The Essential
Imagine endlessly varied landscapes, preserved buildings from across the ages and works in every style, museums of international calibre, an abundance of natural splendours: you are in France, the top tourist destination in the world.
The destination ticks so many boxes, the hardest thing, or the most enjoyable, will be for you to choose what to do. Sea or mountains? Town or country? Warm or cool? Past, present or future? Michelin-starred restaurant or neighbourhood bistro? Fête de la Musique or traditional carnival? Diversity reigns supreme, and all the better for holidaymakers!
Brittany and its windy coastline, the colourful Basque Country with one foot in Spain, Paris and the iconic Eiffel Tower, the Côte d'Azur and its seaside resorts, Mont Blanc, Mont St-Michel, the châteaux of the Loire Valley... The list is endless.
France is also a mosaic of regions, each with its own distinct identity, enriched by its unique skills and traditions. Join in the fêtes organised in the small villages, meet artisans, and sample the food, because the most delicious specialities, starting with wines and cheeses, await you in the four corners of France.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for France

Tarn Gorge Tarn Gorge
Tarn Gorge
Notre-Dame Cathedral of Reims Notre-Dame Cathedral of Reims
Notre-Dame Cathedral of Reims
Camargue Camargue
Jumièges Abbey Jumièges Abbey
Jumièges Abbey
Cathedral Cathedral
The Aval Cliff The Aval Cliff
The Aval Cliff

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Recently excavated Pre-Incan treasures

Finely chiselled gold jewellery and puma-shaped, stirrup-spout earthenware bottles – the recent discoveries of the Moche culture unearthed at the Trujillo archaeological site and in the tomb at Lambayaque bear witness to the expert craft skills of the early Andean cities along the northern coast of Peru.


Paris : the Swan Isle (l’île aux Cygnes)

L’Île aux Cygnes – Swan Isle – is Paris’s third largest island after the Île de la Cité and the Île St. Louis. Known for its Statue of Liberty, it is a refuge of quietude and nature set in the bosom of a quarter distinguished by its contemporary architecture.

The 37 bridges of Paris

Unlike many other great world capitals whose rivers flow apart from the modern centre, the River Seine has always had pride of place in Paris. Indeed, the Seine’s Île de la Cité is still today one of the city’s geographical and institutional hubs. It’s no wonder, then, that Paris has so many bridges - 37 as of 2006 - to attest to the great river’s determining role in its history.

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