There has always been a certain kind of romantic intrigue about France. From its history to its landscapes, France seems enveloped in some invisible kind of magic. Its people must be intoxicated by this magic too. After all, this country is home to some of the world’s finest thinkers and artists—Rousseau, Voltaire, Renoir, Monet, Gauguin, Matisse—the list could go on. Every year, tourists flock to this country in the hopes that they too could feel that certain joie de vivre that seems to hang in the air.

 

Courtyard of the Museum of Louvre, and its pyramid.

 

The Eiffel tower at sunrise, taken from the Place du Trocadero. Paris, France.When one mentions France, the city of Paris immediately comes to mind—visions of honeymooners kissing on top of the Eiffel Tower and young lovers holding hands outside the Louvre. Paris is a romantic city, no doubt. But even if you’re travelling by yourself, there’s no reason to feel lonely. Exploring Paris alone can be one of the most enriching things for your soul. Walk along the halls of the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in Montmartre and be soothed by its majestic presence. A late afternoon stroll by the Seine River is also very revitalizing for the spirit. Whether you’re travelling alone or with people, Paris is going to be a delicious experience.

 

If it’s glitz and glamour that you’re looking for, the French Riviera should not be missed.

 

The town of Saint-Tropez is especially a must-see. Here, lovely and opulent beaches abound. It’s practically the perfect playground for those who love water sports. In many of the beaches, you can rent jet bikes, power boats, and canoeing equipment. Water skiing and sailing are also popular activities. Luxurious yachts are plenty on the shores of Saint-Tropez. In fact, it’s not surprising if you spot plenty of celebrities during your stay here. This picturesque town is a favorite destination of the rich and famous.

St. Tropez Harbour

 

For those who want to get away from the noise of urban living, the Loire Valley in central France will make you feel like you just stepped into a fairytale. It’s a place brimming with ancient castles, lush vineyards, and charming towns that seem untouched by time. The best way to explore Loire Valley is by riding a bicycle through its towns. There are plenty of cycling trails to choose from and the locals can help you pick the best destinations.

 

Whether it’s an exciting city life or just a quiet countryside adventure that you’re looking for, France offers a plethora of sights, flavors, and experiences. As one of the largest countries in Europe, it has so many beautiful secrets waiting to be discovered. Visiting it once is simply not enough. Once you’ve fallen in love with France, it’s a love affair that will keep you coming back for a lifetime.

 

Middle of Lake Bastan, shortly before sunset, Hautes-Pyrénées, France.

Main attractions: Paris, Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Saint-Tropez, French Riviera, Loire Valley, Eiffel Tower

Currency: Euros

Budget for one week: €1,500

Taxes and gratuity: Tipping is recommended

Official language: French

Area: 260,558 sq mi

Population: 65,350,000

Electricity:

  • Voltage: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts)
  • Primary Socket Type: Europlug, Schuko
  • Multi-voltage appliances (laptops, etc.): Plug adapter
  • 110-120V electronics: Plug adapter + step-down transformer
  • Hair dryers, curling irons, etc.: Plug adapter + voltage converter

Images courtesy: Benh LIEU SONGMyosotismailTristan Nitot



Travel destinations in regions of France