Must See Destinations in France – That Aren’t Paris

France is quite often a top priority on traveller bucket lists, and Paris of course is usually the big drawcard to France for most, but there is so much more to this beautiful country with rich history than Paris.

France has many famous cities and there are also some beautifully exquisite places you should visit as well. Paris of course has the entire bang for your buck tourist attractions, but if you’re looking to really see France in all her unique European glory, this list is for you.

Mont Saint-Michel

In the Normandy region lays one of the most amazing natural beauties, and Mont Saint-Michel is her name. Mont Saint-Michel is now packed with amazing restaurants, is fantastic for shopping, and if you’re the outdoors type, climbing and ocean sports is very popular around here.

The French Riviera

The French Riviera is lined with spectacularly beautiful villages and cities and has all types of accommodation available, from low end budget to high end 6 star resorts. Some of the most famous cities to visit here are St. Tropez, Nice, Cannes, La Turbie, and Antibes.


About an hour’s drive from Paris is the Fontainebleau Forest. If you really want to indulge in nature, this little beauty is just what you need.


“Chateau de Versailles” (or the Versailles Palace)is one of the most beautiful places to see in all of Europe, and the city itself is awe-inspiring, and just a short train ride from Paris.


Lourdes is a very busy city, but is quite an epicentre or religious pilgrimage destination. A spiritual and magical place throughout history, her “healing waters”still draw tourists from across the globe.


One of the largest cities in France, Lyon (located in the Rhone Valley) isan absolute heaven for foodies, thanks to its world famous cuisine. Fashion and restaurants are the biggest drawcard here.

These cities are all quite popular and easy to get to via public transport or on tours, however the best way to see France is by hiring a car, and stopping through all the amazing villages you can handle.

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