Six Amazing Places to Visit in France

Travelers in France are always drawn to the mainstream attractions like Nice, Avignon, and of course, Paris. However, France has a lot more to offer than just the Eiffel Tower, Le Louvre, and the beaches in Nice. While Paris deserves a must visit, many attractions in France are overshadowed by this most visited city in the world. Peaks, Massifs, Oceans, Lakes, Waterfalls, Islands, there are thousands of landscapes, each just as magnificent as the next, just waiting to be discovered. Thus, I decided to write this article to share some breathtaking places in France.

Passage du Gois : The Road That Disappears Twice A Day

This place is at the top of my to-go list for 2020 and I will visit it as soon as I have some information on renting a car or I find a friend who has one.

This route is only available during low tide, which lasts for about an hour. The Passage remains accessible for half an hour before and after low tide, so that only gives you two hours to make the crossing safely.

The Passage du Gois is a natural passage with a length of 4.3 km, located on the Atlantic coast of France connecting the mainland to the island of Noirmoutier. This passage is flooded twice a day by high tide. Take an inflatable boat to drive this 4.3 mile road because for some crazy reason you mix up the tide times, and then – like some vehicles in the past – you might disappear under the salt brine. Located on the Atlantic coast of France, the road is flooded twice a day with rising tides and as the tides go out, slippery seaweed is left everywhere.

This perilous route attracts many tourists every year who want to try the dangerous walk. A certain number of cars get lost every year in the Passage du Gois. If anyone miscalculate the time for their trip, there are poles placed at intervals along the passage so they can get on safely. I would suggest to pack some snacks, just in case.

Mont Saint Michel : The Real Life Hogwarts

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is a village in the Manche department in the Normandy region. Only inhabited by 30 Montois (2017), the town is known by the abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel which rises on a rocky islet. The site has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979.

I visited Mont Saint Michel twice in 2019 and was mesmerized by its beauty. There are bunch of things to do such as trying the famous crepes, watching the 3d show about its history, an artifacts museum, seeing the houses that dates back to 1100s etc. One can a also book a hotel to stay for a few nights, it might be expensive though.

Established for the first time in 709, this rocky island has a charming medieval village and is crowned by a beautiful abbey fortress dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel. The whole island is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and has not changed much since the Middle Ages!
For centuries, Mont Saint Michel has been the center of pilgrims from all over the world. Traveling from near and far, lots of walking for weeks to see this beautiful island and visit the Abbey in its heyday. Mont Saint Michel was and remains a unique site to visit in France and around the world.

Chamonix – Mont Blanc : The Most Famous Ski Destination In Europe.

Mont Blanc – The White Mountain

One of nature’s most spectacular sights, Mont-Blanc is the highest peak of the Alps. Mont Blanc reaches an altitude of 4,810 meters, so high that it is always covered in snow-explaining why it’s called the “White Mountain.”

There is so much to do and to see in Chamonix – Mont Blanc that even though I visited Chamonix in 2019, I only saw half of it.

The Tramway du Mont Blanc offers a classic Chamonix experience, ideal for visitors who simply want to admire the scenery. Tourists can admire the scenery of pastures and forests as the tramway ascends to Bellevue at 1,900 meters. At Bellevue, tourists may take a scenic walk around the verdant pastures of Les Houches. True to its name, Bellevue offers exceptional views, and it also has an elegant mountain restaurant with good food and a pleasant ambience. By the way, you also get a view of Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) from Tramway du Mont Blanc.
Besides skiing, Chamonix is a great place for hiking, rock climbing, paragliding, golf and tennis, or just relaxing. Breathe in the alpine air, soak up the inspiring scenery, and listen to the sound of rushing streams. Discover the delightful, rustic atmosphere of cozy chalet restaurants. Savor delicious meals of authentic Savoy cuisine – hearty country cooking based on potatoes, cheese, and charcuterie. Specialties like fondue and raclette are satisfying after a long day on the slopes or hiking in the mountains.

Saint Malo and Dinard : The Highest Tides In Europe

Saint Malo – The city of the “corsairs” (Pirates), a coastal capital and the jewel of the Emerald Coast, Saint-Malo has always been the scene of great adventures throughout its long history.
Boasting a superb location in Brittany, on the border with Normandy and just a stone’s throw from Mont Saint-Michel, Saint-Malo is also the gateway to the Channel Islands and the south coast of England.

If sandy beaches are your thing, then you’ve come to the right place. Provided that the weather is good (it’s worth noting that it rains quite a bit in this part of France- there’s a reason those rolling hills are so green!), then spending the day exploring the golden beaches of Saint-Malo is an absolute must. In 2018, Saint Malo was named the nicest beach in France. Vive la bretagne vive les bretons! I just love this region of France.

Saint Malo trip 2019
The nicest beach of France and the highest tides in Europe.

Golfe Du Morbihan – Home To 42 Islands

Top view of Golfe du Morbihan

The Gulf of Morbihan is home to 42 islands, Île aux Moines being the most well-known. To visit Morbihan is to discover another Brittany. Each Breton department is unique, I am always surprised by the diversity of the landscapes and characters of the region. Happiness for travelers, an endless source of joy. Morbihan has a multitude of places of interest, it is a destination that is sometimes gentle, sometimes tumultuous, with its coasts, its famous gulf, its islands, but also its towns and inland areas too often forgotten.

Île-aux-Moines is located in the Gulf of Morbihan. In 5 minutes of crossing, you will feel… elsewhere! It measures 7 kms long and its shape is that of a cross. The “Pearl of the Gulf”, as it is nicknamed, exerts its charm as soon as you step down from the pier. Stroll on the trails where you can admire the natural sites of the island or just dive into The Atlantic Ocean.

Impossible to spend a holiday in Morbihan without a historical break. If Stonehenge is undoubtedly the most famous, Carnac is the most concentrated megalithic sanctuary in the world! So, during your stay in Morbihan, do discover the alignments of Carnac.

Carnac : The megalithic site of Carnac is, in fact, made up of several very different alignments. Protected as national monuments, the dolmens and Menhirs of Carnac form the largest group of this type.

St Tropez : The go-to destination for celebs

The very idea of Saint-Tropez is enough to make you dream. For many travelers, the dazzling city of St Tropez is synonymous with celebrities, glamour, exclusive clubs, yachts, etc. The city simply has it all. The city is still a go-to destination for celebrities and lovers of the sea, sand, history, art, and French heritage. Just like Brigitte Bardot, Pablo Picasso, Alain Delon, and countless other famous figures, discover the enchantments of this port city. Compared with other cities on the Cote d’Azur like Nice and Marseille, St Tropez is small but is located inside the shoreline. As such, it is a secluded destination any summer tourist will want to visit.

The city is famous for its beaches and it has a lot of them. The most well-known and loved is Pampelonne. In the 1950s, an unknown Brigitte Bardot arrived to film a movie with her then-husband, Roger Vadim. The film wasn’t a commercial or critical success but it brought her and the town to prominence and forever became associated with cool, arty, independent and hedonistic living. People also love Tahiti Beach (where clothing is “optional”) or Nikki beach (all in the same bay). I am still going to try Naturism in Cap D’agde, well that’s another story I’ll write as soon as I experience it.

Let yourself be swept off by a taste of Provence, as you walk amidst the Provençal market, with its cuisine, and local specialities, which are the pride of the village.28 Dec 2009 — Boats in marina at twilight, St.-Tropez, France — Image by © Sylvain Sonnet/Corbis

Published by The Indian Supertramp

Hey there, I'm Shubham. I am from Delhi and am passionate about traveling the world, meeting new people and getting lost in nature as much as possible. I was on the road for 17 days between May 31 and June 16, after completing my semester at the University of Rennes. Now, after three months in quarantine and the situation outside where people are avoiding travel as much as possible, I'm back to breathe the world with all the precautions, of course. It is a wonderful experience so far that I would like to share and continue to explore and take more risks (I mean travel risks such as couchsurfing, hitchhiking etc, please take all precautions for Covid). I hope this platform gives you inspiration (and practical advice) to go on a pursuit of your own adventures. I have experienced that chasing adventures and having new experiences is a unique education that you don't get in school or college, so come out of that shell, break the 9-5 cliché and make your life worth remembering.

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