France has a reputation for fine food and wine and is home to sights known the world over. Here, some of the many famous places to visit include Paris, the Côte d’Azur, Marseille, the Loire Valley, Brittany, Burgundy, the Pyrenees and the Alps. This is a country where history and culture abound and you will never be bored.
Most tourists will visit Paris to take in its international icons: the Eiffel Tower, Arch de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Montmartre and the Champs Elysee. Here you can also visit the Louvre museum, catch a show at the Moulin Rouge or take a cruise along the River Seine. But France has a lot more to offer.
Nice, in the Côte d’Azur, is a historic city full of history, galleries and museums. Nearby are Monaco, Cannes and St Tropez, where you might catch a glimpse of the rich and famous. Marseille is a busy port with an extensive past. Take a tour of the vineyards of Burgundy and the Loire Valley. Visit historic battlefields in Normandy. Winter sports are popular in the Alps and Pyrenees mountain ranges.
There are many world class hotels in Paris and other major cities of France but they can be expensive. Many coastal resorts have more reasonable prices, but for excellent value and choice, the more rural areas have a wonderful range of affordable small hotels and guest houses.
There is a massive choice of ways to get to France. There are international airports in Nice, Marseille, Bordeaux, Lyon, Toulouse and Strasbourg but most visitors arrive via Charles de Gaulle or Orly international airports in Paris. Trains and buses link France with just about every other European country. Ferries are a popular way of getting here from the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands, and there are also ferry links with Italy and North Africa.
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