The Best, Most Visited and Most Beautiful Destinations in France

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If you are planning a trip or a vacation on French territory, here is the list and a brief guide to the best destinations and destinations in France.

Paris

Eiffel Tower in Paris

Paris is the most popular tourist destination in the world, with more than 45 million visitors every year. The city is also nicknamed the city of lights, the city of love or the capital of fashion.



Capital of France, Paris is known for its romantic atmosphere and leadership in many sectors such as entertainment, food and wine, fashion, art and culture.

In addition to the city's historic attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris is also home to some of the world's best museums, such as the Louvre Museum and the Musée d'Orsay. Find out more about Paris ...

French Riviera

Cannes, Costa Azzurra - France - Foto da Istock

Located on the French Mediterranean coast, the Côte d'Azur (Côte d'Azur ) is the "playground" of the rich, for the celebrities and the hordes of international tourists that fill its beaches.

Although the Riviera is famous for the charm of St. Tropez, Monaco or the Cannes Film Festival, there are many other lesser-known destinations, such as the perched villages of Eze and Saint-Paul de Vence, and the perfumeries of Grasse, just to name a few.


The region enjoys a wonderful climate, warm all year round, despite being one of the northernmost coasts of the Mediterranean.


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Mont Saint Michel

The rocky island of Mont Saint Michel, located off the northwest coast of France in Normandy, lies in the middle of vast marshes and is subject to some of the most powerful tides in Europe.

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, the island is one of the most popular and spectacular places to visit in France, known for its composition of medieval structures built as if they were stacked on top of each other.

And then the main attraction, the abbey of Mont Saint Michel, is a majestic abbey built by devout monks in 708 AD, after the bishop of Avranches had an apparition of St. Michael. This French heritage landmark attracts 2 to 3 million visitors a year and is one of the top ten most visited sites in France.


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Bordeaux

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Built on the Garonne River, just half an hour from the Atlantic Ocean, Bordeaux is a major port city characterized by fine architecture, numerous historical sites, its world-famous arts and cultural scenes.


Bordeaux's city center encompasses more than 350 historic structures and monuments including medieval churches and charming old bridges, such as the Ponte de Pierre. The city also offers several beautiful squares of which Place de la Bourse is the most beautiful with its mirror effect.

A visit to Bordeaux would not be complete without a stroll in the surrounding "wine" countries, where tourists can admire picturesque villages, vineyards and castles.

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The Loire Valley

The Loire Valley is a region in central France known for its people, spectacular landscapes, splendid castles, picturesque vineyards and historic villages. A splendid tourist destination, the Loire Valley stretches for 280 km alongthe Loire River, taking in some of the most beautiful villages and charming castles in France.


Some of the most famous castles include Chambord, Amboise, Rivau, Chinon and Chenonceau. The valley is home to many wineries that offer various tours and tastings.

Biarritz

Located a few kilometers from Spain, on the Bay of Biscay, in the heart of the French Basque Country, Biarritz is a quiet and elegant seaside resort. This city is appreciated for its beautiful beaches and is known worldwide for surfing.

The main beach, Grande Plage, gets very crowded in summer, but there is also a long beach, an ideal spot for surfers, on the Boulevard du Prince de Galles, called Côte Basque.


Along the main bay is the city's well-known rock formation, the Rock of the Virgin, which is connected to the mainland by an old iron bridge built by Gustav Eiffel.

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Lyon

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Located in east-central France, Lyon is the capital of the department in the Rhône-Alpes region. With its long history, Lyon is today the third largest city in France

, known for its historic architecture, its gastronomy and its vibrant cultural scene. Find and book accommodation in Lyon

Lyon is made up of several neighborhoods, each with its own interesting treasures. For example, the peninsula is the heart of the city with its restaurants and bars, while the Croix-Rousse is known for its hundreds of hidden passages. fourviere boasts Roman ruins and Gothic churches also brotteaux

is the thriving neighborhood, which contains the beautiful Tête d'Or park.

Marseille

Port of Marseille - France - Photo by Istock

Marseille is one of the oldest cities in Europe

and the second largest city in France, as well as being a major Mediterranean port located off the southeastern coast of France.

With an idyllic climate, Roman ruins, medieval architecture and its various cultural sites, Marseille is also a fervent industrial city and home to several universities.

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Yours is in the center of Marseille's old port, dominated by two historic fortresses and animated by the many bars and stores located on the seafront. One of Marseille's best natural attractions are the Calanques

, a series of small coves with striking blue water and majestic limestone cliffs.

Carcassonne

Perched on a rocky hill and decorated with zigzag battlements, sturdy walls and pointed turrets in the shape of a witch's hat, from afar the fortified city of Carcassonne

looks like it has stepped out of a children's storybook.

This town represents most people's perfect idea of a medieval castle

and is without a doubt a breathtaking sight and one of the region's most important tourist attractions.

Le gole du Verdon

Famous for the formation of the most beautiful canyon in Europe

, these exceptional gorges and the turquoise Verdon river are definitely a place to visit in the south of France. One of the most famous corners of the Gorges du Verdon is undoubtedly the lake of Sainte Croix.

The Valensole plateau

Plateau of Valensole - Image by Pixabay

Covering an area of 800 km², this plateau has a wide variety of Mediterranean and mountain trees and plants. Why is it one of the best destinations in France? This is the place to go to look at magnificent lavender fields

that stretch as far as the eye can see!

The garden of Versailles, Île-de-France

Gardens of Versailles -

Located in the area of the Palace of Versailles

, an exceptional monument that has been the residence of the kings of France, the garden of Versailles is considered the model of the regular garden "à la Française" with its 386 works of art, including 221 statues.
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