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Attractions in France

France is the biggest tourist destination in the world and some of its famous sights are legendary. The Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, Notre Dame, the Louvre; the list seems endless – and that’s only speaking about Paris! Outside of the capital there are equally wonderful things to see, even if they’re less well-known. Examples include the vast rows of megalithic stones at Carnac, the stunning beauty of the mysterious Cathar countryside of the South-West with its links to the Knights Templar and the majesty of the ancient XIV century Papal residence of Avignon. What’s the best way to explore these wonders? Some of the Parisian sights are incredible and easily to get to but they can also be busy – unless you have the expert knowledge available on local tours that can help you to get there at the right time to avoid the crowds and on cost-effective tariffs. Some of the sights elsewhere in France are much quieter but sadly many visitors pass them by because they simply don’t know they exist. That’s the beauty of the Withlocals approach because nobody knows the best spots better than local people and they can make sure that you avoid the tourist traps while experiencing France in all its glory.

Top 10 Attractions in Attractions, France

  • Eiffel Tower. Think of France and the Eiffel Tower is probably what springs to mind. Not for those with vertigo!
  • Louvre. A must see for all art lovers. Don’t try and ‘do’ this in one. If there are works that you really must see, plan in advance so that you don’t run out of time.
  • Palace of Versailles. Originally a hunting lodge of Louis XIII, Versailles was spectacularly improved by his son Louis XIV and was the home of the court and the government from 1682 until the revolution.
  • Mont St Michael. A magnificent medieval town built on a small island just off the Brittany and Normandy coast.
  • Popes’ Palace in Avignon. Built over the 13th and 14th centuries when the papacy moved from Rome, this is one of the biggest medieval Gothic palaces in the world.
  • Chartres Cathedral. Just 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Paris this architectural gem, steeped in history and legend, is often missed out of tourist itineraries and that’s a pity because it is magnificent.
  • Rocamadour. A small but very impressive village clinging onto a rocky cliff-side above the river Alzou. This medieval pilgrimage site is a testament to the ingenuity of the architect and craftsmen of the middle ages.
  • The Champs-Elysées. Widely regarded as being the most beautiful avenue in the world and a shoppers’ paradise.
  • Carnac. This prehistoric site contains over 4 kilometers of megalithic stones. Situated on the south Britany coast, it is an ideal location for enjoying water sports of all kinds.

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Attraction Highlights in Attractions, France

  • Mont St Michael is the second most visited tourist attraction in France with more than 3.000.000 visitors per year - so it can be busy. Once you have strolled in the medieval streets, if you have the legs to make it all the way up to the Benedictine Abbey of St Michel at the top, you’ll be rewarded with some breathtaking views.
  • Rocamadour. The heart of the town is reached via a 233 step stairway where you find the main square crammed with no less than 8 churches and chapels including Notre Dame with its Black Virgin statue which has attracted pilgrims for more than a millennium. In nearby Gouffre de Padirac (Padirac Chasm) there’s an underground cave and river to explore by boat.
  • Champs-Elysées. From the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, this world famous avenue is not just about shops or museums. It also plays host to many events at various times of the year including the finish of the Tour de France and the 14th of July parade.