30 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in France in 2019

By Richie

France has always been the best choice for expats when it comes to choosing a holiday destination. Attracting between 90 million and 96 million foreign visitors in only 2018, France remains the most popular country for tourists in the world. Between summits, mountains, ocean, lakes, waterfalls, thousands of landscapes are just as breathtaking as each other just waiting to be discovered. Oh, and I left old beautiful Paris; don’t worry we shall get there. We have selected for you 30 of the most beautiful and exciting France destinations. Ready for an exciting France tour? Come on grab that traveler’s backpack and let’s go. We also recommend Things to do in these 10 beautiful villages in France.

1. The Beaches of Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

Often known for its festival, Cannes is a very pretty city to explore especially for its beaches that fury under a beautiful sunny weather!

The Beaches of Cannes - France best travel destination

2. The creeks of Cassis, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur

Located between Cassis and Marseille, this large chain of cliffs offers kilometers of hiking trails with magnificent views of clear blue waters.

The creeks of Cassis is one of most beautiful places to visit in France

3. Val d’Isere, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

This small mountain village in the department of Savoie is a popular destination for winter sports. This town is known to be one of the world capitals of skiing! The village has the particularity of not being plowed in winter which gives it an extra cachet.

Skiing one of the best activities to do in France

4. The Gorges of Ardeche, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

True canyon of about thirty kilometers, this site has been classified “national nature reserve”. It is possible to discover the beautiful views that offer the Gorges de l’Ardèche by canoe, hiking or by road by car.

Visit the Gorges of Ardeche, a very beautiful place in France

5. The Rustrel Ocher, Provence-Alps-French-Riviera

Also known as “Colorado Provençal”, this semi-natural site in the Vaucluse department covers more than 30 hectares and offers unusual landscapes with orange-red hues reminiscent of Colorado.

Visit The Rustrel Ocher, one of France best places

6. Mont Blanc, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

The highest point in the Alps with an altitude of 4809 meters, Mont Blanc is the highest peak in Western Europe. It is located on the Franco-Italian border.

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Mont Blanc, France

7. The Medieval City of Carcassonne, Occitanie

The City of Carcassonne located in the department of Aude is a medieval architectural ensemble whose origins date back to the Gallo-Roman period. This city includes the Château Comtal and the Saint-Nazaire Basilica.

City of Carcassonne, Occitanie - very unique place in France

8. The Mont Aiguille, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Mont Aiguille is the favorite place for mountaineers located south of the department of Isère. This is one of the seven wonders of Dauphiné!

Mont Aiguille tourist destination - France

9. The Camargue, South of France

The Camargue, located in the departments of Bouches-du-Rhône and Gard is an ideal place for a horseback ride and admire no less than 2000 species of fauna and flora.

The Camargue - one best wildlife destinations in france

10. The Garden of Versailles, Ile-de-France

Located in the area of the Palace of Versailles, an exceptional monument having been the residence of the Kings of France, the Garden of Versailles is considered to be the model of the regular garden “à la Française” with its 386 works of art including 221 statues.

visit The beautiful Garden of Versailles Île-de-France

11. Lake Salagou, Occitanie

Lake Salagou is an artificial lake easily accessible from the largest cities Hérault (Montpellier, Béziers, and Sète). Surrounded by red and black hills, this lake offers the opportunity to do water sports in an almost lunar landscape.

visit beautiful Lake Salagou, Occitanie France

12. Gorges du Tarn, Occitanie

Popular for hiking, climbing, and kayaking, the Gorges du Tarn is a canyon located in the department of Lozère and caused by the erosion of the river Tarn. The gorges extend over 50 km long.

France one of best places to visit - Gorges du Tarn

13. Visit The Champagne Vineyard, Grand Est – France

East of the Paris region, along the rivers of the Marne, Vesle, and Aisne, the Champagne Vineyard is the favorite destination of lovers of the famous sparkling wine.

very exciting place in France - The Champagne Vineyard, Grand Est

14. Visit The Valensole Plateau, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur

With an area of 800 km², this plateau has a wide variety of Mediterranean and mountain trees and plants. The big plus? This is the place to go to observe the magnificent fields of lavender as far as the eye can see!

very beautiful place to visit The Valensole Plateau - France

15. Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy

Located in the department of Manche in Normandy, the Mont-Saint-Michel which becomes again an island in case of strong tides is one of the unavoidable places to visit in France. We find its famous abbey, restaurants and a magnificent view of the bay.

one of best tourist destinations to visit - mont-saint-michel-France

16. The Gorges du Verdon, Provence-Alps-French-Riviera

Renowned to form the most beautiful canyon in Europe, these exceptional gorges and the turquoise river of the Verdon are definitely a place to visit in the south of France! One of the most famous corners of the Gorges du Verdon is certainly the Lac de Sainte Croix.

Another beautiful visit destination France - Gorges du Verdon

17. Lake Allos, Provence-Alps-French Riviera

Formed by snowmelt, this 60-hectare natural lake perched at 2,230 meters is the largest mountain lake in Europe.

lake allos visit - France tourist destination

18. The Dune of Pilat, New Aquitaine

Located at the edge of the Landes de Gascogne forest and at the southern entrance to the Arcachon basin, the Dune du Pilat is the highest dune in Europe with a height of 110 meters.

best travel destination France - The Dune of Pilat, New Aquitaine

19. Castles of the Loire, Center-Val de Loire

The Loire Valley has long inspired many artists. Its rivers, forests, vineyards and especially its famous castles will not fail to charm you!

France Castles of the Loire visit - historic and beautiful

20. Circus of Gavarnie, Occitanie

This glacial-type natural circus belonging to the Pyrenees National Park has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a natural and cultural site. At its heart is an impressive waterfall 423 m high.visit-france-Circus of Gavarnie, Occitanie

21. The Lascaux Cave, New Aquitaine

World Heritage site by UNESCO, the cave of Lascaux includes several prehistoric works including paintings and engravings dating back more than 17,000 years.

amazing France visit destination - Lascaux Cave

22. The Midi Canal, Occitanie

Listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1996, the Canal de Midi is one of the oldest canals in Europe still in operation. This canal connects the city of Toulouse to Sète, to jump into the Mediterranean Sea.

The Midi Canal , Occitanie - beautiful place to visit in France

23. Corsica

French island located in the Mediterranean Sea, Corsica is the ideal place to relax in pretty beaches. Discover this island of beauty thanks to our list of the 10 essential to visit on the island completely different from other regions of France.

beautiful corsica island-France-visit

24. The Organs of Ille-sur-Tet, Occitanie

Ille-sur-Têt Organs, also known as “fairy paths”, are ocher ridges dating back more than 2 million years, resulting from the erosion of sedimentary rocks. This site offers a landscape out of the ordinary in the Pyrenees.

Tour the Fairy paths - France - beautiful

25. Cliffs of Etretat, Normandy

The Cliffs of Étretat, a source of inspiration for many painters, is one of the most visited places in France. These spectacular white chalk cliffs and pebble beaches nearby make this place a hit.

travel France - visit the beautiful Cliffs of Etretat

26. Lake Annecy, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Lake Annecy, also sometimes called the “blue lake”, is a lake formed about 18,000 years ago when the great alpine glaciers melted. This natural site attracts many tourists every year and offers activities such as paddle, canoeing, and paragliding.

the beauty of lake annecy - France tourist visit

27. The Arcachon Basin, New Aquitaine

This triangular shaped lagoon is located in the heart of the Landes Gascogne in Gironde and opens wide on the Atlantic Ocean. To visit aboard a pinasse, typical boat of the basin of Arcachon.

France, the beauty of nature - visit The Arcachon Basin

28. The Queyras Valley, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur

The Queyras Valley is also a regional natural park located in the Hautes-Alpes department. Crossed by the Guil, torrential river of the South-East of France, this destination is very appreciated for the excursions which it offers.

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29. The chain of Puys, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

This group of 80 volcanoes of various origins and ages stretches over 45 km north of the Massif Central. This place is ideal for outdoor activities such as mountain biking, skiing, and hiking.

The chain of Puys France visit to see beautiful nature

30. Paris, Ile-de-France

We obviously do not forget one of the most visited cities in the world: Paris! Unmissable place in France with monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, the Cathedral Notre-Dame or the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Discover the beautiful French capital and its lively streets thanks to our list of 20 essential things to do in Paris!

travel Paris - the beautiful capital of France