5 Must-See Places in France
From the gorgeous skyline of Paris to the charming countryside of the Loire Valley, France is home to some of the most magical locations and regions in all of Europe.
Do you love learning about historic architecture? Or admiring grandiose buildings? Or immersing yourself in scenes of natural beauty? Whatever your dream European holiday looks like, this delightful country will provide you with countless fond memories to treasure.
So what is France famous for? Here are 5 of the must-see places that illustrate why France sees more international visitors each year than any other country in the world.
1. The Cliff-Hugging Village of Rocamadour
French villages are adorable. This one is built extraordinarily on and around a dramatic cliff, making it one of the most picturesque and famous places in France.
- Find Rocamadour: In the Lot département of Southwestern France, on the bank of the Alzou River and overlooking the Alzou Canyon.
- Don’t miss: The fascinating churches on top of the cliff and the enchanting old town below. Also, save time to visit the spectacular nearby caves of Gouffre de Padirac.
- Visit: On day 6 of our La Grande France Tour.
2. The Calanques of the Côte D’Azur
As you may guess from its name, the Côte D’Azur is famous for its mesmerising blue waters. But it’s also where you’ll find some truly beautiful ‘calanques’. These are narrow inlets with high, steep walls typically made of limestone or dolomite. Best explored by boat, these stunning feats of nature make the glimmering water below even more captivating.
- Find the Côte D’Azur: On the southeast coast of France (also commonly called the French Riviera).
- Don’t miss: Cassis, a charming fishing village not far from the calanques.
- Visit: On day 13 of our La Grande France Tour.
3. The Loire Valley and Its Châteaux
What is France famous for if not its many wonderful châteaux? And some of the most breathtaking buildings are found in the beautiful Loire Valley, which is also loved for its charming riverside towns.
- Find the Loire Valley: In central France, to the southwest of Paris.
- Don’t miss: Château de Chenonceau, Château de Villandry, Château du Clos Lucé, the Royal Palace of Ambiose, and the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud.
- Visit: On days 6, 7, 8 and 9 of our La Petite France Tour - due for release in mid August.
4. The WW1 Battlefields of the Western Front
For a moving and memorable trip back through time, head to the Western Front. With many memorials, museums and cemeteries to explore, this former warzone is a must-see region for any travellers who have an interest in military and/or ANZAC history.
- Find the Western Front: In northern France, between the English Channel and the Belgian border.
- Don’t miss: The battlefields and memorials of Villers-Bretonneux, Fromelles, Bullecourt, and The Somme.
- Visit: On our Remembrance Day on the Western Front Tour.
Learn more about the battlefields of France and Belgium: Memorable WW1 Battlefields to Visit in Europe
5. The Island Commune of Mont Saint-Michel
What’s more amazing than a 1,000-year-old Romanesque abbey? How about a 1,000-year-old Romanesque abbey that sits precariously on top of a rocky island outcrop? Mont Saint-Michel is as intriguing and breathtaking to behold as it sounds, and the entire island has been appropriately listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Find Mont Saint-Michel: In Brittany, on the beautiful northwest shore of France.
• Don’t miss: The nearby Saint Malo, a fascinating ‘pirate town’ completely surrounded by fortified walls.
• Visit: On day 4 of our La Petite France Tour - due to release in mid-August.
Of course, there are many more famous sites in France that could be classified as ‘must-see places’. And we’d love you to join us on one of our tours to discover them for yourself!