France is the top tourist destination in Europe. Visitors to France will be indulged with the stunning French cuisine and wine, be able to soak up the sun in some of the most elegant beach surroundings in Europe, enjoy first-class skiing, and visit some of the most iconic and breathtaking cultural attractions anywhere in the world.
With so much on offer it is easy to see why so many visitors make the trip to France every year, and with it being so accessible from the UK there really is no reason not to go more often. All you need to do is jump on the ferry on foot, in your car or even on your motorbike or scooter. If you’ve just started exploring the UK on the back of your motorbike or scooter, then hoping over to France for a few days is the perfect way to improve your riding. Just remember to look for scooter insurance before you travel – you don’t want to fall foul of the French police.
For a start, here are our top 4 cultural attractions. So get planning.
The museums and art galleries in Paris are amongst the best anywhere in the world, with the Louvre perhaps the most famous of all. Not only is it an iconic building, inside you’ll find some of the most world-renowned works of art. Most notably this is the home of the Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci.
Notre Dame Cathedral is another of Paris’ most famous cultural treasures. This stunning Gothic cathedral is famous for its unique stained glass and is a masterpiece of French architecture. It is a hotspot for tourists all year round with perhaps the most famous night of the year for a visit being Christmas Eve.
Palace of Versailles
This is one of the most visited cultural attractions in France and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site for over 30 years. It is said to be one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th Century French art and contains the Hall of Mirrors, the King’s Grand Apartments, and the Museum of the History of France.
Papal Palace Avignon
Avignon is always high on the list of cultural attractions for visitors to France, due to the stunning Gothic architecture, with the Papal Palace the jewel in the crown. Housed within a square of the same name it is one of the most famous pieces of Gothic architecture anywhere in France and as such an imposing building that it dwarfs the city’s cathedral.