(Plus Tips for a River Cruise!)
Every year, France is one of the top tourist destinations in the world (it welcomed 82.6 million visitors in 2016!) and one of the most coveted destinations for those who still haven’t had the chance to visit it. But, what exactly is so amazing and attractive about France? Let’s find out what is it that France does better than any other country.
France has Paris
France has one unique advantage over all other countries—it has Paris, the city of light, romance, and love. It’s a city immortalized in many songs, books, and movies, and romanticized by young couples who wish their love was eternal like Paris. It has the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, great architecture, and even better drinks and food. However, one of the biggest attractions in Paris is just sitting on a café terrace and watching people go by. How can anything beat Paris?
They have perfect weather
A part of France’s appeal is its perfect climate. The weather is mild in spring and autumn, with warm, sunny summers perfect for sunbathing and winters perfect for snow enthusiasts. You have a whole package every year! Maybe that’s why the people of France often choose to spend their holidays in their own country.
There is so much history
If you measure history according to the number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, France isn’t the champion, but their quality and state are unprecedented. France cares about its past very much—all cathedrals, châteaux, and monuments are so pristinely conserved that they will probably exist well far into the future.
They have great winter tourism
France has a variety of different mountain ranges that make France one of the best ski destinations in the world (no wonder that they have over 100 competitors at the 2018 Winter Olympics). France welcomes a significant number of winter tourism lovers who wish to try their skis on the famous French slopes.
Lazy river and canal cruises for all
There is always some new transportation means to discover France, and cruising its many rivers and canals is a unique, relaxing and beautiful way to further familiarize yourself with this magical country. Book a cruise along the Canal Saint-Martin and the iconic Seine River to see Paris from a new angle or return to the time of brave knights and fair ladies during your Loire Valley cruise. You can see many charming castles, idyllic villages and get to know the romantic, sleepy countryside of France. Discover northern France by gliding along Canal de la Marne au Rhin and Canal du Rhône au Rhin and taste Alsace’s many wines.
Beautiful art at your arm’s reach
France is home to some of the most famous museums (does the Louvre ring a bell?), galleries and architecture. Everywhere you turn, you can stop to admire some beautiful buildings, cathedrals, bridges or private homes. Even luxurious hotels in France are all picture-worthy, with their intricate facades and elegant rooms, lobbies and dining rooms. As soon as you step into your hotel room, you’ll feel like a true French Monsieur or Madame! If you’re an art fanatic, you can tour homes of famous French painters Cézanne, Picasso, Monet, Rodin, Moreau, Renoir and many others.
Amazing cheese wherever you turn
It might be a cliché, but the French really have amazing cheese and it will forever stay the cheese capital of the world. Some claim that there are over 1,000 different types and variants of French cheese! Of course, there are great cheeses all around the world, but if you come to France, you’ll most likely be quite satisfied with the supply.
Don’t forget the wine
Cheese and wine go hand in hand, so it’s not a surprise the French dedicate so much money towards wine production. You must chase all the cheese down with something equally tasty and excellent in quality. The country has many different varieties of home-produced wines that attract millions of oenophiles’ tastes every year. There are approximately 2,900 different French wines and many thousands of wineries you can visit and taste some top-shelf wine.
It’s a shopping paradise
And finally, shopping! Paris department stores have everything from high-fashion labels and boutiques so luxe you have to be super rich to enter to cheap brands and flea markets full of eclecticism and chic clothes, accessories and furniture pieces.
If you had any doubts why France is an amazing tourist destination, hopefully, they all disappeared after reading this and you’ll book your ticket to this magical country right away.
About the author
Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels, she likes to read poetry and prose and surf the Internet. Her favorite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She spends most of her free time at home walking her Labrador Retriever named Max. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.