Planning to visit Paris anytime soon? Here is 50 places to visit in Paris, choose your dream destination then just go!

1. Eiffel Tower

Who doesn’t know Eiffel Tower? Nearly 7 millions visitor go to this tower per year and it makes it one of the most visited monument in the world. Built by Gustave Eiffel for Exposition Universelle (World Fair) in 1889, this tower reach 324 meters high.

If you are a budget traveller and doesn’t want to go up, you can enjoy Eiffel Tower from Champ de Mars or Trocadero. But if you want to climb and enjoy the Paris view from above, you can pay the admission fee depending on how high you wants to go and how to get there (with elevator or stairs). Most of the visitors choose to ride elevator to the top which costs 17 Euros.

Access Métro: Bir Hakeim (line 6), Trocadero (line 6 and 9) or Ecole Militaire (line 8)




2. Louvre Museum

This most visited art museum in the world presents 35.000 works around the globe. The famous Monalisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci is the most viewed artwork in this museum. Opened as the museum since 1793, Louvre set over 210.000 square meters including 60.600 for the exhibitions. This museum consists 8 departments from Egyptian Antiquites to Islamic art.

Access Métro: Louvre Rivoli (line 1)


3. Notre-Dame Cathedral

Considered as a Gothic masterpiece, this cathedral was built in the late 10th century and it took 200 years to finish. The architectural detail is very amazing inside and out the cathedral. The stained glass windows, gothic architecture, and many sculptures decorate this majestic cathedral. The top of the tower can be reached by 387 steps upstairs. In front of this cathedral, you can see also Zero Point, a point which the city was built for the first time.

You can enter this cathedral for free (except for the tower: 8.5 Euro and the crypt: 6 Euro) from 7.45 AM to 6.45 PM from Monday to Friday and 7.45 AM to 7.15 PM from Saturday to Sunday.

Access Métro: Cité (line 4)


4. Arc de Triomphe

This iconic landmark is a 162 foot monumental arc in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle. It was commissioned by Napoleon in 1806, after his victory at Austerlitz to commemorate French soldiers who lost their battle in Napoleonic wars. It was completed in 1836. On the inner surface of the arch, it’s written the names of more than 660 generals and more than a hundred battles. The visitors can also see the panoramic view from the top of the arch. At the foot of the arch, there is Tomb of Unknown soldier dedicated to World War I soldier.

Access Métro: Charles de Gaulle Etoile (line 1, 2 and 6)


5. Champs Elysées

Right in front of Arc de Triomphe, you will find Paris most famous shopping avenue, Champs Elysées. There are so many luxurious brand like Louis Vuitton, Channel or Hugo Boss and also less expensive one like Adidas and Gap. This avenue stands 1.9 km from Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde. In Christmas period, there will be Christmas market in the corner of this avenue.

Access Métro: Charles de Gaulle Etoile (line 1, 2 and 6)


6. Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Sacré-Coeur)

In the Montmartre neighbourhood stands up above the majestic Sacré-Coeur Basilica. A panoramic city view of Paris can be seen from this white Basilica. Inside this basilica is also amazing like it appears outside: there is ceiling glitter with France largest mosaic, which depicts Jesus rising alongside the Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc. You can also climb up 300 steps to the top of the dome.

Access Métro:  Anvers (line 2). From here you can take funicular to go up or take the upstairs.


7. Palace of Versailles

This most famous castle in France is located 14 miles southwest of Paris in Versailles. Built in the 17th century as a demonstration of French supremacy in Europe, Versailles was the seat of political power in the Kingdom of France from 1682 to 1789. Versailles consists of huge complex of buildings, gardens and terraces. You can see the works of renaissance art, decorations and furniture in this palace. When visiting Palace of Versailles, don’t forget to visit Marie Antoinette’s estate and Grande Trianon as well.

Access: Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche (RER C)


8. Seine River

This river flows right through the heart of Paris bordering 10 of the 20 arrondisements.  There are 32 bridges on the river in Paris, the oldest one is Pont Neuf which is very popular and often become the object by artists and poets. The locals often sit at the bank of the Seine to enjoy the city. For more touristic experience, you can book the Cruise Tour along the Seine.


9. Musée d’Orsay

For you the museum lover, this museum also has to be visited besides Louvre. Musée d’Orsay is known for its rich collection of impressionist works. You’ll see paintings by French artists like Monet, Cezanne, Van Gogh and many more. The museum also home of number of sculptures, photography and furniture displays. In the top balcony, you can enjoy the view of Sacré-Coeur Basilica through the museum’s massive transparent clock. The museum admission fee is 12 Euro.

Access Métro: Assemblée National (line 12)


10. Luxembourg Gardens

This 61 acres green space is perfect to spend a sunny day. Just relax and do the picnic while enjoying the sun. There are some activities to keep kids happy like play with the sailboats, ride ponies, play in the merry-go-round or enjoy the traditional marionette show. For adults, you can enter Musée de Luxembourg, the first French museum that was opened to public. In this garden, there are 106 statues, a bronze reduction of Statue of Liberty and 3 beautiful fountains.

Access Métro: Odéon (line 4 and 10), Notre Dame des Champs (line 12)


11. Palais Garnier (Opera House)

The Paris Opera house was built from 1861 to 1875 and has 1979 seats. This opera is beautifully decorated with a stunning ceiling painting by Chagall. Besides watching ballet or opera performance here, you can also take a look inside this Opera house. For a deeper understanding of this neo-baroque building, you can visit Museum of Opera House inside the building.

Access Métro: Opéra (line 3, 7 and 8) and Chausée d’Antin-La Fayette (lines 7 and 9)


12. Catacombs of Paris

Besides the beautiful building in Paris, there is also the darker side. One of them is Catacombs. This is an underground burial complex consists 6 millions of skeletons from 18th century. The skeletons are stacked in endless corridor. This place was a burial place for Parisian bones following the overpopulation of Parisian cemeteries back then. A tour of Catacombs takes an hour and climbing 83 steps.

Access Métro: Denfert-Rochereau (line 4 and 6)


13. Centre Pompidou

We already can define from outside that this building is different with other “classic” buildings in Paris. Centre Pompidou is a museum for fans of modern and contemporary art. Inside the museum you’ll find more than 100.000 collections of modern artworks and that makes the museum one of the largest collections of modern art in the world. If you have time, enjoy the city view of Paris from the rooftop restaurant.

Access Métro: Rambuteau (line 11), Hôtel de Ville (line 1 and 11), Châtelet (line 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14)


14. Moulin Rouge

Located at the foot of Montmartre hill in the heart of Pigalle, Moulin Rouge (red mill, in English) was built in 1889. It is a cabaret place when the famous French Cancan is performed first in 19th century. Now, it is a big tourist attraction that provides entertainment for visitors from around the world. The film “Moulin Rouge” in 2001, starring Nicole Kidman” also made this place more popular.

Access Métro: Blanche (line 2)


15. Palais-Royal

Palais-Royal was created as a Cardinal’s Palace during the reign of King Louis XII and later became a Royal Palace for four centuries. Built in classical French architecture, this building has a lovely central courtyard with an unusual modern sculpture installation of small striped columns in different sizes. The garden is also beautiful to be enjoyed. This palace is located next to the Louvre museum.

Access Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre (line 1 and 7) and Pyramides (line 7 and 14)


16. Panthéon

Constructed in 1758, Panthéon was intentionally build to make a church. However, it turned out to be a mausoleum (group of tombs) of some great Frenchmen following the French Revolution in 1789. Those who are buried there include Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Rousseau, Emile Zola, etc. It is an early example of neo-classicism with the front side that is similar to Panthéon in Rome. It has the dome on the top of the main building.

Access Métro: Cardinal Lemoine (line 10)


17. Disneyland Paris

If you bring your children to visit Paris, Disneyland is suitable for you. Who doesn’t know Disneyland, a magical place where all the disney characters display. Disneyland Paris has two theme parks: Disneyland (with Sleeping Beauty’s Castle) and Walt Disney Studios. The top attractions are Space Mountain, It’s A Small World and Big Thunder Mountain. It is located 32 km east of Paris. Disneyland Paris is the one and only Disneyland in Europe and it is the most visited theme park in Europe.

Access: Marne La Vallée-Chessy (RER A)


18. Musée Rodin

Rodin museum is a former residence of famous French sculptor Auguste Rodin. It displayed 7000 of Rodin’s creation including The Thinker, The Kiss and The Gates of Hell. This museum also possess some paintings of Van Gogh, Monet and Renoir which was the personal collection of Rodin. There is an area dedicated for the works of Camile Claudel as well. The building is surrounded by 3 hectares of romantic gardens that also display Rodin’s sculptures.

Access Métro: Varenne (line 13) and Invalides (line 8 and 13)


19. Père Lachaise

Considered as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world, Père Lachaise is also Paris’ largest green space. This cemetery houses famous persons like Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf and Oscar Wilde with other 70.000 persons. You have to take a map to find your favorite artist grave in order to not lost. The architecture of the graveyard is also stunning, with some dramatic statues. Each year it welcomes more than 3.5 million visitors, making it the most visited cemetery in the world.

Access Métro: Phillipe August (line 2)


20. Le Marais

Walking through one of the oldest Paris district, you will feel like strolling around Medieval Paris. It was the house of some notable French royalty, like King Henry IV and Louis XIV before he moved to Versailles. Le Marais also survived the destruction made during French Revolution. Now, Le Marais is known for its chic boutiques, vintage shops and also vibrant nightlife. Here you can find Place des Vosges, Maison de Victor Hugo, Centre Pompidou, etc. You can walk around this district or join free walking tour to know more about history.

Access Métro: For starting point, you can go from Saint-Paul (line 1)


21. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Escape from Paris hectic with doing a picnic in this park! This beautiful park will spoil your eyes with its lake and little temple. Temple de la Sibylle is placed on the top of a cliff fifty metres above the artificial lake. You can do a little hike to reach the temple. This fifth-largest park in Paris was opened in 1867 and occupy 24.7 hectares.

Access Métro: Buttes Chaumont (line 7bis)


22. Canal St Martin

This 4.5 km long canal is also suitable for relaxing and do some picnics. It connects the Canal de l’Ourcq to the river Seine and runs between Métro Bastille and République. This romantic canal was featured in film “Amélie” and now it is a home of chic bars and bistros. Some river cruises and private pleasure boats are also provided to spoil the visitors.

Access Métro: Jaures (line 2, 5 and 7) and Goncourt (line 11)


23. Place de la Concorde

Created between 1755 and 1775 by the architect of King Louis XV, this octagonal square is considered as one of the most beautiful squares in this city. This square is the eyewitness of key historical events like execution of King Louis XVI and it was part of Napoleon’s triumphal route. It is located between Arc de Triomphe and Louvre Museum. You can see Egyptian obelisk in the center of the square that is the gift from Viceroy of Egypt to Charles X. During summer, make sure to enjoy Paris view with taking the Ferris Wheel here.

Access Métro: Concorde (line 1, 8 and 12)


24. Tuileries Garden

Walking from Place de la Concorde to Louvre Museum, you will find Tuileries Garden in between. It features 25 hectares of plant, greenery, flowers and large collection of sculptures. The garden’s two ponds are perfect for relaxation in the sunny day. Created by Catherine Medici in 1564 as garden of Tuileries Palace, it was opened to public in 1667 and became a public park after French Revolution.

Access Métro: Tuileries (line 1) and Pyramides (line 7 and 14)


25. Montparnasse Tower (Tour Montparnasse)

This 212 meters high skyscraper is the office building visible from all over Paris. When it was built (1972), it is the highest office building in Europe. You can admire spectacular view of Paris with taking elevator to the 59th floor in this building. The entrance fee is 17 Euro.

Access Métro: Montparnasse-Bienvenue (line 4, 6, 12 and 13)


26. Les Invalides

Built in 1670, Hôtel des Invalides is a home for military museum. Back then, it was created for hospital and retirement home for war veterans. The main landmark of this building is the dome. It is a large church with the tombs of some France’s war hero including Napoleon Bonaparte. During sunny day, its golden roof will shine when you look at it from above.

Access Métro: La Tour Mauburg (line 8) and Invalides (line 8 and 13)


27. Sainte-Chapelle

This is a royal chapel in the Gothic style, near Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris. It has the most extensive 13th century stained-glass collection in the world. Arranged across 15 windows, each 15 metres high, the stained glass panes depict 1.113 scenes from Old and New Testament. Sainte Chapelle was intended to house precious Christian relics, including Christ’s crown of thorns.

Access Métro: Cité (line 4)


28. Pont Alexandre III

This bridge is the prettiest bridge in the city. Running from the left to the right bank of Seine, Pont Alexandre III offers great view of Eiffel Tower from far. Named for the Russian tsar, this bridge connecting the districts of Champs-Elysees, Les Invalides and Eiffel Tower. Going to this bridge is almost like seeing an art gallery, with beautiful statues including winged horses and nymphs.

Access Métro: Invalides (line 8 and 13)


29. Conciergerie

Built in the 10th century, this building was the main royal palace for French kings. Some buildings were converted into a prison in 14th century. The palace later became a revolutionary tribunal and prison during the Reign of Terror, with famous prisoners Marie Antoinette and Madame du Barry. Today, Conciergerie still serves as courts and also a popular tourist attraction in Paris. The building is next to Sainte-Chapelle in the same building complex, Palais de la Cité.

Access Métro: Cité (line 4)


30. Musée de l’Orangerie

This museum is suitable for you if you love impressionist and post-impressionist art. Located in the corner of the Tuileries Garden, this museum consists the work of Claude Monet (with his masterpiece Water Lilies), Picasso, Renoir, Cezane, etc. It was originally built in 1852 to protect the Tuileries Palace’s Orange Tree.

Access Métro: Concorde (line 1, 8 and 12)


31. Place des Vosges

Originally named Place Royale, this is the oldest planned square in Paris and one of the finest in the city. It is located in Le Marais and between 3rd and 4th arrondissement in Paris. You can find classic French style and unique 17th century architecture in this square. Back then, a statue of Louis XIII was erected in the square then destroyed after the fall of the monarchy and replaced by an octagonal fountain.

Access Métro: Chemin Vert (line 8)


32. Grande Arche de La Defense

This is the 110-meter-high rectangular arch in the la defense, a business district in Paris where complex of high-rise buildings developed since the mid 1960s. The monument was inaugurated in 1989 on the bicentenary of French Revolution and is considered a contemporary symbol of fraternity.

La Défense itself is Europe’s largest business district with 560 hectares of area, 72 glass and steel buildings, 180.000 daily workers and 3.500.000 square metres of office space.

Access Métro: La Défense (line 1)


33. Grand Palais

Built for the 1900 Exposition Universelle, it is recognizable by its large glass dome flanked by French flag. It comprises of 3 major site: the Nave (where major national and international events take place), National Galleries (art exhibitions) and Palais de la Découverte (museum and cultural centre for science when children can learn and having fun). This place is located near Champs-Elysées and Pont Alexandre III.

Access Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (line 1 and 13) and Franklin Roosevelt (line 1 and 9)


34. Petit Palais

Right in front of Grand Palais, there is Petit Palais that was built in the same time for same occassion (also Pont Alexandre III). Petit Palais houses the Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts). There are 1300 works in the museum, from sculptures, paintings and art objects. Visitors can discover collection from French artist in 19th century such as Delacroix, Monet, Renoir, etc. A small indoor garden is placed in the centre of this building.

Access Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau (line 1 and 13)


35. Pont Neuf

This pont, together with Pont Alexandre III is known as the most beautiful in Paris. Constructed in 1578 by the order of King Henri III, it is the oldest standing bridge across the River seine. Consisting of two spans, this bridge connects Louvre Museum, Rue de Rivoli and Tour Saint-Jacques in the right bank and rue Dauphine, the Monnaie de Paris and Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the left bank via Ile-de-Cité.

Access Métro: Pont Neuf (line 7)


36. Hôtel de Ville

The Hôtel de Ville is located in 4th arrondissement and is used by Paris’ local government. It’s been the site of municipality of Paris from 1357. Nowadays, it serves multiple functions such as local administration, Mayor of Paris and venue of large receptions. Visitors can visit function room, which is the replica of the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.

Access Métro: Hôtel de Ville (line 1 and 11)


37. Palace of Fontainebleau

One of the largest French royal palace, it is located 55 kilometres southeast of Paris, in a city of Fontainebleau. Fontainebleau was the residence of French monarchs from Louis VII until Napoleon III. It has 1500 room inside and surrounded by 20.000 hectare of forest. Today, it is a national museum and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit to Fontainebleau opens up a view of French history, art history and architecture.

Access: Fontainebleau-Avon (Transilien)


38. Place de la Bastille

This square used to be a Bastille prison until the French Revolution. Most of the prisoners were enemies of the king like Voltaire, Fouquet and Sade. As the symbol of the monarchy, it was stormed by the people on July 14, 1789 and the destruction marks the start of French revolution. Today, it is replaced by Colonne de Juillet, a monument to commemorate all victims in another revolution (1830).

Access Métro: Bastille (line 1, 5 and 8)


39. Paris Wall of Love (Le Mur des Je T’aime)

Moving on to one of newest attraction in Paris, Wall of Love. It is a love-themed 40 square metres wall in the Jehan Rictus square in Montmartre. Created in 2000, it is composed of 612 blue tiles, on which the phrase “I love you” is featured 311 times in 250 different languages.

Access Métro: Abbesses (line 12)


40. Rue Crémieux

This street is similar like Nothing Hill in London. Located not so far from Gare de Lyon, this street has the colourful residential building that is different from other parts of Paris. No haussmann style building here, and it feels like we are outside of Paris, in a small town in Southern France. It was the residents’ initiative to paint the façades with pastel colours: green, blue, purple, yellow, pink.

Access Métro: Gare de Lyon (line 1 and 14), Quai de la Râpée (line 5)


41. Grand Mosque of Paris

Paris is not only about churches, there is a beautiful mosque that you have to visit, Grand Mosque of Paris! This building interior will make you feel like in Morocco. No wonder, because this mosque was decorated with mosaics, wood, carvings and wrought iron brought from Morocco. This largest mosque in Paris was built by the French government as a memorial and sign of gratitude for the 100.000 colonized Muslims who died in World War I against Germany. It remains an active place of worship for North African living in Paris, especially on Friday, the Muslim holy day, and during the holy month of Ramadan. You have to dress modestly to enter the mosque. After a visit to this mosque, you can relax at its restaurant, enjoying couscous or mint tea while seeing the beautiful decoration.

Access Métro: Censier-Daubenton (line 7), Place Monge (line 7) and Jussieu (line 7 and 10)


42. Espace d’Abraxas

Are you the fans of Hunger Games movie? This place is for you! Located in Seine-Saint-Denis, East of Paris, this housing estate really feel like in different world. This postmodern and neoclassical building is one of the shooting places for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (2015). Another hollywood movie, Brazil (1984) also used this place for one of its scene.

Access: Noisy-le-Grand Mont d’Est (RER A)


43. Provins

This medieval town in southeast of Paris is perfect for one day escape from the buzzling of the capital. As an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Provins has 1200 meters of ramparts and two fortified gates, built between the 11th and 14th century. There is also Tour César, a hilltop keep from 12th century that offers spectacular view over the town. The tourists can also watch the medieval shows with horses and knights that sure will bring you back to the middle ages.

Access: Provins (SNCF Transilien Line P)


44. La Madeleine Church

Built in the style of Greek temple, La Madeleine Church has 52 Corinthians columns, each 20 metres high. Inside, the church has a single nave with three domes, lavishly gilded in a decor inspired by Renaissance artists. Its construction started already in 12th century but was not completed until 1842 during the reign of Napoleon. This church is located near Place de la Concorde.

Access Métro: Madeleine (line 8, 12 and 14)


45. Place du Châtelet and Tour St Jacques

Place du Châtelet is located in the very center of Paris in 1st arrondissement. There are two theaters surrounding this square: Théâtre du Châtelet and Théatre de la Ville. The area around Place du Châtelet is also nice. You can find Tour St Jacques, a tower built between 1508 and 1522 in the Late Gothic style. This 52-metre tower is all that remains of the former 16th century Church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Boucherie which was demolished in 1797, during the French Revolution, leaving only the tower.

Access Métro: Châtelet (line 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14)


46. Latin Quarter

Has been for more than 800 years, Latin Quarter is the heart of student in Paris. France’s oldest university, La Sorbonne, was founded here in 1257. This area is full of cheap bar, cafés and shop. In Boulevard St. Michel, you can find a lot of bookshops and other shops. While in Place St. Michel, the landmark of this quarter, you can see 19th century fountain depicting Saint Michel slaying the “great dragon”. In this quarter also, you can find Pantheon, Grand Mosque of Paris and Jardin des Plants.

Access: Saint-Michel Notre Dame (line 4)


47. Jardin des Plantes

Founded in 1626 as a medicinal herb garden for Louis XIII, Paris 24-hectare botanic gardens are the perfect spot to stroll around or do a picnic. There are Natural History Museum and also a small zoo to be enjoyed. Four huge green houses, the Grandes Serres, were constructed over four thousand species of tropical plants. There are some gardens like rose; peony, iris and alpine garden as well.

Access Métro: Jussieu (line 7 and 10)


48. La Petite Ceinture

One of the Paris off beaten tracks is La Petite Ceinture (little belt). Located in 11th arrondissement, it is an abandoned railway tracks. Built in 1852 under the Empire of Napoléon III, this railway circling through the city of Paris served urban travelers from 1862 to 1934 before being abandoned. Nowadays, it is covered with overgrown weeds and bright flowers while its walls are masked with graffiti.

Access Métro: Alexandre Dumas (line 2)


49. Belleville

Another alternative cool neighbourhoods besides Marais and Montmartre that are becoming pricier by the day, is Belleville. Belleville is a local secret and you will find few tourists here. It is home for some cheap restaurants and cafés. There are also Chinese supermarkets and African stores here. You can enjoy your afternoon in Rue Denoyez, a lane crammed with graffiti and murals, then continue with drinking at Café Aux Folies, an Edith Piaf favourite.

Access Métro: Belleville (line 2 and 11)


50. Covered Passages

Afraid to go out because it is raining? Don’t worry, you can still enjoy Paris in rainy day. You can explore 19th century covered passages in Paris. These are arcades covered with glass roofs, created by piercing through other buildings. Today, less than 30 still exist. Most of them house shops, tearooms and restaurants. One of the best one is Passage Vivienne, behind the Palais Royal. While the oldest arcade is Passage des Panoramas, from 1799. It is home to the Théâtre des Variétés that is still used until now.


Organized from July 26th to 28th 2017 at Belle Salle Shibuya First, Tokyo from 10 AM to 6 PM; Mode in France is an exhibition about women’s fashion, accessories and lifestyle.

Mode in France is held twice every year since 1996. It’s the first French fashion exhibition in Japan and a trade fair for all fashion professionals in Japan. Created by Fédération Française du Prêt à Porter Féminin, Mode in France allowed French fashion brands to meet Japanese buyers in one place of 1700 m2. There are more than 70 French fashion brands and 1600 Japanese buyers, showrooms and distributors such as Takashimaya, Urban Research, Isetan Mitsukoshi and many more.

In this event, the Japanese chef of Parisian restaurant Kunitoraya will also come with his team to serve the customers. 1600 udons and onigiries will be served during 3 days of exhibition.

You can discover more about exhibition and program of Mode in France on



Belle Salle Shibuya First
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Higashi 1-2-20

Click here for the map


Opening Hours:

26-28 July 2017

10.00 AM to 6.00 PM

  1. Escargot

Who doesn’t know escargot? Escargot is cooked land snail, a food that usually attracts tourists who come to France. The best snails in the country come from Burgundy region. They are fed cleansing herbs and thoroughly washed prior to boiling. They are then cooked with butter, garlic and parsley and all the cooking process takes three days. That’s why it’s relatively expensive.


  1. Foie Gras

Foie Gras is made by force feeding ducks and geese large amounts of grain the weeks before their slaughter (this process called gavage), in order to engorge their livers to 10 times their usual size. French enjoy this Foie Gras on toast, especially during the holiday period.


  1. Pieds de Porc

French loves every part of pig including their leg, it is called Pieds de Porc in French. They are cooked slowly and the dish is very tender. There is no delicate way to eat them and you have to take those feet in your hands.


  1. Andouillette

This food doesn’t look and smell good, but the taste is surprisingly sweet. It is Andouillette, pig intestine sausage. The best Andouillette in France can be found in Lyon, served with a little dab of onion confit.




The kiss on the cheek or ‘bise’ is common in France. People usually ‘faire la bise’ upon greeting their friends, coworkers, acquaintances, or even strangers. However, for foreigners it could be stressful determining whether a greeting deserves a ‘bise’ and how many kisses we should do.

To decide whether you should ‘bise’ upon greeting someone, you need to think about your relationship with the person you are greeting. Are they a close friend or someone you barely know? Do you speak formally or informally with them? If you are speaking informally, you would be close enough to ‘bise’. This gesture is most common between two women or a man and a woman. Two men who are very close may ‘faire la bise’ also.

If you already know who to kiss, now you have to consider in what part of France are you to know how many kisses you should do. Below, there is a graphic about that.

Bill Rankin of Cardical Cartography put together a map of greeting etiquette based on French web survey: Each administrative district in France is shaded based on the proportion of people in that region that voted for each kiss-number in the survey. Northern France is dominated by four-kiss whereas in Britanny one kiss is enough. People in Montpellier think a third kiss is necessary while in Corsica, almost 20 percent of the population said that 5 kisses are appropriate.

However, this survey doesn’t ask every single person in France, this is only based on survey respondents.

  1. France is the world’s most popular tourist destination

About 83.7 million visitors arrived in France, according to the World Tourism Organization report published in 2014, making it the world’s most-visited country.

  1. France is the largest country in European Union, and known as ‘the hexagon’.

It has 551.000 km2 and it’s almost a fifth of EU’s total area. In addition, because of its six-sided shape, France is named ‘the hexagon’.

  1. France produces over 400 types of cheese.

France has 400 varieties of cheese, though it said it could be closer to 1000 sub varieties of cheese. There are around 40 cheeses that have been awarded the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée status, which means they can only be produced in a certain region.

  1. Louis XIX was the king of France for just 20 minutes, the shortest ever reign.

He ascended to the French throne in July 1830 after his father Charles X abdicated, and abdicated himself 20 minutes later in favour of his nephew, the Duke of Bordeaux.

  1. The guillotine was the official method of execution during French Revolution.

It was invented by a surgeon named Dr. Guillotin. The guillotine claimed the heads of tens of thousands of victims ranging from common criminals to revolutionaries, aristocrats, and even kings and queens including Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette.

  1. Charles VIII had six toes on one foot.

He hid this fact by wearing and promoting square toe shoes at the end of the 15th century.

  1. In France, you can marry a dead person.

In exceptional cases and under French law, you can marry a dead person, as long as you can prove that the deceased had the intention of marrying while alive. You also have to receive permission from the French president. The most recent approved case was in 2017, when the partner of a gay policemen gunned down on Champs Elysees by a jihadist was granted permission to marry his partner posthumously.


  1. France once controlled more than 8% of the world’s land.

From America, Africa to Asia. France biggest colony is in Africa. Nowadays, there are more people speaking French in Africa than in France.

  1. France is the most depressed country in the world.

1 in 5 people in France has experienced depression. In addition, France is the biggest consumer of mood-altering drugs in Europe. 25% of the adult population consumes one of these drugs: antidepressants, tranquilizers, sleeping pills and anti-psychotic drugs.

  1. There’s only one stop sign in entire city of Paris.

The lucky one is located at the exit of a building company’s drive, in the 16th arrondissement.

Your visit to France is on 14th July? It is a celebration day, the beginning of French Revolution back in 1789. No wonder, the party is everywhere in France. There are fireworks, walking parades, balls, concerts, etc. So, where is the best place to attend this celebration?

  1. Paris

The first option, obviously, the capital, Paris. The greatest march-past takes place in Champs Elysees. There are huge military parade before both French President and the crowd. The procession begin from Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde. The street is lined with blue, white and red decorations with the jets fly past the Arc de Triomphe in formation. In the night, the impressive fireworks can be seen in Eiffel Tower. Just save your seat in Champs de Mars or Trocadero by come earlier, because everyone wants to get there.

  1. Lyon

The fireworks in this third largest city in France takes place on the Fourvière hilltop overlooking basilica and Saône river. You can also dancing on the riverbank to a mix of French, Caribbean, African, Brazilian and American beats at the free ball.

  1. Carcassonne

Located one hour from Toulouse, the medieval walled city of Carcassonne celebrates the Festival de la Cite in the month of July, which includes many music and theatre performances. The Bastille Day celebrations run alongside this festival. In the night, this city is fired up with the most outstanding fireworks display. This one of the largest display in Europe lasts 25 minutes with more than 700.000 spectators.

  1. Marseille

Marseille’s celebration lasts 2 days and includes a folk parade and ball, music and dancing at the Cours Honoré-d’Estienne-d’Orves. You can also watch 14 July fireworks in the Marseilles’s Vieux Port. For more relaxed place to watch the fireworks, you can visit Frioul Islands (a collection of four islands off the coast of Marseilles.


Listed as one of the top destination to study in Europe, France attracts their students with low tuition fee, especially for public universities. There are no differences whether you are domestic or international student.

The tuition fee in public universities in France depends on your study level:

  • Bachelor degree: around 190 Euro per year
  • Master degree: around 260 Euro per year
  • PhD: around 396 Euro per year
  • Engineering degrees have higher tuition fees of around 620 Euro per academic year
  • Medicine studies are around 450 Euro per year

The courses in public universities are usually in French language and you have to have minimum DELF B2/C1 to get accepted. However, the number of programs in English language is rising recently. If you get informed enough, you can get your preferred English program with low tuition fee.

For information, the tuition fees for private universities in France is around 1500 until 20000 Euro.


The living cost in France determined by your choice of city. In Paris, the living cost is around 700-1000 Euro per month while outside Paris is around 400-700 Euro per month depends on the lifestyle. The students can get student residence from university, that is cheaper than other residences and the rent could be as low as 150 Euro. Not only that, there is a residence allowance from government for every students in France, and you can get at least 40% reduction from your rent.

So, what are you waiting for? Search your university and pack your luggage to France!

Les fêtes de Bayonne is an event in The Pays Basque in the south of France.

It last from 26TH to 30th July 2017.

For this occasion, people must dress in white from head to toe with a red scarf or belt.

The first celebration was taken place in 1932 inspired by “Les fêtes de Pampelune” in Spain.

During this all week, a lot of different activities happen like : concerts, games of Basque pelota , the local market and the famous running of the bull in the streets of the Petit Bayonne.

This event is an opportunity for people to hang out with their family and friends !

1. Paris

Who will visit France without visiting Paris ? This capital is annually visited by around twenty million tourist, which makes it one of the most visited cities in the world. Paris is located almost in the middle of country. Explore classic sights like Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre-dame Cathedral or pick up a fresh golden baguette and enjoy a picnic on the banks of Seine river.


2. Nice

Located in the southern part of the country, Nice is a lovely coastal city on the French Riviera between the Mediterranean and the Alps. It has the marvelous beach with the bay, shops and restaurants that welcomed millions of tourist every year. Not only the beach, Nice also has beautiful old town and castle. Climb the castle hill to see this beautiful city from above. Nice once is popular for its luxury, but now all the travelers can visit Nice, even with the tight budget.


3. Strasbourg

Placed next to the German border, Strasbourg offers a magical experience with its half-timbered building like in Germany. Visit Petite France for the authentic experience of this city, just strolling around through the houses and canals. The gothic cathedral in the old town also will take your breath away. Strasbourg also serves as the headquarters of the European Parliament, making this city more international.


4. Colmar

Situated only 30 minutes by train from Strasbourg, this city is not to be missed when you have longer time in Strasbourg. Like Strasbourg, it has beautiful half-timbered building and the canals but it is more colorful. This city is also an inspiration for disney film ‘Beauty and The Best’. The Petite Venise area is undeniable charming with colorful homes, cobblestone streets and quaint shops. During the christmas, many christmas markets are placed in this city, like in other cities in Alsace region, making this city more lively.


5. Mont St Michel

Listed as one of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mont Saint-Michel is a perfect one day escape from Paris. It as a beautiful island looks like floating in the air with the medieval monastry up on the cliff and ancient ramparts surrounding its banks. The monastery was built in the 8th century by bishop of Avranches. You can find a lot of restaurants, enjoy your meal and see the magnificent view from the hill.


6. Lyon

Lyon is the third largest city in France, situated at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers. Lyon has plenty to offer, from the medieval building, museum and food. The must-see site is Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, Place des Terreaux and Roman Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules. Lyon is also awarded as the gastronomy capital in France. France’s most renowned chef, Paul Bocusse hails from Lyon. But Lyon is not just about Michelin starred restaurants, it has many good traditional bistrot and small restaurants with reasonable prices.


7. Annecy

Not very far from Lyon, you will meet the little charming town Annecy. It is known for Lake Annecy that is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Take a walk or cycle around Annecy and enjoy the amazing scenery. The old town with plenty of canals is also a must-visit in Annecy. The cobblestone streets with pastel houses and bright flower will make you fall in love with this small French town.


8. Marseille

Marseille is the second largest city in France, popular for its old port. Marseille was the most important trading centre in the region and the main commercial port for France. In the old port, you can enjoy street musicians, restaurants, or just the scenery. Another places that you have to visit in the town is Basilica of Notre-Dame de La Garde and Palais Longchamp. Tired of the bustling city? Take an escape to calanques, idyllic steep-sided valleys with amazing view of the sea.


9. Aix-en-Provence

Can be accessed 1-hour from Marseille by the shuttle bus, Aix-en-Provence is one of the most beautiful French cities. It is an elegant city with the pastel-coloured buildings, graceful boulevards and stone fountains. This city is a birthplace of famous artist and painter Paul Cézanne. You can stroll around the city and pass the main streets like Cours Mirabeau and Quartier Mazarin.


10. Versailles

Versailles is a city located 14 miles southwest of Paris. It is a home for the famous Palace of Versailles. The Baroque château was built in the mid 17th century by King Louis XIV and was the home of French kings until the French revolution. Besides the palace, it also has stunning gardens, spectacular fountains, Trianon and Marie Antoinette’s estate.


11. Fontainebleau

Also in the suburb of Paris, the city Fontainebleau has plenty offers to the visitors. It has the Palace of Fontainebleau, one of the largest French royal palace, and Fontainebleau forest. A visit to the palace is a must, while in another day you can also do hiking and hill climbing in this city.


12. Toulouse

It is often called Ville Rose or the Pink City, due to a number of its typical brick houses. Situated in southwest France, Toulouse is closed to the sea, mountains or countryside. This fourth largest city in France often called the best place to live in and work in entire France. Only have one day to explore Toulouse ? Pay a visit to Capitole de Toulouse, Basilique Saint-Sernin and Church of Les Jacobins.


13. Lourdes

Not far from Toulouse, it is Lourdes, the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in France. Around 5.000.000 visitors are coming to this town every year, making Lourdes the 2nd most popular travel destinations in the country, after Paris. The main landmark is Sanctuary of Our Lady Lourdes with the ‘healing’ water. Besides the pilgrimage site, you can also visit the castle, where you can see this beautiful city, surrounded by mountains, from above.


14. Carcassonne

One more city you have to visit near Toulouse is Carcassonne. This fortified city is like an open-air museum of the Middle Ages. Its medieval citadel called La Cité has numerous watchtowers and double-walled fortification. There is a castle within La Cité, Château Comtal, 12th century castle offers archaeological exhibits and a tour inside the castle.


15. Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the most famous wine in France. It offers more than 100.000 vineyards. But not only that, it has the 2nd highest number of protected buildings in the country, after Paris. The old part was recently listed on the UNESCO World Heritage. Don’t forget to go to Place de La Bourse at night, where the water makes beautiful reflection of the building. Other sites are Bordeaux cathedral, Opera house, Place des Quinconces and Cité du Vin.


16. Dune du Pilat

60 km from Bordeaux, you can find Dune du Pilat, the tallest sand dune in Europe. This dune reaches a height of 107 meters and almost 3 kilometers long. In the summit, the view is magnificent with atlantic ocean, pine forest and the bay itself. You can climb the dune on the soft sand or take the 154 wooden steps. While for descend you have more options like surf down on a bodyboard.


17. La Rochelle

Located in western coast of France, La Rochelle has a beautiful old port and its three towers : St Nicolas, Tower of the Chain and Tower of Lantern. It is a perfect destination in the summer. You can enjoy the beach or stroll around the old town. You can also take the excursions to the nearest island : Ile-de-Ré, Ile d’Oléron and Ile d’Aix. Not to forget Fort Boyard, where the French television ‘action quiz’ take places and use its name.


18. Lille

Lille is situated in the northern part of the country, near the borders with Belgium. Lille is the historic capital of Flanders, which became part of France in 1713. The Flemish influence is seen in the Flemish Baroque architecture and the cuisine. Its stunning main square known as Grand Place is a home to some best sights in the city. Besides, the highlights are fine art museum, avant-garde cathedral and Charles de Gaulle birthplace.


19. Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

This town is located in eastern France, at the foot of Mont Blanc, The Alps. Chamonix is a popular winter and sport center, where the Winter Olympics took place back in 1924. It is one of the oldest ski resort in France. Besides for skiing, the cable car also take visitors up to several peaks with panoramic view, including Aiguille du Midi. The town itself is breathtaking with a view of surrounding mountains.


20. Grenoble

Another city in the foot of French Alps is Grenoble. Grenoble is a big city, the capital of Isère Department. This city advertises itself as ‘The Capital of French Alps’. Don’t forget to take the cable car (or hike) up to La Bastille where you can see beautiful city of Grenoble, surrounded by the mountains. Other highlights are Grenoble Museum of Art and Domaine de Vizille, a castle that played the key role in French Revolution.


21. Etretat

The cliffs are really beautiful in Etretat, north western France. Erosion has created extraordinary arches in the chalk, like shown in the picture. There are three famous arches : the Porte d’Aval, Porte d’Amont and The Manneporte (the biggest one). Besides, there’s also an amazing needed-like structure, known in French as an Aiguille. Other than that, you can visit Castle of Aygues, the former residence of Queen of Spain, and Etretat Gardens.


22. Giverny

Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked at this village in Normandy region (north western France) from 1883 until his death in 1926. This former home, where he produced water lily series, is now used as the Fondation Claude Monet museum. The garden is designed by himself. It has brightly colored patches that are messy but balanced, like his paintings. Nearby, there is Museum of Impressionism Giverny that highlights the Impressionist art movement.


23. Honfleur

The pretty colorful port of Honfleur in Normandy is always seen in many paintings and postcards. The most famous depictions of this city are those by Eugène Boudin who lived here and you can see many of them in Eugène Boudin museum. The colorful Vieux Bassin is in the heart of the port. The port itself is now more used for yachts than fishing or commercial boats. Climb the top of Mont-Joli for beautiful view over Honfleur. You will meet also 17th century Notre-Dame-de-Grâce on the way.


24. Saint-Malo

Still in the north west France, we move on to the Britanny region. There is Saint-Malo, a port city that is surrounded by tall granite walls. In the heart of Saint-Malo, stands the stunning Gothic Cathédrale de St. Malo. Walking along its ramparts, visitors can see amazing views of the town, harbour and islands. The islands Grand Be and Petit Be can be reached on foot at low tide. While the Fort National can be visited from St. Malo’s longest beach, Grand Plage.


25. Chambord

One of the most impressive castle in Loire Valley in the heart of France is Chambord Castle. It has the huge castle with more than 400 rooms, 80 staircases, 365 fireplaces and exceptional number of towers, high ceilings and domes. The area is about 5000 hectares and the encircling walls are about 30 kilometres long. Has the French Renaissance architecture, this castle was built in the order of King Francis I (1519).


26. Cannes

Famed for its international film festival, Cannes ia a luxury resort town on French Riviera overlooking the blue Mediterranean sea. There is usually a ‘parade’ of expensive car along the Boulevard de la Croisette, as this city is the playground for the rich. Upmarket boutique and palatial hotels are also spread in this city. Cannes is also home to the Palais des Festivals et des Congrés, where the film festival took place. It’s a modern building complete with red carpet and Cannes’ walk of fame.


27. Antibes

Antibes is a lovely resort town between Nice and Cannes on the Mediterranean coast. The old town is surrounded by 16th century ramparts and it overlooks many ports. In other side of the town, stands Cap d’Antibes where many luxury villas built. The beautiful natural setting of pine groves and sea views inspired Impressionist painters and still draws celebrities.


28. St. Paul de Vence

Still near French Riviera, a beautiful medieval fortified village named St. Paul de Vence attracts a lot of tourists. Walk around the streets from Porte Royale to Porte Sud, you will find magnificent stone facades from 16th century. Numerous famous artists, painters and writers live in this village. Some of their signatures are in Fondation Maeght which has a large collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings.


29. Provence

Heading to southern France this summer? You won’t want to miss the beautiful lavender field in Provence. There are a lot of lavender field along the way. The most popular one is in Sénanque Abbey. Founded in 1148, this medieval Cistercian abbey is still used until now. You can see the beautiful lavender field with abbey in the background. Another spot is in Plateau de Valensole, lavender will be blooming around June and July. You also can book a place to Lavender Festival in Valensole that usually held last fortnight in July.


30. Gorges du Verdon

On the way back from Valensole, you have to visit the spectacular Gorges du Verdon. This river canyon is considered as one of Europe’s most beautiful. It was formed by the Verdon River, about 25 kilometers long and up to 700 meters deep and ended in Sainte-Croix lake. You can rent a kayak on this turquoise-green river.


31. St. Tropez

Once a peaceful fishing village, now St Tropez is popular for jet-set tourists after this places is known in Brigitte Bardot film ‘And God Created Woman’ (1956). Located 100 km in the west of Nice, this modern medieval town is popular for the line of yachts and terrace cafés, divided by strolling tourists and expensive cars.


32. Montpellier

Situated in the southwest France, Montpellier is the 8th largest city in France. Its main square, Place de Comédie, has an opera house, tourist office and tram line. In sunny day, you can take a trip to Espiguette, a huge nearby beach. Montpellier has the most stylish trams in France. Line 3 has been decorated by Christian Lacroix while line 1 and 2 is the masterpieces of Garouste and Bonetti. This city is also a popular destination for student.


33. Nîmes

You don’t have to go to Rome to witness Ancient Roman buildings. Nîmes has it all, and it often called French Rome. The Romans settled in Nîmes when they build a road between Rome and Spain. The main attractions are Nîmes Arena and Maison Carrée. Nîmes Arena is a 2000 years old Roman arena that is still used today for bullfighting. It has elliptical shape, 133 metres long and 100 metres wide. It welcomes more than 24000 spectators. Whereas the Maison Carrée is a Roman temple, the only complete Roman temple in the world. Nîmes is also the home of Denim jeans.


34. Nantes

This capital of the western Loire offers an unique experience to see the city. You can ride a massive 40-foot diesel-driven elephant to enjoy the view of Nantes. This vibrant city also has one of France’s top symphony orchestras and a prestigious opera company that performs in Théâtre Graslin. Other main attractions are the 15th century cathedral and Château of the Dukes of Britanny, a castle that now is a museum of regional history.


35. Rennes

Situated in northwest France, this capital of Britanny is known for its medieval half-timbered houses and the cathedral. For relaxing after a hectic week, you can have picnic in Parc Thabor that has a rose garden and aviary. Rennes often ranks among France’s greenest city with 42m2 of green space per inhabitant.


36. Angers

Angers is the third most populous city in northwestern France after Nantes and Rennes. Known as student city with 38000 students, Angers has a lot of cafés and some excellent places to eat. There are two places that you don’t want to miss when in Angers : Château d’Angers, home of the Apocalypse Tapestry (the biggest medieval tapestry ensemble in the world) and Jean Lurçat museum with his contemporary tapestry inspired by the castle. Its old town has half-timbered houses such as Maison d’Adam and The Cathedrale St. Maurice.


37. Caen

Capital of Lower Normandy region, Caen was 80% destroyed during the 1944 Battle of Normandy. Rebuilt in 1950s and 60s, modern Caen offers a medieval castle (Château de Caen) that is one of the largest medieval complexes in Europe, two ancient abbeys (Abbaye-aux-Hommes and Abbaye-aux-Dames) and plenty of museums including museum of war and peace.


38. Brest

The most western metropolitan city in continental Europe, Brest is one of major port and military base in France. It was also destroyed during World War II.  The highlights are Château de Brest, a castle that is now home of National Navy Museum ; a medieval tower Tour Tanguy ; National Botanical Conservatory and Océanopolis aquarium.


39. Poitiers

A central-west city in France, Poitiers has one of the oldest universities in country, that established in 1432. Students make up 25% of the population here. Visitors can visit Eglise Notre-Dame-La-Grande, Palace of Poitiers (home to the city’s courthouse) and big theme park Futuroscope.


40. Tours

Tours stands on lower reach of Loire Valley, in the central of France, between Atlantic Coast and Orléans. It’s one of the base city for the tourists who wants to visit Loire Valley castle, such as Villandry, Amboise and Chenonceau. In the city centre, the tourist sites are Tour Cathedral, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Botanical Garden and Place Plumereau, whereas in the countryside, you can find some vineyards.


41. Orléans

Situated on the banks of the Loire River, Orléans is the capital of Centre-Val de Loire region. This city is known of French hero, Joan of Arc. She saved the city from English siege in 1429, then it is celebrated as an annual festival. There is a big statue of Jeanne d’Arc in Place du Martroi as a landmark of this city. The Maison de Jeanne d’Arc also exhibits the story of her life. Several times in a year, a light festival displays her heroic story with the colorful light and sound projected in the biggest cathedral in the city, Orléans Cathedral.


42. Châteaux de La Loire

If you are happened to be in Central France, you shouldn’t miss Chateaux de la Loire. This is the castles that stands in Loire Valley, including Château de Villandry, Chenonceau, Chambord, Amboise, Blois and many more. Some of them are listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. These castles are best visited by car, but you can also take train or join an excursion to go to one place to another. If you just have a chance to visit one or two, go visit the magnificent Château de Chambord or Chenonceau.


43. Rouen

Strolling around this city in Upper Normandy region will make you feel back to the middle age. Rouen has more than 50 religious buildings and many of them was influenced by Gothic architecture. The highlights include the majestic Cathedral, Fine Arts Museum and Gros Horloge, the big clock tower. This city also has a history with Joan of Arc since she was executed in Rouen. You can visit Joan of Arc tower, place where she was tortured before she was burned in old market square in 1431.


44. Amiens

This former capital of Picardy, in northern France is the home of well-known French author, Jules Verne. To pay a tribute to him, his former house now build as a museum called Maison de Jules Verne. A must-city in this city is Cathédrale Notre-Dame, the largest church in France based on its total surface area of 7.700 square meters. Other sites are Picardy Museum, the fine arts museum modelled after Louvre and Tour Perret, one of the oldest Europe skyscrapper.


45. Metz

Located on the east side of the Moselle River between Nancy and Luxembourg, Metz is close to three international borders (Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium). Metz was occupied by Germany several times in the past. It is famous for gothic Saint-Etienne cathedral and German imperial district around the railway station. Another highlight is Centre Pompidou, a modern art museum opened in 2010.


46. Nancy

This northern east French city is popular of its main square, Place Stanislas that is considered as the most beautiful in the world. This square, alongside with Place de la Carrière and Place d’Alliance is the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Place Stanisls was built in 1752 to link the old town and new town. Other sites are old town and Fine Arts Museum (Musée des Beaux-Arts).


47. Kaysersberg

This tiny, cobblestoned village full of timber-framed house is the most favourite town in France in the year of 2017. It is one of the town in Alsace Wine Route and attracts a lot of visitors during summer and Christmas, because of its beautiful Christmas market. Kaysersberg is also one of the finest wine growing areas in Alsace. Just get yourself lost in this town and you will amaze by its beauty.


48. Eguisheim

Another beautiful town in Alsace is Eguisheim. Like Kaysersberg, this town also produces the finest wine and passed by Alsace Wine Route. The old half-timbered houses, typically Alsace, is what makes this city wonderful. The central square is also amazing with its fountain, Eguisheil castle and colorful Saint-Léon-IX chapel. In August, the village is more lively with stork festival and wine growers festival.


49. Ajaccio

The most southern region in France is Corsica, an island in mediterranean sea with its capital Ajaccio. Ajaccio is the home of Napoleon Bonaparte and his house now become a museum called Maison Bonaparte. Ajaccio has a stunning beach, mountain and gorges. In the city, you can visit the the baroque-style Notre-Dame cathedral when Napoléon was baptized and Fine Arts Museum called Musée Fesch. Occupied by Italy in the past, Ajaccio has a lot of Italian influences, including its building.


50. Ax-3-Domaines

Want to do the ski this winter? Besides French Alps, France also has the Pyrenees Mountains to be enjoyed for skiing. One of the sites is Ax-3-Domaines, a winter sports resort located in Ax-les-Thermes. It is located in Southern France, near Toulouse, Andorra and Spain. Since 2001, the ski station is also used as a stage finish in Tour de France cycle race. Besides ski, you can also take the cable car up to enjoy the stunning scenery.


With millions of spectators lining the route, the race televised in 186 countries, a publicity caravan of 250 vehicles representing 40 brands, every July the Tour de France is the most popular and most closely followed annual sporting event. A showcase for cycling, it is also a showcase for France and its landscapes


An event linked to the media

Started in 1903 and linked from the very beginning to the media, the cycling Tour de France was created by Henri Desgrange to promote his L’Auto (forerunner of L’Équipe). Today the race is organised by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), a subsidiary of the press group Amaury, which at the end of the twenty stages of the Tour, presents the winner with €450,000.

The Yellow Jersey

This appeared in 1919, introduced by Henri Desgrange, the Tour director, who decided that the leader of the general classification should, for the next stage of the race, wear a yellow jersey, the colour of his magazine L’Auto. Eugène Christophe was the first to wear it. Eddy Merckx, regarded as the greatest cyclist of all time, holds the record for the number of yellow jerseys received: 111. Jacques Anquetil was the first to win the Tour five times. And the American Lance Armstrong holds the record for victories in the Tour: seven consecutive wins between 1999 and 2005.

The Tour de France, the best guidebook for France

Every year, over 250 towns apply to welcome the famous Tour de France caravan. Crossing more than ten regions and hundreds of communes on around,3500 kilometres of roads, with stages over plains, rugged ground, through mountains – including going over passes and up to the summit – there is not a single stage of the Tour that does not include an exceptional natural or cultural location.

Final stage: the Champs-Élysées

In its early days, the Tour de France ended in the Parc des Princes (from 1903 to 1967), and later in the Vélodrome de Vincennes. We had to wait until 1975 for the prestigious finish of the Tour on the Champs Élysées, where Parisians and tourists from all over the world now crowd in, from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, to see the yellow jersey arrive.


Web site of the Tour de France

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