13 Most Beautiful Places in France to Visit
Unexpected Places To Visit That Will Capture Your Heart
Ahh, France. The seductively beautiful country with an endless list of places that epitomize love, history, royalty, and amazing food and wine. The country boasts dramatic landscapes of rolling hills and lush vineyards, seaside coastal villages that are quaint yet bursting with culture, lively cities with enough activities to last a lifetime, and buildings and landmarks that are a tourist’s dream come true.
As a unique yet popular travel destination, France has many beautiful and unexpected places that are sure to capture your heart. Let’s take a look now.
The crystal clear blue water is surrounded by the commanding peaks of the nearby mountains and makes for a perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon. The water of the lake originates from glaciers that melted almost twenty thousand years ago and, thanks to environmental regulations, is some of the cleanest in France. Not only is it one of the largest and oldest, but locals and tourists alike consistently rate Lac Annecy as one of the prettiest lakes in France. This is without question one of our most beautiful places in France to visit!
Gorges du Verdon
Equivalent to the Grand Canyon of the United States (but arguably even more beautiful), the Verdon Gorge is one of France’s grand jewels. Considered to be one of the best geological landmarks in Europe, this river canyon is popular for tourists who wish to kayak, hike, or drive to see all the glorious views.
The lovely village of Rocamadour is like something out of a fairy tale. The historic site has been a pilgrimage for over 1000 years, with people initially seeking its famous healing powers and now attracting over one million visitors each year.
The village is situated in a dramatic and beautiful way, literally climbing up a cliff side. This grand location is considered a ‘favorite village of the French’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and an important and revered tourist destination.
Palace of Versailles
More than just a single building, the Château de Versailles provides an opportunity for visitors to experience five centuries of history. As one of Europe’s most beautiful tourist destinations, the palace welcomes large crowds and is one of the most visited sites in France.
Over ten million visitors tour the former hunting lodge of Louis XIII each year. The palace is a symbolic representation of monarchy, power, and most certainly beauty.
The French Riviera
The Côte d’Azur, or the French Riviera, is situated on the stunning Mediterranean coastline on the southeast corner of France. A longstanding resort area, the area has seen tourists in the form of aristocrats, authors, writers, celebrities, and royalty.
With gorgeous views of the water, breathtaking fields of lavender, and picturesque villages — this location is internationally well-known for its beauty.
The Millau Viaduct
More grand than the Golden Gate Bridge and more stunning than the London Bridge, le Viaduc de Millau is the tallest bridge in the world and is truly a sight to be seen. The architecture and design of this bridge is an expression of both technology and function, displayed in a graceful and aesthetically pleasing way.
The bridge is elegant, delicate and, as it surpasses the Eiffel Tower in height, possibly the grandest structure in the country.
Timeless beauty is what you will see when you lay your eyes upon this mound of mud flats amidst rocky tidal waves. Off of France’s northwestern coast, Mont Saint-Michel is historically a medieval fortress that is rich in both manmade and natural beauty.
One of the most visited places in France, this islet provides visitors with breathtaking beauty and many buildings with stories to tell.
Mont Blanc, Chamonix
A dream come true for skiers, hikers, or just travellers who enjoy breathtaking vistas — this ‘white mountain’ is the highest in the French Alps, rising to a commanding height of almost 5,000 meters above sea level. The summit is entirely covered in glimmering, powdery snow, contributing to the magical views from both below, in the city of Chamonix, and atop the majestic rock itself.
Dune du Pilat
As the tallest sand dune in Europe, the Dune of Pilat is a dramatic sight to be seen. Described by some as a sand wall or even a ‘sand monster’, the dune is 110 meters above sea level and brings over one million visitors to the area each year.
The unique landscape is nestled in between the Arcachon Bay, a large sandbank, a stunning pine forest, and the Atlantic Ocean — offering breathtaking views in every direction.
Famously known as the location of the home of Claude Monet as well as the beautiful gardens that inspired his masterpieces, this pleasant village is in the north of France and is recommended as a travel destination for many reasons. The magnificent gardens are stunningly pretty and feature the water-lily pond that was painted in his 1899 artwork.
In addition to the magnificent gardens, there are many charming museums and cafes that make for a very pleasant experience.
Gardens of Marqueyssac, Dordogne
Les Jardins de Marqueyssac look so beautiful that you’ll have to stop and question if the intricately designed shrubbery is real, or just a figment of your imagination. Situated high above the Dordogne river, these gardens were designed by the same gardener responsible for the landscape of the Château de Versailles and are one of the most remarkable horticultural masterpieces in Europe.
A pleasant stroll through the traditional French style garden is sure to leave anyone in awe — even better to do so by candlelight in the summer evenings.
Also known as the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Cecilia, this sacred destination was traditionally a fortress and happens to be the largest brick building in the world. The stunning gothic architecture stands out against the traditional and delicate French stonework.
The tall belfry holds a commanding presence, reaching almost 80 meters into the sky. Both inside and out, the architectural gem stands out as one of the most glorious buildings in France.
Côte de Granit Rose, Bretagne
Translating to the ‘Pink Granite Coast’, this stretch of coastline is just as magnificent as it sounds. Located in northern Brittany, there are more than 20 kilometres of coastline featuring, you guessed it, pink rock formations and sand. As one of the most mesmerizing beaches in Europe, if the pink sand doesn’t amaze you, the splendid turquoise sea will.
France is so beautiful! These are just 13 of the most beautiful places in France to visit. With so many amazing attractions and sights to see you can see why many people visit this place each year. So, are you ready to visit France now?
Frank Copolla author of Most Beautiful Places in France to Visit
Owner of Limousine Royalty. Limousine Royalty have been in the limousine hire business in Perth, Western Australia for over 10 years, Frank has been a limousine driver for more than 15. Limousine Royalty have a fleet of eight limousines ranging from small chauffeurs driven Sudan’s to twenty seater stretch Hummers. Frank enjoys golf on the weekends before heading off to drive his VIP clients around Perth in the evenings. Frank is considered one of the most knowledgeable chauffeurs in Perth, with his extensive knowledge of the city he lives, Frank is able to offer recommendations on the best boutique restaurants and attractions to visit.
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