For many, Paris seems to be the flagship of French culture. Our minds immediately conjures up images of romantic moments in the Eiffel tower or ambling through the Louvre whenever we think of France.
What many people don’t realize is that the country’s magic goes far beyond the city walls of Paris. France is filled with hidden gems. From breathtaking shores to gorgeous vineyards, here some of France’s most beautiful spots.
Nestled between Nantes and Orléans lies the Loire Valley. The region is most famous for its white stone châteaux and old holiday homes. Almost 1000 of them sit along the banks of River Loire. Today, tourists can visit the beautiful 16th-century vacation houses that were built French nobility and bourgeoisie.
Vineyards of Bordeaux
For anyone who knows about wine, they know that French wine is simply unrivaled. This is all thanks to the famous vineyards of Bordeaux, the mecca of wine. Pop around different estates and taste the heavenly liquid in places such as Sauternes, Medoc, and Saint-Emilion. There is even a whole museum dedicated to the history and culture of wine called Cité du Vin. That should definitely not be missed.
The south of France is a floral paradise. Filled with colors, especially in the spring months, Provence is famous for its lavender routes, incredible food, and aromas. Stay in a village near the country roads and feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
Also known as the Côte d’Azur, this dazzling shoreline that runs along the southeast Mediterranean coastline is home to some of the world’s most beautiful resorts and seafood delicacies. Stroll down St Tropez or Cannes and indulge in the slow-paced Mediterranean life.
The Artist Trail
For centuries, Europe’s greatest artists have come out of France. If you want to see the scenic landscapes that inspired these artists, then step out the cities and head to Cézanne’s Mont Saint Victoire or Monet’s Normandy Cliffs. Don’t forget the French Riviera (above) the inspiration for most of Matisse’s works.