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What to see in France

France Attractions


Naturally, most visitors start their holiday in the French capital, Paris. The Eiffel Tower offers spectacular views over the city. Shop at Galeries Lafayette or on the Champs Elysees. Take in the exhibitions at the Louvre and Musee d'Orsay, or experience the delights of the Moulin Rouge. Day trips take guests to the Palace of Versailles and Disneyland.

South of Paris lies the Loire Valley, known as the 'Garden of France' for its abundance of vineyards and fruit orchards. The imposing chateaux spread across the valley are cultural monuments to the ideals of the Renaissance period. Less well known but equally stunning is Provence. Tourists can stroll through the markets of Aix-en-Provence, visit the Pope's Palace in Avignon, buy fresh seafood in Marseille, and visit the rural wetlands of the Camargue, home to the fabled white horses.

There are ancient gems in every direction. The coast of Normandy hosts the magical island of Mont-Saint-Michel, topped by a medieval monastery. To the south lies the historic fortified city of Carcassonne.

The Alps are a playground for skiing in the winter, and hiking or cycling in the summer. The Pyrenees offer a view of the wilder side of France. Take a cable car ride to the summit of Pic du Midi, or experience the famous pilgrimage to Lourdes.

The ultimate jet-set lifestyle awaits on the Cote d'Azur; 71 miles (115km) of Mediterranean coastline and beaches, 18 golf courses, 14 ski resorts, 3000 restaurants and an abundance of sunny weather. Visit in May to catch a glimpse of Hollywood's finest at the Cannes Film Festival.


Annecy

Situated 80 miles (129km) east of Lyon, the holiday destination of Annecy has a magical setting on the shore of Lake…

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Arc de Triomphe

The world's largest triumphal arch, the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile is set at the centre of a star-shaped configuration…

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Château de Chambord

Eleven miles (18km) east of Blois, the vast Château de Chambord is the largest château in the Loire Valley.…

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Disneyland Paris

The blueprints for the holiday destination of Disneyland may have been developed in the United States, but…

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Eiffel Tower

Gustave Eiffel, the architect of the Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel) could never have guessed that it would become Paris'…

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Louvre

One of the world's great art museums, this vast edifice houses an extraordinary collection of paintings, sculptures and…

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Mont Saint-Michel Abbey

One of France's best-known attractions, the Mont Saint-Michel Abbey, is situated on a rocky island just off the coast…

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Musée d'Orsay

This great museum is fairly new by Paris standards. It is situated in a railway station by the Seine and houses a vast…

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Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame looms large over the Place de Paris, on the Isle de la Cité, and as the most enduring symbol of Paris…

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Pompidou Centre

Built in the 1970s and named after former French president Georges Pompidou, the futuristic Pompidou Centre is now considered…

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St Tropez

St Tropez has long held the reputation of being the 'black sheep' of the renowned French Riviera holiday resort…

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Versailles

The Château de Versailles stands 15 miles (24km) southwest of Paris and is one of France's most noted attractions.…

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Patrick is a French citizen, currently living in the Lorraine region of northeast France, between Metz and Nancy. He was born in Verdun and has travelled extensively in France.

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