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The 10 best places to visit in France and why

on 09/09/2019

What a great idea to visit France ! It is an amazing country for sightseeing as there’s no need to drive for hours to change the scenery, 200 km and you’re in a completely different place with its own unique beauty. We have selected 10 of our favorite places with 3 choice criteria to help you pick.

1 – Paris

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The City of Lights cannot be missed : strolling the streets and admire the beautiful buildings, dining on the Seine river, climbing up the Eiffel Tower, smiling at Mona Lisa in the Louvre and more. Why you will love Paris :

  • Wonderfully preserved monuments and buildings of all historical periods
  • A multitude of world class museums and cultural events
  • A world capital of food, wine & nightlife

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2 – The Alps & the Mont Blanc

At 4810 meters, the Mont Blanc is the top of Europe. If you’re not trained to hike it up, ride the cable car to the Aiguille du Midi and enjoy breathtaking views of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. A skiers’ paradise in the winter, it’s also a great destination in the Summer. Why you will love the Alps :

  • Nature, fresh air and breathtaking views
  • It’s the home of cheese fondue
  • Beautiful lakes with crystalline waters

3 – The Loire Valley

280 km of Renaissance castles, medieval abbeys, hunting domains and vineyards set along the lush Loire river banks. Visit the Sleeping Beauty’s castle at Ussé, watch a light show on the extravagant Château de Chambord or spend the night in the Abbey of Fontevraud. Why you will love the Loire Valley :

  • A multitude of historical sites in a green setting
  • Wine and gastronomy
  • Awesome bike trails

4 – The Gorges du Verdon

A natural gem : light green river flowing through monumental cliffs, lake Sainte-Croix with its turquoise w aters bordered by the lovely town of Moustiers. Climb the cliffs or go paragliding if you dare, canoe down the stream or hike on the river shore. Why you will love the Gorges du Verdon :

  • It’s a nature lovers’ paradise
  • Great place to go camping
  • White water sports area

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5 – Corsica

Also called the Island of Beauty, Corsica has it all. Paradise beaches with clear water, rocky mountains, and lovely historical towns. From beach resorts to nature trails, there’s something for everybody’s style of vacations. What you will love in Corsica :

  • Secluded creeks and party beaches
  • GR20 hiking trail
  • The cliff hanging medieval town of Bonifacio

6 – The Basque Coast

The Basque coast is located at the foot of the Pyrenees on the Spain border. An ideal vacation spot with surf beaches, beautiful cliffs that plunge into the ocean, picturesque villages and chic beach towns. Why you will love the Basque Coast :

  • The beautiful coastal trail
  • Watching the Sunset in a bar overlooking the ocean, nibbling tapas
  • The lovely architecture

7 – Mont St Michel

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Sitting on the border of Normandy and Brittany, the Mont St Michel is a Gothic Abbey built on top of a rock in a bay featuring the greatest tides in Europe. Depending on the time of year, it’s completely surrounded by sand or water. Why you will love the Mont St Michel :

  • Step back in time while visiting the abbey and the surrounding village on the rock
  • An exceptional natural site
  • Close to D-Day beaches and the beautiful Côte d’Emeraude

8 – The Bay of Arcachon

A few kilometers from Bordeaux, discover the Bassin d’Arcachon. Bordered by the picturesque oyster farming villages of the Cap Ferret peninsula on one side and the beautiful XIXth century beach towns on the other side, it’s a wonderful vacation spot. Why you will like the Bay of Arcachon :

  • Climbing the beautiful Dune du Pilat
  • Sailing on the Bay and beyond
  • Visiting nearby Bordeaux vineyards

9 – The Puys range

Did you know that there were volcanoes in France ? The Auvergne region has a large range of old volcanoes whose soft curves offer ideal hiking grounds for the whole family. Very green and rural, Auvergne has some of the best cheeses in France. Why you will like the Puys range :   

  • Breathtaking views from the Puy de Dôme
  • Vulcania amusement park
  • Many unusual eco-lodges

10 – The Cathar Country

In the Languedoc region, stuck between the Pyrénées mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, you will find a wonderful natural landscape of forests and rivers where 13th century castles are perched on rocks. Why you will like the Cathar Country

  • The fortified city of Carcassonne
  • A region extremely rich in history, myths and legends
  • The Cathar Trail
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