Top 7 Travel Destinations in France You Shouldn't Miss
From the boulevards of Paris to the fashionable seaside resorts of the Côte d'Azur, France offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Now, let's tune in the top 7 best travel destinations in Frane that KnowInsider.com wants to share with you.
|Provence. Photo: The Telegraph|
No other region in Europe, not even Tuscany, has so nourished our dreams and sensual demands. Provence has been a playground since the Romans scattered arenas and theatres across the landscape. When the 14th-century Popes fled Rome for Avignon, their interests were markedly more licentious than liturgical: Petrarch described contemporary Avignon as “a thoroughfare of vices”. And life in the region may still flow uninterrupted from the spiritual to the voluptuous.
Eiffel Tower in Paris. Photo: Arch Daily
The uniform sandstone of the Haussmann buildings, the abundance of gilded historic monuments, and the glimmering Seine and its elegant bridges have arguably made Paris the most recognisable and romanticised cityscape in the world. But though the city wears its history – of monarchy, revolution, revolt and artistic innovation – with characteristic style, it is also increasingly looking to the future and outwards to the rest of the world, according to The Telegraph.
Much smaller and less substantial than its Côte-d’Azur neighbour, Nice, Cannes gleams on the surface. But it’s mainly glitter and bling underneath too, and all the way down. Since noble Britons rolled in to what was then a tiny fishing village in the 1830s, the place has been fashioning itself in the image of the fashionable. More recently, its real achievement has been to spin out the sparkle generated by the two-week film festival across the whole year.
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Despite its war-filled past, this region in northern France is also a place of great beauty. Renowned impressionist Claude Monet certainly thought so. The artist was inspired by Normandy's landscapes, so much so that he created some of his most famous paintings here. Etretat's white cliffs are a great place to take in the area's natural scenery. Visitors can also admire works of art at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen or see some of the remnants of Normandy's heavy history at the D-Day Beaches and La Tapisserie de Bayeux.
Another popular wine region, Burgundy is home to rolling hills, superior cuisine and an array of vineyards. Those visiting Burgundy must spend time exploring the medieval villages, historical abbeys and museums that call this area home. And, of course, you can't leave without trying the region's vino, which mainly uses the pinot noir and chardonnay grapes, and dining on some of its rich cuisine, U.S News reports.
|Carcassonne round. Photo: Vin en Vacances|
From a distance, the cité of Carcassonne looks as if it recently landed on its hilltop fresh from a starring role in a medieval myth. The arrangement of ramparts, pointy-roofed towers and bulky buildings is almost Disney-perfect. The mind’s eye can’t help filling in the knights, damsels-in-distress and a dragon or two. Up close, though, the prospect is real enough. The 52 towers and monumental walls battled their way through the Middle Ages, guarding the frontier against the Spanish.
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Since shedding its seedy reputation, France's oldest and second-largest city has become an exciting, up-and-coming tourist destination. The former European Capital of Culture has a number sights to see, including the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and the Cathédrale de la Major. When the weather is nice, the rocky cliffs and secluded beaches of the Calanques are excellent for swimming, boating and hiking. No trip to Marseille would be complete without a stop by the Musée des Civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée (Mucem). Its rooftop terrace makes the perfect vantage point to admire the city.
|Each region has its own distinctive cuisine and culture. The coastal region of Brittany offers the old-world charm of quaint fishing villages and ancient seaports, while the French Alps reveals the region's hearty cuisine of cheese fondue and charcuterie served in cozy chalets near ski slopes. After indulging in it all and savoring the country's irresistible charm with our list of the top attractions in France, are you ready to hit the road? If you like our list, please give follow Know Insider for more amazing news!|
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