Home to medieval cities and Mediterranean beaches, France is old and almost otherworldly. Known the world over for its magnificent architecture, scenic landscapes and delicious food, this country is visited by almost 90 million people every year. Which makes this the country of choice for 10% of all tourists. And whether you’ve been before or are going for the first time, France won’t disappoint. There is an abundance of amazing things to experience there. Here are some of the best ways to discover France for yourself:
Visit Iconic French Landmarks
When one thinks of the French tourist attractions, there are bound to be several that come to mind. France is the location of some of the most famous landmarks in the world, not tot mention some of the most beautiful. From the Palace of Versailles to the Arc de Triomphe, you’ll want to see them all. Visit the Louvre, commissioned in 1983, this amazing art museum is host to some of the worlds most iconic paintings. Including the Mona Lisa. Or watch the golden sun dip below the horizon from the Eiffel Tower.
If you have limited time and would like to see as many of the Parisian landmarks as possible, you may want to take a cruise of the Seine River. Sail along the waterfront, while dining on a 3 course meal and see Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower and so many others.
Drive the Champagne Trail
The champagne trail is a 250 mile route in Champagne-Ardenne that will allow you to learn about the history and culture of one of the world most luxurious drinks. Drive through the lush green vineyards where grapes have been grown for wine since the 1600s. While you’re there you’ll be able to learn about the fermentation and storing processes and yes, taste magnificent wine. When it comes to France car rental services, make sure you check the rules beforehand as they can vary from company to company. You have to be 21 to qualify with France rent a car places and it’s recommended that you always carry your documents on you while driving.
Learn to cook like the French
From hearty soupe á l’oignon and ratatouille to decadent tarte tatin and chocolate soufflé, the French certainly know all about good food. And they’re willing to teach you all about it too. Some people go to France just to take part in what they call a cooking holiday, but you can take other basic classes while you’re there. You’ll be cooking with professional chefs and learning from the best. You can also go on food tours and get trained in food photography while you’re there. All will leave you with a bit of France you can take home with you.
So, whether you’re having a romantic getaway in Paris or partaking in incredible foods and wines from all over the county, France is definitely one for the bucket list.