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Eiffel Tower, France

Check out our list of places to visit in France, including tourist attractions in France and all the best places to go sightseeing in France.  This is just a taste of what this great country has to offer!

Paris is said to be one of the most romantic cities in the world and is arguably one of the most beautiful.  There is so much to see and do here but your visit wouldn’t be complete without admiring the views from the Eiffel Tower, checking out the Mona Lisa and other famous artworks at the Louvre, beholding the French gothic architecture of the Notre Dame or visiting the Sacre Coeur.

Avignon, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a great place for those into their history.  The walled city has museums, a historic bridge, the massive medieval fortress Pont St- Bénéze and a palace to explore.  The countryside is very easy on the eye in this region and its performing arts festival in July is a big draw card for visitors.

Bordeaux is one of France’s key wine regions, and is famous especially for its drop of red, but there is plenty more on offer if you’re not into the drink!  Beautiful mountains in the Pyrenees, great beaches such as Biarritz and many medieval towns and castles to name just a few highlights.  The ever-popular Dordogne valley isn’t far away either.

Visitors flock to the island of Corsica to bask in the Mediterranean sunshine and laze on the sand – with 1,000 km of it there is plenty to go around.  Along with the perfect beaches come plenty of activities like swimming, snorkeling, wind-surfing, scuba diving and sunbathing.  Corsica is also a great place sample not only French cuisine, but Italian as well because of its close proximity.

Tempt your palate in Lyon, a place best known for its tasty cuisine.  There’s architecture aplenty as well - check out the St-Jean Cathedral, Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière topped by twin turrets and in the old town you’ll find the Roman amphitheatre.  With a great cultural and art vibe, some great nightlife and interesting museums; Lyon will leave you more than satisfied.

Cosmopolitan Marseille lies on the Mediterranean coast and has a reputation for great weather all year round, awesome shopping, and yummy restaurants.  It has a rich history dating back over 2,500 years so there are plenty of buildings and museums to lose yourself in.  Get along to cours Julien (known as the ‘cours Ju’), the city’s most youthful area and home to a plethora of fashion boutiques, bookshops, cafes and music venues.

Nice is so much more than just ‘nice’ it’s fab!  Despite the beaches being pebbled, the coast (the French Rivera) is still among the most beautiful in Europe.  Spot the celebrity!  Many famous faces have shacked up in the region.  Aside from celebrity-spotting you can visit one of the many museums, explore the cobbled streets and historical buildings of the Old Town, or get along to the Lively cours Saleya market.

With hills covered in herbs and flowers, Provence has long inspired artists – from Van Gogh to Picasso.  You can actually visit the cafe Van Gogh painted in ‘the Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum’.  Each village has its own character, specializing in a type of wine, cheese, sausage, or particular craft.  Visit Orange for impressive Roman ruins, including an amphitheatre.

*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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