Packed full of sunshine attractions, France has much to offer a holidaymaker when it comes to sights. From the picturesque Dordogne to the romantic Paris, France is also counted among the most popular tourist destinations of the world. With its famous wines and cheese, agreeable climate, beautiful beaches and one of the most celebrated cuisines of the world, the place has something for everyone.
Palace of Versailles: Showcasing the opulence and grandeur of French monarchy at its best, the Palace of Versailles is counted amongst the most famous chateaus of the world drawing more than 3 million visitors every year. First constructed in 1624 as a hunting lodge, the palace was later expanded to be the official residence of French Royal family. Some of the stunning features of the place include the Hall of mirrors, the grand apartment of King Louis XVI and a 250 acre formal garden with a geometrical designing of trees, flowers and pathways. The stunning architecture complete with equally fabulous furniture, art and antiques is a sight to behold giving you a sneak peek into the life of the royals.
Mont Saint Michael: With a stunning backdrop, the rocky island of Mont Saint Michael stands amidst the most powerful tidal waves of Europe off the north western coast of France in Normandy. This medieval town offers some fascinating views of medieval walls, fortifications, a small yet cohesive local culture and winding streets lined with chapels, gardens, museums and hotels. However, the star attraction of the place is the Abbey of Mont Saint Michael built in 708 A.D. after the visit of Archangel Michael to Bishop of Avranches. Since then, the abbey was deemed as an important pilgrimage point, prison and strategic fortress for years.
Graotte De Font De Gaume: In addition to some famous historical structures and natural attractions, France is also home to many a fascinating prehistoric locations of the world. Considered to be the most famous and most visited of these, Font De Gaume is located in south west France and contains prehistoric polychrome cave paintings and engravings that date back to the Magdalenian period. First discovered in 1901, the place forms a part of the UNESCO World Heritage of the Vezere Valley with more than 200 images identified till date and yet more to be done in the future.
Eiffel Tower: Dominating the Parisian skyline, Eiffel Tower is a must see in every visitor’s book of France attractions. Considered to be a recognised symbol of Paris all over the world, this iron tower was built by Gustave Eiffel as an entrance arch in 1889 for International Exhibition of Paris. Considered to be the most iconic and mot visited paid monument of the world, catch the best views from the third level of the tower at 276m that can be reached by a separate lift from the second level.
Paris: Counted as a tourist attraction in itself, the city of Paris goes by various nicknames of City of Love, City of Lightsand the Fashion Capital due to its romantic ambience and importance in the industries of entertainment, business, gastronomy, art, fashion and culture. Some of the most famous sights dotting the Parisian landscape are the Eiffel Tower, Arc De Triomphe, Sacre Coeur, Versailles Palace, and Notre Dame Cathedral. There are also the finest museums of Louvre and Musee d’Orsay as well as the magnificent Luxemborg Gardens. Teeming with art galleries, opera houses and nightclubs in every distric, there is no dearth of entertainment options in the city. For the foodies, there are the Michelin star restaurants serving the finest cuisines of the world right on your plate. Explore France and you shall feel like you have made a trip to the heart of France.
Chamonix: This famous ski resort located in the French Alps at the foot of Mont Blanc was the site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924. Considered to be the most challenging slopes of Europe, the place plays host to man a professional ski enthusiasts who come here in winters to test their limits to the extreme. In summer, the place becomes a mecca for the mountaineers and mountain bikers with some fabulous views on display.
Nimes Arena: This roman amphitheatre located in the French city of Nimes is often counted as one of the best preserved amphitheatres of the world perhaps even better than the Roman Colosseum to some level. Remodelled in 1863 to serve as a bullring, the arena played host to two annual bullfights during Feria d Nimes as well as other public events. Visit the place and you shall get the true feel of how the Roman spectators used to feel when they visited the place for some event. With an audio guide and detailed exhibits, the experience comes to life to remain in your memory for a long time to come.
Carcassonne: The fort of Carcassonne located in the fortified town of Carcassonne is a famous tourist attraction due to its fairy tale like appearance and a history that dates back to even before the Roman era. Located in the Languedoc- Roussillon region of France, this medieval fortress was restored by architect Eugene Viollet Le Duc in 1853 after which it was also added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List in 1997.
Gorge Du Verdon: The Verdon Gorge is a 25 km long river canyon rising spectacularly to a height of 700 metres from the Verdon river below. This river that has been named Verdon after its starting emerald green color is considered to be the most startling and the most beautiful feature pf the gorge. Not just for boating, the place is also a haven for water sports enthusiasts looking for a great place to raft, kayak, sail or water ski.
These are just some of the famous attractions of France. The place is so full of destinations that a comprehensive list of the same is hardly possible. After all, having been a part of the ancient Roman empire as well as having a thriving modern culture, the pace is a mecca for tourists from all walks of life who can find attractions that suit their taste and plans in this famous country.