There are so many things to do in France. This country is packed with history, amazing landscapes, imposing chateaus, and activities. With this, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the long list of activities in France.

Its long history has left some of the most fascinating structures and one of the most romantic places on earth. So if you are planning to visit France, we prepared a list of things to do, places to visit, and activities that you can include to your France bucket list. 

So here are the best places to see in France and why it’s worth visiting this country.

France Bucket List: Awesome Things To Do In France

eiffel tower

France Bucket List Number 1: Visit fairytale towns

1. Colmar

little venice colmar

The gorgeous town of Colmar is just an hour away from Strasbourg, and also a part of the Alsace region.

Like most places in the Alsace, Colmar also has Germanic influences that are seen mostly on its architecture and the food.

While here, be sure to check out the Petite Venise area, set in its charming canals. This part lights up with Christmas markets during winter and blooms with colorful flowers during spring and summer.  


Check out these best things to do in Colmar, France. 


2.Mont Saint Michel

Mont St Michel

Nestled on a rocky island that can be accessed on foot during low tide, Mont Saint Michel is one of the most beautiful small towns in France you’ll ever see.

Most come here for the abbey church, but the tiny town below is just as fascinating.

Built on a pure granite cliff, the medieval town is set on winding alleys and steps.

A walk up the abbey is like a journey inside a fairytale. The view of Mont Saint Michel from the mainland is quite magical at night, as the entire island is lit up.

Be sure to stay there until after sunset and watch as it transforms into such a splendid sight. 

3. Riquewihr

Riquewihr

Located in the east of France, the fairytale-like Riquewihr is said to be the place that inspired ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

This charming Alsace town has cobbled streets and alleys lined with colorful half-timbered houses.

Most of these are built from the 15th to the 18th centuries and looks straight out of a storybook. There’s a local legend that sort of explains the colors in this town.

They say that shops have to be painted differently according to the owner’s profession (such as baker, butcher, seamstress, etc).

4. Strasbourg

Strasbourg

Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace region and known for its stunning historical center. It has been fought over by France and Germany throughout its long history.

Hence, the mixed influences are reflected in its art, architecture, local culture, and even food.

Be sure to check out the incredible Gothic Cathedral while you’re here, as well as the charming La Petite France in the old town. 


Check out these best things to do in Strasbourg, France. 


5. Carcassonne

carcassonne aerial

Being in Carcassonne is like being in another era, particularly the medieval times.

Set by the River Aude, it has a walled old town with everything in it straight out of the 11th or 12th centuries.

Marvel at the citadel, walk along the fortified walls or check out the drawbridge. You’d probably pinch yourself asking if you’re still in the 20th century.

There are also other stunning structures outside of the ramparts, as well as a charming bridge over the river. Carcassonne is without a doubt, one of France’s most beautiful towns. 


Check out these best things to do in Carcassonne, France. 


France Bucket List Number 2: Visit the world’s famous landmarks

6. Louvre

Louvre Museum‬

‪You cannot visit France and not see Louvre. You don’t even have to get in, the facade is an artwork in itself. This former royal palace now houses the best museums in Paris and the most visited museum in the world.

Built-in the 12th century as a fortress, Louvre now houses some of the world’s most important art and antiquities.

Make sure to visit while you’re in Paris and explore Egyptian, Oriental, and Greek antiquities.

Be sure to also check out Islamic Art, Sculptures of the Middle Ages, as well as art from the Renaissance and Modern Times. ‬

7. Eiffel Tower

eiffel tower from trocadero gardens

Eiffel Tower is one of the most popular landmarks, not just in France, but also around the world.

It was built as an entrance for the World’s Fair (Exposition Universelle) in 1889 to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the French Revolution.

Several companies and artists submitted their plans and designs but it was given to Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel – which the monument was named after.

It was meant to be just a temporary structure for the exposition and was supposed to be scrapped.

But the city officials saw its value as a radiotelegraph station and they chose to save it. Today, Eiffel Tower has become one of the most iconic landmarks in the world.


France Bucket List Number 3: Try out some of the best French pastries

Choux à la Crème (cream puff)

Choux à la crème

Easily one of the popular French treats, a cream puff is made up of a ball of soft dough filled with flavored cream or custard.

This dough is the same kind used in eclairs and profiteroles. It is topped with frosting that usually complements the flavor inside.

In Paris, the quaint little cafe Odette is the place to go if you want a taste of these yummy treats.

It is located close to (and with a great view of) the Notre Dame Cathedral, in a lovely neighborhood that’s also honed to the Shakespeare and Company bookstore.

You’ll find a variety of cream puff flavors here, best paired with coffee or hot chocolate.

Crepes

crepes

When in Paris, and in most cities in France, you’ll find streets lined with crepe stalls. You couldn’t help but take in the scent of freshly made crepe, which is another must-try when in France.

These snacks are essentially a thinner version of a pancake, which could either have a sweet or savory filling.

A classic is beurre et sucre (butter and sugar) while if you want to try something flavorful, have one that’s filled with cheese and bacon bits.

One of the best places to enjoy this French street food are La Crêperie de Josselin (67 Rue du Montparnasse) in the heart of the Montparnasse district.

Macarons

Macarons

Macarons were imported from Italy to France during the 16th century by Catherine de Médici.

These little round almond cakes may have different versions in many countries, but the French ones are said to be the best and most popular.

Made with almond flour and a variety of fillings, the modern macarons come in different flavors.

If you’re in Paris, indulge in this decadent treat at either Pierre Hermé or Maison Ladurée (14 Rue de Castiglione), said to be rivals when it comes to macarons.

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