It should come as no surprise that France is the most popular tourist destination in the world. Almost 90 million people visit France annually, which is much more than the 82 million who visit Spain. In terms of population, the United States comes in at #3, with 78 million people. According to these numbers, France is once again the most visited country in the world, despite a rocky few years.
What is it about France that draws so many visitors each year? We'll do our best to break down just why it is that France attracts more international visitors than any other country. Surely, 89 million individuals can't all be incorrect.
Paris … An undeniable charisma
What more can we say? The beauty and charm of Paris cannot be denied. Paris's gorgeous architecture, trendy cafés, and plenty of art galleries will quickly win you over. Find activities like going to the top of the Eiffel Tower that allow you to both blends in with locals and stand out as the ultimate tourist (here are some alternative things to do in Paris). The greatest way to get a sense of life in France's capital is to go out and mingle with the locals over a Pastis.
Note: For a stunning view of the city, ride the elevator to the top of the Montparnasse Tower. There are a lot fewer people waiting to enter, and the views include the Iron Lady herself, compared to the Eiffel Tower. You may reserve a tour of the King's Apartment at the Palace of Versailles at 10 a.m. if you prepare beforehand. The King's Apartment is off-limits to the public, but you may visit it here on our tour! Paying the extra dollar or two for this option might save you time waiting in line.
A Country With amazing landscapes
When compared to other countries, France's natural beauty is right up there with the best of them. From the glittering beaches of the French Riviera to the patchwork meadows of the Loire Valley, the snow-capped Alps, and the centuries-old port ports of Normandy, France's landscapes are incredibly diverse. Many individuals, particularly those who like nature, may be lured by this. France is a fantastic travel destination because of its varied topography, which includes both mountainous regions and coastal areas. Because of this, your vacation budget will stretch even farther, and you'll have even more fun. If you want to make your Facebook friends green with envy, you'd better bring a camera.
Here’s Where you see history everywhere;
The French past is rather broad. France's history of emperors and republics and military revolutions has left an indelible mark on the whole country. The Loire Valley in France is home to numerous beautiful castles and gardens that are worth seeing. In the Dordogne area, you may witness a spectacular reproduction of Lascaux's ancient cave paintings, or you can make the journey to Font-de-Gaume to see the murals in person. Alternatively, you may take a day trip or weekend vacation to one of France's charming medieval towns or villages, such as Provins southeast of Paris or Bayeux in Normandy. We've included some links below to further information about some of our favorite cities in France.
Architectural styles from different eras
Art deco in France is everywhere and it's all beautiful. These include the abbeys of Mont Saint Michel and Abbaye de Sénanque in Normandy and Provence, respectively; the medieval market halls of Dives-sur-Mer on the Normandy coast; and the Maison Carrée in Nîmes, southern France, an unearthed Roman temple and amphitheater. It's highly recommended that you check out the half-timbered homes in Normandy's inland and coastal communities, as well as the traditional Basque homes in the French Basque Country's quaint little towns. From the largest city to the tiniest village, every construction in France adds to the extraordinary variety of the country's scenery.
Astonishingly Tasty Dishes
The quality of French food is universally acknowledged as high. You must try these French dishes; they come highly recommended. Did you realize, though, that every area of France has its own unique cuisine? We'll bet that as you travel around France, you'll sample (and probably fall in love with) a wide variety of regional foods. Our article about Basque cuisine may be of interest to you. You may also choose from an array of other gourmet dishes, such as beef Bourguignon, rillettes, and duck confit. You can always depend on drinking excellent Bordeaux while devouring mountains of pungent cheese and warm, fresh bread.
Lovely Wine in a Beautiful Bottle
It doesn't matter whether you're a seasoned vino connoisseur or a complete wine newbie; France's wine selection will satisfy your needs. We know all the best spots to take our visitors for wine tasting in Paris, from the hippest bistros to the most renowned wine bars in the city. We've explored several of the wineries in the area, and we know which ones offer golf cart tours and picnics amid the vines. We highly recommend the O Chateau Wine Bar and Restaurant if you find yourself in Paris. The Louvre, at number 68 of the Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, is conveniently nearby. Wine tastings may be scheduled whenever is most convenient for you.
The scenic views of beaches
Some of the most stunning beaches and landscapes on the planet may be found in this region.
The beauty of the French Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts has been immortalized in paint by some of the world's greatest artists. Enjoy the warm weather by spending at least a day or two at the beach if you plan to visit France between late spring and early autumn. It's too chilly and windy to enjoy the Atlantic shores before June or after September, particularly in Normandy and Brittany. However, from late April to early October, warm-weather tourists may enjoy the French Riviera and Provence. Find out more about some of our preferred French beaches so that you may choose the one that is most easily accessible from wherever in France you may be staying.
Presence of Unesco Classified World Heritage Sites.
Many of France's UNESCO World Heritage monuments date from the Middle Ages, including cities, castles, temples, forts, and landscapes. As of the date, this article was written (2019), these 44 locations are dispersed throughout France and represent some of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Each of the 15 areas in France that we see on our travels has been the subject of extensive study and documentation. One place to get the whole list is on the UNESCO website.
France is a great place to ski for many reasons.
The French Alps are a popular destination for skiers of all experience levels each winter. Skiers of all abilities will enjoy France's many ski areas. There are broad, easy routes for beginners, exciting, fast red lines for intermediates, and hard, dangerous black runs for experts at most ski resorts. Skiers with experience who prefer to go off-piste to avoid crowds may be pleasantly surprised by the variety and quality of terrain they encounter. Skiers often go to one of the more well-known mountain resorts in the winter, such as Chamonix, Courchevel, Morzine, Tignes, or Val d'Isère. Les Trois Vallées is the biggest linked ski area in the world, and it has some of the greatest high-altitude terrains in the world, where snowfall is almost assured.
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