List of Popular Places to Visit in France

Notre Dame, Louvre (which you can see in the image to the right), Montmartre, Arc de Triomphe, River Seine, Jardin du Luxembourg, and many other great attractions

Eiffel Tower
La Tour Eiffel, courtesy of Creative Commons

Eiffel Tower (La Tour Eiffel)

The Eiffel Tower in Paris is a prominent landmark and symbol of the magnificent monuments in France. French engineer Gustave Eiffel and his orgaization devoted two years to put up this famous monument for the World Exhibition of 1889. He is also famous for building the Statue of Libery in New York. Today, La Tour Eiffel features a restaurant and observation level.
It is just over 300 meters tall and built from more than 18,000 pieces of metal. There is also an elevator to get to the very top.

Musee du Louvre
The Louvre Museum, Photo courtesy of conti di luna/Flickr

The Louvre (Musee du Louvre)

A former Parisian palace contains the immense world famous art gallery known as the Louvre. The Louvre features an art collection of virtually 400,000 items and historical artifacts in its permanent collection. This collection includes the Mona Lisa (Leonardo da Vinci) , Nike of Samothrace, Venus De Milo, and Liberty Leading the People" (Eugène Delacroix) among the many stunning pieces of art.
There are eight departments of art: Decorative Arts, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Islamic Art, Sculptures, Near Eastern Antiquities, Paintings and Prints and Drawings. It is available to the public everyday except Tuesday and Christmas.

Versailles Palace
Palace of Versailles, Photo courtesy of Dopt /Flickr


A former palace for French royalty, during the reigns of Louis XIV (France's famed "Sun King"), Louis XV and Louis XVI until 1789.
Featuring an estimated 2,143 windows, 1,252 fireplaces, and 67 staircases, it is defnitely for for a king. You will be able to seeThe Hall of Mirrors, Grand Appartement du Roi, Grand Appartement de la Reine. The palace is among the popular places to see in France.

• Lasceaux Caves for 17,000 year old rock paintings

The "Isle of Beauty" has inspired the works of Henry Matisse and his appreciation of multitudes of color. Travelers tend to see Porto-Veccio, Bonifacio, and Plage de Palombaggi,

Cote d Azur
Cote d'Azur, Nice, Photo courtesy of Wilson Loo Kok Wee /Flickr

Cote d'Azur

Mediterranean metropolis with scenic landscapes, turquoise seas, extraordinary cuisine, world-class art galleries, vibrant nightlife, modern hotels, Roman remnants, Baroque chapels and enchanting villas and it is not difficult to realize why it has inspired artists.
Trendy areas include the Promenade des Anglais.

Corsica coast
Corsica, Nice, Photo courtesy of Bryce Edwards /Flickr


While in Corsica, do not miss hiking the curvy 112 mile GR20 trail. Due to its fame, there are huts conveniently situated at specific points along the way. As you can see, the views are to reason enough to go to Corsica.



Annecy French Alps
Annecy, Photo courtesy of Diana Skok Corridori /Flickr


Annecy is approximately 25 miles south of Geneva on the French portion of the Alps (the Haute-Savoie region), and on the shores of a turquoise lake, Lac du Annecy. Enclosed by mountains, pure air and a glacial lake, it is romantic, invigorating and ideal for couples and family, snowboarding and skiing.

Areas to see on your list should include Palais de l'Isle, the ancient castle, the spectacular lakefront, the magnificient mountains.

Le Mont Saint Michel
Mont Saint Michel, Photo courtesy of GrandyAnn/Flickr

Mont Saint Michel

located in western France on the north coast, close to the border of Brittany and Normandy, and also the place where you'll find age-old traditions going back hundreds of years. The monastery is surrounded on all sides by the sea and only the dam length of 2 kilometers joins the island to the mainland.

Following Paris, the Abbey of Mont Saint Michel is the area most frequented in France.

Lavender fields in Provence
Lavender field in Provençal region, Photo courtesy of Philip Haslett /Flickr

Lavender Fields in Provence

The best time of the year to see the lavender fields in full bloom is from the final weel in June to August. Take a drive or tour to see the beautiful biright purple views of the Plateau de Sault or the Plateau de Valensole.
NOTE: be careful of viper snakes in these fields!

Brittany Carnac stones
Carnac Stones in Brittany, Photo courtesy of OliBac /Flickr

Brittany: Carnac Stones

Carnac is famous for its distinctive and mysterious alignment of more than 3000 ancient standing stones in three open field sites. The Carnac Stones are reported to date back as far as 4500 B.C - 3300 B.C. . They are almost a mile in length, the fields each have evenly spaced stones varying in size from one to four metres in height.

A regional myth claims that an army was marching when the wizard Merlin cast a spell and made into stone. Subsequently, all kinds of theories have been given to explain away the origin of th mysterious stones.

Canal du Midi, Photo courtesy of Xabi Ezpeleta /Flickr

Canal du Midi

It's one of the most amazing achievements of civil engineering spanning approximately 360km (216 miles) of waterways connecting the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Created between 1667 and 1694, it lead the way for the Industrial Revolution it goes through more than 300 different frameworks (aqueducts, bridges, locks, tunnels, etc.)

Tourists adore the sedated journey as you go from town to town buying wine,cheese, bread, pork & honey at local chateaus

Marseilles, courtesy of Jddmano / Creative Commons


Tourists head to the port city of Marseille, the second largest city in France, for the blend of modern design and tradition. It has truly grown in the last ten years into a remarkably progressive urbanized area, featuring art and cooking culture that can stand on its own against any place in the Mediterranean.

What you should do in Marseilles si what else? go shopping!! The Basilica Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde towers above the town's cobblestone streets where pedestrians go shopping in popular areas like the rue Paradis, rue Saint Ferréol, and rue de Rome. Typical souvenirs are soap (savon de Marseille) and santons (carved wooden or clay crèche figurines) . You can also find great designs at the centre Bourse mall or buy some fresh fish at the fish market, or see some historical sites. It is truly a colorful city with immigrants from West and North Africa and other countries.

Lyon, courtesy of Rolf Heinrich Koln / Creative Commons


Lyon is France's third largest city is only a couple of hours away from Paris by the high speed TGV train. It is a city saturated in food and culture pleasures, with close to 2,000 restaurants. Lyon is has a rich history and tradition including the invention of the cinema.

The city centre is located on a prominent mass of land overlooking the Rhône and the Saône rivers. Visit the Observatoire de la basilique and Palais St-Pierre.

Strasbourg, courtesy of Mirrur Image / Flickr


Strasbourg is a modern French cultural center with the second largest railway facility in France following Paris.

Must see attractions include The cathedral of Notre-Dame, the Kammerzell house, the Petite France quarter, the Church of Saint-Thomas, Parc de l'Orangerie and the museums.

Chateaux in Bordeaux, courtesy of Langhorns / Flickr


A prospering city that's been rebeautified abundant with boutiques, distinct shops, excellent historical points of interest and set in the middle of wine country.

Bordeaux, France offers wine therapy spas, and a spacious and enchanting zone to walk and socialize. Popular areas to go are Rue Sainte-Catherine, Place de la Bourse (Place Royale), Porte Cailhau, the Golden Apple pub, and the restaurant Tupiña,

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To visit all or most of these places you're going to need to about 6-8 weeks to really enjoy it How to get there? In the larger cities using public transportation like the metro is best, or you can use a combination of train, high-speed train and rental cars. You can always use your smart phone as well and download a travel app like Google maps and plan your trip as necessary.

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