France, with its splendid beauty, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, attracting more than 80 million tourists each year. There are a hundred or more reasons why France attracts travelers from around the world: a city, a mountain range, cathedrals, museums, a French cheese, a chateaux, or simply the charme Francais (French charm). All of these things together creates a country that never ceases to amaze visitors.
Paris, often called the City of Romance, is the country’s capital city, which offers countless attractions from the breathtaking Eiffel Tower to the Notre Dame Cathedral. The Louvre Museum and the Picasso Museums showcase the historical masterpieces of legendary artists Leonardo da Vinci and Pablo Picasso. The cities of Lyon and Marseille are equally delightful, with countless world-renowned French architectural masterpieces. On the other hand, Cannes, Nice, and St. Tropez provide some of the most fantastic beaches in the country.Visitors can experience the delightful French countryside as well, with its distinct culture and spectacular scenery- the towering Alpine peak of Mont Blanc to the sea cliffs of the Atlantic coasts.
France is truly the home of wines and cheeses. The popular Petit Swiss (little swiss cheese) of Gervais are originally from Normandy, France, and not from Switzerland. There are more than 400 varieties of cheese and 450 kinds of wine produced within the nation’s borders. France also produces a good majority of the world’s favorite spirits, such as Grand Marnier, Cognac, and Mandarine Napoleon.