibit in the Nimes Roman Monuments Museum is the interior of an actual Roman home. The home is filled with authentic details that represent the everyday life of the Romans in this area.

The museum also features a Carriere Museum of the Nimes Arena. This monument is the oldest round arena in the world. Tours are available to see the arena’s interior, the original foundations and the amphitheatre.

Tours of the Nimes Arena are available for a fee and you can buy tickets in advance. Tour guides will let you know how to reserve a tour ahead of time. Tours take about an hour and a half.

Information on tickets can be found on the museum’s website.

In addition to the mall and Roman Theater, the Nimes Roman Monuments Museum also includes an outdoor amphitheater, ancient ruins and a small museum.

Camargue

Located just to the west of Arles, the Camargue National Park is a designated UNESCO World heritage site and offers plenty of accessible experiences around Arles. The national park stretches across 7,700 hectares and is comprised of lagoons, marshes, salty and freshwater wetlands, and the Camargue horse pastures.

The lagoons are dotted with hay barns, with the hay being transported here on horseback, while the marshes host the most interesting wildlife of the national park, including grey herons, flamingoes, pelicans, and geese. Hiking your way through the marshes will find you the rare sight of flamingos and other birds nesting, with many nesting sites to choose between depending on location and animal preferences.

The horse pastures are most popular in spring, with their marshes offering night camping as a unique experience, and if you’re lucky, you may be able to spot horses in the wild.

Vieux Lyon

Lyonnais say: Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) is the real Lyon. It's the city from the 17th century that the new one has overrun but in which it does not exist anymore: built in the Piedmont style, it still looks like an old town.

Vieux Lyon is divided in the old town, called the Ville Haute (High Town), and the new town, called the Ville Basse (Low Town). The "Vieilles Rues de la Colline" (Old streets from the hill) are situated on the hill of the Colline du Serre overlooking the Rhène.

Despite the change of the Rhène bank, the old town still has a section in the north, on the right bank of the Rhène.

Even if the "Beaugrenelle" avenue was built back to the original road, according to the plans of the architects a decade ago, there is no renovation of the historic core. It still remains the same: a labyrinth of narrow streets where every building is a curiosity to discover.

Bonifacio

Millau Bridge

France.

The Millau Bridge, or the Millau Viaduct, is a steel cable-stayed bridge crossing the Tarn River valley in the south of France. Since its inauguration in 2004, more than 11 million visitors have crossed the bridge.

It is one of the most visited attractions in France, having welcomed more than 20 million visitors over its first decade. The bridge and its central pylon are visible from the highest peaks in the nearby French Pyrenees for about 200 km in the other direction.

The Millau Viaduct consists of two distinct cable-stayed spans forming a single 1087 m long and 50 m wide truss between them. The bridge's main span is supported by a central pylon 185 m tall.

The two bridge spans are composed of twelve 50-metre (160 ft) pylons supporting four wide cable stays. Each of these stays hosts an intermediate stay and four end stays. The two pylons and four stays are artistically identical, identical except for their colouring, which differentiate them according to their position from north to south, ahead of the Tarn.

The interior of the Millau Viaduct is a modern art installation, featuring a mirrored ceiling and lighting, as well as a sound and light show.

The bridge and pylon were designed by architect Sébastien Cherix of Cherix, Deray & Partner and engineer G. E.

Etretat Cliffs

A picturesque French fishing village, this cliffs are part of the Normandy coastline. The cliffs are made from rock and they are around 30 meters high and 60 meters wide in places.

The cliffs are found just beneath the “Ch’ shore,” which is a popular area for asingling. There are almost daily tides, which fluctuate at 2.5m and can reach a height of 8m. As such, the cliff is prone to damage.

Tourists are ableh to walk an stroll the white sandy beach for a couple of kilometers. A place to try some unique scoops of ice cream is a nearby restaurant called “Le Ch’ Shore.” The cliffs are part of five other beaches in France, which are all popular with tourists.

The landscape is also enjoyable during the summer, particularly for families.

The coastline is very much the sight of the sea, which is visible from the cliffs. However, it is also a fertile area for boating, fishing, and surfing. There are also plenty of places to go for walks or to picnic.

Reims Cathedral

Strasbourg Old Town

Promenade des Anglais

(Nice)

The Promenade des Anglais is the main promenade of Nice, extending along the shore of the Corniche des Anglais at the same level as the beach. Throughout the years, the Promenade des Anglais has become a well-known symbol of the city itself.

The Anglais estuary is at its most picturesque during the Spring months of March, April, and May. The cranes of the LNG tanker near the Vieux Port produce a pleasant fog over the promenade that gives the view from the Promenade des Anglais an almost magical atmosphere.

The Promenade des Anglais follows closely the Mediterranean coastline, and just a few steps from its banks, the Promenade des Anglais invites you to relax in the delightful atmosphere of the Old Quarter where you can sample Nice's famous wines at the many winery shops, taste the local produce in the market hall and soak up the warmth from the Mediterranean sun in the Old Town.

Nice is a largely pedestrian area! (No car noise, No pollution)

If you are tired of the massive tourist traffic that can be found in the coastal cities and if you prefer to see the city parks and natural areas, you will appreciate the scenic Promenade des Anglais.

Annecy

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In the northwestern corner of the country, this town includes the largest lake in France (see photograph) and views of the northern Alps, Mozart’s hometown of Salzburg, and other European cities.

It’s obviously nothing like that.

Essentially a bedroom community for the people working in nearby Annecy, Annecy is actually the second most stunning town in the area. With its numerous waterfront parks, classy views, and a couple of lakes, it’s a great place to walk around. Although it’s not prolific in terms of architecture, the buildings in the area are competent and attractive.

Bordeaux Wine Regions

Bordeaux, on the Atlantic coast, the country’s second city and the capital of the region, is the focal point of French winemaking. Wine lovers from all over the world head there to have a glass of the rich red wines of Bordeaux. It’s also a vibrant city full of culture, with the architecture of the city dating back to the Middle Ages and the extraordinary Thé…tre des Deux Rôtres.

However, Bordeaux is not just a city, but a region of vineyards which is divided into 10 departments… including the Côtes-du-Rhône. Wine is the number one industry in this area, and it has a long history. In fact, wine has been made here for centuries, and the earliest record of viticulture dates back to Roman times and shows that in the time of Caesar, vines were cultivated in Bordeaux.

In the twentieth century, Bordeaux grew enormously after the end of World War II, bringing new life to the area. As a result, many research centers were created and winemaking has greatly benefited from technological advances. This has led to the creation of some of the world’s most prestigious Bordeaux wines, which in turn has brought overseas interest and created jobs throughout the region.

Palace of Fontainebleau

Pont du Gard

The Pont du Gard is a Roman aqueduct located in Nîmes, France. It carries an aqueduct across the Gardon River. Completed in 19 BC near the city of Nemausus, its single arch has a span of 21.3 meters (69 ft) and is high. Made of concrete, it is the only intact Roman aqueduct in France. The entire aqueduct, which was built by a legion under the command of Emperor Augustus, showcases the engineering skills of the Romans. The Pont du Gard is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

While in Nîmes, the best way to explore the Pont du Gard is by foot. You can rent bikes and ride along the aqueduct to the end. You can also drive up the road leading to the aqueduct and park by the admission.

You can also enjoy a unique view from the top of the aqueduct.

Underneath the bridge is a tranquil park with walking trails or by a small river where you can have a picnic. There is also a small car park but the best parking spots are in the nearby streets. A climb up the long staircase is worth the effort for the stunning view from the top.

The bridge lies along a 308-meter (978 ft) Roman aqueduct which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The aqueduct is one of the best preserved monuments from the Roman empire.

Carcassonne

This attractive tourist information pavilion is located between Monts des Caraîbes and the theatre.

Chartres Cathedral

Dune of Pyla

Palais des Papes

Chateau de Chambord

The Chateau de Chambord is a vast complex of buildings and gardens situated in the Loire Valley in France, near the city of Blois. The castle is classified by some as the most monumental of the Loire Valley castles.

It was built as a hunting lodge for Francis I of France during the Renaissance and decorated by the emperor during his own reign and later. As with most French castles, it is not only a residence but can also serve as a citadel surrounded by a wall.

Starting as early as 1519, construction commenced in the Renaissance style under the supervision of architect Philibert Delorme for King François I.

Work continued sporadically through the reign of Henry II, and in 1549 it was completed when architect Jean Bullant took charge of the project.

Construction was interrupted several times during the subsequent reigns of Henry III and Henry IV. The French Revolution led to its destruction.

Reconstruction was attempted by architect Jean-Baptiste Rondelet.

After the Revolution, it was sold only a short time before being acquired in 1844 by Jérôme Bonaparte, brother of Napoléon III.

The chateau was purchased by the French state in 1919, and restoration began.

Work was interrupted and halted following World War I.

The complete renovation was overseen by architect Paul Vaudremer after World War II.

Gorge du Verdon

The Gorge du Verdon starts at la Roche-Jagu but finishes in the nearby town of Verdon-sur-Mer. The age of the canyon is over 200,000 years as a result of limestones being pushed forward by a subterranean river.

Today the canyon is a place of orchards, vineyards and olive trees, with cottages built in the sides of the gorge. The scenery is well worth a visit, combining appearance of limestone summits, the rich green of terraced fields on either side of the gorge, and the mysterious blue of the Verdon river.

Though the gorge was easily accessible before 1914, that year saw a river burst its banks, flooding some of the olives and olive groves, as well as a number of railway lines.

A popular destination for cyclists and walkers looking for a place to have lunch, as well as a place to relax during a stopover en route to the Mediterranean Sea.

Mont Saint-Michel

France's smallest and most impressive monastery is open to visitors from Easter until the end of October. As the tide recedes and water levels rise, visitors can enjoy a 5km walk along the Normandy coast between mile-markers one and two.

It's hard to miss the island monastery from anywhere in Normandy.  Mont Saint-Michel is well worth the journey if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and immensely enchanted by the breathtaking views of the blue sea and the abbey's silhouette from the sea.

Mont St. Michel is a tiny, isolated, uninhabited island off the coast of France in Normandy. The crossing can be made easily by car and guided through a number of different ways; ferries, speedboats or a few different walking routes. We recommend the hiking route which will take the visitor past the outer defenses of Mont St Michel and the inner defenses on foot. As the walk continues, the visitor is surrounded by an ecosystem and beauty that is unique to this destination. Visitors can enjoy the architecture and art made by the abbot of the cathedral, which is still the same one brought by Saint Colombe in the early 12th century.

Palace of Versailles

Chamonix

St Tropez

St Tropez, one of France’s most popular destinations, is a town with a reputation of being the most beautiful place of France.

Situated about 30 km east of the French capital Paris, the town was immortalized in Brigitte Bardot’s 1961 hit, “St Tropez.” St Tropez is a place of glamor, and its beaches are filled with both vacationing travelers and paparazzi.

Likened to a backdrop of a Mad Men episode of 1960, the main beach in St Tropez is also one of the most photographed in all of France.

The beach, which is named after the Greek island of St Thomas is famous for its comfortable, warm water. The sand is a pure, white quartz. Bathing suits are optional, and people come from all over the world to soak up the sun in the Atlantic, including the most important stars.

St Tropez is also known for the charming village of Mougins, which is a small, friendly town scattered with historic buildings. The town has some of the most famous restaurants in the world, hosting a list of actors, sports figures, and other celebrities.

The people of St Tropez represent all types, from artists, to actors, to even the local store owners that have been around for generations.

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, France and is a popular attraction for tourists. It is located at the end of the Champ de Mars, a large, tree-covered park.

The tower was named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, and completed in 1889.

The Eiffel Tower was the tallest man-made structure in the world until 1930, when it was surpassed by the Chrysler Building in New York City. At 300 m (980 ft), it is still the tallest structure in Paris.

The tower received its nickname, “the iron lady,” from American journalist Texas Guinan. It has become a common last-minute wedding gift. ” I’ve had 500 couples tell me that my wedding gift was the best wedding gift they’ve ever received.

The Eiffel Tower was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and in 2001 was granted the status of “monument historique.”