France is the largest country in Western Europe and the most popular tourist destination in the world with more than 80 million tourists visiting the country every year. Paris, the capital is ranked as the most visited city in the world with a staggering 15 million international tourists making their holiday here.
France has plenty of attractions to see with thirty seven world heritage sites, beautiful beaches and ski resorts and of course the beautiful small picturesque French villages with its culture and ambiance that have labelled France as one of the most romantic countries in the world. The rich and famous are also attracted to the French Riviera, the southeastern part of France that hosts half of all the worlds’ super yachts and the most pristine beaches in the Mediterranean Sea for a great beach holiday in France.
Many start their holiday adventure in Paris to see the world famous landmarks of the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and the gardens at Château de Versailles. One needs to budget plenty of holiday time when coming to France as the famous Musee du Louvre (Art Museum) will alone take you a full day to fully appreciate and discover.
Holidaymakers may find it difficult where to go next outside of Paris. The Aix-en-Provence is great with its history of artists and musicians, Bordeaux is a city famous for its wines, Nîmes has many historical remains of the Roman Empire and Toulouse features the famous Capitole de Toulouse designed by Raymond Moretti.
The second most visited castle in France after the Palace of Versailles is the Château de Chambord founded in 1519. This 440-room castle is of very distinct French Renaissance architecture was originally built by King François to be used only as a hunting lodge.
To the far northwest of France lies Mont Saint-Michel (Saint Michael’s Mount) that is a commune on a rocky tidal island. This world heritage site dates back to the eight century AD and is one of France’s most notable landmarks attracting more than 2 million tourists.
During the winter months of France avid skiing enthusiasts flock to the Chamonix in the French Alps. The ski resort at Chamonix is world famous and was the site of the very first ever winter Olympics in 1924. During the summer months Chamonix is popular amongst other thrill seekers whom are drawn to the area for alpine mountaineering.
France also contains one of Europe’s most beautiful river canyons being the Verdon Gorge. Over 25 kilometres long of beautiful emerald green water, the Verdon River makes the perfect holiday attraction for canoeing in France.
We hope you enjoy the perfect holiday in France.