France cities, attractions and photos
is a country with turbulent history – from the opulence of the French kings to the French Revolution and Napoleon, every era has left its mark. The Republic of France is located in Western Europe and borders the English Channel to the north, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany
, and Italy
to the east, Monaco
, the Mediterranean Sea, and Spain
to the south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Although thousands of miles away, French Guiana is also a part of metropolitan France, and borders Brazil
The country’s capital and largest city, with a population of more than 2 million, is Paris
. Situated on the scenic River Seine, Paris is also one of the world’s leading tourist destinations.
France is the home of many other big and renowned cities. Some of the most popular ones are: Lyon, Marseilles, Lille, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Nantes, Nice, Toulon, Strasbourg, and many others.
For centuries, France has been known and admired for its rich culture. It is the cradle of poets and artists such as: Jean de la Fontaine, Victor Hugo, Paul Cezanne, Edouard Manet, and Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, among others.
Today it is the rich cuisine, the wine, Côte d'Azur, Eiffel Tower
and generally, joie de vivre that attract us to this fascinating country.
French cuisine has world-wide reputation, and it is considered a highly refined art. A famous phrase says it all: “The French have an ongoing love affair with food”. And of course, every food goes with the appropriate beverage.
Being the world's largest wine producer, France sets the world’s standards in wine production. There are perhaps three wines that France is mostly famous for: the exceptional Château Margaux, the finest Château Pétrus, and the best in the world Pinot Noir.
Côte d'Azur or Azure Coast, also known as the French Riviera, is a narrow coastal strip, sheltered from the winds by the Alps and caressed by the Mediterranean breeze. It is blessed with almost tropical climate. Many great figures of modern art such as Picasso, Matisse, and Renoir have lived and worked along the Riviera. Today, especially in summer, flocks of visitors are drawn by the charming beach resorts such as Saint-Tropez
(home to the famous international film festival), Nice
, Antibes, Villefranche, etc. Convenient roads and regular train service provide easy access to every single corner of this scenic coast.
France will welcome you at any time of the year – choose between a great selection of chalets and hotels for your ski holiday; enjoy the fireworks above the Eiffel Tower on the New Year’s Eve and the Bastille Day in July; bask in the sun and bathe in the azure sea; or explore the picturesque French countryside on a warm autumn day - there is a bit of France for everyone.
Paris is the fashion capital of the world.
Cannes is located on the French Riviera on the Mediterranean Sea in the south of France.
Nice is a top tourist destination located on the French Riviera.
St. Tropez (Saint-Tropez) is a small charming town on the French Riviera.