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What to See in France Outside Paris

by Jack Guy

Mar 9, 2016

Chateau de Chenonceau, Loire Valley, France © Mihai-bogdan Lazar | Dreamstime

Tips / Destination

France is the most visited country in the world, and with good reason.


With the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, the Alps, the Pyrenees and plenty in between, France truly has something for everyone. The capital, Paris, is synonymous with love and romance, attracting millions of visitors in its own right. But, what about the rest of the country?


A Chamonix Cable Car in the French Alps © Tomd | Dreamstime 206736

A Chamonix Cable Car in the French Alps © Tomd | Dreamstime


For an active break, try surfing on the west coast in the Vendee and Aquitaine regions, or why not head off for a spot of skiing in the Alps? If you prefer to watch other people exercise, follow the Tour de France bike race as it snakes its way around the country.


If you are looking for relaxation, head south to Provence and the glitzy beaches of Cannes and St. Tropez. Hit the beaches of Normandy to take in some World War II history, walking in between bunkers destroyed during the D-Day landings of 1942.


Cannes on the French Riviera © Jeromaniac | Dreamstime 52093064

Cannes on the French Riviera © Jeromaniac | Dreamstime


In the interior of the country lie the famous vineyards of the Loire and Rhone valleys, which are a huge part of French culinary history. In fact, food and drink are a common thread throughout the country, from the cider-producing regions of the north to the famous cheeses found in almost every department.


City lovers should check out the bustling Mediterranean port of Marseilles, or the lively student city of Bordeaux on the West Coast. Finish off your trip with a couple of days in Paris, but don’t forget about the wonders that await visitors outside the capital.



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