Top 100+ Unique Experiences In France

Chateau du Chenonceau France Top 100 Experiences

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Top 100+ Unique Experiences In France—The List Keeps Growing

France has so much to offer in terms of sites and experiences and while the typical travel guide will highlight the Top 10 or most common ones, I like to share those that have been truly unique. I have done each one of these Top 100 experiences in France (active, outdoor, culinary, arts and entertainment, or learning) during my many trips to France and some I have done more than once (ie. Kayaking under the Pont du Gard) because I loved the experience so much.

My list of unique experiences in France keeps growing and as you can see it is well over 100. I will continue to add to the list so keep checking back or bookmark this page.

Check out the map at the end of the page. Each of these experiences is indicated on the map, so if you’re looking at visiting a certain area of France, click on one of the locations and read about the experience.

1. Touring Many Chateaux In The Loire Valley 

2. Paddling A Kayak Under the Pont du Gard in Provence

3. Running In The Marathon du Medoc

4. A Week Taking French Language And Cooking Classes At Ecole des Trois Ponts


What To Expect When You Take A French Immersion Course In France

5. Having A Picnic Dinner In Paris

6. Attending A Chamber Music Concert in Sainte-Chapelle In Paris

7. Riding A Bicycle In France

8. Take a cooking course at Cordon Bleu

Check Out My Top 10 Favourite Culinary Experiences

Top 10 Culinary Experiences In France

9. Attend a performance or take a guided tour at the Paris Opera (Palais Garnier)

10. Visit a local market and buy a roasted chicken

11. Attend a French concert

12. Attend a bull fight (La Course Camarguaise)

13. Stand in the middle of a field of sunflowers

14. The Best Gift From France: A Framed Hermès Scarf

15. Sit in a bar on the Champs Elysee and watch the World Cup Finale

16. Fly In A Hot Air Balloon

17. Lunch At The Eiffel Tower–See #13

18. Attend the Fete de la Veraison In Chateauneuf-du-Pape

19. Eat Lunch or Dinner at a Farmhouse

20. Visit “Le Café Des Chats

21. Seeing An English-Speaking Comedy In Paris 

22. Market Tour and Cooking Class at Le Foodist

23. Kitchen Gadget Shopping at E. Dehillerin in Paris

24. Be in Paris on New Year’s Eve

25. Be in Paris on July 14 and watch the Bastille Day Parade

26. Attend a fashion show at Galeries Lafayette in Paris

27. Do the Van Gogh Walk in Saint Remy de Provence

28. Drink a hot chocolate at Angelina in Paris

29. Historic Walking Tour of Paris

30. Take a tour of La Conciergerie–see #7

31. Buy an ice cream from Berthillon and walk around the Ils St-Louis

32. Walk along the Canal St-Martin

33. Have a drink on a barge on the Seine in Paris

34. Go to a book talk at Shakespeare and Co.

35.  Spend the night at a real chateau

36. Visit Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise

37. Hiking In Chamonix And The French Alps

38. D-Day and The Beaches Of Normandy

39. Champagne Tasting in Champagne

40. Volcanoes In France?

41. Running In France

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Top 10 Active Experiences In France

42. Marché Aux Puces: A Flea Market Worth Visiting In Paris

43. Experience Eating These French Foods

44. Taking Home Some Unique Gifts From France

45. Oysters and French 75 On New Year’s Eve

46. Visiting London and Paris via the Eurostar

47. Wine Experiences For The Senses In Paris

48. VizEat: A Dining Experience With Locals

49. Culinary Tour Changed My Mind About Montmartre

50. Experiencing Medieval France

51. Active Boomer In France: Some activities to consider

52. Surfing In Biarritz

53. Discovering The Covered Passages In Paris

54. Unique Experiences During My First Trip To France

55. Photographing The 10 Most Beautiful Places In France

56. Oysters and Wine At Le Baron Rouge Wine Bar After A Market Visit

57. Visiting Fondation Louis Vuitton For The Architecture

58. Seeing The Tour de France

59. Staying In A Chalet In The Heart Of The French Alps

60. Visiting the Cité Medievale de Conflans in Albertville

61. The Most Beautiful Villages Of France: Some That I Have Visited (and recommend)

62. Visit a“Cave à Vin” to sample delicious foods and wine.

63. Joyeux Noel: The Unofficial Christmas Truce (WWI)

64. Visiting and Going On top Of Some of France’s Arcs, Arches, and Portes

65. Be In France During “Les Soldes” (Winter or Summer)

66. Seeing Paris In A Different Light—Night Time

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Top 10 Arts And Entertainment Experiences In France

67. You MUST Try Bouillabaisse (Fish Soup/Stew) The Traditional Way

68. La Cité du Vin Wine Museum In Bordeaux

69. The Other Part Of Versailles Visitors Often Miss: Marie Antoinette’s Hamlet and Petit Trianon

70. Flamingos, Wild Horses and The Medieval Fortress of Aigues-Mortes In The South Of France

71. 36 Hour Stopover In Collioure With A Hike up to Fort Saint-Elme.

72.  Cruising Down The Seine River In Paris OR 4 Boat Tours To Experience Outside Of Paris

73. Fête de la Transhumance: Sheep Fill The Streets In St-Rémy

74. Rochers Sculptés (Sculptured Rocks) in Brittany

75. Quirkiest, Most Imaginative Sight: Les Machines de L’île In Nantes

76. An Easy Hike In Colorado– Le Colorado Provencal

77. What’s There To See In Brocéliande Forest In Brittany?          

78. Exploring The Other Side Of Montmartre (Beyond Sacre Coeur and the Moulin Rouge)

79. Visit Le Chateau des Baux de Provence While You Can

80. Discover France’s Version Of Stonehenge: Carnac’s Megalithic Alignments

81. Seeing Optical Illusions At The Fondation Vasarely in Aix-en-Provence

82. Learning About Paris While You Run: With Paris Running Tours

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Top 10 Learning Experiences In France

83. Celebrating Cinema At the Lumière Museum In Lyon

84, Traboules and Wall Murals In Lyon

85. Paris Greeters: A Free Walking Tour Worth Taking

86. Highlights Of Montpellier And An Excursion to Sete

87. See Van Gogh’s Paintings Come Alive In Provence And On Film

88. Seeing Fashion At  Musée Yves Saint Laurent In Paris

89. 9 Beautiful Spots To Get Away From The Crowds In Paris

90.  Paris Dinner Soirée At Jim Haynes

91.  “59 Rivoli”–A Former Squat That Provides Studios For Artists In Paris

92. Remains Of The Bastille: 4 Spots You Likely Overlooked

93. National Library of France: 2 Sites Worth Visiting

94. Parisian bistro with traditional French cuisine: A la Biche au Bois

95. My City Hunt With Paris In Action

96. Watch, follow, or ride in a Citroën 2CV

And now the NEXT 100!

97. Abandoned railway in Paris: La Petite Ceinture

98. Where You Can Find Lavender In Provence

99. Discover Pont d’Arc By Kayak

100. Two Of The Best Ways To See The Cliffs At Étretat

101. Where To See The Best Bastille Day Fireworks In Normandy

102. Visiting A Lavender Farm In Provence And Learning About Lavender And Lavandin Oil

103. Lunch with a view of Etretat

104. Sound and Light Shows In Paris and Provence That You Must See

105. Hidden gardens in Etretat

106. Take Your Daughter To This Museum In Paris: Marie Curie Museum

107.  A multi-sensory experience devoted to Calvados apple brandy

108. Historical Walking Tour: Life In Paris During WWII

109. The drive between Normandy and Paris: ‘Route des Abbayes’

110. Where to see French films with English subtitles in Paris

111. Localers Food Tour Near Canal Saint Martin

112. Point Zero and The Paris Meridian

113. Not your typical food court: Beaupassage Paris

114.  Augmented Reality At The Relief Map Museum In Paris

115. Exploring The Caves at Aven d’Orgnac

116. La Felicità, Paris

117. Sculptures de Décure At The Paris Catacombs

118. Two Days In The Ardèche

119. Free Water in Paris: Wallace Fountains

120. The Hidden Courtyard At Le Petit Palais

121. The Grand Gallery of Evolution

122. “Dame de Coeur” Sound And Light Show At Notre-Dame de Paris

123. Leonardo da Vinci’s Inventions at Château du Clos Lucé 

124. Most Unusual Sight In Normandy: Le Chêne d’Allouville

125. A Quaint Coastal Village In Normandy: Veules-les-Roses

126. Concept Stores In Paris Worth Visiting For Unique Gifts

127. Lunch At Château de Champlong: A Delicious French Immersion Excursion

128. What It’s Like To Hike The Three Calanques Near Cassis

129. Day’s Outing To Marseille Via the Scenic Train Côte Bleue

130. Wine And Relaxation At Château Autignac

131. Journey On The Little Yellow Train To See The Pyrénées

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Top 10 Outdoor Experiences In France

132. A Unique Cave Experience In The Dordogne Valley: Gouffre de Padirac

133. Bike Ride Along The Canal du Midi From Carcassonne

134. Stained Glass at Eglise Saint-Pierre d’Yvetot: Largest In Europe

135. Affordable Michelin-Starred Lunch: La Barbacane In Carcassonne

136. Why You Should Line Up For Tickets To Font de Gaume Cave

137. Spending 2 Months In France

138. Food, Wine, and Tours at the Montmartre Wine Festival (Fête des Vendanges)

139. Cycling On Île de Ré

140. Roman Amphitheatres In France That Still Hold Events

141. France’s Alcatraz: Château d’If

142. The World Of Science In Paris: Arts et Métiers Museum

143. Relaxing Paris Oasis: Promenade Plantée

144. Interesting Sights At Fourvière Hill In Lyon

145. Should You Take The Time To Visit Carcassonne?

146. La Praluline: Delicious Pink Praline Brioche From Roanne

147. Impressive Castle Ruins: Château de Lagarde In The Ariège

148. Lemon Pastries In Menton At The Fête du Citron

149. 4 Types Of Caves In The Dordogne To Explore

150. Making the classic French 75 cocktail (Soixante-quinze)

151. Fête de la Musique (World Music Day)

152. Bastille Day In Paris: Parade And Dinner Cruise With Fireworks

153. Castles And Scenery-Kayaking On The Dordogne

154. Day’s Outing: Bicycle From Arcachon To Dune du Pilat (Europe’s tallest sand dune)

155. Visit Fondation Maeght For Modern Art In Saint-Paul-de-Vence

156. Walking In The Woods-La Forêt des Cèdres Near Bonnieux

157. Rendezvous with Doisneau-Cycling La Voie Verte (Sarlat)

158. Pont Julien: Historic Roman Bridge Near Bonnieux

159. Nice’s Iconic Symbol: La Chaise Bleue

160. Why stop in Biot? Glass. Bubble glass at La Verrerie de Biot

161, Tour and Tasting at Palais Bénédictine In Fécamp

162. Château Musée Grimaldi (And Parking) In Cagnes-sur-Mer

163. Visit The Best Perched Villages In The Lot Department: Saint-Cirq-Lapopie And Rocamadour

164. Tasting And Buying The Most Delicious Apératif From Normandy: Pommeau de Normandie

165. La Salle des Mariages-Jean Cocteau in Menton

166. Château de Versailles Spectacle: Marie-Antoinette Fireworks And Light Show

167. 5 Reasons To Take French Lessons On Skype – from a French teacher in France!

168. 6 Best Photo Locations Around Cassis

169. Get A Haircut In France In French! It Can Be A Great Experience.

170. 25 Scenic Rides Through France….On A Peloton Bike

171. Tips For Visiting Versailles. One Trip Is Not Enouigh.

172. Beautiful And Famous Bridges In France To Photograph

173. Unique French Pastries Too Beautiful To Eat?

174. Colourful Murals At Notre Dame de l’Abbaye (Carcassonne)

175. Amusing And Unique Sculptures And Structures In France

176. Spend Two Weeks In The Dordogne-based in Sarlat and Beynac-et-Cazenac

177. Abbaye de Fontfroide (Narbonne)

178. Tarascon-sur-Ariège: The Perfect Base To Explore The Ariège

179. Lest We Forget: The Douaumont Ossuary Near Verdun

180. Josephine Baker’s Château des Milandes And Her Crazy Banana Skirt

181. The Christmas Tradition of Santons de Provence: A Unique Collection

182. Best Views Of Monaco: Jardin Exotique de Monaco

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  • Reply
    August 6, 2019 at 3:30 am

    wow!! so many great things and amazing pictures.
    Thanks for sharing this.

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    December 23, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    I can’t begin to tell you how inspiring your posts and photos are, Jan. When I (finally) go to France, even just from this post, it will be difficult to narrow down my choices. It’ll have to be a nice long visit!
    Happy Holidays,

    • Reply
      December 23, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      Thank you for your kind comment. Hopefully you’ll get to France in 2020!

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    January 13, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Your tips are the best I have come across so far as long as Travelling France and Europe is concerned. Thank You Jan

    • Reply
      January 13, 2020 at 11:04 am

      Many thanks

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