France has many cities of cultural interest, some of them are classified as *Town of Art and History. Many dream of its joie de vivre shown by the countless cafés, picturesque villages, and world-famous gastronomy. 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.
Basic tourist information
France has 45 sites inscribed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List and features cities or sites of high cultural interest Paris being the foremost, but also Loire Valley (map), Toulouse (map), Strasbourg (map), Bordeaux (map), Lyon (map).
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Small and picturesque French villages of quality heritage (such as Collonges-la-Rouge (map), Locronan (map), or *Montsoreau (map) are promoted through the association les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org (The Most Beautiful Villages of France).
With its international reputation for fine dining, few people would be surprised to hear that *French cuisine can certainly be very good. French cuisine as a whole has been inscribed on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural heritage.
Paris hosts some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower (map), which is the most-visited paid monument in the world, the Arc de Triomphe (map), the cathedral of Notre-Dame (map), or the Sacré-Cœur (map) on *Montmartre (map).
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Must to See & Do
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- Arc de Triomphe, Paris
- Bastille Day (la Fête nationale)
- Catacombs of Paris (ossuary)
- City of Aix-en-Provence
- City of Albi
- City of Annecy
- City of Arles
- City of Avignon
- City of Besançon
- City of Bordeaux
- City of Carcassonne
- City of Dijon
- City of La Rochelle
- City of Lille
- City of Lyon
- City of Marseille
- City of Nantes
- City of Nice
- City of Nimes
- City of Paris
- City of Saint-Cirq-Lapopie
- City of Saint-Malo
- City of Strasbourg
- City of Toulouse
- Eiffel Tower, Paris
- Festival of Giants (Gayant), Douai
- Louvre Museum
- Mont Saint-Michel
- Musee d’Orsay, Paris
- National Museum of Modern Art
- Notre-Dame de Paris
- Palace of Versailles
- Verdon Gorge
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Regions & Cities of France
The *French Riviera (Côte d’Azur, map), in southeastern France, is the second leading tourist destination in the country, after the Parisian region. Main cities on the French Riviera include Nice (map), Antibes (map) and Cannes (map); Cap Ferrat (map) is also a popular destination.
Provence – numerous famous natural sites can be found in the region, as the Gorges du Verdon (map), the Camargue (map), the Calanques National Park (map) and the typical landscape of *Luberon.
Loire Valley – This World Heritage Site is noteworthy for the quality of its architectural heritage, in its historic towns such as Amboise (map), Angers (map), Blois (map), *Chinon (map), *Orléans (map), and Saumur (map) >> +*Châteaux of the Loire Valley)
French Alps are the portions of the Alps mountain range that stand within France, located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (map) and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regions. Notable towns in the French Alps include Grenoble (map), Chamonix (map), Annecy (map) is called “the Venice of Savoie”, Chambéry (map), Évian-les-Bains (map) and Albertville (map).
Corsica – is the fourth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea after Sicily, Sardinia and Cyprus. It is a popular attraction for tourists with both cultural aspects (cities *Ajaccio and *Bastia) and geographical features (Parc naturel régional de Corse, map).
For the most up-to-date information, see the official tourist resources.
Transport around France
The coach companies compete with rail on price, which means they usually are somewhat cheaper than trains, sometimes much cheaper, especially if booked in advance. Trains will be more comfortable and sometimes much faster.
⇒ Public transport (parisinfo.com) • Getting to France (uk.france.fr)
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