Once again this year, with nearly 83 million foreign visitors in 2016, France is ahead of countries such as the United States or Spain in the ranking of tourist destinations. If since the 1990s this is no longer really a surprise,
this result nevertheless pleases us because it clearly shows the attraction of France for tourists and the richness of its cultural and historical heritage.
The Paris region is the one that attracts the most tourists to France. The presence of many cultural attractions such as the Louvres Museum, the Palace of Versailles or Notre Dame de Paris, Disneyland Paris which is the first theme park in Europe, the Eiffel Tower, numerous restaurants renowned throughout the world and an offer This particularly abundant hotel make it a top choice destination in France. Add to that two international airports, seven mainline train stations in Paris and a very well developed urban transport network and we get the perfect equation for travelers from all over the world!
2. The French Riviera
From pretty beaches on the coast to picturesque villages in the hinterland, the Côte d’Azur is a fascinating destination. If Renoir and Cézanne were fascinated by the blue of the sky and the beauty of the landscapes, many holidaymakers today prefer the « select » atmosphere of Saint Tropez or Cannes. Whatever your style, you will inevitably find something to suit you in this diverse region, as authentic as it is superficial, home to as many natural parks as crowded beaches, always with a singing accent that we love so much!
Olive oil, lavender, pétanque and cicadas make up this inimitable Provencal blend so popular with tourists. An authentic atmosphere and breathtaking landscapes have always made this little southern corner, a popular destination for lovers of good food, wine and calm. To discover the richness of this region, nothing like a circuit between Camargue and Luberon, passing by Aix en Provence, Marseille and Avignon!
4. The Northern Alps
The Alps, and in particular the ski resorts located in the Northern Alps, are also among the most popular destinations for travelers in France. If France is competed for skiing by other countries like the United States, it remains one of the countries most appreciated for mountain tourism. More specifically, the Paradiski ski areas (La Plagne, Les Arcs and Peisey-Vallandry), Les Trois Vallées, Le Grand Massif and Serre Chevalier are the most popular and accessible from Grenoble, Lyon or Geneva.
Easy access, rich heritage and high gastronomy are some of the ingredients that make Lyon one of the most popular cities for international tourists. They particularly love the authenticity and the warmth of the Lyon traffic jams, the impressive cultural offer and in particular the new Musée des Confluences, and the proximity to winter sports resorts. The popular Fête des Lumières in December also helped make Lyon one of the capitals of tourism in France.
6. The Loire Castles
Bathed by the eponymous river, the Châteaux de la Loire region is considered the heart of France: it represents French elegance, gastronomic richness and it is said that this is where French is spoken of. the purest way. Chambord and Chenonceau are the best known but all the castles, located about 20km from each other, are jewels attracting many visitors each year.
7. Mont Saint Michel
Built by Benedictine monks of Saint-Wandrille in 966, Mont Saint Michel or more precisely the Abbey of Mont Saint Michel is one of the greatest prides of Normandy. Attracting nearly 3 million visitors each year, it is one of the French monuments best known by foreigners.
Small exceptional village perched in the heart of Haut-Quercy, Rocamadour is a place of pilgrimage renowned for its Black Virgin and the tomb of Saint Amadour. With 1.5 million visitors per year, Rocamadour is also one of the most visited tourist sites in France, much appreciated by tourists for its medieval city and its surro