France has always been a top travel destination for those seeking a Eurocentric holiday. Despite the terrorist threats and the increasing crime rates, France is still a safe haven for holidaymakers. The summer is here and these amazing places will offer you the best French adventure you’ve never thought of.
We have sorted out the five top travel destinations in France and the activities that you can do to spice up your stay in the country. It is the world’s top travel destination due to its fascinating culture, food, architecture, and social life, so expect lots of other travelers from all the corners of the globe to join you in most of these holiday spots. Here we go…
1. Paris – The City of Lights
Dubbed the world’s capital of fashion design, cosmetics, and bakeries, Paris is ever vibrant in almost everything! With more than 6,000 streets and a population of 12 million inhabitants, Paris is always the center of attention from around the world. Top attractions in the city include the 324meters tall Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Art Museum, the iconic Gothic Church of Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, Montmartre, and so many others.
2. Cote d’Azur (French Riviera)
This Mediterranean coastal city is famous for its pristine beaches that never falls short of international tourists. Famous attractions include St. Tropez, Monaco, the annual Cannes Film Festival, luxurious resorts, shopping malls and the nearby old villages of Eze and Saint Paul de Vence! The visitors will enjoy the mild Mediterranean warm climate like nowhere else in France. Top cuisines to enjoy include olive oil, garlic and herbs, gorgeous vegetables and fruits, goat’s cheeses and, of course, plenty of fish from the Mediterranean.
This is France’s most colorful city found in Alsace. You’ll find many canals lined with bright-colored flowers, and brightly painted rows of houses that dot its streets. The city borders Germany, so you’ll encounter a German-speaking population. You may want to enjoy a native Alsatian delicacy of Tarte flambée which is similar to pizza but also traditionally topped with crème fraîche, cheese, onions, and lardons. Take time to visit Maison des Tetes, Maison Pfister, the Dominican church, and Unterlinden Museum. All of these great architectural structures boast of great wall paintings, old wooden houses, and many antique collections.
Set on the banks of River Garonne near the Atlantic Ocean, Bordeaux offers well-preserved French culture in its ancient architectural designs, vibrant museums, historical sites, world-class art galleries, shopping malls, and vineyards. The city center itself has 350 historic landmarks and among them include medieval churches, iconic old bridges like the Ponte de Pierre. You can also visit beautiful plazas like the Place de la Bourse with its striking with its mirror-like effect. Try out the native dish, the entrecôte marchand de vin, that includes rib steaks prepared using the Bordeaux wine, butter, shallots, herbs and bone marrow.
5. Loire Valley
Located in central France, Loire valley has a conducive setting for visitors seeking a natural-themed solitude after an exhaustive tour of the bustling Paris. There’s a lot to adventure including the scenic vineyards, spectacular country scenery, the impressive wineries, and some historical villages. The valley stretches along the Loire River for almost 300 km and alongside it, you’ll encounter the most beautiful vineyards, serene villages, and wineries. You can also have a guided tour of the many wineries in the area. The must try foods include, goat cheese, wild boar or deer game meat, and the Sables a delicacy dessert.