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TOP-10 places to visit in France

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TOP-10 places to visit in France

France is a country whose every city is already a tourist attraction! Even if you just wander the streets, love for the land of fried chestnuts and frog legs is guaranteed. What if you want to not only walk the streets, but also see the most iconic places in France? That's right, use this guide!


SMAPSE experts have already said: Paris is a city of interest. As the popular phrase goes: "What difference does it make how old your sneakers are if you walk around Paris in them?" Every film, song or literary work, every person - everyone is trying to create their own image of this city. Sometimes it happens that the imaginary image does not correspond to what people actually see. Psychoanalysts even have a diagnosis - "Paris syndrome"! Better to be guided by the motto "see Paris and die" - in a figurative sense of the word, of course.

In Paris worth visiting:

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Notre Dame de Paris
  • Triumphal Arch
  • Sacre Coeur
  • Pantheon
  • Alexander III bridge
  • Louvre
  • Montparnasse Tower
  • Elysian Fields
  • Paris Opera
  • Versailles
  • Luxembourg garden
  • Montmartre, etc.

Orsay Museum

Located on the left bank of the Seine, the Musée d'Orsay is the world's largest repository of the fine arts of 1850-1910. This place is considered the third most popular in Paris and the tenth in the world. Over the past year, Orsay has been visited by 3.5 million people. The exposition is based on the works of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists:

  • Dominica Ingres
  • Jean Béraud
  • Theodora Chasserio
  • Edvard Munch
  • Auguste Renoir
  • Alfred Sisley
  • Claude Monet
  • Edouard Manet
  • Edgar Degas
  • Paul Gauguin
  • Gustave Courbet
  • Vincent Van Gogh and others.

French Riviera

Cote d'Azur, or French Riviera - the Mediterranean coast of France, stretching from Toulon to the border with Italy. Part of the French Riviera is the Principality of Monaco. The popularity of the Cote d'Azur is due to the climate - mild winters and warm, but not hot summers. Towns lie along the coastline:

  • Marseilles
  • Iv
  • Nice
  • Toulon
  • Lavender
  • Saint Tropez
  • Cannes
  • Monte Carlo, etc.

Tourists are attracted by the Côte d'Azur with incredible landscapes, clean sea and sandy beaches, cuisine, architecture and special atmosphere.

Exchange Square, Bordeaux

Yes, it is worth coming to Bordeaux not only for the sake of the world-famous red wine, but also for the sights, the main of which is the Exchange Square. This place is the main symbol of the city, and the architectural ensemble, “embracing” the square, is an example of classical French classicism, which future architects from all over the world come to see.

The construction of the square began in 1730 according to the project of Jacques V Gabriel, who belongs to the famous family of Parisian architects and designers. The work was completed in 1775, however, already under the leadership of Jacques V's son - Ange Jacques.

The main objects of the Exchange Square:

  • The Exchange Palace, now occupied by the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce
  • National Customs Museum
  • Farm General Building
  • Fountain Water Mirror - a rectangle measuring 130 by 40 meters, between the tiles of which water flows, forming a natural - water - mirror.

Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde, Marseille

The heart of Marseille's Catholic life is the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde. The temple was built in the 19th century on the site of a destroyed chapel by the leading architect of the time, Henri Jacques Esperandieu. The interior is decorated with frescoes and mosaics, the main external feature is the nine-meter sculpture of the Mother of God. The place has become special: for several centuries pilgrims and travelers have been welcomed and blessed here.


Carcassonne is a walled city located in the south of France in the Languedoc province. This attraction is the second most visited in the country. The peculiarity of the fortress is that one of its parts has become tourist, and the other is still used for its intended purpose. The age of Carcassonne is 2500 years: during this time it was taken by storm and destroyed, besieged and rebuilt. All this rich history is felt by the visitors of the walled city.

Papal Palace in Avignon

The Papal Palace is one of the main buildings of the Old World, located in Avignon, an open-air museum with a population of only 90,000 (although this is decent for Europe). Millions of tourists come here every year to enjoy the grandeur of the palace and Notre Dame in Avignon.

This building went down in history in a strong connection with the phenomenon of the "Avignon captivity of the popes". No, of course, the palace did not suffer the fate of the castle of If, it did not become a prison. Several heads of the Catholic Church were forced to live here - on a special scale and in luxury, as historians note.

Amphitheater in Nimes

Nimes has its own Colosseum - though not as much touted and popular as its Roman brother. The amphitheater in Nîmes was built during the reign of Emperor Domitian in the 1st century BC. During the heyday, the arena accommodated 25 thousand spectators who came to watch local gladiatorial battles, executions of death sentences and executions, gladiator fights with predatory animals. In the Middle Ages, the arena was completed and began to be used as a castle, and today bullfights, Camargue races and music concerts take place here.

Dune in Pyla

The highest dune in Europe is located in Pyla. Its height is 130 meters, and it increases every year. A huge sandy embankment was formed on the shores of the Arkashonsky Bay. In order to ensure that the stay of numerous tourists here is safe and comfortable, the infrastructure is well developed: shops, hotels, shops, oysters, cafes and parking work.

Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc is a mountainous coast, the height of which is 4810 meters. Mont Blanc is the highest point in Europe. The total length of the chain is about 50 kilometers, it is included in the mountain system of the Alps. You can have a great time on Mont Blanc:

  • Take a ride in the ski resorts of Chamonix and Courmayeur
  • Drive under a mountain range in a tunnel connecting France to Italy
  • Take the Tour du Mont Blanc hiking trail
  • Watch the glacier
  • Visit the Mountaineering and Mountain Tourism Center.

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