“Allons enfants de la Patrie/Le jour de gloire est arrivé/Contre nous de la tyrannie/L’étendard sanglant est levé… July 14, France’s National Day, is approaching. To commemorate this date, in which the capture of the Bastille is remembered, from Civitatis we propose you a review of the immense Gallic patrimony discovering the best French destinations. The country brings together almost equal parts of culture, history, art, gastronomy … This interesting sum of attractions and attractions make it one of the most visited countries in the world. It’s probably something, isn’t it? Castles, palaces, art galleries, abbeys, citadels and a long etcetera of monuments and essential places to visit stand out in the main Gallic destinations. Do you dare to discover them?
On the way to the Loire Castles
On May 2, 1519, Leonardo da Vinci died on the banks of the Loire. Specifically in Amboise, a locality to which he went to spend his last days invited by the French monarch Francisco I, patron of the Renaissance in his country. The Florentine genius resided in the castle of Clos Lucé, which in 2019 is the central nucleus of the events commemorating the 500th anniversary of Da Vinci’s death. With your entrance to the castle of Clos Lucé, you will be able to approach the life and work of one of the most privileged minds in history.
Amboise is not the only outstanding town on the banks of the Loire. One of the most important cities is Tours, the starting point for this helicopter ride through the castles of the Loire. The route will allow you to contemplate Chenonceau, Chambord and other famous palatial residences that are part of the Route of the Castles.
The Loire flows very close to Nantes, where you can take a free tour of Nantes to see the exterior architecture of the castle of the Dukes of Brittany.
Plenty of fun in the theme parks
France is also a very prolific country in theme parks. The king of all is still Disneyland Paris. If you want to get to know Mickey, Minnie, Pluto and other more recent factory characters such as Elsa, Merida or Rapunzel, this ticket to Disneyland Paris will allow you to avoid long queues. In addition to cartoons, other fictional characters who have conquered the hearts of thousands of people are Asterix, Obelix and their brave Gaulish neighbors who face the Romans. With your tickets to the Asterix Park, you’ll not only meet these characters, you’ll also enjoy dizzying attractions.
Learning history in a fun way is the main attraction of another outstanding French theme park: Puy du Fou. The entrance to Puy du Fou allows a whole trip back in time that will delight both children and adults.
The Futuroscope park also arouses unanimity between large and small. Cutting-edge innovations, attractions that combine the most advanced technology and many, many surprises to learn science is what awaits you with the entrance to Futuroscope.
France, a country of monumental jewels
As soon as we cross the Pyrenees we can find one of the many monumental jewels of France. This is the citadel of Carcassonne, a city that still retains all the flavor and atmosphere of the Middle Ages. The Cathars and other ancestral villages have made this city a place of great historical enigmas that you will be able to solve with the free tour in Spanish by Carcassonne.
Nor is another of France’s great monumental treasures lagging behind in terms of spectacularity. This is Mont-Saint-Michel: an island rock on the Atlantic coast, just on the border between Brittany and Normandy. His abbey also treasures a great legacy, an inspiring source of myths and stories such as the novel “The Angel’s Promise”. The entrance to the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel will allow you to know one of the European Romanesque emblems.
Weekend galas escapades
Low-cost flights have made France a perfect country for weekend getaways. There’s plenty to choose from. One of them is, for example, Lyon. You can enjoy a first approach to its beautiful monumental center with this free tour of Lyon. The city of Bordeaux, where we recommend a wine cruise in Bordeaux, is also a very appealing weekend destination. A real experience!
We’ll always have Paris
Obviously, we could not finish this post about the best destinations in France without talking about its famous capital: Paris. The city offers an endless number of alternatives for all tastes: gastronomic routes (gastronomic tour through the Saint Martin channel), cabaret (tickets for the Cabaret Paradis Latin), museums (guided tour through the Louvre Museum)…
You can also choose to reserve the classic Parisian monuments, such as the queue-free entrance to the Arc de Triomphe and, of course, the entrance to the Eiffel Tower without queues.