Paris is the must-see city, not only when talking about France, but the entire Europe. In Paris, there are countless sightseeing opportunities, there is something to discover and something to see around every corner. Everyone on vacations to France would definitely want to see one of the most famous and well-known sites in Paris - the Eiffel Tower - Paris's signature landmark and one of the most notable structures in the world. This 324 metres (1,063 ft) tall tower, built in the years 1887 – 1889 was the tallest structure in the world from its completion until 1930.
Notre-Dame de Paris
photo by dalbera
Another famous destination in Paris is the Louvre - this former fortress and a palace is now the world's largest museum that holds the richest collection of art and antiques.
Visitors can also enjoy a spectacular views of the city from the top of the Arc Triomphe, built in 1836 in honor of the French army.
Other Paris attractions and landmarks include: Notre Dame Cathedrale, the Catacombs, the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Arènes de Lutece, Opera Garnier, Pantheon, Les Invalides,
Sacré Coeur, Sainte Chapelle, Grand Arche de la Défense and many others.
Marseille is a vibrant city on the Mediterranean, filled with tourist attractions and also country's most important commercial port in the south.
Sightseeing in Marseille should cover such sites as:
the Notre-Dame de la Garde Basilica, an Opera House, and the Courthouse, the Chateau d'If, Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation, the Hospice de la Vieille Charité, the old port, several interesting museums.
The main destination in the city of Versailles, located on the western outskirts of Paris, is the Château de Versailles - a vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV. The palace is known for its grand styling, large formal gardens, fountains and canals.
The palace attracts more than three million visitors a year - it is recommended to arrive early in the morning to avoid very long lineups.
Worth seeing is also the rest of the city where you can find many remarkable buildings, cobblestone streets, and one-of-a-kind shops.
The city of Strasbourg in northeastern France is the intellectual and cultural capital of Alsace. Together with Brussels, it is home to the European Union parliament and also the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, the European Ombudsman or the Eurocorps. Places to see in Strasbourg include: European district, Place de la République, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Historical Museum, Zoological Museum, Orangerie, Stockfeld.
French Riviera / Cote d'Azur
Le Lavandou, French Rivera
photo by phileole
Many travelers decide to have a base of their vacations to France on the French Riviera.
Located on the French coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the French Riviera is one of the Europe's most popular places amongst beach lovers. It's also the best area to spot vacationing celebrities.
Aside of enjoying a vibrant beach life, there are many other things to explore:
museums, art galleries, Cannes Film Festival, excellent golf courses, casinos.
Main cities and destinations of Cote d'Azur are: St-Tropez, Nice, Cannes, Antibes, Villefranche-sur-Mer and St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.