France is geographically one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the FrenchRiviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany and Normandy.
Famous for its wines and cheeses, France is the world’s most popular tourist destination receiving 82 million foreign tourists annual. Visitors are attracted by historic cities, a beautiful countryside, the castles of the Loire Valley, and Brittany and Normandy. In addition, France offers an agreeable climate, some excellent beaches on the French Riviera, the Atlantic coast and the island of Corsica, wide possibilities for winter sports , most notably in the Alps and the Pyrenees, and a rich culture with food and wines that are among the most celebrated in the world.
Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. Situated on the Seine River, in the north of the country. Paris has the reputation of being the most beautiful and romantic of all cities, brimming with historic associations and remaining vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design. Dubbed the City of Light and Capital of Fashion, it is home to the world’s finest and most luxurious fashion designers and cosmetics, such as Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, etc. A large part of the city, including the River Seine, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Paris today has more than 421 municipal parks and gardens, covering more than three thousand hectares and containing more than 250,000 trees. Two of Paris’s oldest and most famous gardens are the Tuileries Garden and the Luxenbourg Garden.
Bordeaux is one of France’s key wine regions, and is famous especially for its drop of red, but there is plenty more on offer if you’re not into the drink! Beautiful mountains in the Pyrenees, great beaches such as Biarritz and many medieval towns and castles to name just a few highlights. The ever-popular Dordogne valley isn’t far away either.
Tempt your palate in Lyon, a place best known for its tasty cuisine. There’s architecture aplenty as well – check out the St-Jean cathedral, Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière topped by twin turrets and in the old town you’ll find the Roman amphitheatre. With a great cultural and art vibe, some great nightlife and interesting museums; Lyon will leave you more than satisfied.
Cosmopolitan Marseille lies on the Mediterranean coast and has a reputation for great weather all year round, awesome shopping, and yummy restaurants. It has a rich history dating back over 2,500 years so there are plenty of buildings and museums to lose yourself in. Get along to cours Julien (known as the ‘cours Ju’), the city’s most youthful area and home to a plethora of fashion boutiques, bookshops, cafes and music venues.
Nice is so much more than just ‘nice’ it’s fab! Despite the beaches being pebbled, the coast (the French Rivera) is still among the most beautiful in Europe. Spot the celebrity! Many famous faces have shacked up in the region. Aside from celebrity-spotting you can visit one of the many museums, explore the cobbled streets and historical buildings of the Old Town, or get along to the Lively cours Saleya market.
There are lots of fantastic monuments and captivating museums to see. There are famous historical landmarks too, such as: Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame cathedral, La Sainte Chapelle, Palais Garnier, etc.
The Eiffel Tower is a symbol of Paris and one of the top tourist attractions in France. The tower was built by Gustave Eiffel as the entrance arch for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889. Since its construction more than 200,000,000 people have visited the Eiffel Tower making it the most visited paid tourist attraction in the world. The tower is 324 metres tall, about the same height as an 81-storey building.
The tower has three levels for visitors, with restaurants on the first and second. The third level observatory’s upper platform is 276 m above the ground, the highest accessible to the public in the European Union. Tickets can be purchased to ascend by stairs or lift (elevator) to the first and second levels. The climb from ground level to the first level is over 300 steps, as is the walk from the first to the second level. Although there are stairs to the third and highest level, these are usually closed to the public and it is generally only accessible by lift.
The Louvre Museum
At the top of Paris top 10 attractions, The Louvre Museum (Paris) is in fact the largest art museum in the world and the home for one of the finest art collections anywhere to be seen including two of the most famous painted woman – the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo just to name two out of the 30,000 exhibits displayed in the Louvre Museum.
The entrance to the Louvre Museum Paris is a glass pyramid, one of the city’s most distinct symbols and what has become a tourist attraction by itself as no photo album of Paris seems to be complete without it. Notice the contrast between the modern glass structure and the classic interiors and how well the natural light flows in through the huge geometrically designed glass.
There are seven sub-galleries in the Louvre Museum distinctly defined by their content.
The first hold some of the most important antiques from the ancient Egyptian world. The second is dedicated to Antiquities from the far-east. The third part of the Louvre Museum (Paris) is devoted to the Greek and Roman period while the forth is focused on all kind of Sculpture. Fifth and the most visited hold many famous paintings while the sixth is dedicated to the Decorative Arts. The seventh and last is all about Graphic Arts.