Always diverse and impossible to catalog, France means different things to different people. For some, it's the beaches and the Mediterranean sun. For others, the sparkling ski slopes of the Alps. For others, it is the lavender fields of Provence. And for others, it's all those country castles, ironically completed by impeccably manicured 'English' gardens. They are all beautiful to rub their eyes. And each of us has our absolute favorite. This is probably why indefatigable travelers cannot stop coming back: year after year, France is the most visited tourist destination on the planet. We long to go back to that local bakery, that blue runway, that coastal walk.
Even if you haven't visited the country before, you'll leave praising the virtues of whatever region you end up going to first. Are you planning a vacation? Dive into our list of the 7 most beautiful places to visit in France and choose the next 'tricolor' getaway of your dreams.
1. Volcans d'Auvergne
The 'puys' of Auvergne are rounded hills formed by hardened magma from a chain of dormant volcanoes. The star attraction of the 395,000-hectare regional natural park of the volcanoes of Auvergne is the Chaîne des Puys, the Monts Dore, the Cézallier, and the Monts du Cantal, which make up a peculiar but unique environment for walks, cycling, and hot air balloon rides. The supernatural lake of the Pavin crater is essential.
2. Côte de Granit Rose
Would you like to savor the 'vie en rose'? Southern Brittany may have the Bay of Quiberon, the undisputed jewel in the region's crown, but the north may claim the more subtle charms of the Côte de Granit Rose. This 10 km long stretch from Perros-Guirec to Trébeurden is known as the Pink Granite Coast for the huge blocks of pink rock polished by the Atlantic that line its shores. Local must-sees include lunch in the old fishing village of Ploumanac'h, walking the Sentier des Douaniers route, and spotting seabirds in the Sept-Îles nature reserve.