Considered to be one the most romantic countries in the world, France is fascinating, fabulous and classy; it is one of most popular tourist destination in the world.
France seduces travelers with its richness of its culture, woven around cafe terraces and village-square markets and lace-curtained bistros with their plat du jour chalked on the board. France has 37 sites inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage List and features cities of high cultural interest, beaches and seaside resorts, ski resorts, and rural regions that many enjoy for their beauty and tranquility (green tourism). The "Remarkable Gardens" label is a list of the over two hundred gardens classified by the French Ministry of Culture. This label is intended to protect and promote remarkable gardens and parks. Besides, France has the necessary tourism infrastructure to cope with its status as leading tourist destination - more hotels and campsites than any other country of Europe, the best and most modern rail network in Europe, and a fine system of motorways linking all main towns and cities.
France has been the top place for travelers lists for centuries, and there's really no bad time to visit France. But there's a lot going on here, from sport to art, so do not miss it.
Perfect months to visit France are June and September. Everything is open; the climate is pleasant; the roads are uncongested
Do not overpay for taxis, use public transportation
France has hot summers and cool winters. June – August is a peak season, its warm and sunny.
Before visiting France there are a few things to take into consideration.
The symbol of Paris is the Eiffel Tower which is one of the world's most famous attractions. The tower was built by Gustave Eiffel as the entrance arch for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889. This structure of 8,000 metallic parts, with 324 meters tall is the highest building in Paris. Because of its unique structure, it has earned the nickname of “Iron Lady”. Visitors are impressed by the tower's monumental size and the breathtaking panoramas at each of the three levels. The top level offers a sweeping outlook over the city of Paris and beyond-extending as far as 70 kilometers on a clear day. The tower has two restaurants: Le 58 Tour Eiffel on the first level, and Le Jules Verne, a gourmet restaurant with its own lift on the second level. This restaurant has one star in the Michelin Red Guide. It is run by the multi-Michelin star chef Alain Ducasse and owes its name to the famous science-fiction writer Jules Verne. The tower itself is located at the intersection of the quai Branly and the Pont d'Iéna. The nearest Paris Métro station is Bir-Hakeim and the nearest RER station is Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel. More than 250 million people have visited the tower since it was completed in 1889. In 2015, there were 6.91 million visitors. The tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world.
The Louvre Museum is one of the most popular tourist destinations not only in Paris but in the world. The Louvre holds many of Western Civilization's most famous masterpieces, including the "Mona Lisa". The main entrance to the Louvre lies in the building's central courtyard at the iconic Glass Pyramid. Discover the original foundations of the Louvre in the Medieval Louvre section. This section reveals the ancient foundations of the medieval fortress, an interesting space filled with remains of rib-vaulted support columns. The building was enhanced under Charles V, Charles VI, and Henri II and transformed into a luxurious royal palace by Louis XIII and Louis XIV. With its impressive scale and opulent details, the grand halls of the Louvre are definitely fit for a king. Even after the Louvre was no longer a royal palace, it was used for official purposes by Napoléon III. Visitors can also see the sumptuous rooms of the Appartements Napoléon III. Another must-see room in the museum is the Galerie d'Apollon. This glorious reception hall has a stunning ceiling painting that was begun by Charles Le Brun. Bringing together art from eight different departments, the Louvre presents about 35,000 works from diverse cultures, times periods and in various forms. It's impossible to see it all in a day or even in a week. Focus on a shortlist of key artworks for the most rewarding experience.
The Palace of Versailles is one of the largest and most opulent castles in the world. Masterpiece of Classical art, the Palace of Versailles was built in the 17th century and attracts visitors from all over the world. This majestic building, the symbol of splendor and excess was designed to show off the glory of the French monarchy. This vast palace has a boasting number of 700 rooms and 2,513 windows. As one of the most eye-catching features of the Palace Versailles, the Hall of Mirrors measures 73m in length and is comprised of 17 arched windows with each window embellished with 21 individual mirrors. The Grand Apartment of King Louis XIV, otherwise known as the Apartment of the Planets, was so called because a painting of a planet decorated each of the seven salons within the apartment. Take a walk around the impressive gardens. Versailles is equally renowned for its formal French gardens featuring decorative pools, perfectly trimmed shrubbery, and charming fountains. Given the opportunity to see it, do not miss it.
Saint-Tropez is one of the most glamorous places in France, with sunny weather, sandy shores, and mild Mediterranean waters. St Tropez is a small fishing village with a big reputation. There are many places to visit in St Tropez. Perhaps the most famous of the Saint-tropez beaches is the long sandy Baie de Pampelonne to the south of St Tropez. Along the edge of the beach are beach-side boutiques, cafes and clubs including Club 55 where visiting celebrities may head for a dance and a drink in the evening. Out to sea there is always a selection of yachts bobbing in the bay. In the baroque Eglise Notre Dame de l’Assomption you can see the bust of St Tropez, the martyred saint after whom the town is named, and who is celebrated every year in May. The Musee de L'Annonciade is worth visiting for its excellent post-impressionist collection. Most of the artists came here by boat in the 19th and early 20th century seeking beauty and tranquility. A rental villa represents a great alternative to a traditional hotel and is a particularly good choice if you are planning to holiday with your family or a group of friends. Most villas will have their own swimming pools and many estate agents offer a range of additional services including maids, housekeepers and even private chefs
Chamonix's alpine town atmosphere and spectacular scenery attract people from all over the globe. Chamonix has been a world-renowned ski resort ever since the Winter Olympics of 1924 were held here. Six different ski areas cater to all levels, from beginners to extreme skiers. Besides skiing, Chamonix is a great place for rock climbing, hiking, paragliding, golf, and tennis, or just relaxing. Breathe in the alpine air, watch the inspiring scenery, and listen to the sound of rushing streams. One of nature's most spectacular sights, Mont-Blanc is the highest peak of the Alps and forms part of the French border with Italy. Mont Blanc tall is 4.810 meters and it is always covered in snow. The Au Tour du Mont Blanc hiking trails include routes for all ability levels. The trails range from gentle walks to treks along more vigorous uphill terrain. All of these trails have great scenery, and some feature perfect photo-ops of Mont Blanc in the background. Reflecting its history, the architecture of Chamonix is a mix of traditional and modern. Many visitors stay in luxurious modern hotels, but there are also rustic country lodges. Chamonix is renowned for its upscale atmosphere and fancy boutiques.
The most fashionable stretch of coastline in France, the Côte d'Azur is synonymous with glamour. The Côte d'Azur translates to "Coast of Blue," named after the mesmerizing deep blue color of the Mediterranean Sea. Also known as the French Riviera. The Côte d’Azur offers a great diversity of landscapes. The beauty of its beaches and the splendor of its luxury hotels, the fame of its Festivals and the celebrity of its Artists create a lovely balance with the green forests and valleys of the mountain hinterland, the red-tile roofs of its age-old perched villages and the bright yellow of mimosas in bloom. The rich and famous are also found here in their lavish villas and luxury yachts. The town of Nice has panoramic sea views and stellar art museums. Cannes is famous for its celebrity film festival and legendary hotels. The best sandy beaches are found in Antibes.
One of France's most rugged and friendly regions, Brittany is a fascinating mix of spectacular coastline, medieval towns, magical islands and inland woods. A Celtic duchy for more than one thousand years before its annexation to France in 1532, it is a land rich in culture, tradition and history. When you journey through Brittany, you'll discover people whose language, customs and dress remain a vivid homage to their past.
For more than two decades, France has become one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, receiving 83 million foreign tourists annually. So it remains the global leader, with the dynamic tourism sector boasting a surplus and rapidly transforming under the combined effect of a new, emerging clientele and a broader range of things on offer to international tourists.