Looking for vacations in France but it never seems to be enough! France has so much to offer, with its incredibly beautiful landscape, many enticing wine regions, hot and sunny coastal towns, thousands of charming villages etc. France is the gastronomic capital of the world. The Eiffel Tower of Paris is a must see, but exploring the outer regions of France is a must-do to experience the country’s best treasures. Almost every region in France has something interesting to discover.
10 best places to explore in France
- Etretat, France
The stunning cliffs of Etretat are world-famous for their naturally-formed archways. Etretat is popular with Dutch and French visitors. The pebbled beach at Falaises, on France’s Normandy coast, is known as Etretat Plage and its offshore needles and dramatic cliffs inspired the impressionist painters Boudin, Monet and Manet. This place is closest to Le Havre ferry port, it’s a half hour drive up the D940. Buses from Le Havre Porte Océane or train station take 40 minutes to an hour.
- Paris Eiffel TowerEiffel Tower
You couldn’t possibly visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Even if you do not want to visit this world famous structure, you will see its top from all over Paris. During the day the carnival down the street is a great place for a bite and at night the light show is worth watching
3. The Hall of Mirrors
The Hall of Mirrors is the symbol of the great French palace, a huge and bright room which welcomes in the sun from one side, spreads it to all corners from another, and holds the sparkling light of impressive chandeliers from its ceiling. This palace is just a short 20 minute train journey from the center of Paris and, as you approach it down the main boulevard from the station, the size of the building hits you. It appears like a city within a city, a huge compound radiating with luxury. The crowd of tourists will also hit you well before you get to the front gate, as the crowds move between the station, tour buses and cars.
4. French Riviera
The Côte d’Azur, often known in English as the French Riviera, is the Mediterranean coastline of the southeast corner of France, also includes the sovereign state of Monaco. There is a standard French perfumery, learning about the art of making perfume. August is when many French local escape their cities, towns and villages and head out on holiday, but weather wise, it’s a great time to visit the Riviera. But so is the fall, and the spring so-called “off-season” after New Year’s for those who prefer their crowds less, traffic light and prices less expensive.
5. Carcassonne Lourdes
Lourdes is a small town in the foothills of the Pyrenees, and is well known for the Marian apparitions said to have occurred in 18th century. The town itself is very splendid, with two outer walls and 53 towers, and you will have time to traverse here before you expedition to Lourdes.
6. Giverny Paris
The town of Giverny, where you see the old house and garden to see where the famous painter lived and gained inspiration and motivation for his masterpieces. Not only his house is impressive, but there are two parts in Monet’s garden: a flower garden and a Japanese inspired water garden, both of which will be familiar for art fanatics. We continue onto Paris where your tour leader will guide you on a driving tour of this famous city. Look for these famous sites like L’Opéra Garnier, the Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde, Hotel de Ville, the River Seine, l’Ile de la Cite and the Louvre Museum. You’ll also get a quick look of that most famous avenue, the Champs Elysees, overlooked by the popular Arc de Triomphe.
Corsica is an island in the Mediterranean Sea belonging to France. Basically there are two ways to get to Corsica: by air and by sea. Ferries to Corsica depart from French ports Marseille, Toulon and Nice, and from Italian ports in Savona, Genova, Livorno and Civitavecchia. Corsican harbours are in L’ille Rousse, Calvi, Ajaccio, Propriano, Porto Vecchio and Bastia. The shortest routes are less than four hours by a fast boat connecting Nice with Calvi and Livorno with Bastia. These two lines are also the affordable ones.
8. Louvre Museum
The Louvre may be the world’s significant art museum. Don’t be apprehensive by its size and immense richness; if you have even the basic interest in the fruits of human civilization from ancient past, then you must visit. Located next to the Seine River in central Paris, and at one end of the grand axis from the Arc de Triomphe down the Champs Elysee, the Louvre which is easy to find. Catch metro line 1 or 7 to station Palais Royal/Musée du Louvre.
9. Disneyland Paris
Disneyland Paris, initially Euro Disney Resort, is an leisure resort in Marne-la-Vallée. The most visited theme park in all of France and Europe. The Disneyland Hotel is located over the entrance of the Disneyland Park and is marketed as the most honored hotel on premises.
10 . Seine River
River of France, after the Loire its longest. The riverbanks are worth exploring. There are floating restaurants, discos, cafes for those who can afford it, and free benches for all those travelers who are just as happy to enjoy the same view with their own wine, bread and cheese from a local grocer. There is a large selection of river cruises listed under Paris Cruises, Mini & Dinner Cruises.
Time Out France selects the country’s most picturesque ideal destinations and takes you straight to the attractive hotels, best restaurants and most evoking sights and landscapes in each. It includes the most interesting and spectacular cities as well as pretty towns, dramatic beaches, astonishing mountains and beautiful countryside.