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Fifteen Tourist Attractions in France - The Travel Guide 2018
France has some of the most scenic areas in the hemisphere, from the boulevard of Paris to the trendy bathing towns of the Côte d'Azur. With its fairytale palaces, up-and-coming churches and picturesque towns, France inspires romanticists, yet still inspires realisticists with its progressively couture. Start with the Eiffel Tower, the French landmark.
Spare your leisure ly for cosy culinary delights; the tradition of France's cuisine has been included in UNESCO's immaterial heritage-listing. The picturesque Brittany fishermen's towns specialise in crepes and shellfish, while cosy cottages in the Alps of France offer savoury fondues with local cuisine. Let us spoil you and enjoy the compelling charme of France.
The Louvre in the former King's House of the Magi is an unrivalled art gallery and one of Europe's leading art galleries. The contracts of France with the Vatican and the Republic of Venice, as well as the loot of Napoleon I. The Louvre has an astonishing 30000 works of art at its disposal, among them numerous masters.
Versailles is more than just a king's palace, it was created to show the fame of the Macedonian state. Also known for its ornamental parks with ornamental swimming pool, shrubs and wells. On the other side of the garden lies Marie-Antoinette's shepherd' s cottage, where the king dressed up as a farmer and escaped farm work.
Côte d'Azur, France's most stylish coastal region, is a synonym for glamor. The Côte d'Azur, also known as the French Riviera, stretches from Saint-Tropez to Menton near the Italian/Beltier. Saint Tropez has great shores and the charms of a Provençal fishermen's town, while Monaco entices with its luxurious ambiance and breathtaking landscape.
The Mont Saint-Michel rises out of the Normandy seaside and is one of the most prominent symbols of France. Saint-Michel's most important touristic destination, the Abbaye de Saint-Michel, was established in 708 by Archbishop Aubert of Avranches after the Archangel Michael came to him in a flash. This abbey is a miracle of mediaeval architectural style with Gothic towers 155 metres above see level, a majestic shrine and magnificent outlooks.
All of the territory of the Loire Valley, known as the "Garden of France", is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Loire Castle is a castle of the Middle Ages, erected on hills and fortified. Chateau de Chambord, build for King Francis I, is the most splendid castle; Chateau de Chenonceau has an unmistakable female flair; and Cheverny is a delightful mansion in an enchanting setting.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the church is an example of the splendour of mediaeval Gothic architectural style. The Provence is a beautiful countryside with olives, sun-drenched mountains and deeply violet areas of field of lavender, with small towns in the valley and on crags. Avegnon was the mediaeval town of the Papacy. The small towns of Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Saint-Rémy and Gorde have astonishing historical monuments, magnificent museum and an irresistible picturesque atmosphere.
Mont-Blanc in the Alps is an impressive view. Mont Blanc, the highest hill in Europe, is part of the Franco-Italian frontier. Below its celestial summit lies the traditionally hilltop hamlet of Chamonix, embedded in a high mountains area. The picturesque city is full of historical cathedrals, cosy holiday homes and enchanting auberge.
One of the most beautiful French towns is hidden in the gentle countryside of Alsace, where the Vosges mountains meet the Rhine. Quaint Alsace towns with pastel-coloured half-timbered buildings grouped around small cloisters. Most of the towns have been awarded the French "Villages Fleuris" prize for their beautiful flower arrangements, such as Obernai with its typical bourgeois homes, the small hamlet of Ribeauvillé, the "City of Arts and History" Güebwiller and the enchanting mediaeval hamlet of Bergheim.
Others flower-decorated Alsace towns are so lovely that they have been called both "Villages Fleuris" and "Plus Beaux Villages de France", among them the fairytale town Riquewihr with its picturesque historical buildings and the charming little town of Eguisheim, embedded in a riverbed. Mittelbergheim, known for its gastronomic and scenic landscape, is another "most attractive village" at the base of the green Mont Saint-Odile.
Colmar is a good starting point for those who plan a holiday in the Alsatia to discover the towns of the region and the natural paths that surround it. Well-known as the Cité, the city is a completely closed universe of cobbled alleys and picturesque old townhouses. Each road, each place and each edifice has preserved its mediaeval characteristics.
Worth seeing are the divided city walls with 54 steeples and the cathedral of Saint-Nazaire from the 13th and 14th centuries. The Brittany is a wonderful historical area on the north-east French coastline. Robust coastal landscapes, picturesque fishermen's towns and weather-beaten seaports characterise this area. Bretagne is proud of its old tradition and renowned for its traditional costume celebrations.
The Brittany is also a mystic region of myth and legend, with a strong keltic impact and a Gaelic accent. Further highpoints of Brittany are the untouched sand shores, small isolated isles and old fortresses. BIARRZITZ is a trendy seaside resort on the Bay of Biscay in the French-Bassques.
Since the Belle Epoque, this large sandstrand with its wide boardwalk has been attracting tourists of the upper class. Also Rocamadour was a stop on the mediaeval pilgrim' s path to Santiago de la Compostela in Spain. There are seven old shrines in the town, but there are many people who come to the Chapelle Notre-Dame (Chapelle Miraculeuse), which is owned by the revered Black Virgin (Notre-Dame de Rocamadour).
If you want a more demanding pilgrimage you can climb the stairs with 12 Way of the Cross stops to the castle at the highest point of the town. Lascaux, the most beautiful example of Paleolithic arts in the whole wide range, is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the intriguing realm of pre-historic crafts.
The Lascaux Caves, found in 1940, houses fine prehistorical painting but has been banned to the general population to avoid damages. Imitation of the cavern was made at the Lascaux II site, 200 metres from the caves. The Lascaux II is a true copy of the cavern and its canvases.
Lascaux II's fine arts are so precise that the viewer cannot see the differences to the film. The International Centre for Speleology provides the tourist with an interactivity event. Situated on the roof of the Lascaux II Caves, this slim, state-of-the-art building has more than 8,500 sq. metres of exhibit area, showing 3D pictures, a card of virtuality and other pedagogical functions.
In order to see the caves and the museums, visitors must reserve a guide.