12 Most Charming Small Towns in France

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12 Most Charming Small Towns in France

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Many travelers to France don’t stray far from the big cities like Paris and Lyon. They don’t know what they’re missing: Picture-postcard medieval villages with narrow cobblestone streets and city walls. They’re also missing out on charming towns where wine-making reigns supreme and a more traditional France can still be found. Even better, many small towns in France are often situated amid gorgeous scenery of both mountains and sea.

12. Peillon

Peillon

 

Peillon is unique among France’s charming, picturesque small towns. For one, it’s perched on a cliff about 18 km (11 miles) north of Nice on the French Riviera. Secondly, it’s pedestrian only. Thirdly, it lacks the numerous souvenir stands, restaurants and shops found elsewhere, though there are a couple at the village entrance. Comfortable walking shoes are a must as you walk through the village with its sometimes steep stairs and low passageways. And, of course, the views from here are spectacular.

11. Dinan

Dinan

 

Cobblestone streets and half-timbered buildings still exist in Dinan, considered one of the best medieval villages in Brittany. As travel expert Rick Steves says, forget the formal museums, the town itself is the museum. It’s a delightful place to wander at will, with a bustling market on Thursday mornings in Place du Guesclin, Dinan’s town square. The view of the River Rance, the old post and the surrounding area is best from St. Catherine’s Tower; nearby is a well-preserved section of the city wall.

10. Rochefort-en-Terre 

Rochefort-en-Terre

 

Stone and timber combine with pots and baskets of geraniums to make Rochefort-en-Terre one of the most visited villages in Brittany and one of the beautiful villages in all of France. Many of the buildings date back to the 16th century, while others are more modern. It all adds up to a picturesque scene. Known for delicious biscuits, the village hosts a festival honoring Notre Dame de la Tronchaye, a Black Virgin, every August. A chateau, once owned by the 20th century American painter Alfred Klotz, shows his paintings.

9. Eze

Eze

 

Eze is a small village on the French Riviera famous for its medieval castle that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. Getting to the top of the castle with its narrow cobblestone streets is a bit of a climb, but well worth the effort. When you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with a pretty cactus garden and stunning views of the Mediterranean. Take time to visit the old church with its Egyptian cross, said to be a reminder of the Phoenician temple that once stood there.

8. Etretat 

Etretat

Étretat is a small village on the Normandy coast in northwest France. This resort town on the English Channel is known for its spectacular white chalk cliffs and three natural arches that have inspired such artists as Courbet and Monet. Guy de Maupassant wrote short stories here. It’s famous, too, as being the last place The White Bird was seen in 1927; the plane was carrying two aviators trying to fly nonstop between Paris and New York.

7. Riquewihr 

Riquewihr

 

Riquewihr is a village of less than 1,500 souls in northeastern France that is known for two things: its historic architecture and its great wines. Still looking much like it did in the 16th century, Riquewihr is considered one of the most beautiful small towns in France. Medieval fortifications surround the town; the old castle has been turned into a museum. The village was relatively untouched during World War II and is home to a museum about the war’s impact on Alsace.

6. Saint-Veran

Saint-Veran

 

Saint-Véran is a small village located in Queyras Regional Natural Park in the Haute-Alps of southeastern France. This pretty village, sitting on a hillside overlooking a river valley, is one of the highest in Europe, attracting winter and summer tourists. It is famous for its houses with their high, wooden attic balconies. Old sun dials and wood fountains are other draws. The area is popular with hikers, but they should check the weather forecast before starting out as weather changes frequently.

5. Moustiers-Sainte-Marie 

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

 

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, located in southeastern France, is another picturesque village that is considered one of the most beautiful in France. Mountains in the background make this a very picturesque village. Famous for its pottery, the village is nestled in terraces on a hillside. Since the 10th century, a gold-colored star on a 225-meter (738-foot) long chain has hung from between two cliffs; legend has it a knight captured by the Saracens during the crusades vowed to hang a star if he escaped.

4. Sant’Antonino

Sant'Antonino

 

Sant’Antonino is a tiny extremely picturesque village that sits 460 meters (1,500 feet) above sea level on the island of Corsica, giving it the nickname “Eagle’s Nest.” It is one of the most beautiful and oldest places in Corsica. Known for its architecture, the village’s 75 houses are joined together. Besides stunning views, top sights include at 11th century church, medieval castle ruins and an old bread oven. It’s a good place to hike, ride a donkey or enjoy water sports on the nearby beach.

3. Roussillon 

Roussillon

 

Roussillon, sitting at the foot of Monts de Vaucluse. It’s a colorful, must-see sight in the Luberon. Here you’ll find red buildings, instead of the white or gray that are so common elsewhere. This is because Roussillon is located in one of the world’s largest ochre deposits. The red cliffs add to the city’s very scenic characteristics. The village and surrounding area is so colorful it has often been compared to an artist’s palette, and definitely is an inspiration to them.

2. Eguisheim 

Eguisheim

 

Eguisheim is the stuff that our pre-conceived notions of what Europe should be like are made of: narrow cobblestone streets and old colorful buildings with charmingly decorated entrances. Locat4ed in Alsace not too far from the German border, Eguisheim was voted France’s favorite village in 2013. This medieval village is uniquely wrapped in circles around the local castle. It’s famous for its wines, with the Alsace wine route passing through it. Eguisheim is, in fact, known as “the cradle of the Alsatian vineyard.”

1. Gordes

#1 of Small Towns In France

 

Wandering at will is the best way to see Gordes, another one of France’s beautiful villages. Located in Provence’s Luberon region, the gray and white stone houses spiral up a rock hill that is topped by a church and medieval castle. The best place to photograph this picturesque village is from Bel-Air rock on road D15. A top sight is the 12th century Semanque Abbey where monks still make honey, lavender and liqueurs. You may also see bories, round stone huts, used by shepherds.


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10 Best Places to Visit in England

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England is a great place to visit, whether travelers are making their first or umpteenth trip abroad. That’s partly because the language barrier isn’t there for English speakers, though one can hear languages from throughout the world spoken here. First-time visitors may just want to hit the highlights in England, such as Westminster Abbey or shopping at Knightsbridge in London and perhaps visit a university town or Stonehenge. Return visitors might opt for hiking on the moors, investigating the nooks and crannies of picturesque villages, or digging into their English heritage. The best places to visit in England truly offer something for everyone.

10. Brighton

Brighton

 

Brighton, on the Sussex coast, has been a popular beach resort since the mid-19th century. Much of its popularity is due to the proximity to London, making it popular with day trippers. The beachfront is lined with graceful old Victorian homes that today provide tourist accommodations. Visitors will want to walk out on the famous Palace Pier or admire the traditional English gardens. The city has a vibrant night life, and is home to many entertainers and athletes.

9. Lake District

Lake District

 

The Lake District in northwest England’s Cumbria is home to the country’s largest national park. The mountainous region is known for hikes and mountain climbing. It’s a popular tourist destination, attracting more than 15 million visitors annually. The park has the highest mounting in England, Scafell Peak, and the longest lake, Windermere. Others may prefer more gentle walks through the valleys while they contemplate the works of William Wordsworth, a famous 19th century poet, or riding a steam train through the scenic are.

8. St Ives 

St Ives

 

Located on the coast, St. Ives may be a former fishing town but it still has the only port in southwestern England’s Cornwall. Today this picturesque town of almost 12,000 is such a popular holiday resort it was named the Best UK Seaside Town in 2010 and 2011. Comfortable walking shoes are a must to get up the hilly, narrow cobblestone streets that are lined with quaint buildings housing boutiques and art galleries.

7. Bath

Bath

 

Bath got its name because that’s what it was when it was founded by the Romans in 60 AD, who built baths here because of the hot springs. It reached its popularity peak in the Georgian years when the wealthy flocked here for spas. Besides being famous for its waters, the city also is an excellent example of Georgian architecture. The city has an active cultural scene today, with live theatre and fine dining. This southwestern English city makes a good base from which to visit the monolithic Stonehenge.

6. Cambridge

Cambridge

 

Cambridge is an historic city about 80 km (50 miles) north of London that is home to the University of Cambridge, one of the top universities in the world. It was founded in 1209; its students make up almost 20 percent of the city’s 123,000 population. After touring the university, travelers may want to take a boat ride on the River Cam, visit the Fitzwilliam Museum with its huge collection of antiquities, or walk across the Mathematical Bridge that some claim is better than bridges in Venice.

5. Jurassic Coast

Jurassic Coast

 

Fossil hunters may want to make a beeline for the Jurassic Coast, a section in southern England that runs roughly from Bournemouth to Exmouth. The rocks date back 185 million years to when the continents were crunching up against each other and then drifting apart. Museums along the way explain each region; Charmouth is the best place to find fossils. Fossil hunters, and all visitors, should take time to walk the beaches or visit the small charming towns along the way. Take care when walking near cliffs since rocks can fall at any time.

4. Oxford 

Oxford

 

Oxford dates back to Saxon England when it was known as Oxenaforda or a place where oxen crossed a river. Today it is known as home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford University, which dates back to the 12th century. This southeastern England town, the county seat for Oxfordshire, also boasts the remains of Norman castles, and the Christ Church Cathedral, a college chapel and cathedral rolled into one building. Because students come from all over the world to study here, Oxford is an ethnically diverse city.

3. York 

York

 

York is a walled city with a rich heritage located where the River Foss meets the River Ouse. Plenty of exciting sights compete for visitors’ attention as they stroll along the city’s cobblestone streets. One of the city’s landmarks is York Minster. This commanding stone cathedral is filled with remarkable works of art. The medieval Clifford’s Tower, which was built by William the Conqueror and rebuilt by Henry III in the 13th century, is a great vantage point for panoramic views around the city.

2. Stonehenge & Avebury

Stonehenge & Avebury

One of the most popular places to visit in England, Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument found in Wiltshire. From about 2500BC, Neolithic and Bronze Age man started to bring gigantic stones from Wales and the Marlborough Downs. It was not until 1600BC that Stonehenge came to be completed. A trip to Stonehenge is best combined with a trip to prehistoric Avebury to the north, which has an even bigger stone circle, with fewer restrictions, and far fewer tourists.

1. London

#1 of Best Places To Visit In England

 

No superlative is too great when it comes to describing London, the capital of England and the UK. This bustling city is history personified from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace – be sure to watch the Changing of the Guards. Shopping, from Knightsbridge to Carnaby Street, is a must as is riding a red double-decker bus and the “tube,” or subway where one is constantly reminded to “mind the gap.” London is also famous for live theatre; be sure to stop in at local pub for a pint after a performance.

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10 Best Places to Visit in Ireland

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From its rich Celtic culture to the breathtaking beauty of its varied landscapes, Ireland is a travel destination that lives up to its nearly mythic reputation. The Emerald Isle really is that green, the sights are truly spectacular and the people are genuinely friendly. Despite its small size, bustling cities and sprawling suburbs, Ireland still boasts stretches of roads and trails where visitors can feel as if they have the island all to themselves. Those seeking a more sociable travel experience have only to walk into a neighborhood pub to feel right at home. Whether spending the night in an ancient castle, cycling along a coastal headland or viewing Celtic artifacts at a world-class museum, Ireland casts a spell of enchantment on every visitor.

Politically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, a part of the UK. Our selection of the best places to visit in Ireland covers the entire island.

10. Galway 

Galway

 

West Ireland’s largest city, Galway is best known for its art galleries and shops, most of which are located along the winding lanes and cobblestone streets of the city’s charming medieval quarter. With several live music venues and a thriving pub scene, Galway is considered a major center for traditional Irish music as well. The harbor city is also known as one of the few places left in Ireland where the Irish language is still spoken on the streets. Full of fun, history and culture, Galway is an ideal destination for any visitor seeking a true Irish travel experience.

9. Aran Islands

Aran Islands

 

Located off the west coast of Ireland at the mouth of Galway Bay, the Aran Islands of Inishmore, Inishmaan and Inisheer have attracted visitors for centuries. Isolated from the mainland, inhabitants on the islands have maintained a more traditional lifestyle than in other parts of Ireland, offering visitors a glimpse into the country’s rich past. With no more than 100 vehicles allowed on Inishmore, the largest of the three islands, horse-drawn buggies carry visitors by stone farm cottages to enjoy spectacular views from limestone cliff tops. Inishmore has a 2,000-year-old stone fortress perched atop a 90-meter (300-foot) cliff that’s well worth exploring too.

8. Dingle Peninsula

Dingle Peninsula

 

The Dingle Peninsula encompasses the westernmost tip of Ireland, offering visitors the appeal of a far-away destination with the convenience of a nearby town. The landscape is dotted with remnants of Bronze Age settlements, prehistoric stone markers and more than 500 monastic stone huts. The monks who dwelt in the so-called beehive huts, or clocháns, helped keep learning alive during the Dark Ages. Surfing and windsurfing are popular activities on the peninsula’s beaches. With fine restaurants, good accommodations and a lively pub scene, Dingle Town offers fun and relaxation at the end of the day.

7. Glendalough

Glendalough

 

Just a few km to the south of Dublin lies Glendalough, a monastery founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin, a hermit monk who figures prominently in traditional Irish legends. Once a chief pilgrimage destination in Ireland, Glendalough continues to attract visitors from around the world. Situated near two lakes in a glen surrounded by forests, visitors are drawn by the area’s scenic beauty as well as its rich history. The largest structure in the monastery is an unfinished 9th-century cathedral, but it’s the Round Tower that many visitors find the most striking. Equipped with a pull-up ladder, the 30-meter (110-foot) tower served as a last-resort refuge during Viking raids.

6. Dublin 

Dublin

 

The capital of Ireland, Dublin is home more than a third of the nation’s population. Unlike other major European cities, there’s a laid-back atmosphere in Dublin that makes it feel less like a metropolis and more like a small town. While there are plenty of cultural attractions to delight the most avid sightseer, unplanned rambles through the city can be just as rewarding. Book of Kells housed at library at Trinity College is a must-see for lovers of art and literature. From historic cathedrals like Christ Church and St. Patrick’s to the Guinness Storehouse and the pubs in Temple Bar, Dublin is a city that invites exploration.

5. Giant’s Causeway

Giant's Causeway

 

Situated at the base of steep cliffs on the northeast coast of Ireland, the Giant’s Causeway is a natural rock formation that does indeed look as if it were fashioned by giants. The honeycomb formation of more than 37,000 hexagon-shaped basalt columns appears too geometrically perfect to have been shaped by nature. It took 60 million years of tectonic plate movement, lava flows and erosion to fashion the stepping-stone columns into their present shape. Cliff-top trails offer great views of the rocks, and a flight of steps leads down to sea level. A nearby visitor center also offers walking tours and trips by van to the site.

4. Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park

 

Located in southwest Ireland in County Kerry, the Killarney National Park was established in 1932 when the Muckross Estate was donated to the country. The Victorian Muckross House now serves as the park’s visitor center, and the estate’s extensive gardens are popular attractions in the park. For many visitors, however, the park’s three lakes are the biggest draw. Populated by swans and otters and surrounded by forests inhabited by Ireland’s only native herd of red deer, boat trips on the lake offer encounters with wildlife as well as scenic views. A broad network of surfaced paths invites exploration by foot, bicycle or horse-drawn carriage.

3. Bru na Boinne

Bru na Boinne

 

Remnants from Ireland’s ancient past are found all over Ireland, but the Brú na Bóinne mounds in Boyne Valley are not to be missed. Three of the 5,000-year-old burial mounds have been fully excavated and are open to visitors: Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. With its carved granite boulders and white quartz façade, Newgrange is the most striking. A central passage leads to vaulted chambers where cremated remains and grave goods from at least five people were found. The mound of Knowth is best known for its 250 decorated stones, some of which appear to be local maps. There is no public access inside Dowth, but visitors can climb the mound to enjoy the view.

2. Ring of Kerry

Ring of Kerry

 

The most popular scenic drive in Ireland, the Ring of Kerry is a more than 160 km (100 mile) long highway that runs along the coastline of the isle’s picturesque Iveragh Peninsula. Most visitors start and end their tour in the busy town of Killarney; savvy travelers choose the less-crowded pretty village of Kenmare as a base. Sights along the Ring include Ireland’s tallest mountain Carrantuohill, several pristine lakes, a medieval monastery and the prehistoric Staigue Fort, which features thick stone walls constructed without mortar. Several seafront towns and resorts along the route boast sandy beaches, making them charming side destinations when the weather is warm.

1. Cliffs of Moher

#1 of Best Places To Visit In Ireland

 

No visit to Ireland is complete without spending some time enjoying the view from on a high cliff overlooking the Atlantic, and the Cliffs of Moher take this experience to breathtaking new heights. Rising nearly 210 meters (700 feet) from the shoreline, the stretch of cliffs attracts almost one million visitors each year making it one of the most popular places to visit in Ireland. Understandably, access to the cliffs is restricted in windy weather. Boat tours offered at the pier in Doolin give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the cliffs from a different perspective.

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Discover the Beauty of the Lofoten Islands in Norway

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In northern Norway, there is a collection of islands known as Lofoten. Often considered one of the most picturesque spots in the country, the Lofoten Islands boast everything from sandy beaches and towering mountains to dramatic fjords and lush green hillsides. Many visitors come for the wildlife and the incredible scenery, but there are also a number of small fishing villages that are just waiting to be explored.

Scenic landscape of Lofoten islands: peaks, lakes, and houses

There is some evidence to suggest that Lofoten has been inhabited for more than 11,000 years, although archeological sites date settlements back just 5,000 years. Ample artifacts remain from the Iron Age, but Lofoten is best known for its Viking history.

Fisherman's House

Fishermen from throughout the region gravitated toward Lofoten, and eventually cod fisheries were established thanks to the great conditions of the island. When agriculture also blossomed, the Lofoten Islands became a hub for transport and agriculture. In much more recent history, Lofoten played a role in World War II when it was raided by the British in order to prevent German armies from using the resources stored there.

Reine, Lofoten Islands, Norway

Although Lofoten lies at the same latitude as places like Greenland and Northern Alaska, the Gulf Stream circulates to keep the weather warmer than expected. However, there are still plenty of chilly or cloudy afternoons when the best way to spend the time is in a museum. Thankfully, the Lofoten Islands has several interesting museums and galleries, offering an incredible range of culture and history to visitors.

Reine

 

Kvalvika Beach taken from Mount Ryten during sunset.

Perhaps the best place to start is the fantastic Lofotr Viking Museum, where there is a reconstructed Long House that replicates life on the islands in centuries past. You can also tour a replica of a blacksmith’s shop, two traditional Viking ships and a small village where people are dressed in period costume to bring the scenes to life. There is also a more traditional museum where you can read about Viking culture and see artifacts from centuries past.

Winter

With such dramatic landscapes, and some of the most amazing scenery on the planet, it should come as no surprise that a major pastime in Lofoten is getting active outdoors. You can join in with the locals on a fishing trip right off the coast, and with some guided tours you may even be able to spend the night in the local fishing cabins known as rorbu.

Reine Aerial

Hiking is also popular, given the mountainous peaks that dot the islands. The Reinebringen hike is one of the best, and it is challenging but doable in just three hours. The Reinebringen hike takes you to the Lofoten Wall, offering panoramic views over the islands. Another popular way to spend time in the great outdoors is with a whale watching trip, where passengers can see whales up close and in their natural habitats.

Hamnoya Lofoten

Few visitors will get the opportunity to visit each of the Lofoten Islands, so it is important to pick and choose the right ones for your getaway. Since the main islands are connected by tunnels and road bridges, getting between them is a breeze.

Lofoten landscape in Norway

The island of Vestvågøy is the most heavily populated, and it typically serves as the hub for visitors spending time in Lofoten. Vestvågøy is where you’ll find Leknes, a charming fishing village that perfectly depicts local life. On the nearby island of Austvågøy, be sure to check out the town of Svolvær, which is home to the bar called Magic Ice, where you can sip a drink in a glass made from ice and admire sculptures carved from ice. Although further afield and smaller, the island of Værøy is another popular spot to visit thanks to the groups of puffins who live there in the summer.

Trollfjorden

 

With such dramatic landscapes and vibrant colors, there is no shortage of scenic landmarks worth exploring. At Moskstraumen, you can see powerful currents that showcase the strength of the ocean. A boat ride through Trollfjord, where snow-covered mountains shield a narrow body of water, is also a must-see attraction.

Aurora over the sea

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Picturesque harbor of Hamnoy Lofoten Islands, North Norway

Fishing boat moored in the fishing port, Nusfjorden, Lofoten

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10 Top Tourist Attractions in Spain

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Spain is a surprise to those who have the image of having to fight for towel space at one of its crowded beaches or sipping sangria while watching a bull fight or flamenco. From the ancient monuments left by the Romans and Moors, the medieval castles of the interior, the white villages in inland Andalucía or the vibrant cities of Barcelona and Madrid, there is a great mixture of cultural attractions in Spain.

The landscape varies just as widely. The evergreen estuaries of Galicia could hardly be more different from the deserts of Almería or the rugged mountains of the Sierra Nevada. And then there are the countless glittering beaches that dot the Spanish coast. Although busy in summer even along the coast of the big tourist Costas some enjoyable beaches can easily be found.

The top tourist attractions in Spain:

10. Palacio Real

Palacio Real

 

The Palacio Real (Royal Palace) of Madrid is the official residence of the King of Spain although it is only used for state ceremonies. The Royal Palace was built between 1738 to 1755 and King Carlos III took up residence in the palace in 1764.

9. Running of the Bulls 

Running of the Bulls

 

Pamplona is a city in Navarra, famous for its San Fermín festival held each year from July 6th – 14th. At the heart of the festival is El Encierro, the Running of the Bulls, an activity that involves running in front of a dozen bulls that have been let loose, on a course of the town’s streets.

8. La Concha

La Concha

 

Protected from strong winds by steep cliffs and islands, La Concha in San Sebastian is said by many to be one of the best city beaches in Europe, let alone Spain. Here you can go surfing, walk along the promenade in search of good restaurants and enjoy the beautiful views of the beach.

7. Aqueduct of Segovia 

Aqueduct of Segovia

 

The Aqueduct of Segovia is one of the best-preserved monuments left by the Romans in Spain. The ancient aqueduct carries water 16 km (10 miles) from the Frío River to Segovia and was built of some 24,000 massive granite blocks without the use of mortar. Probably constructed around 50 AD it still provided water to the city in the 20th century.

6. Cuenca

Cuenca

 

Situated between Madrid and Valencia, Cuenca is a marvelous example of a medieval city, built on the steep sides of a mountain. The many “hanging houses” are built right up to the cliff edge, making Cuenca one of the most striking towns in Spain, a gem in the province of Castilla La Mancha.

5. Ibiza

Ibiza

 

Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Spain. The island is one of the most popular party destinations in all of Europe. During summer, the island’s population doubles as tourists flock to Ibiza to enjoy the night clubs, beach bars and restaurants.

 

4. Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

 

The Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, and one of Spain’s most visited tourist attractions. It’s a design by Antoni Gaudí, a Catalan architect who worked on this project for almost 40 years until his death in 1926. The construction of the basilica began in 1882 and still as yet not finished.

3. El Escorial

El Escorial

 

Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra de Guadarrama, El Escorial was the political center of the Spanish empire under King Philip II. Philip appointed Juan Bautista de Toledo as the architect in 1559 and together they designed El Escorial as a monument to Spain’s role as a center of the Christian world. Today it functions as a monastery, royal palace, museum, and school.

2. Mezquita of Cordoba 

Mezquita of Cordoba

 

The Mezquita (Spanish for “Mosque”) of Cordoba is a fascinating building famous for the forest of pillars and arches inside the main hall. The site was originally a Roman temple, then a Visigothic church, before the Umayyad Moors built the Mezquita. After the Spanish Reconquista a cathedral was built into the center of the large Moorish building.

1. Alhambra 

#1 of Tourist Attractions In Spain

 

Part fortress, part palace and part garden the Alhambra is situated on a plateau overlooking the city of Granada in southern Spain. The palace was constructed in the 14th century by the Nasrid sultans. The Alhambra is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions and many visitors come to Granada just to see the Alhambra.

 


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10 Best Places to Visit in Croatia

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Located in the Balkans, Croatia has become one of Europa’s top tourist destination again since its War of Independence in the late 1990s. Like much of Europe, Croatia boasts its share of medieval cities and historic ruins, but what makes this country exceptional is its wealth of stunning natural attractions such as the Plitvice Lakes, the spectacular Adriatic coastlines and gorgeous islands. An overview of the best places to visit in Croatia.

10. Krka National Park

Krka National Park

 

Located in Central Dalmatia of Croatia, the Krka National Park is a protected area of spectacular natural scenery, wildlife and historic sites. Situated along the Krka River within Sibinik-Knin County, the national park is best known for its numerous gushing waterfalls and natural pools of clear, blue-green waters. Easily reached from Split, the national park offers well-maintained walkways and boat excursions for getting around. Many trails lead right around the waterfalls, presenting fabulous photo opportunities. Some of the falls plunge into natural pools, which are great for swimming

9. Zagreb 

Zagreb

 

The capital and largest city of Croatia, Zagreb is a vibrant metropolis packed with both historic and modern attractions. Located in northwestern Croatia, the city dates back to the 11th century when a diocese was first established by Hungarian King Ladislaus. Today, Zargreb is a sprawling cosmopolitan city and the heart of Croatian culture, academics and government. The city is divided into an Upper and Lower Town, with Upper Town being the historic core where tourists can walk down cobblestone streets and visit old, medieval churches and towers.

8. Korcula 

Korcula

 

Best known as the alleged birthplace of the famous merchant traveler, Marco Polo, Korcula is a 30-mile (50 km) island located off Croatia’s Adriatic Coast. Korcula is comprised of lush green forests, vineyards, olive groves, sandy beaches and charming villages. The island’s main town, Korucla Town, is a historic, walled town with Venetian Renaissance architecture, colorful markets and plenty of tourist facilities.

7. Pula

Pula

 

Located at the southern tip of the Istria peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, Pula is a popular destination that has been attracting tourists as far back as ancient Roman times when fans flocked the city’s amphitheater to watch gladiator fights. Having been ruled by various government powers over the centuries, Pula today belongs to Croatia, and is best known for its wealth of Roman ruins and mix of cultures.

6. Zadar

Zadar

 

A three thousand-year old city situated on a beautiful coastline rich in history is sure to draw tourists. Such a city is Zadar, located on Croatia’s northern Dalmatian Coast. Zadar could be called the ideal tourist getaway because it offers plenty to see and do without all the crowds of other popular destinations in Croatia. At the heart of the city is its Old Town which offers fantastic sightseeing attractions including Roman ruins, medieval architecture and numerous old churches. Besides the Old Town, tourists will find a string of beautiful beaches all along Zadar’s coastline where they can sunbathe, swim and relax.

5. Rovinj 

Rovinj

 

Located on Croatia’s Istrian peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, Rovinj is an archipelago of 20 islands with its Old Town set on a small peninsula. Narrow streets of cobblestone, stairways, arches and other interesting architecture make the Old Town a sightseeing adventure. Some of the Old Town’s historic gems include seven medieval city gates, the 12th century town clock and St. Euphemia’s Basilica, an imposing baroque church packed with many stunning art works. Also worth seeing are the scenic harbor, Carrera Street with its many shops and art galleries, and Grisia Street, which is lined with artists and souvenir vendors.

4. Split 

Split

 

Nicknamed the “Mediterranean Flower,” Croatia’s second-largest city, Split, is located on a peninsula off the Dalmatian Coast. The city’s main attraction is its historic core of beautiful Gothic and Renaissance architecture of which the Diocletian’s Palace is the crown jewel. Built between 298 and 305 AD, this Roman Emperor palace complex is more like a small city itself with a maze of marble walkways and buildings containing shops, cafes and bars. Outside the historic center, tourists will find plenty to see and do including strolling along the seaside promenade, shopping at the lively Green Market and swimming at Bacvice beach.

 

3. Plitvice National Park

Plitvice Lakes

 

One of the most beautiful natural wonders in Croatia and all of Europe, the Plitvice National Park consists of several breathtaking lakes, waterfalls and lush forest. The park’s most notable features are the 16 interconnecting lakes that are divided into upper and lower clusters. Formed by natural travertine dams, the lakes range in distinct colors from turquoise to blue, green and gray. Visitors can explore the lakes and surrounding area by walking along the assortment of wooden walkways as well as by boat.

2. Hvar 

Hvar

 

One of the most popular places to visit in Croatia and in the Adriatic Sea, Hvar is a beautiful Croatian island off the Dalmatian Coast, favored for its landscapes of spectacular beaches, lavender fields and lush vineyards. Hvar’s main city, Hvar Town, is an attractive city, featuring 13th century walls, marble stone streets, Gothic palaces, stunning churches and an imposing old fortress. The town square is one of Croatia’s largest and most beautiful, surrounded by many historic building like the 17th century Arsenal and the Cathedral of St. Stephen. The natural beauty of Hvar offers plenty of outdoor recreation, from hiking in the cliffs to swimming in the secluded coves and beaches.

1. Dubrovnik 

#1 of Best Places To Visit In Croatia

 

Nicknamed the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” the old city of Dubrovnik is one of the prominent places to visit in the Mediterranean. Located at the southern tip of Croatia off the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik was established in the 7th century on maritime trade. With orange rooftop houses sitting in contrast to the blue sky, Dubrovnik presents many sightseeing treasures. The historic district, the Old Town, is stuffed with many historic features such as the old, defensive walls, cobblestone streets, magnificent palaces and stunning churches. Just outside the Old Town are popular beaches like Banje and Lapad, while the nearby island of Lokrum offers even more beaches.

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6 Top Tourist Attractions in Sweden

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Category : Europe , Sweden

The Nordic country of Sweden is a rich cultural destination with breathtaking scenery. Progressive and peaceful, Sweden’s long history provides plenty of incredible landmarks, architecture, and museums to choose from. Most visitors who come to Sweden start their trip in Stockholm, the country’s largest city and its capital. There is no question that Stockholm’s attractions are world class, but don’t forget to explore the other amazing spots throughout the country. These top tourist attractions in Sweden include historic towns, national parks and bucket list items you won’t want to miss.

16. Sarek National Park

Sarek National Park

 

One of the oldest national parks in Europe is Sarek National Park, which is located in Jokkmokk in Swedish Lapland. The park is a must-visit destination for hikers and mountaineers, because it is home to six of Sweden’s major mountains. In total, Sarek National Park is home to more than 200 peaks and over 100 glaciers. Gorgeous mountain peeks, miles of hiking and tremendous natural beauty make Sarek one of the most incredible places in Sweden.

15. Uppsala Domkyrka

Uppsala Domkyrka

 

There is plenty of great architecture in the university city of Uppsala, but one attraction stands out: The Domkyrka. The Domkyrka, or cathedral, dominates the city’s skyline and is also the largest church in all of Scandinavia. As the seat of the Church of Sweden, it is also the final resting place for many Swedish royals. The cathedral dates back to the 13th century, and its three gothic spires are truly breathtaking.

14. Vasa Museum

Vasa Museum

 

The Vasa Museum, or Vasamuseet, is located in the Djurgården, a vast royal park in the Östermalm district of Stockholm. While Sweden’s capital city is home to plenty of excellent museums, the Vasa Museum is often cited as one of the best. The start exhibition at the Vasa Museum is Vasa herself, a wholly preserved Swedish warship from the 17th century. Vasa was pulled from the water in 1961 and meticulously restored, and it offers incredible insight into marine life and industry in the 17th century.

13. Oresund Bridge

Oresund Bridge

 

The Öresundsbron, or Oresund Bridge, is one of the most important bridges in Europe. This bridge connects Sweden and Denmark at one of the busiest border crossings. Oresund Bridge is the longest combined road and rail bridge on the continent, and it stretches from the Swedish city of Malmö across to the Danish city of Copenhagen. You can drive over the bridge, but you can also take a bus or train to cross between the border and venture out for a day trip to Denmark.

12. Are Ski Resort

Are Ski Resort

 

The Are Ski Resort is located in the region of Jämtland. Are is one of Sweden’s top winter sports destinations, and it boasts over 100 slopes and more than 40 ski lifts. There are three major ski areas to choose from: Björnen, the High Zone and Duved-Tegefjäll. Björnen is ideal for families, boasting longer slopes. The High Zone is the busiest with the most runs, and Duved-Tegefjäll is less crowded and offers opportunities to ski off piste.

11. Gammelstad Church Town

Gammelstad Church Town

 

Just outside of the city of Lulea, in Sweden’s Lapland region, is the old church town of Gammelstad. Also known as Gammelstads kyrkstad, this collection of structures dates back to the 15th century. The highlight is the old stone church, which is surrounded by more than 400 wooden houses. The simple houses are all red and white, and they were used by countryside residents who came into town for church services or events. This unusual attraction shows the communal spirit and country lifestyle that dominates in the remote parts of Sweden.

10. Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan

 

If you only have a day or two to explore the capital city of Stockholm, make sure you spent it in the area of Gamla Stan. This is the old town, and it offers beautiful waterfront views as well as countless historically significant landmarks and attractions. While visiting Gamla Stan, you can admire the 17th century Royal Palace, which is home to the King of Sweden. Or, you could tour the Stockholm Cathedral, see the House of Nobility and explore the collections and exhibits at the Museum of Medieval Stockholm.

9. Kalmar Castle

Kalmar Castle

 

Dating back to the early 11th century, Kalmar is one of the oldest cities in all of Sweden. Kalmar Castle was constructed in 1160, but it is remarkably well preserved. The castle overlooks the Kalmar Strait, and the waterfront views make it look spectacular from afar. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, Kalmar Castle is historically significant. It was in Kalmar Castle that Denmark, Norway and Sweden joined forces in the 14th century, and it is also the site of a major 17th century battle.

8. Lund Domkyrka

Lund Domkyrka

 

The university city of Lund, in Scania, is more than 1,000 years old. One of its oldest and most impressive structures that still stands is the Lund Domkyrka, or the Lund Cathedral. Built in 1103, the cathedral is the second oldest in the Nordic area. It is constructed from sandstone, and the entrance is formed by two stunning and oversized brass doors. Twice a day, the cathedral’s astronomical clock puts on quite a show that is worth checking out.

7. Jokkmokk Winter Market

Jokkmokk Winter Market

 

The small town of Jokkmokk in Swedish Lapland comes alive every February thanks to the Jokkmokk Winter Market. The hosts are the indigenous Sámi people, but tourists from throughout Sweden and even around the world come for this incredible occasion. For three wonderful days, you can expect folk dancing, reindeer racing, traditional costumes and lots of vendors. You can buy souvenirs and soak up the incredible culture that bright color and vibrancy to the cold days of February.

6. Visby

Visby

 

The largest island in Sweden is Gotland, and the island’s capital is the town of Visby. This spot is a common vacation destination for Swedish residents on the mainland, because Visby boasts so much medieval architecture. The city’s 13th century ringwall still stands, and you can tour the 13th century church called Sankta Maria Kyrka, which is still in use to this day. Visby is packed with old church ruins, art galleries, museums and plenty of opportunities to enjoy traditional Swedish cuisine.

5. Ales Stenar

Ales Stenar

 

In the city of Ystad, in Southern Sweden, is Ales Stenar. This monument is known as the Stonehenge of Sweden, and it is easy to understand the comparison. Ales Stenar is an enormous stone ship created by 59 large sandstone boulders. The monument dates back to the Nordic Iron Age, which is approximately 600 AD and even before the Viking Age. Opt for a guided tour of Ales Stenar so you can get some history and context when admiring the incredible stone monument in Ystad.

4. Drottningholm Palace

Drottningholm Palace

 

Although Sweden is home to countless castles and palaces, one of the most famous is found in Lovö island in the center of Lake Mälaren. Drottningholm Palace was constructed in the 16th century, and it is now a residence of the Swedish Royal Family. However, much of the palace and its grounds are open to the public. The baroque and English gardens, in particular, are immensely popular. The Chinese Pavilion in the gardens is beautiful, and it is considered to be one of Sweden’s top architectural attractions.

3. Abisko National Park

Abisko National Park

In the Lapland region of Northern Sweden, you’ll find the Abisko National Park. It is one of the northernmost parks in the country, and it is home to the Abisko Scientific Research Station. If you’re visiting the park, you’ll likely be interested in doing some hiking. The famous Kungsleden hiking trail is nearly 500 km (300 miles) long, and it starts right from Abisko. In the winter, there are also opportunities for skiing and snowboarding. Be on the lookout for wildlife that includes moose, reindeer and bears.

2. Stockholm archipelago

Stockholm archipelago

 

Just minutes from the capital city of Stockholm, you’ll arrive at the Stockholm Archipelago. This is a staggering collection of more than 30,000 islands, some of which are large and inhabited and others that are mere rocks in the water. The archipelago is known for excellent sailing, incredible scenery and for being a retreat for many writers and artists in Scandinavia. If you want to stroll on a sandy beach or kayak in crystal clear water, but still be just a short distance from Stockholm, then the archipelago is absolutely worth visiting.

1. Icehotel

#1 of Tourist Attractions In Sweden

The small village of Jukkasjärvi in Northern Sweden is home to the incredible Icehotel. Every year, the entire hotel is rebuilt using snow and ice blocks taken from the nearby Torne River. The Icehotel is always under freezing temperature to ensure stability. Even the bar is carved from ice, and the glasses themselves are made from ice! Furs, animal skins and high-quality sleeping bags ensure comfortable temperatures for guests, and you can only stay in the Icehotel between December and April of each year.

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10 Top Tourist Attractions in Portugal

Category : Europe , Lisbon , Portugal

Portugal is a small country that faces the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Because of its beautiful coastline and historical heritage, it is one of the most visited countries in Europe. Its smaller size makes it easier to get around and see more places than say neighboring Spain in the same amount of time. The temperate climate makes it a year-round vacation destination, where travelers can see Roman and Moorish ruins among other tourist attractions in Portugal.

10. Alcobaca Monastery

Alcobaca Monastery

 

The Alcobaça Monastery is a Roman Catholic Monastery located in the town of Alcobaça, in central Portugal. It was founded by the first Portuguese King, Afonso Henriques, in 1153, and maintained a close association with the Kings of Portugal throughout its history. The church and monastery were the first Gothic buildings in Portugal, and, together with the Monastery of Santa Cruz in Coimbra, it is one of the most important of the medieval monasteries in Portugal.

9. University of Coimbra

University of Coimbra

 

The University of Coimbra is one of the oldest, continuous universities in Europe, having been established in 1290. It also is one of the largest universities in Portugal, with approximately 20,000 students. There are many sections of interest within the university complex. Built in the early 18th century at the instigation of King Joao V, the library Biblioteca Joanina is a fine example of Baroque architecture. The Sala dos Capelos, the original throne room, is where the doctorates are awarded.

8. Capela dos Ossos

Capela dos Ossos

 

The Capela dos Ossos would appear to come straight out of a Halloween movie, but, in reality, it was a simple solution by 16th century monks on what to do about too many cemeteries taking up space in Evora. They moved the human remains to a special chapel, known as Bone Chapel, where the bones decorate the interior of the chapel. The chapel is part of the Gothic Church of St. Francis. It’s estimated that 5,000 skeletons, including skulls, adorn the chapel walls and ceiling.

7. Cabo Girao

Cabo Girao

 

Cabo Girão is located in the southern coast of Madeira, in the Portuguese archipelago with the same name. At 570 meters (1,870 feet), the cliff is often referred to as the highest sea cliff in Europe but at least three European cliffs are higher. The view down the almost sheer drop to the ocean is thrilling nonetheless. In 2012 a glass-floored platform was installed creating an even scarier viewing experience.

6. Sao Jorge Castle

Sao Jorge Castle

 

The São Jorge Castle is one of the top tourist attractions in Lisbon as it can be seen from all over the city. It dates back to Roman times, though the Moors rebuilt the fortifications in the 10th century. The castle was freed from Moorish rule in 1147 during the Siege of Lisbon in the Second Crusade. It later served as the residence of King Alfonso III. The castle has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. Today, walls and 18 towers that visitors can climb remain.

5. Obidos Castle 

Obidos Castle

 

Obidos Castle is an impressive structure that sits on a hill at Obidos, a small city that dates back to Roman times on Portugal’s Atlantic coast. The Moors built the castle sometime in the eighth century. It was remodeled around the 14th century and a keep was added. The castle today houses a luxury pousada hotel. A traditional medieval market takes place in the castle every July.

4. Cais da Ribeira 

Cais da Ribeira

Cais da Ribeira is a charming picturesque district in Porto, sometimes referred to as “the soul of Porto.” It’s made up of medieval streets that end on a square by the Douro River. Medieval buildings are filled with bars, cafes and restaurants, making Ribeira a popular place for eating and drinking. Ribeira is especially popular on feast days when townspeople flock there to see fireworks. There’s a bronze cube in the middle of the square. Nearby is the house where Prince Henry the Navigator was born in 1394.

3. Praia da Marinha

Praia da Marinha

 

Praia da Marinha is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal. Located in the Atlantic coast region of Algarve, the beach is flanked by gorgeous blue waters on one side, and sandy beaches and high cliffs on the landside. Also known as Navy Beach, it is a small cove that is used extensively as an image in travel brochures. The beach’s clear waters make it a good place for snorkeling. This picturesque beach is about a 30-minute drive from Albuferia; free parking is available.

2. Belem Tower

Belem Tower

Belem Tower, also known as the Tower of St. Vincent, sits on what once was an island in the Tagus River in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. Dating back to 1515, the imposing tower was built both to defend Lisbon from invaders and to welcome the city’s friends. Built in the Age of Discovery, the four-story limestone tower has a bastion connected to it; the bastion had space for 17 cannons that could fire long range shots. A statue of Our Lady of Safe Homecoming, designed to protect sailors on their voyages, faces the river.

1. Pena National Palace
#1 of Tourist Attractions In Portugal

 

The Pena National Palace seems like a fairy tale castle as it stands above the clouds on overcast days. Yet, sitting atop a hill in Sintra, it can be seen from Lisbon on a clear day. Created by King Ferdinand II, it is an impressive example of 19th century Romanticism, not only in Portugal but also the world, as it combines Moorish and Manueline architectural styles. It started out as a chapel to Our Lady of Pena during the Middle Ages, and is used for state occasions today.

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20.02.2018

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11.04.2018

20.04.2018

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Amsterdam

04.07.2018

08.07.2018

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12.03.2018

15.03.2018

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Ponta Delgada

29.01.2018

31.01.2018

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Bordeaux

08.03.2018

12.03.2018

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Funchal

12.03.2018

16.03.2018

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Hamburg

28.02.2018

01.03.2018

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Bilbao

20.02.2018

21.02.2018

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Nantes

28.01.2018

04.02.2018

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Toulouse

08.06.2018

15.06.2018

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Faro

15.08.2018

22.08.2018

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Manchester

26.02.2018

02.03.2018

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Lyon

25.05.2018

04.06.2018

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18.06.2018

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18.02.2018

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10.03.2018

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19.02.2018

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09.02.2018

13.02.2018

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10.03.2018

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24.04.2018

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08.03.2018

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13.02.2018

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22.04.2018

24.04.2018

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13.02.2018

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28.02.2018

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16.03.2018

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11.02.2018

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05.02.2018

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21.08.2018

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08.03.2018

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06.07.2018

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28.10.2018

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07.02.2018

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28.02.2018

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24.06.2018

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01.09.2018

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27.03.2018

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29.05.2018

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01.11.2018

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21.03.2018

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14.06.2018

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02.03.2018

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14.06.2018

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30.04.2018

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24.04.2018

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11.03.2018

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Lille

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06.06.2018

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07.03.2018

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13.08.2018

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18.04.2018

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21.09.2018

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04.06.2018

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14.03.2018

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12.07.2018

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20.04.2018

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13.02.2018

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12.05.2018

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05.02.2018

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13.02.2018

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01.04.2018

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25.03.2018

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10.03.2018

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12.04.2018

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04.06.2018

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10 Best Places to Visit in France

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Category : Europe , France

For more than two decades, France has reigned as the world’s most popular tourist destination, receiving 82 million foreign tourists annual. People from all over the world are drawn to France’s sophisticated culture, dazzling landmarks, exquisite cuisine, fine wines, romantic chateaux and picturesque countryside. An overview of the best places to visit in France:

10. Marseille

Marseille

 

One of Europe’s oldest cities and France’s second largest city, Marseille is a major Mediterranean seaport located off the southeast coast of France. Boasting an idyllic climate, Roman ruins, medieval architecture and distinguished cultural venues, Marseille is also a working city with several universities and industries. At the core of Marseille is its old port. Dominated by two historic forts, this bustling harbor is lined with waterfront cafes, shops and bars. One of Marseille’s best natural attractions, the Calanques are a series of small inlets with astonishing blue water and majestic limestone cliffs.

 

9. Lyon 

Lyon

 

Located in east-central France, Lyon is the capital of the Rhone department in the Rhone-Alpes region. Boasting a long history, Lyon today is the third largest city in France, known for its historic architecture, gastronomy and vibrant cultural scene. Lyon is comprised of various districts, each offering their own share of interesting treasures. For example, Presqu’île is the heart of the city with its restaurants and bars, while Croix-Rousse is known for its hundreds of hidden passageways. Fourvière boasts Roman ruins and Gothic churches, and Brotteaux is the wealthy district containing the beautiful Tete d’Or park.

8. Strasbourg

Strasbourg

 

Situated right on the border of France and Germany, Strasbourg is the capital city of the Alsace region. The city serves as the seat of the European Parliament and numerous other important European institutions such as the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe. The city’s historic center, Grande Île, is what makes Strasbourg one of the best places to visit in France. Here among a blend of both French and German architecture, visitors can find many museums, shops, cafes and striking attractions such as the stunning Gothic cathedral, which features intricate carvings and a 300-year old working, astrological clock.

7. Loire Valley

Loire Valley

 

A popular tourist destination, the Loire Valley is a region in the center of France, regarded for its spectacular scenery, splendid chateaux, picturesque vineyards and historic villages. The Loire Valley stretches 280 km (175 miles) along the Loire River, twisting and turning through some of France’s most beautiful villages and charming chateaux. Some of the most famous chateaux include Chambord, Amboise, Rivau, Chinon and Chenonceau. The valley is home to many wineries that offer tours and wine tastings.

6. Bordeaux

Bordeaux

 

Built upon the River Garonne just half an hour inland of the Atlantic Ocean, Bordeaux is a major port city stuffed with fine architecture, historic sites, exceptional shopping and a world-class arts and culture scene. Bordeaux’s city center, features more than 350 historic structures and landmarks that include medieval churches and charming old bridges such as the Ponte de Pierre. The city also features several beautiful plazas of which the Place de la Bourse is the most stunning with its mirror-like effect. A visit to Bordeaux would not be complete without a drive through the surrounding wine country where tourists can admire picturesque villages, vineyards and chateaux.

5. Luberon

Luberon

 

If you want to mingle with the hoi polloi of French society in the south of France, the Luberon is the place to do it. It’s a haven for French society, as well as American and British visitors who come during the summer months to experience charming villages. This region in central Provence took off as a tourist destination after Peter Mayle published his books about life in Provence. With its lush forests, fields of lavender, farmers markets and colorfully painted houses, you’ll soon see why the Luberon is such a tourist magnet. A great souvenir is pottery from the village of Oppede le Vieux that still maintains its Middle Ages ambiance.

4. Mont Saint-Michel 

Mont Saint-Michel

 

Rising up from the midst of vast mud flats and some of Europe’s most powerful tidal waves is the rocky island of Mont Saint-Michel, located off France’s northwestern coast in Normandy. The tidal island is one of the most popular places to visit in France for its construction of medieval structures built as if stacked upon one another and crowned with the star attraction, the Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel. The awe-inspiring abbey was built by devoted monks in 708 AD after the Bishop of Avranches was allegedly visited by the Archangel Michael.

 

3. Dordogne

Dordognedreamstime/© Peter Adams

Unless you have weeks or months to spend in the scenic Dordogne region of southwestern France, you’re going to pick and choose the things you want to see. There is just so much to see and do here, beginning with picture-postcard villages and chateaus, including the well-preserved Chateau de Baynac, a hilltop castle. The scenery is pretty awesome, too, with the Dordogne River running through it. The Dordogne also has some of the best prehistoric cave art in France. The walls of Lascaux feature mainly animals. Unfortunately, they’re closed to the public now, but a replica is a must-see.

2. French Riviera 

French Riviera

Located on the French coast of the Mediterranean Sea, the French Riviera (Cote d’ Azur) is the playground for the rich, famous and hordes of international tourists. Although the Riviera is famous for the glamour of St. Tropez, Monaco or the Cannes Film Festival, there are many other less well known destinations, such as the perched villages of Eze and Saint-Paul de Vence, and the perfumeries of Grasse to name a few. The region enjoys a wonderfully mild to warm climate all year round, despite being one of the more northerly coasts on the whole Mediterranean.

 

1. Paris

#1 of Best Places To Visit In France

 

Attracting more than 45 million visitors annually, Paris is the world’s most popular tourist destination. Dubbed various nicknames like the City of Lights, City of Love and Capital of Fashion, Paris is the capital city of France, known for its romantic ambiance and command in industries like business, entertainment, gastronomy, fashion and art and culture. In addition to iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris is also home to some of the world’s finest museums that include the Louvre Museum and Musee d’Orsay.

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02.03.2018

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19.04.2018

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24.04.2018

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06.03.2018

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