France is a fascinating European country, and not only because of its sensual language or its incredible cheeses. The French have shown throughout history that they are not afraid to cut off heads, literally, when injustice takes over society. Francia has been the cradle of great thinkers, of great projects like the encyclopedia, it favored the emergence and propagation of the Cathars and, of course, it has also contributed things not so good, like "Pepe Botella", Napoleon's brother, the Bourbons or Carla Bruni's discography.
For all this it is worth considering a visit to French lands. And if your knowledge of the country does not go beyond the borders of its capital, Paris, look for a map of France (mapa de Francia) because here come the 10 places you can't miss if you visit France. France is among the most popular tourist destinations in the world. There are so many famous monuments, buildings and castles in France, but these 10 beautiful places in France are a must see for everyone!
Eiffel Tower in Paris
The Eiffel Tower is one of the landmarks that most people can easily associate with France. The metal structure is located in the center of Paris and was built in 1889 as the centerpiece of the Universal Exhibition. It was supposed to be there only during the exhibition, but it is still the main attraction of the French capital.
Having your picture taken from the top of this tower is one of the typical things about France that every tourist wants to take home.
The Palace of Versailles
The castle on the outskirts of Paris was built as a hunting lodge for Louis XIII in 1624, but later became a huge palace and seat of the government of the French kings. After the French Revolution, when the royal family was forced to leave the castle, the palace fell into disrepair. The palace has been largely restored and today, visits from foreign heads of state are received in the Castle's Hall of Mirrors.
Arch of Triumph
The famous Arc de Triomphe is located in the center of the French capital, in Paris, in the Place Charles de Gaulle (also known as Place de l'Etoile). It is a triumphal arch that honors the French who fought in the wars. The names of 588 French generals are listed inside the walls, as well as the list of battles during the Napoleonic Wars. The French monument was built between 1806 and 1836.
The French landmark is a small island located in a small bay off the northwest coast of France. The island, which is isolated during low tide, offers the opportunity to walk to it through the bridge that was built in 2014. At the top of the rocky island is an imposing abbey, which was built and extended several centuries after the Benedictine monks settled there, as early as 966 AD. Today, about 40 people live in the small village around the parish church and the abbey.
Lavender fields in Provence
The lavender fields in the south of France are popular with many tourists when the countryside is planted with bright purple fragrant lavender flowers, usually from late June to early August. The smell is really amazing! When traveling to France, be sure to visit the Lavender Museum at the lavender farm and learn how the lavender is harvested or what products can be made from these beautiful flowers. Have you ever eaten lavender cheese or vanilla cream-filled lavender?
Châteaux of the Loire Valley
There are more than 300 castles in the Loire Valley. 42 of them are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The first castles were built as fortifications in the 10th century, and over the centuries magnificent riverside castles were added, which served as homes to the French kings. The Loire River is the longest river in France with a length of more than 1000 km.
Mont Blanc and French Alps
The French Alps are located in the southeast of France and are bordered by the Swiss and Italian Alps. The highest peak in Western Europe is Mont Blanc with a height of 4810 m, which is on the border with Italy: the Italians call the mountain Monte Bianco! The French Alps are popular for winter sports and hosted several Winter Olympics (1924, 1968, 1992).
The famous Avignon Bridge is built over the Rhone, which is the second longest and deepest river in France. The bridge of Avignon was built in the Middle Ages and is one of the main attractions of the city. There are arches on the bridge over the river still intact, as parts of the bridge were washed away during a great flood in the 17th century. However, the bridge is still a great attraction and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Do you know the song "Sur le pont d'Avignon"? This is one of the most popular children's songs in France.
Montmartre and Sacre Coeur
Sacre Coeur (which means "sacred heart") is the famous cathedral of Montmartre, surrounded by the artists of Paris. The huge church is located on a hill not far from the center of the city and can be reached on foot by stairs or by funiculars.
Louvre Museum (Le Louvre)
The Louvre Museum in Paris is the largest museum in the world and has over 35,000 works of art, including paintings, sculptures and archaeological sites. The palace, which was built as a fortress in the 12th century, opened its doors as a museum in 1793. In 1988, a glass pyramid was built in the courtyard above the main entrance and the subway lobby. The Louvre exhibits the famous painting of the Mona Lisa (also called "La Joconde" in French or "La Gioconda" in Italian) by Leonardo da Vinci.