Sightseeing in France – what is left to see?
France has always been one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, drawing over 82 million tourists each year. Here is an overview of some different places you might like to visit:
An unusual and quiet sightseeing region in France is Luberon with amazing natural beauty that sits amidst rugged limestone hills, olive groves, and many gorgeous medieval hilltop villages. The villages are well worth exploring with amazing scenery and architecture. Quite a few of the villages are listed among the ‘most beautiful villages of France’, and though small each village has its own certain appeal and character.
French Basque country, Biarritz
This is a fabulous sightseeing adventure in France and only a few miles from Spain. Situated in the heart of the French Basque country is the beautiful Biarritz a dreamy, quaint seaside resort. It has lovely beaches and lots of architecture such as the town’s famous rock formation, the Rock of the Virgin, which connects to the mainland by an old iron bridge that was built by Gustav Eiffel.
Bordeaux is a major port city crammed with fine architecture, historic sites, wonderful shopping and home to world-class arts. It has more than 350 historic structures and landmarks including medieval churches and quaint old bridges such as the Ponte de Pierre. The city also features several beautiful plazas of which the Place de la Bourse is the most stunning. There are of course lots of vineyards to explore!
Another amazing sightseeing experience in France is the Mont-Saint-Michel, one of Europe’s most stunning sights. It is situated in a beautiful bay near Normandy and is the most visited tourist attraction in France. It is a fascinating mediaeval walled city, headed by a great gothic abbey and was one of the first monuments to be classed as a UNESCO world heritage site. However, it is not just a church built on a rock but a whole mediaeval city, one of the few regions in France to have been kept very well preserved. There is so much to explore including various religious monuments, quaint old houses, narrow streets, hotels, restaurants and beautiful shops.
Musee du Louvre
This is one of the largest museums in the world, even the main entrance to the Louvre is a stunning work of art. Inside the museum is a massive collection of some of world’s most exquisite artefacts including Egyptian mummies, Code of Hammurabi, Venus de Milo and Leonardo’s Mona Lisa. The Louvre’s fabulous collection of paintings dates back to the reign of Francis I of France. The best way to see it is with an experienced guide who will explain about the famous pieces and show you other secret gems.