When you think of visiting France, I’m guessing the first place that springs to mind is Paris. Yes, Paris is a total must-visit when you head to this beautiful country, but there is much more besides the capital city and the Eiffel Tower.
Stunning mountain scenery, culture, history, beaches, and delicious food all greet visitors to France, no matter where in the country you visit, so it’s certainly worthwhile exploring a little further afield.
Whether you hire a car and road trip around, as many people do, or you choose to visit one particular region, the French Riviera for example, there is certainly a lot to experience in this very chic and welcoming country.
Okay, so we said there’s more to France than Paris, and whilst that’s true, you have to go there regardless. The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Champs Elysees … the list goes on. A few days here will leave you feeling sophisticated and thoroughly city-ied out, but you will certainly leave with a smile on your face, and probably begin planning your next visit.
The French portion of the Alps are beautiful, and Mont Blanc, aka the White Mountain, calls this home. The highest mountain in the Alps, the skiing here is epic, and the scenery is something to truly behold.
Also known as the Cote d’Azur, The French Riviera is a glittering and sophisticated section of coastline on the south eastern corner of the country, lapped by the warm and inviting waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Visitors flock here for the fantastic weather and beautiful beaches, but the overall region certainly has an exclusive feel to it.
Also located in south eastern France, Verdon Gorge is thought to be one of Europe’s most stunning natural gorges, also referred to as the Grand Canyon of France. At around 25km long and 700m deep, there are many outdoor activities to enjoy around this amazing region, and taking a road trip around it is to be recommended, with small villages and towns to explore.
France has many more cities to enjoy than Paris, and Bordeaux is certainly one of them. With an olde-worlde feeling, Bordeaux has a pretty old section of the city to check out, and is actually an old port city, set on the banks of the Gironde Estuary. Situated in the south west of the country, this is a city for anyone into history and architecture, with an 18th century theatre said to be one of the best around. If you like wine, this is also for you – a famous region for vineyards and sampling vino.
These five suggestions for activities and places to go in France should definitely be on your to do list, amongst many, many others.