10 Unforgettable Reasons Why You Should Visit France
Spend any amount of time in France and you’ll understand why it’s easy to fall in love with one of the world’s most visited countries. From its cosmopolitan cities to charming villages, striking coastline to the French Alps, plus a rich history and a delicious cuisine, there are so many reasons why travelers should head to France at least once.
To help you get inspired and plan your visit (keep in mind that you may need an ETIAS for travel to France), here are 10 unforgettable reasons why you should go!
#1. To try all the pastries
If you’re food-obsessed, what better reason is there to visit France than to try some typically French pastries and goodies like macarons, pain au chocolat, mille-feuille, and crepes, to name but a few.
It’s also worthwhile to take the time to seek out a local chocolatier to sample some exquisite pralines. You can purchase an assortment of chocolates to enjoy for yourself or bring some home as a souvenir for loved ones.
#2. To admire the architecture
France is well-known for its various architectural styles, perhaps most notably for Gothic architecture. You’ll find all kinds of buildings, churches, monuments, and castles built in a variety of eras ranging from the Renaissance to Baroque to Neoclassical and many more.
The country has so many architectural wonders, from the prehistoric cave paintings in Lascaux to the opulence of Versailles, that one trip to France simply won’t be enough time to view everything.
#3. To visit the charming old towns
France is so much more than just Paris. If you’ve got the time, head out into the country and explore some of the most enchanting villages and towns you’ll come across in all of Europe.
Places like Colmar, Avignon, and Gordes would fit the bill nicely. Expect to find narrow cobblestone streets, cute cafes, and timbered houses straight out of a fairytale.
#4. To discover a world-class wine route
There are numerous wine routes located all throughout the country, but some of the most notable ones are located in the following regions: Burgundy, Alsace, Loire Valley, and the Rhône Valley.
Most of the routes only take a day or two, but you could certainly stretch it out longer if you were looking for a laid-back way to explore these geographically beautiful areas of France.
#5. To see the art
The Louvre is probably the best-known museum in all of France for its vast collection of artwork, including paintings, sculptures, and drawings by famous artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Michelangelo.
The Louvre is a major tourist attraction and sees big crowds on a daily basis. But there are lots of other museums that contain fascinating pieces. Check out the Petit Palais for works by Cezanne and Monet, and the Paris Museum of Modern Art featuring thousands of pieces from the 20th and 21st centuries.
#6. To visit the French Riviera
If you head south towards the Mediterranean Sea, you’ll end up in the stunning French Riviera, or Côte d'Azur, an ideal seaside region if you’re looking for a sunny holiday with many beach resorts.
If you’re not much of a sunbather, you can also explore the towns themselves. Situated along the coastline, Antibes and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin are geographically gorgeous and contain plenty of medieval history, while Nice and Cannes are popular tourist destinations with lots of dining and shopping options.
#7. To learn more about the country’s history
From early Roman times to the French Revolution, Napoleonic Wars to World Wars, France has an astoundingly complex and interesting history. You can learn more by visiting one of numerous museums, notably the Musée des Archives Nationales, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, and the Musée National de la Marine.
For those interested in France’s involvement in WW2, there are several battle sites and museums open to the public in the northern region of Normandy.
#8. To sample French cuisine
Cheese, wine, and baguette – you certainly can’t go wrong with these well-known staples, but there’s so much more to French cuisine for visitors to discover. There are thousands of restaurants in Paris alone, and French gastronomy as a whole is listed in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists.
If you’re looking to have a fancy night out there are plenty of Michelin-starred restaurants to dive into, but you’ll find there are so many more unique brasseries all over the country that also serve delightful dishes (for a fraction of the cost!).
#9. To ski in the French Alps
If you love skiing, head to the French Alps for world-class resorts with expansive terrain, fresh mountain air, and gorgeous, out-of-this-world postcard views.
Even if you aren’t a skier or snowboarder, there are so many other things to do in the French Alps like exploring the mountain towns, enjoying a spa day, and going snowshoeing in the winter or hiking in the summer.
#10. And finally, to explore Paris
As France’s capital city, Paris is an impressive hub of arts, culture, fashion, gastronomy, and architecture. Some of the most famous landmarks in the world reside here and should probably be viewed if it’s your first time visiting the City of Lights.
Some of the most popular tourist spots in Paris include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre (plus SO many other museums including the Musée d'Orsay, Musee Rodin, Musee de l'Orangerie, etc), Montmartre, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Catacombs of Paris. There really is so much to see that it’ll be difficult to fit everything the city offers into one visit!