France is the world’s leading tourist destination. it is situated right in the heart of western Europe which borders all the larger countries in the region like Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and the straits of Dover – The UK.
The tourism market is so vast in this country that it has contributed 77.7 billion Euros to gross domestic product.
France has numerous things to offer from the boulevards of Paris to the fashionable seaside resorts to the Cote d’Azur. You will get to encounter some of the most beautiful sceneries and foods in the world if you visit here.
France is also very popular for its fine foods. French cuisines are something that you can definitely won’t resist even if you want to.
It delights romantics with fairy – tale castles, high cathedrals, and picturesque villages obviously with impressive progressiveness and modernity in the cities.
Best things to do in France
Things to do in France Paris comes the city of lights, Paris at the top of the list in which resides the Eiffel Tower. It is the most popular landmark in this country. It is also known as the “Iron Lady” because of its unique structural architecture and legacy.
This feat of ingenuity is made up of 8 thousand metallic parts which are 320 meters high. Eiffel tower was designed by Gustave Eiffel back in 1889 and of course, got its name from the designer.
It was originally designed as a temporary exhibit for the World Fair but was thanks to the critics, it is now an irreplaceable and beautiful emblem of the world.
You can go inside the tower and to the different levels of it experiencing the jaw-dropping panoramas. You can have a beautiful dine at the first level or you have a choice to go to the Michelin-starred Jules Vernes restaurant which is on the second level.
The topmost level where a visitor can visit is at the height of 27 meters. When you will reach that level you will be mesmerized by the view from there. The view of the whole city extending up to 70 km on a clear day can be seen from that level.
The English translation of Cote d’Azur is “Coast of Blue” because of the Mediterranean sea having a very deep blue color. As aforementioned it is the most fashionable place in France and is often synchronized with glamour.
Also known as French Riviera, it is located on the Mediterranean coastline in the corner of southeastern France. It is in between Menton and Cannes in the Alpes-Maritimes department. It is one of the 18 administrative regions of France.
This place becomes crowded during the summers and seaside resorts are packed with beach lovers. Most of the rich and wealthy people of this country reside here in their lavish villas and luxury yachts. The sea view seems unreal unless you visit here. It also consists of stellar art museums.
There are lavish and expensive hotels in the Cannes which is famous for its celebrity film festival.
You will find the best sandy beaches in France in Antibes and Saint–Tropez. Along with awesome beaches, there is a fishing village in Saint – Tropez where you can do fishing.
Palace of Versailles
It has been listed in the World Heritage Site for 30 years and is one of the greatest achievements in 17th-century art. It is located in Versailles has an area of 1,070 hectares.
Under Louis XIV, it was the principal royal residence from 1682 up till 1789. It is built up in the unique French Baroque architecture style and has more than 700 rooms, along with 1,200 fireplaces and 60 staircases.
To visit here, you should book a guide in advance before reaching the spot. You have to select the tour of your choice in the preferred language and the day of your visit. There are different days for different tours so make sure to check the availability of your chosen tour of that day.
You will realize the reality of France back in the days after visiting here. There is a famous hall of Mirrors where courtiers waited for an audience with the king. When the sizzling sunlight falls on the massive mirrors through the windows, it is reflected off and creates a soothing view.
Versailles also is known for the formal french gardens where there are pools, the shrubbery which is perfectly trimmed, fountains and many more.
It is the world’s largest art museum in Musee du Louvre, Paris, France having 10.2 million visitors according to 2018. It is ranked no. 1 nationally as well as globally. A historic monument and another massive landmark of France is a national museum and an art gallery that was built on the right bank side of the 12th-century fortress of Phillip Augustus. It has a collection of the most amazing art in history.
Many artworks are known worldwide such as the Mona Lisa painted by Leonardo da Vinci, the Venus de Milo and many more.
Few people know that this massive museum was an important residence of French kings and queens. After the departure of the royal family and the court of Versailles, the place was ultimately turned into a museum in 1793.
The museum is divided into eight different artistic departments which are paintings, Egyptian antiquities, Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities, Oriental antiquities, sculptures, art objects, the art of Islam and lastly Graphic arts. Over 1700 pieces of arts are kept here which covers a period from the middle age to 1848, as well as many antique civilizations.
You can focus on a shortlist of key artworks as it is impossible to see each masterpiece in a single visit.
It is located in southeastern France which shares its borders with Italy and the Mediterranean sea. This Provence is home to a mesmerizing landscape of olive groves, hills overlaid with the sunlight at the daytime and the purple lavender fields with small villages occupying the valleys.
For some historical facts, Provence became a part of France in 1486 and was involved in the religious war that a wept the country in the 16th century.
Take a break from the city light and come here for a soothing and relaxing experience from nature. The surrounding is a beautiful blend of natural beauty and country charm as it is in the countryside. The vibrant scenery is so beautiful that it has been an inspiration for many famous artworks.
The small streets wind to the water, where coves with turquoise water are perfect for cooling off. Taking a boat trip to see the Calanques can be considered as a must-do in here.
You can go up in the hilltop town and encounter the open view up to the town jetted out on the top of the mountain.
Mont Saint – Michel
Standing high in the sea on the coast of Normandy is the Mont Saint – Michel. It is one of France’s most striking landmarks. It is also known as the pyramid of seas because of the unreal sight perched on a rocky islet and surrounded by walls and bastions.
When there is a high tide it becomes an island and in low tide, it is possible to roam through the sand and visit Mont.
Abbaye de Saint – Michel is the main tourist attraction having a medieval marvel architecture which was found in 708 by Archbishop Aubert. It has been an important pilgrimage destination.
Loire Valley Chateaux
This beautiful place is like a fairyland which we dream of in our childhood. Here resides, “Garden Of France” which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This countryside is enraptured with woodlands and river valleys where there are beautiful and fairy – tales castles. Many of the castles are medieval fortresses built on the top of the hills which are surrounded by ramp parts.
It was a legacy of many of the many noble families who settled here because of its strategic riverside setting and proximity to Paris.
Cathedrale Notre Dame De Chartres
Chartres Cathedral is also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady Of Chartres. This is a Roman Catholic Church in France which is approx 80 km southwest from Paris.
It is also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage site and was constructed between 1193 and 1250 and is well preserved since then.
It is 371 feet tall and 151 feet wide having an area of 117,000 feet 2.
The stunning French Gothic architecture of this Cathedral with stained glasses attracts tourists and is also one of the most visited destinations in this country.
Since the people of medieval were very religious, they put a good amount of money and effort to make the churches and this specific one can be considered the best one. It was the destination of pilgrimage dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
This Cathedral is open for public walking every Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, from Lent which is between February 20 and March 20 until All Saint’s Day which is on November 1.
Another UNESCO World Heritage site of this country which is in the department of Aude, in the region of Occitanie with a population of 50,000 and has an area of 655.08km 2.
This very place is famous for the role it played in Albigensian Crusades when the city was a stronghold of Occitan Cathars.
Most made in the medieval, this place is worth visiting which is interesting from a historic Sandpoint.
This place is standing proudly with its amazingly rich history and legends. One of the most famous incidents in the past of Carcassonne gave it a name called “The Legend Of Dame Carcas”.
Except on Sundays, this place also offers you the best street foods in the local market. This market was the center of attraction since the 17th century, the main reason can be that it is situated in the busy central square.
Fresh vegetables, meat, a wide range of charcuterie and fish are sold here that you won’t want to miss for sure.
If you love walking then this place will be perfect for you. It can be steep at times but if you’ll walk throughout the city you will explore closely about its culture, architecture and many more.
You should not miss a chance to view the Bastille Day fireworks that are held annually on the 14th of July.
On the northern coast of France, there is a beautiful historic region known as Brittany. This place seems like God blessed it with great sceneries of the sea which is full myths and legends.
There are quaint fishing villages and seaports around this seaside. The ancient tradition can still be seen here which is well preserved by the locals and is mostly famous for the customized religious festivals.
The food of the locals is something that should not be missed because they are so delicious.
Quimper is a picture – posted historic town with gorgeous half-timbered houses, pleasant squares, and Gothic cathedral.
You can also visit sandy beaches, of course, because of its a seaside spot and the small islands with ancient castles.
Best Time to Visit
According to me, you should visit here during the springs because it is less crowded and budget-friendly. Spring falls here between April and June. Visiting in Winters will also be a good idea which falls between September and November.
The summer months can be hot, crowded and the hotel rents go high during this period.
Below is the annual temperature and rainfall chart of France:
About the Visa
France allows many countries to visit visa-free for up to 30 days.
For the countries which are not listed in the visa-free allowance or if you want to have an extended stay then visa will be required along with your country’s passport which should be valid for six months after application for the visa.
You must make an appointment with your local French consultant and provide the appropriate documents.
The best-estimated budget of a trip to France will be around $1,305 per head and the additional travelers will cost another $915 each.