During your trip to France, many places are absolute musts to visit! Steeped in history and stories, these are unmissable sites of French and world heritage. Let yourself be guided by our selection of the most moving places to visit!
Located in the heart of Paris, the mediaeval Notre Dame de Paris dating from the thirteenth century lies at the tip of the Ile de la Cité. It is one of the most famous symbols of Paris and of France in general. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this legendary building of the city is one of the most remarkable masterpieces of Gothic architecture.
Famous for its large rose windows and its gargoyles, these famous creatures carved out of stone, you can also admire the huge nave. Great religious and political events have taken place here: by visiting it, you will be walking in the footsteps of Joan of Arc and Napoleon and you may even run into the Hunchback, the famous character in Victor Hugo’s novel, Notre Dame de Paris.
This building was the home of the last kings of France, the most famous of whom being Louis XIV, the Sun King. Classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO 30 years ago, the home of the kings and the two châteaux of the Trianon exemplify the excellence of the artists of this era. Among the must-see rooms is the famous Hall of Mirrors, which with its twenty mirrors was once intended to astound the king’s visitors.
Its park, French-style gardens and formal ponds with majestic fountains attract people who love nature and relaxation. Relive the history of France during a visit that will appeal to young and old alike.
Located on a rocky islet between Normandy and Brittany, the « Wonder of the West » is one of the most visited tourist sites in France. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this shrine dedicated to the Archangel Michael is as well known for its spiritual and symbolic aspect as for its history and architecture. This charming mediaeval village dominated by its abbey and protected by its ramparts welcomes many pilgrims who stroll up and down its main street and gardens, admiring its famous half-timbered houses and tides, a feast for your eyes that has been preserved. Its unique charm and scenic qualities will definitely appeal to you!
The Loire Valley is home to many châteaux, built during the Renaissance, when the court of the King of France was established in this region. One of the most famous and largest is the château of Chambord: located in the heart of a vast forest, it was used as a hunting lodge where Francis I liked to stay. A majestic edifice, it numbers over 400 rooms and 300 chimneys! Over the centuries, other kings of France stayed there too such as the famous Sun King, Louis XIV.
In another style, you will also find the château of Chenonceau, which was inhabited for centuries by women only. Exceptional for its history, it is also famous for its collections, its rich furnishings and its decorations, which underline its elegance and tranquillity. This region will therefore delight lovers of the history of France!
Relive a milestone in France and Britain’s shared history during a stay in Normandy! Start at the Caen Memorial and then relive all the stages of the landing: Omaha Beach, Utah Beach and the D-Day Landing Museum, Sainte-Mère l’Eglise, Gold Beach, Juno Beach and the Pointe du Hoc. Added to this are places that have preserved the traces of this event where you can see the bomb craters, underground bunkers and the cemeteries where many soldiers who lost their lives during the landings lie. This unmissable visit is bound to be poignant and one that will leave no-one indifferent.