Six reasons why France is a top tourist destination
The first in our blog series focuses on why France is such an attractive destination for holiday makers and the factors which contribute to its recipe of success.
Some 89 million visitors from around the world flocked to France in 2017, of which 1.2 million were from Australia and 6.5 million were from America.
It is only a matter of time until annual visitor numbers reach the 100 million plus mark.
1. Paris; The City of Light
Paris is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating and beautiful cities on earth.
From the iconic Eiffel Tower, the romance, the stunning architecture, the Louvre, the Champs Elysées, to the simple pleasure of sitting at a chic café and watching the world go by – there is so much to love about Paris.
2. Food and wine
France is synonymous with its famed gastronomical traditions and the chance to dine on French specialities, even the cliché snails or steak tartare, is no doubt a major part of what attracts visitors to the country.
Confit de canard, rillettes, Beef Bourguignon, fresh baguettes and stinky cheese are also popular menu items.
France knows this and is keen to protect its status as the world’s food capital.
No proper French meal is complete without a few glasses of wine and there is a vast array of wines produced, each unique and with their own typical character.
Annually, about 24 million foreign tourists visit Bordeaux, Burgundy and France’s other wine regions.
3. Strategic location
While not centrally located in Europe, France is well-situated and an easy enough trip for many who live within the Schengen borders.
The French train system is also extensive and easy to use, which is not the case for other European countries which makes a big difference to France’s tourism industry.
4. A variety of landscapes
When it comes to natural beauty, France can rival just about any other country on the planet.
France’s different regions have completely diverse appearances.
There’s the rolling countryside, sandy beaches, snow covered mountains and great cities such as Paris, Lyon, Marseille.
France offers something different for everyone.
5. Escape to the countryside
Approximately 80 per cent of France is stunning and tranquil countryside.
After Paris, this is the part of France most tourists want to visit.
The countryside is particularly popular for those who have a romanticised vision of rural life in France.
People enjoy the contrast of the peaceful ‘France profonde,’ compared to the hustle and bustle of the towns and cities many of them live in.
6. Art, history and culture is everywhere
France is extremely proud of its long and often tumultuous history, from the French revolution, to Napoleon to two world wars.
Historical sites are often on the itinerary for visitors and include stunning chateaus, churches and cathedrals that decorate the landscape.
Museums and art galleries are etched into every French street corner.
I invite you to discover or rediscover the magic of France.
Join me for a region tour or we can help you to design your own itinerary, tailored specifically to your tastes.