The Top 10 Attractions in France

France boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. With its fairy-tale castles, amazing cathedrals, picturesque villages and of course, not forgetting Paris with the Eiffel Tower and all the famous places it has to offer.

Eiffel Tower

This is the absolute symbol of Paris and is one of the world’s most famous landmarks. Initially it was loathed by critics but now, this 320-metre-high tower is a much loved fixture of the Paris skyline. Visitors are impressed by the tower’s enormous size and the breathtaking panoramic views you can visit at each of the three levels.

Louvre Museum

This museum is among the top European collections of fine arts. Included here is the Mona Lisa by Leonardo DaVinci, the Wedding Feast at Cana by Veronese, and the 1st-century-BC Venus de Milo sculpture. The wealthy collection is due to the contributions of various kings who lived in the Louvre.

Côte d’Azur

Renowned as the place of glamour. The Côte d’Azur translates to “Blue Coast,” named after the deep blue colour of the Mediterranean Sea. Also known as the French Riviera, boasting many of the rich and famous who live here in their lavish villas and on their luxury yachts.

Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel is one of France’s most striking landmarks. This “Pyramid of the Seas” is indeed a mystical sight, perched on a rocky islet and surrounded by walls and bastions. At high tide, Mont-Saint-Michel is an island. At low tide, it is possible to walk across the sand to the Mont. The main tourist attraction here is the Abbaye de Saint.

Loire Valley Châteaux

The Loire Valley boasts gorgeous countryside of woodlands and river valleys with fairy-tale castles complete with moats and turreted towers. The entire area of the Loire Valley is known as the “Garden of France. Some of the Loire castles are medieval fortresses built on hilltops and surrounded by ramparts.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres

This UNESCO-listed cathedral illustrates the glory of medieval Gothic architecture. Covering 2,500 square metres, the brilliant stained-glass windows allow colourful light to filter into the vast nave which creates an absolutely stunning effect. Most of the windows date back from the 13th century and reveal the incredible biblical craftsmanship.

Provence

This is a fabulous landscape of olive groves, beautiful rolling hills, and the most deepest purple lavender fields, with little villages nestled in the valleys and perched on rocky devines. The vibrant scenery has enthralled many famous artists, including Cézanne, Matisse, Chagall, and Picasso. Take yourself on a leisurely stroll along the cobblestone streets or ‘people watch’ on sunny terraces of outdoor cafés.

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

The breathtaking spectacle of Mont Blanc in the French Alps is an unforgettable sight. The highest mountain peak in Europe, Mont Blanc forms part of the French border with Italy. It soars to 4,810 metres and is always topped with snow. This quaint little town is filled with historic churches and cute chalet-style restaurants.

Alsace Villages

These picturesque Alsatian villages have gorgeous pastel-painted, half-timbered houses which are clustered around small parish churches. Flowering balconies and pedestrianised cobbled streets add to the charm. Many of the villages have won France’s award for a “Village Fleuris” (Flowering Village).

Carcassonne

Carcassonne appears to be straight out of a fairy-tale scene. This beautiful city takes visitors back into the Middle Ages. The walled town is full of narrow, winding cobblestone lanes and quaint old houses all maintain the medieval character.