1. The vineyards
Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Côtes du Rhone, Languedoc, Provence – just some of the names that come to mind when you mention the phrase French wines. These (and more) vineyards produce about 50 and 60 million hectoliters per year, which makes 7–8 billion bottles. Explore the rich tastes of the French countryside on some of the best wine tours across the country.
2. The cuisine
They say you really get to know a culture through its meals and table manners. Besides an exquisite taste in wine, the French have an unapologetic taste palate and some of the finest signature dishes. Irresistible crispy croissants for breakfast, signature onion soup as a starter for lunch, the iconic pot-au-feu (French beef stew) for the main course, a delicious crème brûlée for dessert, and a selection of fine cheeses along with white wine for dinner – there’s great food on the menu any time of day.
3. The seaside
From the Northern coast of Picardy and Normandy, over the Atlantic coastline from Vendée to Aquitaine, down to the Mediterranean beaches from Languedoc to Riviera – France has many wonderful seaside resorts to offer. The beaches come either in broad sandy beaches and sand dunes or in rugged and rocky seashores secluded behind a line of pine tree forest which gives away a signature scent. You could even book a romantic boat cruise in France in order to explore the country through its majestic waterway.
4. The artwork
French cultural heritage is vast and known around the globe. It’s no wonder that Paris alone is the home of over a hundred different museums, art galleries and the world’s most famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe (Triumphant gate) at Champs-Élysées and the unforgettable Louvre museum. Wherever you go to, you will be able to marvel upon the historical treasures cherished by many scholars and art fans around the globe.
5. European Disneyland
No matter how old you are, where you come from or what you do in life, everybody turns into a cheering toddler once they step into the grounds of the world’s most beloved theme park – Disneyland. Situated a mere 32 kilometers from Paris, Disneyland is easily accessible by car or by some of the frequent train and bus lines that charter from Paris. The theme park is divided into three major sections: Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studio Park and Disney Village where you can find fun things to do for every single family member.
6. The castles
The word château originates from France and includes a wider meaning than the English castle: it includes architectural entities that are properly called palaces, mansions or vineyards in English – and France is packed with these marvels of architecture: the prestigious Carcassonne in Languedoc, the military fortress of Bonaguil (Périgord), the enchanting Pierrefonds (Picardy), and the fascinating Les Baux-de-Provence (Provence) are just some of the few to mention.
7. The fashion
Alongside Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan and the USA, France is a leading country in the fashion industry and has been the birthplace of many famous fashion icons and brands like Chanel, Pierre Cardin, Céline, Chloe, Dior, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Hermès, Lanvin, Rochas, Vuitton, and Yves Saint Laurent in the clothing department, to the leading cosmetic centers of Île-de-France, Manosque, La Gacilly (near Rennes), and Vichy where all well-known international beauty houses like L'Oreal, Lancôme, Guerlain, Clarins, Yves Rocher, L'Occitane, and Vichy are based at. It’s no wonder that Paris is the home of one of the first and most traditional fashion weeks.
Everything and anything associated with France has a certain romantic flare in it – the language (oh la la), the food, the drinks, the aromas, the clothes, the streets – so it’s no surprise why many people fall in love with France so easily and fall in love IN France so easily. That’s the main reason why France is a great option for a romantic getaway or a honeymoon destination, as its love landmarks have seen a lot of proposals happening for years.
9. The ski adventures
For those who prefer higher altitudes and are avid fan of snow sports, the French Alps are the place to spend your winter holiday. There are ski areas fit for novice skiers and snowboarders and for the die-hard professionals, with numerous resorts to choose from. The price range maybe as high as the altitude, but the service is remarkable and the nature is almost intact so you’ll be sure to have a memorable experience.
10. The women
Surely, one reason you need to visit France not many readers could oppose is – the women. European beauty as you’ve never seen it before, the glamorous everyday outfits and a mixture of Northern European class with South European feistiness is what makes these admirable ladies like Emmanuelle Béart, Vanessa Paradis or Marion Cotillard stand out on the global stage.
This list of top 10 causes to visit this marvelous country is just the tip of the iceberg, so don’t take our word for it – experience the wonders of France firsthand.