France Bucket List | 10 Places To Visit

France – One of the World’s largest tourist hotspot with several World renowned historical attractions on offer, and destinations providing you with wonderful landscapes. Along with the beautiful beaches, you will also find sweet-scented lavender fields rich in natural beauty and mountains, which is a testament to the fact that France caters to all kind of travellers with varied interests.

If you plan to drive in France, you’ll realize that France is home to some of the most beautiful roads in Europe and makes for some really Scenic Road Trips in Europe. 

Let’s get to know more about France and see what The Top 10 Places to Visit in France are, Shall We?


Marseille – Europe’s Oldest City

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For tourists and travellers who love to visit historic places, Marseille – Europe’s Oldest City is the best choice. This is the second-largest city in France and is known for the oldest creatures found in it. In this city, you will find attractive Roman ruins, architecture, and cultural venues. Besides, the city is also famous for its all year-round moderate climate. 

You will find historic buildings like Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde, and La Vieille Charite in Marseille, adding value to the city’s attractive beauty. This city has dozens of art centers, museums, opera houses, and theatre in it. 



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Lyon, situated in east-central France and is famous for its nine arrondissements with various neighbourhoods. All of these present Lynn in a different manner, and make it a more exciting place to be visited. 

One of the Lyon districts, Presqu’île, has fine restaurants, clubs, and bars, while Croix-Rousse is famous for its hidden passageways. The Croix is the most visited one district of Lyon because it creates anxiety and excitement in visitors to see the hidden passageways.

France has an amalgamation of historic architecture and natural scenery; and one of the Lynn districts named Fourvière provides you with these. Here, Fourvière is the district with old Gothic churches and Roman ruins, while bateaux have Tete d’Or park.


Strasbourg – Bridge Between France and Germany

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Strasbourg, the point where both countries, Germany and France, meet and create perfect scenery. It is the capital city of the Alsace region, present right on the border. Some of the Top Sights and Attractions in Strasbourg, that you should have on your France Bucket List are:

  • Council of Europe
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • Grande Ile
  • City’s historic center

Interestingly, the Gothic cathedral, along with its pink sandstone and 300-year-old working astrological clock, is present here. Also, the city offers a visit to several museums and stunning attractions such as Cathédrale Notre-Dame dating back to 1439, Palais Rohan, Place de la Republique, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, that you should definitely visit.


Loire Valley

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Loire Valley – one of the most visited tourist destinations in the center of France. The valley is regarded for attractive scenery and villages. The valley is known as the Loire, just because of the presence of the 175 mile long Loire River, that flows through the valley. 

Twisting and turning, the River Loire flows through the valley, where you can find some of the most beautiful villages of France like Orleans, Anglers, Saumur, Chinon and Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci lived the last few years of his life.

Some of the famous chateaux that can be found in Loire Valley include Amboise, Rivau, Chenonceau, Chambord, and Chinon.

Due to the abundance of flowers and gardens, the valley is often nicknamed the “Garden of France.”


Bordeaux – Capital of Gironde Department

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Bordeaux, capital of Gironde department, and built upon the River Garonne, which is just present half an hour inland of the Atlantic Ocean. Bordeaux is symbolized for the large-scale production of wine here. It has been estimated that The Bordeaux region, in itself is producing more than 800 million bottles of known brands annually. It’s a no brainer, but trying out the different wines of Bordeaux should definitely be there on your France Travel Bucket List.

Moreover, Bordeaux is a port city, embedded with  fine architecture, historic sites, and a relaxed and moderate atmosphere.



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Luberon  is located 70 kms north of Marseille, and is a massif of the Pre – Alps situated in Provence. It is home to quaint and picturesque villages of Lacoste, Apt – The Heart and Capital of Luberon;  Ménerbes, Bonnieux – one of the most beautiful Hilltop Villages in Luberon; among others.


Mont Saint-Michel

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Saint Michel is the rocky island of France’s north-western coast in Normandy, often known as a tidal island. The island is famous for its fine construction of medieval structures, built as crowned with star attraction – Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel.

The abbey is a historic and inspiring symbol devoted by the monks in 708 AD, just after Archangel Michael was allegedly visited by the Avranches’ Bishop.



Dordogne scenery is pretty incredible, along with its Dordogne River running through it. Also, you will find dozens of the best prehistoric cave art of France there. The region has a number of villages, each unique in its own way.

The chateaus, and picture-postcard villages, along with the hilltop castle and well-preserved Chateau de Beynac, add value to its beauty. 


French Riviera

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Talking about French Riveria – It’s the playground for the famous, rich, and hordes of the tourists and is located on the French coast of the Mediterranean ocean. It is home to destinations like Monaco, Cannes, Nice etc. French Rivera has no official borders. It has been assumed that it is extended from the Italian border in the east to Saint-Tropez, Cassis, Hyeres, or Tolun in the west.

French Riviera is famous for its moderate climate all the year!



The capital of France, this city is, of course, the pride of France, and needs no introduction. It is referred to as one of the most Romantic Cities in the World and is home to the iconic Eiffel Tower. 

Paris is also home to the iconic Arc de Triomphe, Palace of Versailles, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris and Louvre Museum where you can find the Mona Lisa – Leonardo Da Vinci’s Most Famous Artwork.

While, there are a lot of beautiful places to visit in France, your first trip to France should definitely include these 10 Things to See in France on your France Bucket List

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