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The most popular destinations in France

France can boast countless destinations of longing. Whether culture and savoir-vivre in the metropolises such as Paris, Marseille or Lyon or picturesque landscapes such as Provence or the Camargue – every traveller gets their money’s worth here. Connoisseurs will feel like God in France when it comes to wine and cheese and, last but not least, the country’s coasts beckon. From the sophisticated Côte d’Azur on the glittering Mediterranean Sea to the rough, wild beaches of Brittany , there’s something for everyone.

Paris – discover the city of love

The French capital is one of the most visited destinations in Europe. Art lovers are drawn to the Louvre, where one of the most famous paintings in the world fascinates guests: the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci. The Eiffel Tower offers beautiful views over the metropolis and is also often used as a backdrop for selfies. The monumental cathedral of Notre-Dame takes your breath away, and the Arc de Triomphe, the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Champs-Élysées should also be on your to-do list. The best way for travelers to capture the special atmosphere and lifestyle of Paris is with a croissant and a latte in one of the city’s charming cafés.

Around the capital – Disneyland and Versailles

Versailles
Versailles, Image: charlemagne / pixabay

Two of France’s most popular attractions are located just outside the capital. For families with children, the European offshoot of the Disney theme parks is a true Eldorado. Here, kids can meet the heroes of their favorite movies and have a fun time on age-appropriate rides. Meanwhile, the parents reminisce about childhood memories. Splendour and history, on the other hand, await guests in Versailles, one of the most famous palaces in the world. The complex of the legendary Sun King Louis XIV from the 17th century fascinates with an incredible abundance of magnificent rooms and valuable inventory. But a walk through the gardens is also an experience.

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See and be seen on the Côte d’Azur

View of St. Tropez
View of St. Tropez, Image: photosmatic / shutterstock

The picturesque region on the Mediterranean lives up to its name: here the water of the azure coast glistens with the sun. But not only sun worshippers and bathing fans get their money’s worth here – the pretty cities are also a sought-after destination for shopping enthusiasts and clubbers. The international jet set meets especially in Saint-Tropez, but many celebrities also cavort on the Promenade Anglais in Nice . The sophisticated city also scores with its Art Deco buildings.

Marseille – port city with flair

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Marseille
The port of Marseille, Image: S-F / shutterstock

Marseille is characterized by magnificent buildings, picturesque little alleys and the unique charm of the old port – the port city in the south of the country should definitely be on the program of a trip to France. Highlights include the Basilica of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde at the highest point of the city and a trip to the offshore island fortress Chateau d’If. The former prison from the 16th century is famous above all as the setting for the story of the Count of Monte Cristo.

Mont Saint Michel – a sought-after photo motif

Le Mont Saint Michel, Normandy
Le Mont Saint Michel, Image: canadastock / shutterstock

Everyone knows it from images that awaken longing: the monastery of Saint Michel enthroned on an island rock. The UNESCO World Heritage Site in Normandy is washed by water or rises directly from the mudflats, depending on the tides. At high tide, visitors reach the old monastery with the abbey, which is well worth seeing, via a bridge.

Brittany – for nature lovers

Unlike the chic, sun-drenched Mediterranean coasts of France, Brittany attracts outdoor enthusiasts interested in untamed nature. On the natural beaches on the Atlantic, water sports enthusiasts in particular will find a worthwhile destination. The winds and waves are perfect for surfing and sailing. The rugged cliffs invite you to long lonely hikes.

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Provence – a dream in purple

Wherever you look, you can see the intensely glowing lavender fields for which the French region in the southeast of the country is famous worldwide. A dreamlike and absolutely unique sight that will be remembered by travelers for a long time. And the scent also leaves a lasting impression on the memory.

Burgundy – an Eldorado for connoisseurs

Burgundy-Franche-Comté
Burgundy-Franche-Comté, Image: Massimo Santi / shutterstock

Bright yellow rapeseed fields, rolling green pastures and endless vineyards characterise Burgundy, as do the many rivers and charming villages. But the region’s main attraction is its famous cuisine. Gourmets can feast on specialties such as snails and truffles.

Loire – Castles and palaces

Fans of magnificent aristocratic residences can draw on plenty along the picturesque river in the Loire Valley. Over 400 castles and palaces worth seeing have been built here by the French aristocracy over centuries. The largest among them is Chambord Castle, which is definitely worth a detour. But Villandry with its fascinating gardens, the moated castle of Chenonceau or the historic castle of Blois are no less breathtaking.

The wild horses of the Camargue

They are among the last wild horses in Europe and live in the Camargue – the southern French landscape around the Rhönedelta. But the graceful white animals can not only be observed in the wild. They are also bred in the Camargue. Horse lovers can book a ride through nature on numerous farms and create long-lasting memories.

Les 3 Vallées for endless skiing fun

Winter sports enthusiasts will find the best conditions for skiing in the French Alps with their high peaks. The Les 3 Vallées network is the largest of the many ski areas – a total of 600 kilometres of slopes are available to active travellers here. At an altitude of up to 3,230 metres, there is suitable terrain for beginners and leisure skiers. Advanced skiers can enjoy fantastic glacier descents and the steep slopes of La Saulire await freeride professionals.

Alsace – pure country romance

Cities such as Colmar and Strasbourg entice not only with art treasures, but also with excellent cuisine that combines the best of the surrounding nature. Connoisseurs will of course taste one of the excellent wines of the region. On excursions to charming Alsatian villages, visitors can breathe in the fresh country air – life can be so wonderful in France!