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  • France is one of the most visited nations worldwide when it comes to travel since there are plenty of things to do in France. The country ranks fifth in tourism, leaving behind the United Kingdom, United States of America, China and Spain. 

    To go in a bit of history, France is in Western Europe, which embraces medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, being the capital city of France, is world famous for its fashion houses, classical art museums that include Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower.

    France is stunningly majestic and romantic and is celebrated for its renowned wines and sophisticated cuisine. You name it and France has it all. 

    Other than this, France offers a delightful climate, with some of the brilliant beaches on the French Riviera. It is the Atlantic Coast and the island of Corsica, which have ample opportunities for winter sports. France is also a nation that promotes Green tourism.

    The most notable are the Alps and the Pyrenees that are rich in culture with food and wines. For a traveller, there are many things to do in France including the 37 sites inscribed in UNESCO's World Heritage List that make it the most interesting cites in the world for cultural interest. Paris tops the chart, and then there are - Toulouse, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Lyon, and others. 


    Here is the list of best things to do in France:


  • 01Things to Do in Paris

    Things to Do in Paris
    1. Eiffel Tower - The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron trellis tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris. Named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, it has been a symbol of France and Paris for ages.

    2. The Louvre – It is a former royal palace situated on the right bank of the River Seine. It is between the Tuileries Gardens and the church of Saint-Germainl'Auxerrois. It now is the world's largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. 

    3. Notre-Dame de Paris - Notre-Dame de Paris is also popularly known as Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame. This place stands out as an excellent example of French Gothic architecture.

    4. Disneyland Paris – No wonder it is a Disneyland as it hides the secrets behind the most magical scenes of the Disney film and television at Walt Disney Studios Park. 

    5. Parisian skydiving experience (free-fall wind tunnel of Aerokart) – Woah, one of the great things to do in France is to experience skydiving from a stunning 14-meter tall chamber of the glass atrium at Paris shopping centre Vill'Up. 

    6. Climb the Arc de Triomphe – Apart from the bird's eye view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower, get hooked on a trek to the Arc de Triomphe that will give you a view of 12 boulevards.

    7. Take a trip to the Giverny - The Vernon-Giverny station on the main train line Paris / Rouen / Le Havre starts from the Saint-Lazare Paris station. You get a wonderful experience of lovely gardens and surroundings. 

    8. Take a cruise on Canal Saint-Martin – Cruising in the waters of France is serene, and it is one of the best things to do in France as you get the views of Paris. Discover the canal cruises, champagne and the constructed locks. 

    9. Musée d’Orsay – It is a museum on the Left Bank of the River Seine, housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900.
     
    10. Luxembourg Gardens – It is situated on the border between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, that is inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence. The gardens cover 25 hectares of land.

    11. Enjoy wine at Les Caves Augé - France's finest wines are a must-have. Visit Caves Augé and have some French cheese and a "baguette tradition". This place is the city's most historic and beautiful wine shop.

    12. Climbing in Buttes Chaumont – Just take a walk and discover the 50 different species of trees and Parc des Buttes Chaumont view. It's worth the climb to grab the view of Sacre Coeur.

    13. Cycle the city on a Vélib - Vélib' – It is a large-scale public bicycle sharing system in Paris. It encompasses around 14,500 bicycles and 1,230 bicycle stations with an average daily ridership of 85,811.

    14. Experience the digital art at La GaîtéLyrique – It is the digital arts and modern music centre that was opened by the City of Paris in December 2010. It is located at 3-5 rue Papin in the 3rd arrondissement. 

    15. The Sainte-Chapelle – It is a gem of Gothic style that is an impressive feat. The Sainte Chapelle was intended to house the precious Christian relics. It includes Christ's crown of thorns that is acquired by Saint Louis. It has a religious and political influence.

    16. Take a walk at Catacombs – It is a fantastic labyrinth in the heart of underground Paris. These Catacombs are fitted out in the galleries of former quarries. They are 20 metres underground and are a romantic macabre décor. 

    17. Learn to make macaroons - Macaroons pastry workshop is one of the best things to do in France. Here you learn the secrets of making these delicious macaroons. 

    18. Eat Hot chocolate at Angelina – it is one of the most visited tea house located at 226 Rue de Rivoli in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. Initially, it was known for pudding-like hot chocolate and for its Mont Blanc dessert.
  • 02Things to Do in Corsica

    Things to Do in Corsica
    19. Scandola Nature Reserve – A beautiful natural reserve on the west coast of the French island of Corsica. This reserve was established in 1975 and is listed on the World Heritage List in 1983. It is also a marine and land-based reserve.

    20. Bonifacio Citadel – A stunning town on the southern tip of the French island of Corsica, it’s known for its lively marina and medieval cliff top citadel. You would love the 13th-century Bastion de l’Etendard houses and a small museum with exhibits on the town’s history. 

    21. GR20 Hiking Trail – A long-distance trail that crisscrosses Corsica diagonally from North to South. Its 180km long with a height of about 10 000 metres and is walkable in 15 days. 

    22. Village tour of Piana – This is a small village in the spectacular Calanques de Piana area of Corsica. It has its own rustic appeal and is one of the greatest things to do in France. 

    23. Picturesque hilltop Sant'Antonino – This hilltop is on Balagne region dating from the 9th century and is one of the oldest in Corsica. The narrow streets and the gorgeous houses are tastefully restored. Visit the local craft shops as well. 

    24. Cap Corse peninsula - Corsican: Capicorsu, is a geographical area of Corsica, which is a 40 kilometres (25 mi) long peninsula at the Northern tip of the island. At the base of this peninsula, you can also visit the second largest city in Corsica, Bastia. 

    25. Diving and snorkelling at Roccapina – Enjoy diving and snorkelling on the lovely sandy beaches of Roccapina which is between Bonifacio and Sartene in South-West Corsica. 

    26. Eat traditional Corsican cuisine - Corsican charcuterie is one of the best things to do in France. It is known worldwide due to the traditional production processes. Facts about the dish- Corsican pigs (Corsican: porcunustrale), which are partly wild, crossbred with wild boar (Corsican: Cingale, Singhjari) and majorly fed with chestnuts and chestnut flour.

    27. Explore Napoleon's birthplace Ajaccio – Explore the old town, narrow streets, pastel-painted houses, Ajaccio cathedral and citadel and a variety of choices for cafes and shops. 

    28. Wine tasting at Domaine de Torraccia – Taste the best of the wine at Christian Imbert of Domaine de Torraccia, situated just west of Porto-Vecchio. 
  • 03Things to Do in Nice

    Things to Do in Nice
    29. Promenade des Anglais – It is along the Mediterranean at Nice and extends from the airport on the west to the Quai des États-Unis on the east, a distance of approximately 7 km.

    30. Walk in the streets of Old Town (Vieille Ville) – Walkthrough a lot of shops, historical buildings, restaurants, narrow cobblestone streets and the cutest alleyways filled with boutiques.
     
    31. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art - also known as MAMAC, it is dedicated to the history of the European and American avant-garde movement since the beginning of the 1960's to the present day.

    32. Place Massena – It is a historic square in Nice and is named for André Masséna. The layout was designed by Joseph Vernier. It is one of the great things to do while visiting France. 

    33. Sailing on the French Riviera - Experience the real French Riviera on the private yacht cruise on the sultry Mediterranean.

    34. Scuba Diving at the Mediterranean Sea - Float through the caves of perfect blue waters that are surrounded by spiralling columns of fish, and discover the wreck of a French naval submarine. 

    35. Skiing in the French Alps – It is a true village resort, that offers its visitors a view of traditional lifestyle with its superb skiable area, that combines both pleasure and technical ability.

    36. Wakeboarding at St. Laurent Du Var Beach - One of the best locations for wakeboarding in France, where water is flat and occasionally experiences waves. 

    37. Boat from Nice to Saint Tropez – Take a boat and sail through a train down to Saint Raphael and then catch the express boat to Saint Tropez. 

    38. Paddle Boarding in French Riviera – Paddling through the Eze Beach is one of the most exciting ways to discover the coastline! To paddle here you need not be a good surfer, you just need to paddle and stand. 

    39. Road cycling tour of the Alps – It is where the Alps Meet the Mediterranean. Take the cycling tour and visit the best roads that the Côte d'Azur has to offer.

    40. Sunset Cruise Boat Trip - Take a leisurely pre-dinner cruise around the lagoon on St. Maarten with a glass of champagne and then head to the Dutch Bridge into Simpson Bay. 

    41. Organic Wine Tasting – Taste the best French wines during your stay in Nice and also indulge yourself in wine tasting.
  • 04Things to Do in Chamonix

    Things to Do in Chamonix
    42. Mountaineering at Mont Blanc - Chamonix is dominated by the majestic peak of Mont Blanc that is 4,810m high and is the highest mountain in Western Europe. Take up mountaineering and enjoy the views of the Alps. 

    43. Canyoning around the Chamonix Valley - The Chamonix valley offers canyoning, hydrospeed and rafting on the white-waters. The Canyon is around 3.5 km and has over 20 waterfalls. The canyon route is best from the end of August until October.

    44. Heli-skiing on Trient glaciers – Take up Heli-skiing for adventurous and spectacular views. For this reach the glacier by 30 minutes of car drive from Chamonix, located at 1240 meters. 

    45. Chamonix Sports Centre – This sports centre has a 25m swimming pool, an amusement pool with waterfall, water jets, river rapids, massages, and much more. It covers 130m toboggan, solarium, jacuzzi, solarium, hamman and sauna. 

    46. L'Heliopic Spa – One of the best resorts and hotel in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc that features L'Heliopic Sweet and Spa with Turkish steam bath, indoor swimming pool, ice cave, tepidarium and sauna. 

    47. Paragliding at Mount Blanc - Paragliding the French Alps and discovering the Mont Blanc range is one of the thrilling things to do in France.

    48. Eat at BBQ restaurants – Eat the best of the BBQ entrecote with homemade tapas and a glass of wine. The food is cooked oil-free, lactose and gluten free, sealed with all the flavours. 

    49. Snowshoeing in Les Houches - Snowshoeing is a thrilling activity that can be enjoyed fantastically over the snow-clad mountains at undisturbed lifts and pistes. The French call it “raquettes”.
  • 05Things to Do in Lyon

    Things to Do in Lyon
    50. Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière – It is a basilica in Lyon and was built with private funds between 1872 and 1884 in a dominant position overlooking the city.

    51. Parc de la Tête d'or - Parc de la Tête d'or, in Lyon, is a large urban park in France with an area of approximately 117 hectares. It features a lake where you can enjoy boating. 

    52. Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon – Beautiful Museum of Fine Arts in the French city, it is housed near place des Terreaux in a former Benedictine convent of the 17th and 18th centuries.

    53. Miniature Museum and Theatre - Discover the ancient Museum of Miniature & Cinema that takes you through the tour of the wonderful costumes and props from cinema, movies of all the eras, and much more.

    54. Lyon Cathedral - Lyon Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Church that is located in Place Saint-Jean. This cathedral is dedicated to Saint John, the Baptist, and is the seat of the Archbishop of Lyon.

    55. Climb the Croix-Rousse for Chokola – Enjoy climbing and walking around the city and its contribution to the culinary arts. Come here for food and find numerous speciality shops throughout the city. 

    56. Lyonnaise Cuisine - Lyonnaise cuisine is loved by all the travellers coming to France. There is a cooking tradition in the French city of Lyon. The Lyonnaise historical culinary traditions are one of the best things to experience. 

    57. Traboules – These are a type of passageway that is primarily associated with the city of Lyon. These are located in the French cities of Villefranche-sur-Saône, Mâcon, Saint-Étienne and are a hidden passageway for the silk workers.

    58. Roman Theatre of Fourviére - The Ancient Theatre of Fourvière is a Roman theatre built on the hill of Fourvière. It's quite an interesting place to visit.
  • 06Things to Do in Bordeaux

    Things to Do in Bordeaux
    59. Place de la Bourse - Place de la Bourse is one of the most recognizable sights built by the architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel. Originally there was a statue of King Louis XV here. This place is now open to visit for travellers. 

    60. Quais de Bordeaux – Shop as much as you can at this place. You can enjoy a drink and spend some time on the café terrace overlooking the Garonne. 

    61. Fresh oysters at Frances's home of gastronomy – Here you can taste 49 oysters as starters. Hop on to any outlet and grab a slice 

    62. Burdigala Cruise – Get on the cruise that is crossed through rivers and enjoy the crystal clear river views. 

    63. Wine tour at Château Pape Clément – The wine tour provides great accommodation. Here you must be in the vineyards and taste the best wines of your life. 

    64. Bordeaux Cathedral - The Cathedral of Saint Andrew of Bordeaux, commonly known as Bordeaux Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic Church dedicated to Saint Andrew. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Bordeaux.

    65. Climb up the Pey-Berland bell tower - Worth climb to the bell tower! It offers an unbelievable view of the city after climbing 231steps. The two wooden doors are usually closed, keeping the bell chamber out of reach of the general public.

    66. Jardin Public –A green space with an arboretum, large lake, with a natural history museum & a puppet theatre, a small botanical garden, and a bar-restaurant "L'Orangerie" too.

    67. Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux - Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux is a theatre in Bordeaux, first inaugurated on 17 April 1780. It is beautifully carved from outside and is full of glaze and decorations inside.
  • 07Things to Do in Strasbourg

    Things to Do in Strasbourg
    68. Kayaking in III River - It offers you a large variety of canoe tours. Become Paddle your way through enchanting rivers, canals, creeks and landscapes with canoes and kayaks and discover the flora and fauna here.

    69. La Petite France - Petite France is a historic quarter of the city of Strasbourg in Eastern France. It is located at the western end of the Grande Île, which contains the historical centre of the city. This is the most picturesque district of old Strasbourg.

    70. Strasbourg Cathedral - It is also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg, the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in Europe. The cathedral greatly contributes to the history of the Gothic sculptor. It is widely considered to be among the finest examples of high Gothic architecture.

    71. Ponts Couverts- The Ponts Couverts is a set of three bridges and four towers that make up a defensive work. The three bridges cross the four river channels of the River Ill that flows through Strasbourg's historic Petite France quarter. 

    72. Alsatian Food - Alsatian cuisine fuses Germanic culinary traditions and is marked by the use of pork in various forms. Traditional dishes include baeckeoffe, flammekueche, choucroute, and fleischnacka. 

    73. Wine tasting tour by Meteor at Alsace - Half-day Alsace wine tour from Strasbourg will give you an overview of France’s world-renowned Alsace wine region. Here you can enjoy wine tastings at two different wineries. 

    74. Ride through the Parc de l’Orangerie - Parc de L'Orangerie lies in the district and is an ideal spot for a family, with its mini-zoo, playgrounds, green open spaces and large lakes. The park’s name derives from the orange trees that populated it centuries ago.

    75. Barrage Vauban - The Barrage Vauban Dam is a bridge, an unusual and structured grand lock, with its 13 arches, magnificent sculptures and grass-topped terrace. It is the city’s most recognizable landmark and makes a popular lookout point for panoramic views of nearby bridges & canals.
  • 08Things to Do in Marseille

    Things to Do in Marseille
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    76. Notre-Dame de la Garde - The city's best-known symbol is a Catholic basilica in Marseille, France. The site of a popular Assumption Day pilgrimage, it is the most visited site in Marseille. 

    77. Try some adventure sports at Calanques National Park - Calanques is a National park located in one quarter land area of southern France between Marseille and Cassis.

    78. Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations -A spectacular museum devoted to European and Mediterranean civilisations, it exhibits two levels, an underground auditorium & the permanent collection of bookshop situated on the ground floor.  

    79. Marseille Cathedral - Marseille Cathedral is a beautiful Roman Catholic and a national monument of France. It is located in the heart of Marseille and is a national monument of France.

    80. Take a dip in La Couronne beach - Discover the most beautiful Bourmandariel in La Couronn quality beach with blue clear water and white sand. It has several beaches & seaside towns. 
  • 09Things to Do in Loire Valley

    Things to Do in Loire Valley
    81. Tour the Château de Chenonceau - The castle of Chenonceau is one of the jewels of the Loire Valley. Its unique beauty reflects in the water. This place is unique for its architecture and history. Chenonceau is the most visited Chateau in France. 

    82.  Wine tasting at Bouvet-Ladubay - Bouvet Ladubay, for the elegant & excellent quality of wines is the producer of fine sparkling wines. 

    83.  Visit France’s first botanical theme park - A wide range of plants are displayed and labelled with their botanical names at the botanical theme park. Special plants from other parts of the world are also exhibited. It can be quite an educational trip for children.

    84.  Ride a Vintage Bike at Bouvet-Ladubay - It is a fun tour in lit caves on vintage bikes. The thrill is to ride further into the unlit caves with head torches provided for lighting. 

    85. Take a Traditional Loire Boat - Join & explore the history of the royal river, when the Loire was the only trade route for transporting goods and a means of transport of local villagers. 

    86.  Fly above the Loire’s Châteaux in a Bi-Plane - Tourists are attracted around the world to the chateaux of the Loire valley. It’s a hot air balloon ride.
     
    87.  Sleep in a Troglodyte - The Troglodyte cave is a pleasant place to visit. Cave-like houses, carved into white stone cliffs. Here the owners are happy to host and educate anyone who wishes to know about this part of the French history.

    88.  Paddle boating on the banks of the Loire - A wonderful sporting tour and a refreshing activity with family and friends, this can be done during the summers. Away from the crowd, explore the calm nature here.
  • 10Things to Do in Annecy

    Things to Do in Annecy
    89. Climb Mount Veyrier - Climbing the Mount Veyrier is a happy experience with the blissful scenery. It promises heavenly & breath-taking views. Do visit and collect great memories here.    

    90. Bicycle around Lake Annecy - A great sporting activity in the Annecy region is cycling. You can challenge yourself by trying the mountain pass cycle route between Faverges and Thônes.

    91. Visit the Cathedrale de la Visitation - Beautiful building of the traditional church founded by Saint Francis de Sales and Saint Jane de Chantal.

    92. Paddle Boating at Lake Annecy - All types of boats are available to rent at the Annecy Lake. Enjoy the boat ride & the sun in the small lake for lasting memories. 

    93. Hiking at La Tournette- La Tournette are the highest mountains around the Annecy Lake. It is a typical beautiful hike place for hikers and runway for paragliders too.
  • 11Other Things to Do In France

    Other Things to Do In France
    94. Boat trip to Scandola - Beautiful natural reserves & a landscape tour, a boat trip to Scandola is one of the best tourist attractions given its beautiful environment. It is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

    95. Cable car at Grenoble - The Grenoble Bastille cable car is also known as Les bulles. It is very popular among the tourists and gives an amazing view of the city that is surrounded by valleys. 

    96. Explore Jonas Caves - Discover the caves by Jonas architecture, having a history of a thousand years. It is a handmade excavation with 70 rooms and five floors.

    97. Serpent D'Océan - It is a metal snake skeletal sculpture created on the beach that is rising through the ocean like a snake coming out of the ocean water. 

    98. Secret Passages of Mont Sainte-Odile - Explore the mysterious secret passage of Mont Sainte-Odile Abbey monastery, also known as Hohenburg Abbey. It is situated on the famous peak of France in the region of Alsace.

    99. Cycling in the Portes du Soleil area - One of the best bike parks for mountain biking or electric biking is the Portes du Soleil. Many events have also been hosted at this place. 

    100. Surfing at Biarritz - Biarritz is one of the world’s best places for surfing. It has six renowned and standard beaches along the coastline of Biarritz. All types of surfers are found here.

    101. Ride a giant mechanical elephant through Nantes - Giant Mechanical Elephant ride is available through Les Machines de L’ille Nantes in the museum of machines. A fantastic & enthusiastic real mechanical elephant ride for all age groups.

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