France is one of the most attractive and most visited countries in the world. It is famous for its unique culture and lifestyle as well as excellent cuisine. There is everything a tourist can dream about: wonderful monuments and first-class museums, amusement parks, diverse nature, including mountains, which in summer encourage hiking, and in winter offer skiing and beautiful beaches.
The most important city and showcase of the country is Paris. The city, which in the Middle Ages was one of the most important cultural, scientific and political centers of the world, has retained its unique character to this day. Countless monuments and museums, including the Louvre, Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Royal Palace of Versailles attract millions of tourists every year.
However, France is not just Paris. The splendor of the former royal past is radiant, the Loire Valley with several dozen Renaissance and Baroque castles belonging to the monarchy and the most important aristocrats of France. In almost every major city you can see magnificent Gothic cathedrals, among which stand out among others those in Reims, Amiens or Tours. Add to this list should be the unusual abbey of Mont-Saint-Michele in Normandy and the long list of cities and towns with preserved old buildings.
Extremely popular with tourists is Provence, which is famous for its lavender fields, picturesque landscapes, small towns and valuable monuments, the largest of which are Avignon, Arles and Nimes. It was these sites that the great painters chose as their headquarters. You can see here, among others the house and garden in which he created Monet or Cézanne's house.
France is also a great place for summer and winter holidays. In the summer, the beaches of the Cote d'Azur populate, whose capitals are Nice and Saint Tropez. Many tourists also choose to relax in Normandy or Brittany. The waters here are much cooler, but stronger sea currents and winds are conducive to water sports. In turn, winter is the time when crowds pull into the French Alps. The ski resorts here are among the best in Europe.