A search on Google for the best places to visit in the world by country would bring a long list of countries, but many would least believe that France would top the list. According to a research carried out by World Atlas, France has beaten other countries hands down to become one of the most visited countries in the whole world as at 2014 with almost 84 million international tourists for that year alone.
If you’re reading this piece, you’re definitely gearing up for your next holiday in France, and you surely want to visit the top spots there.
That’s great, here’s a list of 10 places you should visit.
- Eiffel Tower
The landmark Eiffel tower of Paris i[supsystic-slider id=null ]s the first port of call anytime, any day, as long as you’re in Paris, It took two years to be built and was named after the French architect who was the head of construction at that time.
- Disneyland Paris
If you’re traveling with your kids to Paris, you wouldn’t be fair to them if you don’t take them to Disneyland, Paris. The facilities at Disneyland aren’t for children alone, as adults can visit any of the several themed areas in the park that catch their attention. If you want some family fun in Paris, then this should be your second port of call.
- Chateau de Chambord
A true representation of man’s ability to create evergreen architectural masterpieces, this fortress, so to speak, built in the 1500s by King Francois I of France as a hunting lodge, took almost 28 years to reach its present form but still wasn’t completed because of the French Revolution. A guided tour of the edifice would take you through the history and splendor of the edifice.
Arguably one of the largest commune in metropolitan France, the city of Arles, France, stands tall with its structures that bring back imaginary beautiful memories of the old. Some of the most important places to visit in Arles, which happens to be the home of master artist Vincent Van Gogh include the Roman Amphitheatre, the Cryptoporticus, the Church of St. Trophime, not forgetting the Classical Theatre.
- Musee Du Louvre (Louvre Museum)
Musee du Louvre is the world’s largest museum situated in Paris, France. The museum houses as much as 35,000 objects that date as far back as prehistoric times and was rated the second most visited museum in the world in 2014, coming in slightly behind the Palace Museum in China.
- Arc De Triomphe
In honor of those who fought along in several wars including an unknown world War 1 soldier who was buried on the site, the Arc de Triomphe (Triumphal Arc of the Star) was built, and had all the names of the French generals and victories written on its white walls.
- Loire Valley
The tourist hotspots in France isn’t complete if the Loire Valley isn’t mentioned. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city is the region located in the center of France. With beautiful picturesque scenes of chateaus and astonishing landscapes, the serenity of the Loire Valley, France would blow your mind.
- Palace of Versailles
Also known as Chateau de Versailles, the Palace of Versailles is the largest palace in France, sitting on a large expanse of land. It was built by King Lois XIII in the 1600s and was later expanded by King Louis XIV. Beautiful gardens – a 200,000 beautifully planted garden, over 50 fountains and a hall of mirrors are sights to behold here.
Sitting less than an hour away from the Atlantic Ocean is the city of Bordeaux. The finest shopping malls, superb historic structures – over 350 of them, fine architecture, the Ponte de Pierre to mention a few, are the sights that await you in Bordeaux, France.
Want to experience what it felt like living in the days of old? Take a trip to the Carcassonne located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France. There are 52 separate towers and a long 3km wall that fortified the town.
Packed your bags yet? What are you still waiting for? Pick a spot and go have some fun the French way.