Are you looking for an insight about France from a tourist point of view? Then you really need to check out this article.
We will give you everything you need to know about the history of France, its biggest cities, and 10 tips for the best places to visit in France.
France is the world’s most visited country and receives more than 80 million international tourists every year.
“Liberté, égalitié, fraternité.”
Liberty, equality, fraternity, as written in French in the introduction of this text, is France’s national motto. It was part of the 1946 and 1958 constitutions and can be seen today as part of government logos, coins, and postage stamps.
France has exceeded other popular European countries like Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Germany, and countries in continents like the United States and China. It is the largest country in Europe and most of the time is referred to as “the hexagon” due to its six-sided shape.
Some of the main ethnic groups in France are Basque, African, German, Jewish, Muslim, Polish, Roma, and French Indochinese. Despite the many groups, French remains the official language of the country and also the second most spoken language throughout Europe.
Some other regional dialects used are Italian, Alsacian, Basque, Breton, Catalan, Occitan, and Flemish.
France has played a considerable part in history and inventions. Nicolas Appert, who was known as "the father of canning" and Pierre Durand, said to have been granted the first-ever patent, started the idea of canning in sealed jars and tin cans.
Other inventions to come out of France are the Braille alphabet, stethoscope, hair dryers, hot air balloons, and the metric system. On the opposite end of the scale, a facelift and an artificial heart transplant first took place here as well.
Furthermore, it has made a significant contribution to literature with its writers/thinkers, namely Descartes, Pascal, Voltaire, Baudelaire, Flaubert, Sartre, and Camus who, as you have probably already guessed, are all French too! It is said that the country, compared to any other, has won the highest number of Noble Prizes for literature.
After Italy, France is the second largest wine producer in the world, creating an average of 50-60 million hectoliters each year – from dry to sweet white, and rose to red - that's 7-8 billion bottles!
Wine production in France began as early as the 11th century, and the Benedictine and Cistercian monks were its creators. Some of the regions that are producing wine are Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire, Champagne, Alsace, Rhône, Languedoc and Roussillon, Provence and many more.
Based on demography, these are the ten most populated cities in France reported by the World Population Review.
When talking about France, this attraction is definitely the first that springs to mind. Located in the capital, Paris, and named after its creator, Gustave Eiffel, it is the symbol of the city.
This famous landmark can be seen in any part of the world from postcards, key-chains, house displays, wallpaper, wallets and cellphone cases, even in the movies – literally everywhere. When it was first built, it was an eyesore to the locals, and some took up a protest against it. However, when it began to be used as a radio antenna, it became useful and as they say, "the rest is history." A visit to the Eiffel Tower should undoubtedly be at the top of every tourist's list.
Iconic architecture and an impressive glass pyramid entrance, describe this museum containing some of the world’s finest art. Some famous masterpieces here are the Mona Lisa, Les Noces de Cana (The Wedding Feast at Cana), Vénus de Milo, Victoire de Samothrace (Winged Victory), The Coronation of Napoléon, La Liberté Guidant le Peuple, Psyche Revived by the Kiss of Love, La Dentellière (The Lacemaker), Marly Horses, and Le Tricheur à l'as de Carreau (The Cheat with the Ace of Diamonds); some French crown jewels are on display here as well.
The happiest place on Earth can also be found in Paris, and it is the only Disneyland in the country. Bring along the children or the whole family. Your money will never be wasted on this magical place.
Disneyland map here:
Located just outside of Paris, this palace has been home to three generation of Kings and Queens. All its visitors are in awe of the magnificent treasures hidden around every corner in this stately home.
The Palace of Versailles map here:
This cathedral is included in the UNESCO list due to its fine sculptures and outstanding 12th and 13th century stained glass windows. The Passion window and the Blue Virgin window are among the highlights of the cathedral. It is shown all over the world in the successful Notre-Dame de Paris movie (1956) which was about the timeless tale of the seductive gypsy Esmeralda and the tortured hunchback Quasimodo.
The brightest place throughout all of France; from its brilliant yellow sunflowers and red poppies to the deep purple, lavender fields. Some tourist destinations surrounding this dazzling area are Ancient Ruins and provençal traditions in Arles, Marseilles: Cosmopolitan Seaport, Saint-Tropez's Seaside Glamour, Avignon: Medieval City of the Popes, Aix-en-Provence: Quintessential Provence, Ancient Roman Ruins in Orange, and Vence: A Picturesque Artists' Village.
Also known as Côte d'Azur, meaning “Coast of Blue,” is the Mediterranean coastline in the South East sector of France.
Popular cities from this group are Cannes, Nice, Monaco, and Toulon. It is known to be a luxury travel destination for the rich and famous with its private beaches, prestige restaurants and hotels.
Known as the Queen of the Riviera, some of the tourist attractions in this city are the Promenade des Anglais, with its glorious beach where people can stroll along the long walkway while appreciating the sea, stunning hotels, cafes, and restaurants. The Old Town of Nice in contrast to the residential side of Promenade des Anglais, has beautiful scenery and backdrops of Baroque churches and the Palais Lascaris. The Cours Saleya Market has restaurants that offer croissants and coffee in the morning and drinks at night. You will find the freshest of vegetables in this market. Musee d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) - showcases the avant-garde French and American modern art movements.
Its famous movie festival guarantees to draw in a whole host of celebrities each year. Some tourist destinations in the city are La Croisette - a prominent boardwalk that surrounds the bay, Palais des Festivals - the venue for the Cannes Film Festival. Le Suquet - if you're not one for glitz and glamour take time to venture into the old part of town to appreciate the history and perhaps try some of the delightful local delicacies.
It is said to be the world’s second smallest country. The Formula One Grand Prix has been held in Monaco every year since 1929. Places of interest here are Monte Carlo Casino (gaming, the opera, and the ballet and its grand décor are just some of the reasons why people love to visit the place). The Museum of Antique Automobiles is where you'll find the personal car collection of Prince Rainier III. Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo - why not indulge and pamper yourself activities in the spa, salon, gym, and treatment rooms.
Skip the busy cities of France and take time to explore these hidden beauties.
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