France is the most popular tourist destination in the world. attracting over 80 million visitors every year. The country is a perfect blend of historical and natural landmarks. along with being a major cultural hub of Europe. Every corner of this country has something to offer that is charmingly unique. In this blog, we will look into 10 such attractions and activities that could make your visit to France a memory to cherish for a lifetime.
- Visiting the Chateau de Chenonceau
In terms of footfall, this is the second most visited palace in France, after the Palace of Versailles. It is built on the banks of the River Cher in the beautiful French village by the name of Chenonceaux. The estate finds first mention in an 11th century writing; however, the present building dates back to the 15th century. It has had many owners over the centuries, including King Francis I of France. It is presently owned by the Menier family, who used to own a famous chocolate company. The chateau is open to the public and you have the chance to witness the royalty of yesteryear from close quarters. Built in Gothic and Renaissance styles of architecture, this chateau is protected as a heritage site by the French government.
- Enjoying Fresh Sea Food in Saint Malo
Saint Malo is a small walled port city in the Brittany region on the north western coast of France. The city is not very large but attracts a large number of tourists during the summer months. The main attraction are its several historical monuments which include chateaus and churches. The city is also considered a gastronomical paradise for sea food lovers with its fresh catch from the English Channel. No wonder it has the highest concentration of restaurants in the whole of Europe! So, in between taking random strolls and guided tours of the city attractions, enjoy some of the best food France has to offer.
- Bathing in Calanque d’En-Vau
Located about 25 km south east of Marseille, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of France, the Calanque d’En-Vau is a popular attraction with tourists. The calanque — a steep walled natural inlet — has clear crystal waters sandwiched between stunning white limestone cliffs. This is a perfect place to visit during the summer months and take a bath to escape the heat. There are few hiking trails for those who want to keep their feet dry. Boat tours are also available for those who want to enjoy the beauty from the Mediterranean waters.
- Staying at a Luxurious Parisian Hotel
Paris is known globally for its style and sophistication. If you are looking to visit a city and splurge on some elegance, then this is the place to be. There are many hotels in Paris which not only give you old-world charm, they pair it with some of the most luxurious services that one can offer. There are many to choose from in all corners of Paris. Some of those that made our list include the Saint James Paris, Pavillon de la Reine, L’Hotel, and Le Meurice.
- Visiting the French Riviera
The French Riviera is one of the most popular resort areas in western Europe. First established as a health resort for the British aristocrats in the 18th century, the region has attracted the high and the mighty over the decades that followed, ranging from royalty to pop superstars. The French Riviera — called Cote d’Azur in the local language — is the southeastern Mediterranean coastline of France. It is home to number of French towns, most notably Cannes and Nice.
- Kayaking at the Gorges du Verdon
The Gorges du Vernon is a canyon that is considered to be one of the most picturesque nature attractions in France. Named after the River Verdon that cuts through it with its crystal clear waters, the Gorges du Verdon is almost 25 km long and 700 m deep. It attracts a large footfall of tourists due to its proximity to the French Riviera which is just about 100 km to the south. Although the canyon is an attraction in itself for its natural beauty, many visitors come here for the large number of outdoor activities on offer. While the less adventurous can go for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fly fishing, and swimming, the adrenaline junkies can try paragliding, mountain biking, and bungee jumping. The region is said to have about 1500 rock climbing trails on its limestone cliff.
- Visiting Mont Blanc to Step Into The Void
Standing at 4808 m, Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the European mainland. The mountain is a part of the French Alps range and is situated near the eastern border of France. Right next to Mont Blanc is the Aiguille du Midi peak standing at a height of 3842 m. This peak has become a major tourist attraction after a glass walk was opened in 2013. This glass walk, called Step Into The Void, has straight down view of 1035 m, truly making one feel as if walking in a void. This is probably the best way to enjoy the French Alps without breaking into a sweat.
- Triggering your 5 Senses in Yvoire
Located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south eastern France on the banks of Lake Geneva is one of the most picturesque medieval villages of the country – Yvoire. The village has nearly 700 years of history and a number of medieval architecture to boast of but it is best known for its flower decorations that has attracted tourists from all over France and beyond. One of its major attractions is the Garden of Five Senses that was classified as a Remarkable Garden by the French Ministry.
- Visiting the Provence Region
Located about 100 km inland from the French Riviera is one of the most diverse natural region of France — Provence. From the warm sunny beaches to snow-capped Alpine peaks and from National Parks to the Gorges du Verdon, Provence has something for every nature loving visitor. The region is home to half of the 6 national Parks in France. Historically, this region was the first to be conquered by the Romans on this side of the Alps, and one can still find traces of its distinct culture when visiting the interiors. Other than its natural wonders, Provence also has many medieval architecture dotted all over. The largest city in the Provence region is Marseille.
- Enjoying a Sunset from the Eiffel Tower
No trip to Paris is complete without visiting the Eiffel Tower. The city and its iconic landmark has become synonymous with romance that attract couples and honeymooners from all over. Even if you are visiting solo, a visit to the Eiffel Tower is a must. Take the elevator to the top of the tower or simply stroll around in the park. Visit the place during sunset to capture one of the best images of Paris — the city of love.
Originally posted 2017-03-06 14:49:57.