There are so many fabulous things to do in France. So when you visit, you need a France bucket list! France is most famous for the Eiffel Tower, Coco Chanel and that certain je ne sais quoi! Of course, there’s also the Louvre, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, artsy Montmartre and the Georges Pompidou Center. Not to mention the captivating cities such as the capital Paris and Nice. France has something for everyone, especially for the cafe culture loving foodies among us (hello freshly baked croissants). So without further ado, here is what we consider to be the top things to do in France, worthy of being on your France Bucket List anyway.
Here’s our pick of the top things to do in France
The Mont-Saint-Michel is one of Frances most unforgettable sights. It’s an island and mainland commune in Normandy, France, located about one kilometer off the country’s northwestern coast, at the mouth of the Couesnon River near Avranches. The simplest way to get to Mont Saint-Michel from Paris is to take a direct train to Rennes, worth visiting on its own. From there, you can then take a direct shuttle coach bus to Mont Saint Michel.
Aiguille du Midi
Take a journey to the top of Europe on the Aiguille du Midi Cable Car. The Aiguille du Midi is a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif within the French Alps. From the centre of Chamonix, a 20 minutes ride with the Aiguille du Midi cable car takes you to the gateway of High Mountain at a height of 3,842 m. When you are at the top, take the gondola lift ride over the Glacier du Géant to the Pointe Helbronner in Italy.
Fall in love with Paris
Any trip to France must include a few days spent in the capital city, Paris. Soak up the ambience and lose yourself in the laidback grandeur of this incredible city. Paris is home to numerous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral. Once you’ve checked out the famous landmarks, wander the streets, admire the French women’s sense of style, eat freshly baked croissants and enjoy the cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
The Loire Valley is located in the middle stretch of the Loire River in central France, in both the regions of Pays de la Loire and Centre-Val de Loire. Just a short train journey from Paris and an easy drive from the coast of Normandy the Loire Valley is famous for its fairytale chateauxs and Renaissance-era castles, bustling markets in medieval towns, vineyards and sunflowers.
Château de Chambord
Commissioned by King Francis I and imagined by the great Leonardo da Vinci, the Chateau de Chambord is the largest and most majestic castle of the Loire.
Lyon or Lyons is the third-largest city and second-largest urban area of France. Paris seems to the be epitome of all things French but France’s “second city” Lyon should not be overlooked. Lyon’s center reflects 2,000 years of history from the Roman Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules and medieval and Renaissance architecture in Old Lyon. Lyon has developed a reputation with foodies as the capital of gastronomy in France.
Wine Tasting in Bordeaux
The unofficial motto of Bordeaux; Eat well and drink better! The predominant grape varietals in Bordeaux are Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and each region uses its own specific blend. For the best Bordeaux wine tours the magnificent chateaux that line the countryside offer excellent tours, tastings and exclusive, unique curated experiences.
Ski The French Alps
This area boasts some of the most magnificent natural scenery in Europe. The French Alps are the portions of the Alps mountain range that stand within France, located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regions. The Northern French Alps offer big mountain terrain and some of France’s most famous ski resorts. Think Tignes, Val d’Isère, Chamonix, and Meribel, Courchevel and Val thorens in the legendary Les 3 Vallèes.
The Louvre Museum, is the world’s largest art museum and a historic Paris monument. Every trip to the capital, Paris, deserves a visit to the Louvre to discover the wealth of treasures it contains. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city’s 1st arrondissement.
Pont du Gard
The Pont du Gard is an ancient Roman aqueduct bridge built in the first century AD to carry water over 50 km (31 mi) to the Roman colony of Nemausus (Nîmes). This World Heritage Site is one of the most impressive and one of the best preserved Roman aqueducts in Europe so visit the Pont du Gard in France and be awe-struck by its size. It crosses the Gardon River near the town of Vers-Pont-du-Gard in southern France. Visit during the summer when the top level of the bridge is open to the public. You can walk along a partially covered conduit and see how the calcium has built up, reducing the size of the canal over the centuries.
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There is so much more to see and do in this amazing country. Plan ahead and take your time exploring. Sometimes travelers you meet on your trip will have the best suggestions for undiscovered gems and fun things to do in France.
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