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Traveler guide: Tourist attractions in France


France is the most popular travel destination in the world, attracting 78.8 million visitors in the year 2010. This wonderful country, which is located in Western Europe, is well-known for its historic cities, museums, monuments, beautiful countryside, castles, ski resorts, beaches, wines and cheeses.

Here is a brief overview of some tourist attractions in France, with some France tips.

Eiffel Tower

This wrought iron lattice tower is an engineering marvel. It is located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It is a global cultural icon of France and is the tallest structure (320 meters) in Paris.

Visitors have access to three levels. You can enjoy a stunning view of Paris from the tower. The tower has two restaurants: Le 58 tour Eiffel on the first floor and Le Jules Verne on the second floor.

Palace of Versailles


This large and opulent castle is a fine example of 18th century French art. Located around 20 km southwest of Paris, it was the official seat of power until 1789. It is a symbol of absolute monarchy which prevailed before the French revolution.

With 2,143 windows, 1,252 fireplaces and 67 staircases, the Palace of Versailles is well-known for its grandeur. It attracts tourists from all parts of the world. It is advisable to visit the Palace of Versailles between April and October.

Chamonix

This commune is located in the Rhone-Alps region (southeastern France). It shares the summit of Mont Blanc with the commune of Courmayeur (located in Italy). Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps.Chamonix attracts skiing enthusiasts and nature lovers from all over the world. In fact it is the third most visited natural site in the world.

Dune of Pyla

The Great Dune of Pyla is the tallest sand dune in Europe. Located in La Teste-de-Buch in the Arcachon Bay area, this dune is 500 meters wide and 3 km long.

Gorge du Verdon

This beautiful river canyon is located in southeastern France and attracts nature lovers from all over the world. This picturesque location offers diving, kayaking and hiking opportunities for tourists.

Mont Saint Michel

This rocky tidal island is a commune in Normandy. It is located at the mouth of the Couesnon River in France. This UNESCO World Heritage Site attracts more than three million visitors every year.

Museums in Paris

Paris is famous for its more than 150 museums. Louver museum is the biggest museum in the world. You can find western art from the middle ages and art from antique civilizations (Greek, oriental, Egyptian, Roman and Etruscan).

France is an amazing travel destination and offers many recreational opportunities for tourists. Visit to the above mentioned locations will surely make your trip to France a memorable one.

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