Top 10 Things to do in France
France is a culturally rich and diverse country filled with many beautiful things to see and do. Its traditions and history have deeply influenced the world that we live in, and seeing France firsthand can be a truly enriching experience. From the bustling streets of Nice and the galleries of Paris to France’s world-class vineyards, discover the top things to do in France.
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1Explore the sights of Paris
Paris really needs no introduction. It is one of the most beautiful, culturally vibrant and historic cities in the world. It is filled with chic cafes, fine restaurants, characterful bookstores such as the legendary Shakespeare and Company that has been a home to writers for decades, open air markets, and ornate public gardens. Though there is much to see and do- a show at the famous Moulin Rouge, a day at the Louvre, or shopping at the up and coming North Marais – simply walking around the streets of Paris can be a joy in itself. Travelers have been singing praises of Paris’ beautiful streets for centuries – join them and discover why!
2Explore the vineyards of France
France produces some of the world’s best wines. Famous fine wines such as Bordeaux, Burgundy, or even Champagne,all hail from regions of France. In fact, the name Champagne can only be attributed to bubbly from the Champagne region of the country. So, if you are a lover of wine and are looking for things to do in France, then a visit to the country’s iconic wine regions is a must. Imagine heading down to sunny Bordeaux to sample one of its delicious reds, or sip Champagne in the region it is produced. An experience of a lifetime for true connoisseur!
3Explore French beach towns, luxurious and quaint in turns
Though Paris is by far the most famous urban destination in France, it is far from being the only one worth visiting. To truly make the most of your time in France, we recommend heading to the sunny south of France, to the towns in the stunning French Riviera. In Nice, walk down the Promenade Des Anglais, feeling the warmth of a Mediterranean ocean breeze, before heading into the colorful old town to enjoy a delicious meal in one of its many charming restaurants. Just over 7 miles, away, head up to the medieval commune of Eze and watch a spectacular Mediterranean sunset, one of the most romantic things to see in all of France.
4Relish French food
French food is globally renowned for its boldness and technical sophistication. It is something the French take extremely seriously, so no matter where you find yourself in France, you’re bound to get a great meal. We recommend a rich Confit de Canard (roast duck), Ratatouille, or even a humble Soupe à l’oignon (Onion Soup) to savor the taste of authentic French cuisine. But, for the true French culinary experience we recommend trying some of the country’s cheeses in Normandy. In fact, if you go to the village of Vimoutiers, you can buy cheese from the very same market where Camembert was first created and sold. Also, like neighboring Belgium, France produces some truly exquisite chocolate.
5Discover beautiful natural landscapes
Though France is perhaps most famous for its towns and cities, it is also a country of exceptional natural beauty, making it a fantastic place to hike or explore by bicycle. The flat terrain and lush greenery of the Loire Valley are perfect for exploring on two wheels. Here you’ll pass blossoming meadows, vineyards, and the Loire river. If you head to the far south of France, you will reach the Camargue National Park in the Provence region, a land famous for its flamingos and beautiful white horses. Better still, places in the Camargue National Park can be discovered on horseback
6Marvel at France’s glorious architecture
Owing to its remarkable history, France has a wonderful range of architecture and architectural styles for you to explore. And if you really want to enjoy the best of French architecture, we recommend visiting the ancient island town of Mont St-Michel, famous for its stunning Cathedral that dominates the skyline. The Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and one of the most important pilgrimage venues in Europe. The Cathedral alone makes a visit to Mont St-Michel worthwhile, but the less famous, but no less architecturally interesting are the rugged old houses and other buildings that populate this famous island commune. You could also visit the Chateau de Chambord, the most famous chateau in France, renowned for being a great example of French-Renissance architecture.
7Admire French art
It’s hard to think of a country that has given the world such a high number of exceptional artists as France. The great galleries of the world are filled with French masterpieces, but only in France can you walk through Monet’s house and garden in Giverny, a garden that inspired some of the most beautiful paintings of the 20th century. Explore bohemian Montmartre, an area of Paris that has attracted artists for decades. Visit iconic galleries such as the Louvre, The Musee D’Orsay, The Musée de l’Orangerie, and the Centre Pompidou with its fascinating, surreal architecture.If you love art, you will feel at home in France.
8Walk in the footsteps of royalty in the opulent Palace of Versailles
The Palace of Versailles was slowly developed during the reign of Louis XIV during the 17th Century. Although the area was popular with the French royal family before this as a hunting ground, Louis had the vision to transform this beautiful area into arguably the grandest palace in the world. Once France became a republic in the 19th century, the palace became a museum dedicated to celebrating “all the glories of France”. This is as true today as it was then.As you walk through the Palace’s grand corridors and rooms, you’ll see art covering 500 years of French history. In fact, the rooms of the Palace are so finely decorated that they could almost be considered works of art by themselves! Just consider the stunning Hall of Mirrors, where. In 1919, the treaty that ended WWI was signed.
9Experience history by visiting D-Day beaches in Normandy
On the 6th of June 1944, the forces of the United States, Canada, and Great Britain stormed the beaches of Normandy. On five small stretches of the French north coast, codenamed Gold, Sword, Juno, Utah, and Omaha, the future of Europe was decided. From here the forces of Nazi Germany were finally pushed back and the tide finally turned on WWII. It was one of the most significant days in history, and you can visit these historic locations today. Standing on the beaches today is a haunting experience. Little remains, aside from the rusted ruins of the Nazi defences, of the immense battles that were fought on this scrap of coastline. You can, nonetheless, feel the immense weight of history. Visiting the beaches is a must for anyone interested in history.
If you want to indulge in some good old-fashioned retail therapy, then France is the place for you. In cities like Paris, Nice, or Lyon, you’ll find plenty of luxurious boutiques where you can buy the very best of French fashion. Fashion apart, you’ll also come across stores of all kinds catering to practically every interest, from large chains, to old-fashioned independent traders selling books along the Seine.
These highlights are but a small sample of the countless things to do in France. If your interest is piqued, why not experience France for yourself by booking a bespoke private tour. Our destination experts at Enchanting Travels will be happy to craft that perfect French vacation for you!
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The graceful architecture and historical significance of Avignon has earned the centre of the city the status of a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Vineyards and wine, particularly signature varieties like Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot are staples from the Bordeaux region.
The UNESCO World Heritage site of the Champagne Region is best known for its globally renowned product: champagne.
The UNESCO World Heritage site of the prosperous and fertile Loire River valley straddling Central France is known for its classic French châteaux and grand palaces.
Lyon is the gastronomic capital of France, standing at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers.
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