15 Reasons Why You Should Travel To France More Than Once

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Why should you travel to France more than once? Easy answer: It’s just incredibly beautiful and there is SO much to see and do that you can’t see everything you want in one trip.  It is the world’s top tourist destination with over 84 million visitors and the country has diverse landscapes where you can see sand dunes, mountains, inviting coastlines, picturesque hilltop villages, sculptured gardens, and volcanoes. The list goes on and on.

Here are 15 reasons why your next vacation should be in France via a short slide show. (Commentary follows). Hopefully it will inspire you to book your next trip, tout de suite (right away)!

Travel To France More Than Once So You Can See…..

Reason #1: Paris

The capital of France is the third most popular city in the world with some of the best museums, restaurants, stores, and gardens, such as Luxembourg Gardens and Sainte Chapelle.

Reason #2: Small Towns

Check these small towns: Eguisheim, Dinan, Riquewihr, Annecy, Yvoire, Pérouges, and La Roque Gageac.

Reason #3: Big Cities

Big is sometimes better—certainly in Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Aix-en-Provence, Nantes, and Strasbourg.

Reason #4: Seaside Towns

St. Tropez, Collioure, Honfleur, Biarritz, Cassis, Saint-Suliac, and Ile de Ré.

Reason #5: Hilltop Villages

Pretty villages to see such as Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, Cordes-sur-Ciel, Gordes, Eze, Roussillon, and St. Paul de Vence.

Reason #6: Châteaux

Check out how the wealthy lived especially in the Loire Valley by visiting the chateaux: Chateau de Chenonceau, Chambord, Villandry, Chaumont-sur-Loire; and Versailles (just outside of Paris)

Reason #7: Churches, Royal Palaces, and Museums

Drop into the Rodin Museum, La Conciergerie, the Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, and the  Arc de Triomphe.

Reason #8: Outdoor Activities

Exercise those muscles by  biking, surfing, skiing, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, and golfing in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Provence, the Riviera, and the Loire Valley.

Reason #9: History

So much history with the French revolution and Versailles, and World War I and II sites like the D-Day beaches in Normandy.

Reason #10: Fortresses and Abbeys

Such as Mont Saint-Michel, Carcassonne, Les Baux, and Fougeres.

Reason #11: Markets

Every day of the week in big cities and small towns with organic produce being offered with more often.

Reason #12: Wine

Including wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Alsace, Champagne and Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Reason #13: Food and Cafe Culture

Indulge your tastebuds with delicious macarons, cheese, baguettes, croissants, bouillabaisse, escargots, Bœuf bourguignon, Tarte Tatin, steak frites, crêpes, crème brulée, moules (mussels), profiteroles, Gratin Dauphinois (baked potatoes with cream), oysters, and quiche. Don’t forget to sit back and relax at a cafe to have a glass of wine.

Reason #14: Unbelievable Sites

…such as Pont du Gard in Provence, Rochers Sculptés and the standing stones of Carnac in Brittany.

Reason #15: Festivals and Events Of All Types

There’s the celebrity-studded Cannes Film Festival (May), the Tour de France (June/July), medieval festivals at chateaux (June/July), Fête de la Transhumance (sheep herding in St. Remy-de-Provence in June), the Festival d’Avignon (August), and Fête de la Musique (June 21).

I realize there were so many towns, sites, and highlights of France that I didn’t mention, so I guess you’ll have to travel to France more than once to discover what they are!

What are you waiting for?
Get to France tout de suite (right away)!

In the comment section please add what you think should have been mentioned.

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12 Comments

  1. Great list. The French food and wine alone is enough reason to go. I would add Sarlat and Beynac in with La Roque Gageac on the list of small towns. Of course, all of the towns in that region (Dordogne) are so stunning.

  2. You made your case very well! Yes, France should be visited as many times as possible. I’ve been 3 times, but have only scratched the surface of those wonderful reasons you mention for visiting.

  3. You must have had a hard time winnowing your list to just 15, Jan but every one is a stunner and seems to be another side as to what makes France well … so French! Your video is great but I think my favorite photo has to be your first one at the beginning of this post. The age-blackened stones of the buildings, the flowers in tubs and the steeply pitched roofs are so incredible beautiful.

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