beatiful places in france

France is just about perfect. With stunning places for travelers to explore from coast to coast, you’re not going to get bored on your travels. Many choose to visit multiple countries on a European vacation, but slowing down and really exploring a country like France is highly recommended by our team.

From the picturesque French Riviera to charming towns throughout the countryside, there are thousands of beautiful places to explore in France. These 11 photos will make you want to visit right away.

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1. Marseille

This port city in Southern France is home to famous landmarks including Le Corbusier’s influential Cité Radieuse complex and Zaha Hadid’s CMA CGM Tower. The Old Port is one of our favorite places in all of France.

2. Senanque Abbey

Surely you’ve seen the rows of lavender in photos of France, and there’s no better place to see them in person than at Senanque Abbey in Provence.

3. Arc de Triomphe

Only enter via car if you dare. The Arc de Triomphe is one of the most recognizable structures in all of Paris. As you can see from the photo above, it sits at the juncture of 12 avenues.

4. Mont Saint-Michel

Located approximately a kilometer off the countries northern coastline in Normandy, Mont Saint-Michel is an island topped with an impressive medieval monastery. The oldest parts of the abbey date back to the 10th century.

5. Cliffs of Etretat

The famous white Cliffs of Etretat draw plenty of photographers, surfers, sailors, and just regular travelers every year.

6. Colmar, Alsace

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You can see from this photo exactly how Colmar inspired the setting for Beauty and the Beast. Located in northeastern France, Colmar is one of the most picturesque towns in the country.

7. Gorges du Verdon

Often referred to as “the Grand Canyon of France”, the drive, walk, or boat trip through Gorges du Verdon will leave you speechless. The dramatic limestone cliffs are breathtaking.

8. Villefranche-sur-Mer

Located on the French/Italian border next to Monaco, Villefranche-sur-Mer sits in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of the French Riviera. It’s a charming fishing village with much to see and do.

9. Eiffel Tower

One of the most recognizable monuments in the world, it draws millions of tourists to France every year.

10. Rocamadour

This small clifftop commune is known for the Cité Réligieuse complex of religious buildings, accessed via the Grand Escalier staircase.

11. Nice

Nice is the perfect place to end your French vacation. Enjoy the mix of old and new, busy and relaxing.