France is one of the biggest countries in Europe and is widely known for being one of the most diverse countries in Europe.
Not only is France a popular traveller destination due to its landscapes, architecture, amazing Mediterranean beaches, and medieval cities but for its fine cuisine and sophisticated wines.
Whether you are looking for a city break, or a family holiday add France to your holiday destination this summer. So, let this article dive into the French culture and show everything else this stylish country has to offer.
The Eiffel Tower is the most well-known French landmark and an obvious must see when visiting Paris for the first time. The Eiffel Tower is best viewed at night when lit up in the darkness. It's also worth noting that the Eiffel Tower sparkles for exactly five minutes on the hour every hour and summer time is peak time for visiting it.
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is also a well-known landmark in Paris, built between the years between 1806 and 1836. The monument has historical significance as it was built to honour the country's military victories. Like the Eiffel Tower, it is a must see when visiting the city, whether it’s the first time or not.
Montmartre is well worth visiting while in Paris. Take a stroll through the old style streets filled with restaurants and street cafes. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris or more commonly known as the Sacré-Cœur is located here and is situated at the highest point of the city.
Notre-Dame de Paris
Notre-Dame de Paris or simply Notre-Dame is famous for being one of the most well known Gothic Cathedrals in France and the world due to its size, antiquity and architecture.
The Louvre Museum is one of the largest art museums in the world and is also another one of the capital’s famous landmarks. The art museum is home to several artistic pieces including the Venus de Milo and Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa.
After you visit the Louvre why not take a visit to Palais-Royal, which is located opposite from it. Palais-Royal was a former palace built in 1639 located in the heart of Paris featuring breath-taking garden.
Nice is the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes region on the French Riviera and is the fifth most heavily populated city in France being a popular holiday destination for many years. Nice is located on the south-east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea. Travellers can enjoy seaside walks along the Promenade des Anglais, the historic hilltop park of Parc de la Colline du Château or enjoy the markets of the old town.
Cannes is a famous city located on the French Riviera in the Alpes- Maritimes region. Cannes plays host to the annual Cannes Film Festival during the month of May, providing a popular holiday destination for celebrities. Expect to find plenty of expensive bars, restaurants, shops, cars and yachts in Cannes.
Saint Tropez is yet another south-eastern coastal town situated on the French Riviera, in the Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Saint Tropez is widely known for its beaches, culture, art and night life. Expect to find a lot of water sports as many of the beaches in this area offer water activities such as wind surfing, canoeing, scuba diving and more. Similar to Cannes expect to find plenty of yachts in the Old Vieux Port.
The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière
The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière is a basilica in the city of Lyon. The basilica was built between the years 1872 and 1884 and overlooks the beautiful city of Lyon. The basilica particularly stands out at night when completely lit up.
Vieux Lyon is known for being one of France's oldest towns. It was a Renaissance district which became unpopular with people losing interest in the town, however now it is known for being the first protected area in France. Vieux-Lyon was then named a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1998.
Parc de la Tête d'or
Parc de la Tête d'or is the largest park in the Lyon area. The park is a popular area for locals who use the park for walking, running, and cycling. In the summer months the park becomes busy with locals and tourists as it features a lake, a zoo and people can expect to find sports activities here too.
Written by Sofia at StayPlanet.