France is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world – which makes it quite difficult to choose which part of France to visit. Mediterranean or Atlantic? Alps or Pyrenees? Loire or Rhône? Paris or Marseille? Here is a list to help you decide.
Places to visit in France
France is a diversified country, with a Mediterranean climate in the south, in resorts such as Antibes and a maritime one in the north, with history in its most picturesque place, as it were Mount St. Michael. You can taste the delicacies of Spain in its southern cuisine, while some corners of Strasbourg feel more German than French.
The City of Lights, the city of lovers - the capital of France does not disappoint. Regardless of how many times you've seen images of Eiffel Tower and Sacré-Coeur, they never manage to amaze themselves like in real life.
From food and fashion to art and architecture, this is a city that combines tradition with innovation, where you can walk down elegant boulevards or do what every young Parisian does and rent a bike. You can do vintage shopping in Les Halles or Porte de Clignancourt or you can go to the Marais for brand boutiques, street art and street food.
Stroll the cobbled streets of Montmartre and enjoy the colorful past of Moulin Rouge and its association with Toulouse-Lautrec or go to the renovated Palais de Tokyo on the Seine for one of the best views of the Paris skyline.
Walk along the Champs-Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe, admiring the elegance of the Grand Palais and enjoying a coffee at a café-trottoir on the route, or visit the glass pyramid designed by IM Pei at the Louvre, best enjoyed at sunset.
And then there are the French novelists - from Victor Hugo and his association with Notre Dame, to Camus, Sartre and de Beauvoir and theirs with Café des Deux Magots. The Pantheon is the resting place for many literary greats, just like the famous cemetery Père Lachaise.
Chateau de Versailles
The Unesco World Heritage Sites of the Castle of Versailles and the Gardens of Versailles they are an absolutely mandatory visit in France. Louis XIV's 18th century gilded palace will not disappoint, in fact its scale can only be truly appreciated within its walls.
It is absolutely necessary to visit the Petit Trianon - Marie Antoinette's private residence - and the smaller-scale Grand Trianon palace.
Cote d'Azur it is among the most beautiful and famous coastal areas in the world. This includes many cities that you will surely fall in love with once you get there, including Niche, cannes, Eze, Avignon, monaco, Saint Tropez, MARSEILLE and Chin. And besides the clean and carefully arranged beaches, the buildings with special architecture complete this elegant environment.
It is worth going to at least one of these cities, because here you will find castles, museums, villas and promenades as if taken out of stories.
The lavender fields of Provence
From June to August in Provence, rows and rows of lavender plants cover the rolling hills, stretching as far as the eye can see. The sweet scent will tell you they're there before you see them and when you do, it's truly spectacular.
Visit a lavender distillery or schedule your visit to coincide with one of the lavender festivals taking place this season.
Antibes, on the south coast of France, is known for its star-shaped Fort Carré and its old town, both surrounded by 16th-century ramparts.
Today, it is a resort town with local restaurants, beautiful streets and sandy beaches. It flourished in the Roman era thanks to its natural resources and, after managing to keep a fairly low profile during several wars in the 1700s, it rose to new heights in fashion with the wave of high society and artists (Fitzgerald, Picasso and so on) choosing this area of France as home-from-home. Cap d'Antibes, about 15 minutes from the city center, is a piece of Mediterranean paradise.
Loire Valley is a the land of castes and the number of early French Renaissance castles, decorated in a relatively small area, will take your breath away. There are believed to be over 300 castles in this region of France and most of them were built simply because the French kings started building holiday homes and the nobility, wanting to be where the kings were, followed the example.
The result, being incredible castles such as the Chateau de Chambord and the royal Chateau d'Amboise.
You can find Arcachon Bay on the west coast of France, just one hour away from the dazzling city of Bordeaux. Located on the edge of the Landes de Gascogne regional natural park, it is known as Le Bassin (the basin) by the locals and has almost its own microclimate; towns and villages are protected from the harshest Atlantic weather.
Arcachon Bay is probably best known for Dune du Pilat – the highest sand dune in Europe, measuring 110 m (361 ft) above sea level. Andernos-les-Bains, located on the inner edge of the basin, is a very beautiful village and worth visiting.
Mount Saint Michel
Mont Saint Michel it rises like an icon from the sea and its beauty is renowned. Similar to a fairy tale, with its medieval monastery above, this island commune is visited by over three million people every year. The view is breathtaking, so make sure you go early and plan your visit when the tides are in your favor for the longest viewing window.
Pink granite coast
Côte de Granit Rose it is located in northern Brittany and stretches for more than 30 kilometers (19 miles). Go to the village of Ploumanac'h, which is not only very beautiful, but also the best starting point from which to explore this rose-hued coastline.
The mild coastal climate, mixed with the vibrant colors of the pink rocks, together with the clearest sea you will ever see, all intertwined with wild flowers and golden sands combine to make this corner of France one of the most unexpected and enchanting.