TOP 10 FRANCE TOURIST ATTRACTIONS TOP 10 FRANCE TOURIST ATTRACTIONS France Travel Guides SHARE Ricky Carbis , July 3, 2013 / 0 France is a large and diverse country with many top attractions worthy of the travel blog. From wonderful historic sites and cities, to fabulous artwork and museums, there’s plenty to do and explore on a visit to France. Here are my top ten attractions: Eiffel Tower, Paris. No-doubt, if you are visiting France you will pass through or stay in Paris at some point – who can possibly go to the country without visiting its romantic capital city! The one main site that dominates the Paris skyline is the Eiffel Tower visited by over 6 million tourists per year. A stunning construction built by Gustave Eiffel in 1889 to commemorate the French Revolution, it is flood lit at night and the views from the viewing platforms and restaurant across the city and the River Seine are simply stunning! Le Louvre, Paris. Another Paris attraction is the museum and art gallery of Le Louvre. Featuring many important global works of art, it is a must see for anyone that appreciates classic and contemporary works with priceless pieces like the Mona Lisa on show. Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris. The famous cathedral of Notra Dame is known as one of the most stunning cathedrals in the world. Taking more than 100 years to complete and featuring impressive towers, stained glass windows, gargoyles and a spire, it is certainly worth a look and you never know, take your camera as you may catch a glimpse of the illusive hunchback of Notre Dame – the character that lived and ruled the night as featured in Victor Hugos acclaimed book! Palace of Versailles. Book a trip and visit the Hall of Mirrors, the Queens Apartment and the architectural masterpiece that is the Palace of Versailles. Pay the entrance and spend a day exploring the grounds, the Queens Hamlet where Marie-Antoinette was said to have played at being a shepherdess in the late 1700’s, and join a tour of the small palace of Grand Trianon where Louis XVI relaxed and enjoyed life outside the main Palace. Around an hour from central Paris, you can make your way there on public transport or book a trip locally and get fetched from your hotel or accommodation. Moulin Rouge, Paris Enjoy a night of fun and laughter at in Montmatre’s famous Moulin Rouge. One of the most renowned cabaret shows in the world, book your tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment. Enjoy the brilliantly choreographed Doriss dancers, elaborately dressed and feathered show girls and see the ‘French Can Can’ done properly – a truly marvellous spectacle and one of the best evenings out in Paris. Disneyland, Paris Grab the family and head off to meet Micky Mouse, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Paris Disneyland. Either stay in one of the resorts hotels or take a day trip to explore the magical kingdom and enjoy some of the many wonderful rides and attractions. A great day out for kids of all ages in a place where you can wish upon a star and your dreams may very well come true! Chateau De Chambord, Chambord. Originally commissioned by King Francois I back in the mid 1500’s to be close to his mistress, Chateau De Chambord is one of the most acclaimed and elaborate Renaissance castles and chateaus in the world. A wonderful, awe inspiring blend of Italian classical and French medieval architecture, it is remarkably well preserved with the fortifications, a keep and a moat still present. Homing 440 rooms, it is well worth a visit. Mont St-Michel, Normandy. Also referred to as the “Mount in Peril from the Sea”, Mont St-Michel is one of Frances highlights and visited by over 3 million tourists each year. Dating back to 8th century AD, it is a commune and impressive monastery built on a rocky island lying around a kilometre from the coast near Avranches. For many years Mont St-Michel has no longer technically been an ‘island’ as the causeway/bridge allowing access is never submerged so access to the site is now easy. If you are in the region, pay this fascinating site a visit. Annecy, Alps. Annecy is without doubt one of the most beautiful towns in the French Alps. The town has a long and interesting past and has been popular with tourists and the French elite for many years. With the impressive peaks of La Tournette to the East and the forests and mountains of Le Semnoz to the West, it is an awe inspiring picture postcard of a location that leaves an impression on each and every visitor. Carcassone, Languedoc Dating back to the 5th Century and easily reached on the Toulouse to Montpellier train line, the stunning French town of Carcassone is a must see if in the region. Divided in two, the Cite De Carcassone forms the fortified upper section and the Ville Basse Carcassone the larger lower town. The main highlight is a fortress restored in 1853 by the famed architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc but the town itself will easily take a day or so of exploring and is ideal for a short break or interesting getaway.