top places to visit in france

Top places to visit in France!

Cassis top places to visit in france
Cassis in the South of France

Top Places To Visit in France

We’ve covered all regions of France in our various motorhome’s, over the past couple of decades. For us, it’s a little bit like playing a favourite song on repeat! So, it makes sense to share our Top places to Visit in France!

France is so comforting and familiar and somehow lifts our spirits. Most of all, no matter how often we visit, it still leaves us wanting more!

We love all of France and it’s motorhome friendly Aire system. Certainly, there’s no doubt that some places leave a lasting impression. It’s those unique “WOW” factor moments, when your eyes catch a first glance of the most awesome sight. Bringing a unique, special element that often takes your breath away!

Hyeres top places to visit in france
Hyeres in the South of France

Here’s our Top places to visit in France

The Postman’s Palace

The correct title, is actually “Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval“. It’s a palace like no other, you probably won’t have seen one like it before and you’re unlikely, to ever see anything like it again!

It’s the result of the eccentric imagination of Ferdinand Cheval. This local postman who went about his daily rounds a little differently to your average postie, collecting stones along the way.

With them, over 33 years, he built this ingenious, elaborate, almost stage set masterpiece. Looking more at home on a Hollywood film set, rather than in the middle of the French countryside!

Top places to visit in France
Visiting the extraordinary Postman’s Palace at Hauterives

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Picture the most prettiest of French villages and perch it high into the side of a cliff face. Then add the ancient footings of a Medieval past and surround it with the glories of a Provencial countryside.

This is Moustier! Typically a part of France that is exquisite and magical. When you first catch a glimpse upon the tiered stone dwellings, clinging to the rock face, it has you instantly drawn in.

Explore it deeper and the tiny alleyways, dreamy views and all that heat from the Summer sun, leave you happily hypnotised in a French fancy!

Top places to visit in France!
Our evening stroll at Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Alps-de-Haute-Provence

Annecy – Top places to visit in France

Think snow capped mountains of the Alps, throw in one of the cleanest lakes in Europe, and finish with a delightful whipped cream topping, of one of the most charming Medieval, canal-lined towns.

It oozes character in every corner, floral covered bridges criss-cross canals. Narrow streets lead to quirky antique markets, whilst the blue Lake is level playing to one of the most scenic locations in Europe-It’s a dreamy spot alright!


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Beautiful Lake Annecy

Lac Sainte Croix – Top places to visit in France

A little further along the road from Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, catching sight of the brilliant blue lake of Sainte Croix is breathtaking.

It’s WOW factor all the way, as you cross towards the Gorge du Verdon. Here, blue waters meander into the narrow chasms of the high gorge walls.

In the heat of a hot Summer, the water’s too tempting to miss. So, enjoy a swim, take a picnic or hire a pedalo. It’s just divine!

Top places to visit in France
The Incredible Lac de Sainte Croix, from the road bridge in the distance it meanders into the Gorge walls

Pont du Gard – Top 9 places to visit in France

You’ve got to give it to the Romans, they really did build things well. If you’ve not seen this yet – ask yourself why not?! This place is just awesome, in the most fascinating kind of way.

Building this impeccable structure, 2000 years ago certainly blows the mind away. Hauling those colossal blocks of stone, culminating in this 160ft mega structure.

The aqueduct was in use for around 500 years, carrying water to the city of Nimes, over 30 miles away. It still truly is just amazing!

Top places to visit in France
The Aqueduct of Pont de Gard, carries water from Uzes to Nimes, sunbathing terraces by the river are an added bonus!

Aigues-Mortes

The first time we entered this walled town, surrounded by the salt marshes on the edge of The Camargue, we couldn’t quite believe our luck!

It was a hot, bustling July evening with atmosphere pounding off the enclosed walls. Inside, the tiny streets filled with restaurants spilt out onto the cobbles – we were hooked!

This once busy port is now a few miles from the sea. Although, it still holds all it’s charm in the salty Mediterranean air.

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The Constance Tower of Aigues-Mortes walled town

Arles

With it’s Van Gogh connection, incredible Roman ruins and all the charms of a Provence town, Arles is just a treat!

In the centre is one of our favourite Roman Arena’s, still being Incredibly intact. Somehow its position seems a little more intimate than some other Roman Arena’s.

Just outside the town, the Rhone river passes through. Whilst intricate streets, combined with so much history makes Arles a pretty neat place to visit.

Top places to visit in France
The Roman Arena at Arles

Eze

This is a little gem of a village, perched high above the Cote d’Azur, oozes character, class and charm at every angle.

Eze is a tiny, consisting of narrow alleyways. Stunning views flow out across the Mediterranean, whilst very upmarket accommodation, tempts you out of the campervan!

It’s a great place to explore on a hot Summer evening, as the sun begins to set, you won’t want to leave!


Pont d’Arc

The Ardèche river weaves its way through the Gorges de l’Ardéche, where canoeing, rafting and all things water related can be done.

We love the natural limestone arch of the Pond d’Arc, that spans the river. There’s a perfect viewpoint from the road above, enabling you to look down over water and the famous natural arch.

This whole area is a scenic paradise and in Summer it’s just wonderful.


Hyères

The historic town of Hyères, along with a coastal peninsula full of inlets is just beautiful.

A coastal walkway through shaded pines, leads to some incredible little rocky bays and crystal clear blue and green waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

It’s such a great place to relax. Off peak, you’ll find an inlet just for you!


The Chateaux of The Loire

It’s too difficult to choose just one castle, they are all simply too gorgeous. So all castles of the Loire make the list!

These fabulous palatial masterpieces, will certainly bring enough fairytale magic to last a lifetime!

The Loire is a fascinating region, combining lots of extra magic along the route. Not least, we can’t forget the mighty Loire River, flowing through the landscapes.


St.Tropez

It’s one of the most famous of all French resorts. Is it really, full of hype and shallow, celebrity super yachts? Or is there a little more to this international hot spot?

If you get beyond the day trippers, the flashy image and superstar appeal, there’s a very different side to this charming harbour town.

St.Tropez is full of character at it’s core. There’s superb beaches and a really nice coastal walkway through it’s more natural surroundings too.

We have to say, we really like it here and there’s always the people watching to keep you entertained too!


The D-Day Landing Beaches

The Normandy beaches are heart-wrenching. It’s the most compelling of sights, incredibly fascinating, being such a recent part of our history.

Not forgetting, the emotional rollercoaster, that this part of France takes you through. The enormity of the sacrifices made is forever etched on our memory.


The Battlefields of The Somme

The battlefields and the blood bath of the Somme is engrained in the history of so many nations.

Remembering those who lost their lives to the horrors of the war, mostly carried out in the mud of the trenches. Painfully, those men, could never have envisaged such horror.

Driving through this region brings home to you the savage losses. War graves are commonplace where the earth beneath holds the resting place of so many.


Le Grand Bornand

This is our favourite place in the French Alps. Whatever the season it’s full of Alpine charm, along with excellent skiing and hiking. In addition, quaint wooden chalets, add to the ambiance.

It’s a sleepy sort of place, with not much going on, except the occasional sound of cattle bells from the grazing cows. Which, by the way, must be thanked for the fabulous cheeses produced here!

Church bells ringing at dawn, and the sweet smell cooking on the open log burning fire are delightful.

Hopefully, you’d just love this place too!


Carcassonne

It’s the citadel that everyone’s heard about. This place is big, touristy and can get very hot inside those walls. However, this is just one of those tick box towns that you just have to go to!

Not least, it’s character at every angle. A maze of busy streets where you can’t help get cosy with the crowd, in the hot summer months!

Not forgetting, it’s a UNESCO status, being totally medieval, therefore, it’s certain to be totally intriguing and utterly irresistible!

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Top Places to Visit in France:

  • Avignon – In the South of France, has the Pont d’Avignon, Palais des Papes (Pope’s Palace) and bustling Summer street life.
  • Burgundy – Following the Wine Route through the vineyards from Dijon to Beaune.
  • Alsace – Colmar, Mulhouse & Wine Routes.
  • St Paul de Vence, a favourite of Winston Churchill and his paintings of the medieval town.
  • The Dordogne – Sarlat, Beynac, La Roque-Gageac, Perigueux, Rocamadour.
  • Canal du Midi – From Toulouse to Séte, following the canal to the Mediterranean, don’t miss the locks at Béziers!
  • The Camargue – Full of life, it’s all about the locals, the traditions, the sea and the wild horses and bull-fighting territory.
  • The Pink Granite Coast, In the North of France, In Brittany – from Plestin-Les-Gréves to Louannec.
  • Cassis – Incredibly charming fishing port with Les Calanques, intricate narrow inlets of limestone cliffs which flow into the sea.
  • Cannes, Nice and Monaco – All worth the effort. Follow the jet-set into the world of the high life Billionaire lifestyles of the rich and famous.
  • Antibes and Cap Ferrat – Drive the luxurious Cap, stop at Antibes for a wonder, good shops, beaches and cafe culture.
  • Chamonix – The Aiguille du Midi cable car, not for the faint-hearted! Views of Mont Blanc and the Mer de Glace glacier railway.
  • Nimes – Roman ampitheater, Maison Carrée and Tour Magne.
  • Glanum at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence – A fascinating Roman colony.
  • Oradour-Sur-Glane – The tragic destruction by SS Panzer, of the village and 642 inhabitants in June 1944, has been left as a memorial in its destroyed state since that day.
  • Carnac – The home to around 3000 megaliths!

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3 Comments on “top places to visit in france

  1. Great information, thank you for sharing. I’m heading to France for a two week road trip at the end of August and plan to visit many of the places mentioned here.

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