If you find yourself strolling around cobbled alleys while passing through huge patisserie windows to marvel at the delicious sweetened treats displayed prominently, chances are you're in France. With it's treasure trove of historical structures, breathtaking landscapes, cultural legacy, world-class gourmet, iconic architecture, magnificent style sense and artistic sensibilities, it is not a surprise why this Western European nation continues to be the most visited tourist destination in the planet. The fabled castles, traditional cathedrals and quaint villages meshes perfectly with the hustle-bustle of cosmopolitan cities, tree-lined boulevards, sprawling shopping complexes and so forth.
When in France, kick off the tour by visiting it's stylish capital, Paris. Let the first stop be the legendary and the nation's emblem, Eiffel Tower. Piercing as high as 324 meters, the 'Iron Lady' of Paris provides breathtaking scenic views from atop. Other notable attractions in the 'City of Lights' are musee du Louvre housing the marvellous portrait of the Mona Lisa and other distinguished masterpieces, beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris, admire the grandeur of the Palace of Versailles and the iconic Arc De Triomphe. Kids will simply love visiting the happiest place on earth - Disneyland Paris.
Also called as the French Riviera, Cote d'Azur is equated to the glitz and glamour with the coastline being one of the most fashionable stretches in the country. With it's deep blue waters and soft sandy beaches along with luxurious resorts and upscale hotel chains and not to mention a highly desirable Mediterranean climate, it is not a surprise why the French Riviera is such a popular holiday destination, particularly for the rich and the famous. If you're looking for pebble beaches along with gentle weather and fantastic art museums, then be sure to visit the seaside town of Nice. Tourists craving to participate in celeb-culture can visit Cannes when the renowned and famous Cannes Film Festival occurs. Riding a bike along the beautiful coastline of Antibes can be very rewarding. Saint Tropez gives the impression of a charming bygone fishing village along with providing some great beaches to relax and lounge around. Head over to Monaco to enjoy a breathtaking scenery with a magnificent landscape along with several attractions to visit such as museums and palaces.
Wine connoisseurs can visit Bordeaux to sample some of the finest sparkling wine produced in the country as well as the globe. Find the best Roman ruins in Lyon, second largest city of France. Head over to Strasbourg to experience it's characteristic German influences. Arles has it's share of UNESCO World Heritage Roman and Romanesque monuments. Drop by at the historic city of Nantes which houses the iconic Chateau des ducs de Bretagne and several other monuments. Toulouse is known for it's student population due to it's large student population thanks to the prestigious university located in the heart of the city as well as comprises of a rich historical significance. Stroll around the Mediterranean port of Marseilles to watch the mesmerizing sight of the sun disappear behind the glistening waters.
Shopping is amazing in France, particularly in Paris. When in the 'City of Lights', be sure to wander about Rue Charlot, the Rue Vieille du Temple and throughout the rest of the Upper Marais where the lanes are brimming with au courant boutiques. France is known for it's exemplary culinary scene. Epicureans can be delighted with an array of patisseries, boulangeries (bakeries) and fromages (cheese shops) scattered around the nation. Be sure to rejuvenate yourself with the choicest sparkling wine for the country produces some of the finest with the likes of Champagne, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhone and so forth. France has a host of stay options with the best luxury hotels and sprawling apartments as well as modest and cheap apartments for the budget travellers and backpackers.
France experiences different weather conditions from region to region. The best time to visit the country would be May/June or September as the temperatures are pleasant.