Just say it out loud and you will start having visuals of Effiel Tower, Notre Dame and Mona Lisa across your mind.
Why you should travel to France once in your lifetime? The answer is simple: France is incredibly beautiful. The list of reasons for visiting France will always remain endless. It is blessed with stunning landscapes, spectacular sea coasts, sculptured gardens, and picturesque villages. According to the UN World Tourism Organisation, it was named as the most popular destination with 84 million visitors last year.
Along with the amazing hospitality from its people, there are many other things to do that will always leave you ready for your second trip. We have picked the top seven reasons why France is the perfect place for your next vacation.
- The Eiffel Tower, Paris
Do we really need to mention this? Paris, the capital of France, is the home for numerous architectural wonder and Eiffel Tower is the most popular of them. You can go to the first floor to enjoy an overview of its history through its different illustrations, photographs, drawings, interactive activities, and engravings. If you don’t want to miss the panoramic view of Paris, climb the stairs and reach the second floor. Another thing to do here is obviously having a guided tour to learn everything about the most famous monument in France.
- Explore castles and villages
Do you know that 80% of France is mostly countryside? While visiting France, you cannot easily overlook the French villages. From Chamonix Mont Blanc to Colmar, Alsace, each of these villages let you enjoy delicious cheese, homemade wine, and warmth and hospitality of its people.
Talking about the castles, there is no place in the world that have Chateaux as beautiful as France. There are more than 4 thousand castles in France. Versailles Palace is the most visited castle by the tourists. From hilltop fortress castles like Carcassonne to delicate chateaus like the riverside Chenonceau, you can find a castle that suits everybody’s taste. You can easily spend your entire holiday exploring just a tiny section of these castles.
- Spectacular beaches
Take out your Seau et pelle (that’s your bucket and spade) and check out the coastline of France. France has it all, sea and ocean and mountains!
Southern France has a never-ending coastline, a pleasant sun, and sandy beaches. Brittany is the second best beach destination after the Mediterranean. If you’re looking for a good location in France for a family holiday at the beach, Savanah Collins from www.interhome.co.uk recommends staying in Brittany, which has 2,700 kilometers of coastline and beautiful hiking and cycling trails.
- Disneyland, Paris
After 25 years, Disneyland Paris has become the second most visited tourist attraction in Europe with 320 million visitors. Disneyland provides a great distraction just not to kids but parents too. There is always something for kids to keep them entertained. It has all the rides and attraction that you know and love, including Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Pirates of the Caribbean and spooky, fast or slow rides. The night show is the most spectacular event in the park. All the Disney characters come together and Disneyland comes alive with light projection and fireworks that will definitely blow your mind away.
- Cultural heritage
The French are proud of their culture and cultural heritage. With over 2,000 years of history, France has the best historical landmarks. Forty-one beautiful, unique and historical sites have been already listed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites. For example, Carcassonne is an impressive fortified city located in the southwest of France and was established in the 5th century.
- The fine wine
Some of the best wines that you have ever tasted belong to France. They produce around 50 to 60 million hectolitres (each hectolitre equals to 100 litres) of the stuff each year. Along with Champagne and Chardonnay, they are the creator of homemade French wine that you should try as well.
- Great cuisine
All that you have heard about famous French cuisine is actually correct. You cannot go to France and not be awestruck by its delicious food. From its sauces, bread, and pastries to its mouth-watering cheese, you cannot get enough of French food. Moreover, it is also famous for its charming walkway cafes and bars to famed Michelin starred restaurants of celebrity chefs.
- Skiing and other adventures
This is definitely one of the most favorite activities. France is the home to some of the exciting and varied skiing in the world. They have highly trained professional instructors to suit everybody’s skill level. Additionally, the mountains of Mont Blanc and Alps are the paradise for mountain bikers, hikers and climbers. And if you are not one of them, there are still plenty of things for you to explore, such as ski resorts, spas, restaurants, bars, and cultural attractions.
- Shop at markets
Maybe there are many reasons for you to visit France and we are sure, shopping is one of them. We all know, Paris is one of the most famous fashion capitals of the world and a popular shopping destination. Along with that, there are some types of weekly markets in different cities of France where you can taste local wines or sample gourmet delicacies. If you are an antique lover, Paris’ Porte de Vanves flea market or L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue market in Provence may prove to be a paradise for you.
- Captivating churches
Every year, millions of individuals travel to France to see Gothic churches and cathedrals. France is known for its many historically and architecturally remarkable churches. Gothic spires of Notre Dame and the Abbey at Mont St. Michel are absolutely majestic. Also, you will find a variety of other architectural styles of churches like modernist and Romano-Byzantine.
Regardless of sharing its border with eight countries, it is only a short ride away from the UK.
The city of light, Paris is the world’s most romantic city that let visitors enjoy the endless buffet of art, world-class music, food, history, and architecture. France has been the central point for the creation and storage for all the excellent things. Do you still need more reasons to visit France?