Spending holidays abroad is certainly a change of scenery, but it must be recognized that a trip to France is special and unique. France offers many advantages including magnificent landscapes and regions, rich culture and history, and numerous activities that it would be a shame not to experience. So we dedicate this blog to help you plan your next getaway and discover the best places to visit in France. Also, if you’re looking for amazing accommodation in France, check this out!
Top 6 Best places to visit in France.
Known as the capital of France and one of the richest cities historically and culturally, Paris is one of the best places to visit in France. The capital of France is a labyrinth where it is beautiful to get lost in it. Here is the list of the best places to see in Paris, but before that, if you want to discover the capital of France fully then we invite you to book your ticket right now for our special Paris excursion.
Originally, the Pantheon was not at all intended to accommodate the personalities that marked French history, since it saw the light of day as a church. It is on the Sainte-Geneviève mountain, in the heart of Paris, that the Pantheon, an architectural monument of Soufflot, rises. Soufflot’s ambition was to build a church that competes with Saint-Pierre of Rome and Saint-Paul of London, and the bet is successful! Since the French Revolution, the main ambition of this building is to honor the great historical figures of France. It is in the crypt that lies the remains of these illustrious people who have all participated in the history of France such as Voltaire, Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Louis Braille, Alexandre Dumas, etc.
2. Arc de Triomphe (Arch of triumph).
The Arc de Triomphe sits on l’Etoile Square in Paris in perfect alignment with the Champs-Elysées, the most beautiful avenue. The Arc de Triomphe is also a good place to admire the Defense towers. The French monument is a real link between the mythical and the modern Paris. It is also a project initiated by Napoleon I in 1806, but the Arc de Triomphe was not completed and inaugurated until 1836 by King Louis-Philippe, who dedicated it to the armies of the Revolution and the Empire. Additionally, every evening at 6.30 p.m., a flame rekindling ceremony takes place. Seeing the flame burning in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as a perpetual memory of those who gave their lives for France is undoubtedly a moving moment to not miss.
Avenue of Champs-Élysées is said to be the most beautiful avenue in the world. The Champs-Élysées brings together a whole parade of international brands. It is a bit of a stopping point on a first visit to the capital of France. Almost 2 km long, the Avenue of Champs-Élysées is one of the emblematic faces of Paris and France. Linking the Concorde Square to the l’Etoile Square, Champs-Élysées is a series of beautiful buildings, gardens, and large retailers that can be found along the sidewalks. Additionally, if you go to Paris around the end of the year celebrations, the Avenue of Champs-Élysées offers a splendid spectacle with its illuminated trees.
4. Louvre Museum.
One of the must-sees in Paris and the best places to visit in France is of course the Louvre, the most visited museum in the world. And who doesn’t dream of visiting the Louvre at least once in their life? Seeing the Mona Lisa or the Venus de Milo is a dream for every art lover. The origin of the Louvre dates back to the 1200s. Previously, the building was a royal residence, which later became a museum. It was in 1793, during the French Revolution, that the building was transformed into a museum.
On a first visit to the Louvre, it can be difficult to find your way around because the museum hosts more than 35,000 artworks. We strongly recommend that you obtain a map of the Louvre at the entrance. You will find it in several languages at the information desk under the famous Louvre pyramid. Additionally, the collections of the Louvre Museum are spread over 8 departments: Egyptian Antiquities, Oriental Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities, Islamic Arts, Sculptures, Paintings, Works of art, and Graphic Arts.
5. Eiffel Tower.
The Eiffel Tower is a masterpiece admired every day by thousands of tourists from all over the world. The birth of this construction began in 1884, when Gustave Eiffel presented the design of this French monument and said he intended to create a Tower of extreme dimensions, on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of Paris in 1989. Construction began with around 200 workers and the Tower was completed in 1889. Buffets are available on the 1st and 2nd floors, with the possibility of buying sandwiches and snacks. Finally, on the 3rd floor, you will be over 270 meters high, and you can see the orientation tables and admire a reconstruction of Gustave Eiffel’s office.
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known for its gastronomy, Lyon is one of the best places to visit in France. Crossed by the Saône and the Rhône, Lyon is a beautiful French city not to miss during your trip to France.
1. Bellecour Square.
Bellecour Square is a privileged place for the people of Lyon. Indeed, all distances from Lyon are calculated from the center of the largest pedestrian square in Europe. Whether it is to visit Lyon, go shopping, go to the movies or simply go bar crawling, everything starts from Bellecour Square. This vast esplanade of red earth offers a breathtaking view of Fourvière and gives access to many streets ideal for shopping. In the center of Bellecour Square, you can admire the statue of Louis XIV on his horse and the statue of the Little Prince and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
2. Lyon Old Town.
Lyon Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is arguably one of the best places to visit in France. Dating partly from the Medieval period and partly from the Renaissance period, the Old Town, also known as the Saint-Jean district, is one of the historic districts of the city. In the Old Town, there are no cars, just cobbled streets, and historic buildings. Let yourself be guided through its narrow streets and do not hesitate to visit the famous traboules. Several other attractions can be found in Lyon’s Old Town including The Gadagne Museum, The Miniature and Cinema Museum, The Saint-Jean Cathedral, and The Old Palace of Justice.
3. Terreaux Square and the Opera.
Terreaux Square is one of the liveliest districts of Lyon. This splendid square has just been rehabilitated after years of work. During the sunny days, do not hesitate to rest on one of the many vast terraces of this french square. By doing so, you will be able to admire the magnificent Town Hall, one of the most beautiful historic buildings in Lyon. Behind it, you will find Comédie Square and Lyon’s Opera. Two great places to have a drink while admiring the liveliness of the city.
4. Fine Arts Museum.
The Fine Arts Museum must be in your must-see places during your trip to France. Listed as a historical monument, the Fine Arts Museum presents an important collection of European paintings and sculptures ranging from the 14th century to the middle of the 20th century. Inside the museum, you will find a large part devoted to Antiquity and Egypt. Additionally, the Fine Arts Museum is one of the most beautiful museums in France and the most important behind the Louvre in Paris.
5. Lyon Halles.
Made up of around sixty shops, the Lyon Halles is the landmark of gastronomy in Lyon. Lyon Halles is located in the third arrondissement of the city and is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. every day except Sunday. In this popular location, you will find pastry chocolate makers, cheese makers, and caterers.
Visiting the Alps means traveling through a radical land in its extremes between summer and winter, between the harshness of the landscapes and the warmth of its welcome. All year round, the Alps is a haven for nature, hiking and outdoor sports enthusiasts making it one of the best places to visit in France. But it is also known for its villages and valleys with unsuspected charms and a rich historical heritage.
1. l’Ardèche Waterfalls.
L’Ardèche Waterfalls are one of the most visited places in the Alps during the summer. The best point of these waterfalls is Pont d’Arc, a 60m high natural arch, located a few kilometers from Vallon Pont Arc. To discover the L’Ardèche Waterfalls natural reserve, opt for hiking, boating, or canoeing. Also nearby, you will find the Chauvet cave, one of the prehistoric caves. In short, it is an ideal place to recharge your batteries while discovering lots of superb places.
2. The White Glacier.
The White Glacier is the largest in the Massif des Ecrins and is located in the Ecrins National Park in the Hautes-Alpes. The White Glacier hike starts at Pré de Madame Carle near Ailefroide, a very green place. The White Glacier hike requires good physical health but is still doable. On the way, you have the opportunity to meet many marmots. We also invite you to stay at the refuge, it offers delicious burgers and generally the atmosphere is very chill in this place.
Nicknamed the Venice of the Alps, Annecy charms you with its superb lake and Bauges and Aravis massifs. The French city is a mix between nature and unique heritage. The old town of Annecy is a true architectural marvel dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. It is crossed by many canals including that of Thiou through which the lake flows and locks that regulate the flows. Additionally, Annecy invites you to stroll along the pedestrian streets lined with pretty fountains and arcades. There, you can also admire superb stone or painted facades testifying to an Italian influence. Saint-Claire avenue is certainly one of the most beautiful examples.
Located in the watershed of Doron, Beaufortain is a beautiful region in the Alps with a local population very proud of its traditions. Beaufortain people are still proud of their mountain agriculture rich in traditions, especially in the dairy sector. The city is surrounded by peaks such as Grand Mont and the famous Pierra Menta. Moreover, Pierra Menta is one of the most beautiful viewpoints on the Roof of Europe, especially from the Signal de Bisanne at 1,941 meters above sea level. Beaufortain is also an area of dam lakes where it is good to swim in summer. The most popular is that of Roselend and was built between 1955 and 1962.
Nicknamed the capital of the Alps, Grenoble is located on the axis of the Alpine furrow and is the largest metropolis in the Alps. It has also been the seat of the province of Dauphiné since the 11th century. Grenoble gained its fame thanks to its glove-making in the 17th century. It reached its peak in the 19th century when Grenoble gloves were exported all over the world. Today, the capital of the Alps is a major European university and scientific center, as well as a city to stroll around.
Lille is the capital of Hauts-de-France and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country. Lille is also famous for its good atmosphere as well as its many natural corners.
1. Lille’s Citadel.
One of the jewels of Lille is undoubtedly the Citadel. Surrounded by the Deûle, Lille’s Citadel is an impregnable fortress thanks to its floodable ditches and its star shape which allowed each wall to protect the others. We strongly invite you to discover the full extent of the Citadel and stroll along its magnificent ramparts. Additionally, its surroundings are drowned in greenery and form the green lung of Lille.
2. Lille’s Old Town.
With its cobbled streets and red brick houses, Lille’s Old Town has a lot of charm for tourists wishing to discover France. Do not miss the picturesque Oignons Square and the Notre Dame de la Treille Cathedral with its very original facade. Lille’s Old Town is the ideal place in the city to get lost, admire the details of the facades, have a drink on the terrace, and shop in the city.
3. Notre Dame de la Treille Cathedral.
Notre Dame de la Treille Cathedral has a rather unique history. Built amid the Industrial Revolution following an international architectural competition, it is shaped by changes in architects and historical events. Its construction was not completed until 1999, almost 150 years after the first stone was laid. Additionally, the modern gray exterior architecture of Notre Dame de la Treille Cathedral is one of a kind.
4. The Countess Hospice Museum.
Housed in a former hospital in the heart of Lille’s Old Town, the Countess Hospice Museum brings together various objects including tapestries, furniture, paintings, and earthenware from the region to evoke the interior of a 17th-century Flemish religious house. Additionally, the museum has a magnificent hidden courtyard.
5. Belfry of Lille.
Inaugurated in 1932, the Belfry of Lille, with its 104 m height, is the highest civil belfry in Europe. This splendid place offers a breathtaking view of Lille. Belfries have been a symbol of the North and Flanders since the 13th century. At the time, they showed independence from feudal power and the economic development of the region. They also served as watchtowers. Additionally, the Belfry of Lille is among the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bubbling, luminous, sometimes disconcerting, Marseille is a city apart that we love or hate. The untamed Phocaean city fascinates and intrigues visitors. No wonder it is among the best places to visit in France.
1. Old Port.
The first thing to do in Marseille is to discover its Old Port. Symbol of the city, this is where the Phocaeans who founded Massalia landed in Antiquity. Since then, Marseille Old Port has continued to see its activity develop. In the 19th century, it became the second harbor in France. Do not hesitate to indulge yourself by relaxing on one of the many terraces of the Old Port of Marseille for a coffee while watching the tourists pass by. Additionally, in the morning, you can attend the auction at dawn, the atmosphere at that time is nice!
2. The Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilizations (MUCEM).
Open since 2013, MUCEM quickly became an emblem of Marseille with more than millions of visitors per year. This huge artistic building has into two parts, the J4, and Saint-Jean Fort. The first part was built in the context of the election of Marseille as the European capital of culture, which hosts exhibitions devoted to the Mediterranean world. The second part is connected to J4 by a footbridge offering an exceptional view of the whole city on one side and the Frioul Islands on the other.
3. Notre Dame de la Garde (Good Mother).
Notre Dame de la Garde or the Good Mother as the locals call it is the most popular place in Marseille. According to the legend, from the top of its promontory, Notre Dame de la Garde watches over and protects Marseille and its inhabitants. Additionally, the location of Notre Dame de la Garde perched on top of the highest hill in Marseille offers its visitors an exceptional panorama of the city.
4. The Panier district.
The Panier district is the oldest one in Marseille as well as the historic center of the city. Long neglected, it gradually regained its tranquility to reveal itself a little more to foreign visitors. Known for its colorful alleys and its clothes hanging from building to building, the Panier district is home to beautiful gems such as the Intercontinental Hotel or the imposing Cathedral of the Major. To explore it fully and admire its charm, take a detour through the small artisans and merchants of the district.
5. The Radiant City.
Le Corbusier imagined in the 1940s as a new housing system in Marseille made up of some 300 apartments and collective spaces intended to recreate community life such as a nursery school, shops, a restaurant, a bookstore, etc. Additionally, on the roof terrace, the contemporary art center MaMo offers freely accessible exhibitions and a mesmerizing view of Marseille.
VI. Côte d’Azur (French Riviera).
breathtaking landscapes built the The Côte d’Azur worldwide fame. With its Mediterranean sea and its typical villages in the south of France which borders it, the Côte d’Azur will not leave you indifferent.
One of the must-see cities of the Côte d’Azur (French Riviera) and the best places to visit in France is the famous Nice. Stroll along the famous Promenade des Anglais. Admire Old Nice with its charming houses, colorful facades, and louvered shutters. At the same time, make a detour to the Hotel Negresco, passing through Albert I Park and the Méditerranée Palace. Walk the Cours Saleya Market to buy local products then end your visit in Nice by climbing Castle Hill to admire the panorama over the whole city.
A stay on the Côte d’Azur would not be complete without a visit to Monaco. You can visit several places in Monaco, including the Rocher. This place constitutes the Old Town and houses the palace of Prince Albert II. Another must-see place in Monaco is Saint Nicholas Cathedral, where Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly married. Also, explore the Oceanographic Museum which includes an aquarium and a gallery with several skeletons of dolphins and whales. To end on a high note, take a detour to the Monte-Carlo District, where the Casino, the Café de Paris, the Hôtel de Paris, and the luxury boutiques are located.
3. Eze Village.
Located on the heights, equidistant between Nice and Monaco, Eze Village is home to the Fragonard perfume factory. The notorious factory also has a boutique selling its flagship perfumes. We particularly recommend that you visit the exotic Garden of Eze, which allows you to contemplate a clear panorama on the Mediterranean Sea, the Estérel, and the Gulf of Saint-Tropez.
Antibes is one of the most visited regions of the Côte d’Azur. This French region will fascinate you with its Old Town, fortified part, and the Vauban Port considered the largest marina in Europe. The architects of this marina designated it to accommodate 19 of the largest yachts in the world. Antibes is also home to the Picasso Museum, located on the very spot where Picasso painted for 2 months. He bequeathed to the city twenty of his paintings and drawings. In addition to these magnificent places to visit, Antibes offers several activities such as jet skiing, parasailing, flyboarding, etc. Additionally, you can take a kayak trip around the Cap of Antibes or a boat trip with a snorkeling stop.
No need to give an introduction to Cannes, this splendid French city has been world-famous for years making it one of the best places to visit in France. To fully enjoy Cannes, we invite you to visit the Croisette, one of the most famous walks on the French Riviera. Also explore Cannes Festivals Place to walk the steps and the red carpet, symbol of the biggest film festival in the world. Admire the Stars Road where the celebrities have left their imprints on slabs. It is the same as the Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Additionally, enjoy a stroll along the Suquet district, the oldest in Cannes.