One of the most visited countries in the World, there is more to France than just the Eiffel tower. France is not just famous for its monuments and museums, but its wines and cheeses are also a treat to the world. The pleasant weather, the landscapes, food everything makes France a must visit country. If you are planning to visit France soon or in the future don’t restrict it to just sight seeing. Explore it and make your experience as lively as it can be. Presenting to you and the world, 11 things to do in France. Bon Voyage!
Yes, its France after all. France has been attracting around 82 million foreign tourists annually. If your only agenda to visit France is to witness the historic and architecturally beautiful monuments, you have plenty of choices. Les Invalides to Opera Garnier, there are plenty of them to be seen. Then of course you always have the option to visit the epic Eiffel Tower. Arc de Triomphe, Jardin du Luxembourg, Notre Dame Cathedral are among other must see in Paris.
#2 The Country Side
One of the lesser known things to do in France is to go to the beautiful country side and enjoy the nature up close and personal. The subtle and mesmerizing nature and less populated and polluted country side is a perfect destination to find inner peace and have a gala time with closed ones.
Manosque, Gorge de Verdon, Cluny, Vienne, Bourg-en-Bresse are few of the many French countrysides that offer breathtaking landscapes and are some of the best places to visit in France. One can also enjoy hiking, climbing, etc in these places. These villages are not only the house of historical buildings but you can engage in plenty of fun activities too.
#3 Castles and Chateau
The castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany and Normandy are among the most famous castles across France. The Chenonceau Chateau is one of the most famous chateau in the Loire Valley. It is known for its beautiful and lovely gardens. A french visit is incomplete without visiting castles and Chateau. They exhibit the story of what France is made of and been through. Mont Saint-Michel, Palace of Versailles, Carcassonne, Château de Chambord are few of the UNESCO World Heritage Site that are not to be missed when you visit France next. One of the things to do in France could be to visit all 37 World Heritage Sites.
Sea, Sun and Sky, the perfect trio. And you thought France is all about historical buildings. Nah! you can always soak yourself up in the sun on the beaches of French Riviera, the island of Corsica and the Atlantic coast. You have a number of options. Beaches are perfect place to relax, chill and spend some quality time with friends and family. The amazing French weather makes it all the more fun. Moreover, not to be missed in the Riviera city is the Cannes film festival that happens around May every year where you can witness your favorite stars, if lucky.
#5 Winter sports
Who doesn’t love snow? If you love winters, then visit France during winter months. There are plenty of things to do in France in winters. You could try few winter sports. The Alps and Prenees is a treat in itself. Val d’Isère is a popular ski resort in the southeastern France where you can for sure test your ski skills. And yes! don’t forget to make your own snow-man and just have fun in the snow.
#6 The French Food and Culture
The culture of any place can very well be understood by its food. To know France better, indulge yourself in the traditional and exotic french cuisine. It is the exhibition of one’s feelings, tradition, practices, belief and love,of course. Don’t restrict yourself but experiment and explore French cuisine. Moules Marinieres, Blanquette de Veau are few of the many classic french dishes that are worth trying. Bon Appetit!
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If you are a wine lover, there is no chance of you missing the number 7th thing to do in France. Wine tour is another famous and interesting activity to do in France. The wine tours in Burgundy and Bordeaux are very popular. Vineyards have been attracting tourists a lot these days. Bordeaux is the place to go, where world’s greatest red wines are produced. White wine and dessert wines are also produced from the grapes grown here. Although these tours are expensive and can cost around 400 euros for 3 night stay per person but this is an experience of a life time.Witnessing something like this is one hell of an experience and a must have.
#8 Epernay Champagne
Vast blue sky and greenery all around. What else can you ask for. Just like wine tour, one can also have a tour in the Epernay to see how champagne is made. A visit to Epernay, a small town south of Reims is mostly attracted by champagne lovers. Many of the world’s top champagnes are produced here. A must thing to do if you are in love with champagne.
#9 Museums & Churches
Museums and churches have been a part of France’s history since time immemorial. There are about 130 museums in Paris. These museums display France’s architectural, scientific, cultural and historical aspects. Museums such as the Louvre, Centre Pompidou, Petit Palais are among the most famous museums in Paris, France. Several movies have even depicted the museums of France.
#10 Street Markets
Who can even think of going on a vacation and not treating themselves with some shopping time. Street markets can be easy on the pocket and can even offer great materials. Rue Mouffetard and Rue de Buci are among the most attractive streets markets in France. Make sure to give these markets a try.
#11 Walk/Rent a bike
One of the most amazing and obvious activities to do in France is to explore the city either by taking a stroll or by renting a bicycle or as the world calls it, bike. Not just healthy, but also fun and something we don’t usually get do in India. Places like Paris, or the Strasbourg Old Town can best be explored on foot or bicycle.
Also Read: 5 Best Bicycle Friendly Cities in the World
These were some of the best things to do in France. Next time you plan to go anywhere, not just France, dig a little deeper and make the most of your trip.