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10 Beautiful Places In France To Visit

I’m often asked, “ Where is my favourite place in France?” If you’re talking about what places I find incredibly beautiful, it’s so hard to choose. I won’t even mention those in Paris that I love because there are so many beautiful places.

So this week’s post is to share with you 10 places I’ve visited outside of Paris that I think are beautiful just look at. See how many places you know. I am still adding to my collection and I apologize in advance for possibly not showing one of your favourites. I’ll have to do a future post with more places.

1. Gordes

This was the first place outside of Paris that I ever stayed. It is designated one of “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France” (The most beautiful villages of France). Don’t be deterred by all the tourists. It is a beautiful place to visit, particularly in the Spring and Fall. Check out this post to find out more: The Most Beautiful Hilltop Village In Provence.

Gordes Beautiful Places France

Gordes France Photo: J. Chung

2. Pont du Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon

Pont du Gard, Beautiful Places France

Pont du Gard, France

This Roman aqueduct in southern France is beautiful to look at from afar or even  from underneath (in a kayak).

3. Mont St. Michel, Normandy

Mont Saint Michel Beautiful Places France

Mont Saint Michel France

Incredibly crowded in the summer but a beauty from far away. It is worth heading to the west coast of France and going to see it.

4. Honfleur, Normandy

Honfleur, Beautiful Places France

Honfleur, France. Photo: J. Chung

16th to 18th century townhouses line the Vieux-Bassin (old harbor). Nothing better than sitting at a cafe overlooking the water, eating seafood and having a glass or two of wine.

5. Versailles, île-de-France

Versailles, Beautiful Places France

Versailles, France. Photo: J. Chung

The Palace of Versailles is more than just the chateau. There are beautiful gardens, the Petite Trianon and Grand Trianon, and of course The Queen’s Hamlet, basically a village with a farm created especially for Marie Antoinette. Check out what this oasis was like in the post, “Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon and Hamlet“.

6. Chateau de Chenonceau, Loire

Chateau du Chenonceau Beautiful Places France

Chateau du Chenonceau France

Glorious chateau in the Loire Valley spanning the River Cher that was built from 1514–1522 and was given by Henry II to his mistress, Diane de Poitiers. Unfortunately, after King Henry died, his wife, Catherine de’ Medici kicked her out but gave her Chateau Chaumont (another beautiful chateau).

7. Château de Villandry, Loire

Chateau de Villandry,Beautiful Places France

Chateau de Villandry, France

Just one word: gardens. While you can visit the interior of the chateau which was built in the early 1500s, it is in the gardens where you will want to spend your time. The gardens are on 3 terraces and include a water garden, flower gardens and vegetable gardens.

8. L’Isle Sur La Sorgue, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Beautiful Places France

L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France. Photo: J. Chung

Known for it’s Thursday and Saturday markets that have more than just food. It is well known for the large number of antique dealers that attend.

9. Saint-Cirq-LaPopie, Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées

Saint Cirq Lapopie Beautiful Places France

Saint Cirq Lapopie France

This town is located on a cliff in the Lot region and is another “Les Plus Beaux Villages de France”.  This medieval village has narrow, cobblestone streets and a fortress. It is certainly a town worth visiting if you are in the area.

10. Annecy, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Annecy, Beautiful Places France

Annecy, France

Summer or winter, Annecy is a favourite town to visit in the Haute-Savoie region, south of Geneva. It is sometimes called the “Venice of the Alps” due to all the two canals and river which meander throughout the town.

Where are your favourite beautiful places in France?

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  • Reply
    June 11, 2016 at 8:16 am

    All so beautiful in their own way
    Thank u for sharing

    • Reply
      June 11, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Yes, good point. They are so beautiful!

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    Karen Warren
    June 13, 2016 at 7:19 am

    I’ve only been to two on your list (Versailles and Honfleur) but I’d love to see the others. Especially the Pont du Gard, which looks quite spectacular.

    • Reply
      June 13, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      The Pont du Gard is especially appealing because you can picnic, hike, or rent a kayak to see the area.

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    Jane Canapini
    June 13, 2016 at 11:35 am

    I love those chateaux! I have decided that I am definitely a castle-palace-chateau-kind of girl and the more of these I get to visit, the merrier. Thanks for giving me more ideas for where to go in France!

    • Reply
      June 13, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      You’re welcome. I can’t get enough of chateaux too!

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    Kay Dougherty
    June 13, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    I’d love to see these villages in the spring or fall so I could experience them without crowds. This has been a tough year for France (their own constant strikes don’t help them any) and I’d like to see things take a turn for the better.

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      June 14, 2016 at 7:11 am

      Yes, spring and fall are the nicest times. The summer can just be too hot! One can only hope things will get better.

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    Julie Dawn Fox
    June 13, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    I haven’t been to any of these apart from Versailles but I barely remember it so it doesn’t count – I know I’d appreciate it far more with older eyes. From your photos and descriptions, I think I’d really like Annecy, Monte St. Michel and Gordes

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      June 14, 2016 at 7:11 am

      You’d love any one of those! I had had Mont St. Michel on my mind for years and when I finally went, it was definitely worth it.

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    Denis Gagnon
    June 13, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    I could not agree with you more! And you selected ten beautiful locations. I can’t wait for your sequel on “ten more beautiful places that will make you want to visit France”!
    Thanks for a great posting.

    • Reply
      June 14, 2016 at 7:12 am

      Thank you. I’ll have to start thinking about my next 10!

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    Patti Morrow
    June 15, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    They are all gorgeous! Mont St. Michel, Normandy has been on my bucket list for a while, but now Gordes is also on it!

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      June 16, 2016 at 8:42 am

      That’s great! Just don’t be turned off by the crowds. It does die down later in the day!

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    Irene S. Levine
    June 17, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    What beautiful architecture! I would love to visit each of them.

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      June 17, 2016 at 9:04 pm

      It will be worth your while!

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    Sue Reddel
    June 18, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    There you go again adding more places that we need to visit in France. If you keep this up we’ll be going more than 20 times like you 😉

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      June 18, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      You’re too funny. So, how many times have you been???

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    Rosie Hill
    December 27, 2016 at 3:11 am

    Great to see 2 Normandy sites here!

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