There are literally hundreds of tourist attractions in France, ranging from cultural or historical, to architecture and art, as well as great natural beauty.
The hardest part is trying to decide which ones to visit!
If you’ve already seen the ‘obvious’ famous hotspots such as the Eiffel Tower and Cote D’Azur – and are looking for some new ideas, here is our personal shortlist!
For spectacular scenery, the Rhone-Alpes, in southeast France, is the winner. The Alps are popular for skiing, but the natural beauty really comes alive in summer.
There are a number of national parks here, where you might spot a golden eagle or mountain goat! The region is big enough that you can visit many times and always find somewhere new to explore.
Corsica is also a strong favourite, with its amazing variety of landscapes – from spectacular beaches and snow-capped mountains, to forests, canyons and waterfalls.
If you’re looking for historical attractions in France, head to Southwest France. The region has an extraordinary collection of prehistoric art, as well as majestic castles and crumbling fortresses testament to the region’s tumultuous past.
For architecture, Versailles and the Loire chateaux are some of the most popular attractions in France; the marvelous medieval architecture of Mont St Michel is also a big draw for tourists. The Palais des Papes in Avignon or Rouen’s cathedral, both stunning gothic masterpieces, are highly recommended.
For art lovers, Paris comes out on top for obvious reasons…but there are many excellent museums, above and beyond the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay, that you simply must visit if you get the chance.
The south of France has some of the best modern art collections in the world. Our favourite is the Foundation Maeght, in St-Paul-de-Vence, featuring works by Chagall, Matisse, Giacometti and Braque. The Musee du Petit Palais in Avignon has an outstanding collection of Italian religious paintings including artists such as Boticelli and Carpaccio.