10 Top Tourist Attractions in France – Travel Video

10 Top Tourist Attractions in France – Travel Video


Famous for its wines and cheeses, France is
the world’s most popular tourist destination receiving 82 million foreign tourists annual. Visitors are attracted by historic cities,
a beautiful countryside, the castles of the Loire Valley, and Brittany and Normandy. In addition, France offers an agreeable climate,
some excellent beaches on the French Riviera, the Atlantic coast and the island of Corsica,
wide possibilities for winter sports, most notably in the Alps and the Pyrenees, and
a rich culture with food and wines that are among the most celebrated in the world. Here’s a look at the top tourist attractions
in France. Number 10. Millau Bridge. The Millau Viaduct is a cable bridge that
happens to be the tallest bridge in the world at 1,125 feet. The four-lane bridge spans the valley of the
River Tarn in southern France. Opening in 2004, the bridge is considered
one of France greatest engineering feats. Number 9. Pont du Gard. The Pont du Gard is an old Roman bridge that
crosses the River Gardon in southern France. Built around 40 AD, it was part of a long
watercourse to bring water from a spring in Uzes to the Roman colony of Nimes. At 160 feet tall, it is the highest of all
the Roman aqueduct bridges. Number 8. Carcassonne. Cite de Carcassonne is an historic fortified
city in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. The city dates back about 2,500 years and
became part of France in the mid-13th century. At one time it was the center of the French
woolen textile industry. A 19th-century restoration project of the
Cité turned Carcassonne into the popular tourist destination it is today. Number 7. Chartres Cathedral. The Chartres Cathedral is located in a small
city near Paris that seems too small to fit the Cathedral. The vast nave, the porches adorned with fine
sculptures and the magnificent 12th- and 13th-century stained-glass windows, all in remarkable condition,
make it one of the finest examples of the French High Gothic style. Number 6. Chateau de Chambord. The château to end all châteaux, the Chateau
de Chambord is a masterpiece of the French Renaissance. Construction of the Chateau de Chambord started
in 1519 by King François I so he could hunt in the nearby forests. The cold and massive 440 rooms of the Château
made it unpopular as an actual residence and François I himself stayed here for less than
40 days in total. Number 5. Gorge du Verdon. The Gorge du Verdon, located in southeastern
France, is considered one of Europe’s most beautiful river canyons. It’s at its deepest at almost 2,300 feet
in an area that offers the best views as the green emerald Verdon River winds its way through
the canyon. Number 4. Mont Saint-Michel. Mont Saint Michel is a small tidal island
located just off the coast of Normandy. A spectacular and well-preserved Norman Benedictine
Abbey of St Michel stands at the peak of the rocky island, surrounded by the winding streets
and convoluted architecture of the medieval town. A causeway connects the mainland with the
island. Number 3. Palace of Versailles. The Palace of Versailles is frequently associated
with Marie Antoinette, the French queen who was beheaded during the French Revolution. The royal palace started out as a hunting
lodge in 1624 and became more ornate over the years. Located outside of Paris, Versailles is known
for the Hall of Mirrors and beautiful gardens. Number 2. St Tropez. St Tropez is a resort community on the French
Riviera. Once a military stronghold, fishing village
and artist colony, it is now a playground for the jetset. The beaches are popular with scantily clad
sunbathers, while others come for windsurfing, sailing and yachting. Outside peak summer there are less celebrities
to spot but you’ll also instantly appreciate what lured artists, writers and film makers
to this picturesque village. Number 1. Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris. The tower was built by Gustave Eiffel as the
entrance arch for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889. At 1,063 feet tall, it is still the highest
building in Paris, offering stunning vistas of the city below. Since its construction more than 200,000,000
people have visited the Eiffel Tower making it the most visited paid tourist attraction
in the world.

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