Visiting France is a dream for many people, and not without reason, since this European country is right at the top of the list of most travelers in the world due to its enticing mix of classic and pop culture, the arts, its exquisite cuisine, its fashion and the many historical venues for visitors to discover.
Here are a few of the top destinations in France:
- The Louvre
The Louvre is the finest and most respected museum for true art lovers. The Louvre is home to the most valuable heritage of artistic works from the most influential artists in history. These range from famous artists of different artistic movements and to works by Leonardo da Vinci and his painting, the Mona Lisa.
The Louvre is also filled with artistic treasures from throughout the centuries, so visitors are very likely to find something they may have only seen in art or history textbooks in the past.
- The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is regarded by millions of people as one of most representative icons of not just France, but of the entire world. The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 by the renowned Gustave Eiffel and stands a dramatic 324 meters above the ground. And of course, besides offering a staggering view of the “City of Lights” from its peak, it also offers shops and commerce inside for souvenirs and dining.
- The French Riviera
A great attraction for those looking for a more “sightseeing” trip to France would definitely be the popular French Riviera located on the coastline to the southeast of France. While navigating it, visitors are introduced to many famous sites, like gorgeous coastlines and beaches, and destinations like Cannes, Nice and St. Tropez. The French Riviera is a “tour de force” also for couples, since it offers breathtaking views and offers many fine-dining restaurants that make it the ideal place to spend the evening with a loved one.
- The Cathedral of Notre Dame
The Cathedral of Notre Dame offers a large cathedral of gothic style and is home to the Archbishop of the city. The cathedral is also famous due to an unlikely reason: it was heavily referenced (and also served as the backdrop) in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a well-read novel written by Victor Hugo. The Cathedral of Notre Dame is also famous for its great stone architecture and gargoyles that have been a constant presence in both classic and modern culture.
- The Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is another iconic monument of modern day France, and was built as homage to the army that fought along the famous Napoleon. The arch is made of two massive pillars that are in turn, connected by a majestic arch and it is full of commemorative carvings and inscriptions. The Arch is 50 meters tall, 45 meters wide and 22 meters deep, and due to its massive structure and to its strategic location (in the center of the Place Charles de Gaulle), it also serves as a landmark and point of reference for any visitor.
While many people may have visited Disneyland in the United States, they might think that Paris Disneyland will just be more of the same but Disneyland France has its own sort of unique attractions that are unique to French and European culture. So if you happen to be a fan of Disney and their great theme parks, then you would enjoy a visit to Disneyland France.
For those who study history, France has enough to deliver on that front as well, and the Fields of Normandy are definitely one of the most worthy historic representatives that France has to offer. These are the fields where several World War II battles were fought and where Joan of Arc was burned in the year 1431.
Lourdes is very popular destination for those who would like to learn more about the apparition of the Virgin Mary to Bernardette Soubirous in the 19th Century, an event that has brought millions of visitors to Lourdes, and is considered a sacred place.
- Museum d’Orsay
This French museum is located right inside a former train station, and to the left bank of the Senna River. This museum houses a wide variety of pieces of art that date from as far back as the 19th Century, with works of the likes of Monet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Sisley, Gauguin and Van Gogh. And, being located right at the bank of the Senna, this museum also offers great views of the river, so the fun doesn’t stop once you leave the museum.
What would France be without its wine? French wine is by far the best in the world, and France offers a series of wine tours which are ideal for anyone interested in wine culture. These tours allow visitors to visit vineyards and sometimes participate in the harvesting process.