That will help you to plan your 10 days in France, your round trip or your travel plans overall. Anyways, I personally love to plan my travels with an actual map, so I thought that will be handy for you too.
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When it comes to places to visit in France, Mont Saint Michel cannot be missed. There is no way around it.
This majestic castle is settled above the water. It is only a myth that you can only walk over during low-tide. The bridge is always above water (except two times a year).
Click on the video to get amazed. It is incredibly beautiful – and even better in real-life.
Is it better to see Mont Saint Michel during High Tide or Low Tide?
BOTH! At low tide you can walk around the tiny island/ village/ rock.
On high tide you get an impressive landscape to enjoy.
So my best recommendation is not to worry too much about low or high tide, but more about weekend days. Obviously it is best to visit early and late. From 11am the tourist buses arrive and it can be packed.
Please note that most shops only open from 9am in the morning. So even if you come over at like 8am, do not expect a breakfast with a view here.
2. St Malo
Tall granite walls and the sea shore right in front of you. This tiny village with only 45.000 inhabitants is located in the Brittany, in France’s northwest coast line.
One of the best preserved medieval towns in France. It is full of color and plants.
And most likely, this is the kind of town you have in your mind when thinking of cities and towns in France.
It is just a stone throw away from Colmar, previously mentioned in this list of the best cities to visit in France. It is a very small city, you can walk around in just 1 hour.
I wanted to include Besancon due to its distribution and location. And also, since it is for me one of the friendliest cities in France.
It is a peninsula, 90% surrounded by its river. It is accessible by around 10 bridges.
Only the part of the castle is directly connected with the “main land”.
I have spent a few days here. It is not very touristic, and the castle is impressive to visit. There is even some history about World War 2, the resistance was hiding in the area.
The castle has also a zoo inside. Personally, I do not enjoy visiting a Zoo, but the animals look very healthy and are well taken care of. I guess it is one of the great things to do in France with families.
The landscape around Dijon is something not to miss. Here you can visit wineries and taste the world famous Burgundy cheese.
Known as the “next Paris” or “Small Paris”, Lyon is certainly a city to keep an eye on. Lyon is certainly one of the best cities in France to live.
World class cooks call this city their home.
The markets are filled with delicious cakes, cheese, wine and more tasty products you want to taste.
When visiting Lyon, make sure you wander the 4th district.
This is the area of the Croix-Rousse.
It is well known for its partially colorful stairways, the market and art.
Another highlight is Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière.
It is the Basilica on top of the hill.
You can come here by walking up 20 minutes or taking the funicular. From here you have a panoramic view all over Lyon.
Good to know: I recommend walking down. You will pass a tiny park and more monuments you would not expect.
I include here a beautiful video; it sums up the city really well, better than a photo could do.
The highlight in Grenoble is taking the cable care over the city, up the mountain.
Grenoble has amazing views to the Alp mountains. It is the door to Switzerland, and is close to the Italians border with Torino.
Good to know: North ot Grenoble you have many many lakes, perfect for the hot summer time! I went to Lago Bourget, loved this! There is certain swimming areas for families, but also areas for kite surfing.
Verdon Gorge is not an actual city, but one of the best places to visit in France.
It also one of the best regions of France to visit thanks to the mountains but also the Lavender fields in the area. This area is one of the best road trips in France you can take; no doubt! As it is a river canyon, popular for Kayaking. Verdon Gorge is often considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful river canyons.
Although I have not seen every single canyon in Europe, this is very likely.
Especially in summer this place was wonderful! I came here in August with our camper van, and in the mountains the temperature was wonderful! It was warm and at night you could actually cool down again. Before coming here, I was in Avignon; it was boiling hot. The lakes in Gorge du Verdon are also great to have a swim. You can also rent Kayak and do other family-friendly activities.
In winter times, this are is covered in snow. Bare this in mind.
Have a look at this video.
19. Bormes les Mimosas
Bormes les Mimosas is a very popular destination to get married. So, yes, it is one of the romantic places to visit in France!
The city is covered in the Mimosas flowers.
And not just that.
The city organizes every year a traditional floral procession: the Grand Mimosa Procession.
More than 12 tonnes of yellow sprigs and more than 90.000 flowers decorate the streets in the old village.
The festivals takes place at the last weekend of February.
France is simply awesome. Whether you are coming over for One Week, two weeks or a full month, make sure you spend your time wisely. Try not to get overwhelmed by all these points of interests in France.
As long as you do following things during your holiday, you are good:
Try Local cheese
Try local wine
Visit a chateau aka. castle
Visit a small village
lean back and enjoy the journey
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