Best Places to visit in France

11 Jul 2012 by Matthew Fransioli     
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Visiting France

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As part of our destination guides we are creating on the Sixt blog, here is a guide to the top destination in France. France is one of the foremost tourist places in the world. It is a country that boasts of a different culture in almost every sphere of life in each different region. Whether you are in Nord-Pas-de-Calais or or Cote d’Azur, each province has something to give to the prospective tourist. Here, we take a look at the three most visited cities of France, which also happen to be the most famous: Paris, Nice and Toulouse.

Paris

Paris is blessed with some of the most famous monuments and places in the world. The Louvre, Arc de Triomph, Notre Dame, Champs Elysée are all historical places that beckon to the tourist. In addition to this, numerous cafés and famous restaurants make a good complement to the city’s other sights. Theatres, opera houses, and other cultural activities abound in the Capital, too numerous to list. Everyone visiting France stops by Paris, which is connected to all parts of the country. This city is a must visit for anyone interested in the country and its culture, since it is basically a melting pot of various different cultures.

Nice

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Nice is a coastal city and draws in those who prefer a lie in at the beach as their ideal holiday. But quite apart from the seaside, there are interesting places to visit, such as Nice Archaeology Museum, Russian Cathedral, Le Chateau, Matisse Museum, Vieux Nice, etc. There are also Roman Ruins for those interested in such things. Nice’s zone pietonne is another attraction, from where the tourists can buy all kinds of souvenirs and finally, there is the Cours Saleya Flower Market, which is famous for all kinds of flowers, open from Tuesday to Sunday.

Toulouse

Toulouse has a distinctive charm, with its red brick buildings and an eclectic mix of the ancient and the modern. It is known as the pink city because of the colour of its buildings. Some of the religious buildings worth a visit in Toulouse include the 12th century Cathédrale St. Étienne, Basilique St. Sernin, and the Église des Jacobins built in the 13th century. One of the more modern attractions of Toulouse is La Cité de l’Espace, which is scientific hub including a planetarium and replicas of space ships and space stations. Another modern attraction is Clément Ader Site, which is an aircraft factory where the first ever Concorde was manufactured. If one is more interested in the cultural aspects, then there is always the famous Théâtre Garonne.

Other than the three cities mentioned in this article, there are also other interesting cities in France. Depending on your personal tastes, the vineyards of Bordeaux to the historical memorials of Strasbourg, there is a lot to see and experience in this country. For more information check out the French tourist board http://us.franceguide.com/

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Car Hire Comment from Laurent
Laurent wrote on 24 July 2012 at 1:20 pm   #  

Few fresh tips for accessing Nice by a car from the airport…
The best access is by car from the A8 autoroute. The airport is well-signed from the A8 and the A8 is well signed from the airport. Just make sure that you know which way you need to go when getting on the A8 and which terminal when leaving. Especially in the morning and evening rush hour, allow extra time to deal with accidents and traffic jams. The A8 has a ferocious bend right near the airport and accidents are frequent.

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Car Hire Comment from Toll Roads France
Toll Roads France wrote on 22 August 2012 at 2:52 pm   #  

Hello. You’ve put together a great post here. I think it’s worth noting – with the new driving laws in France, you’ll need to carry a breath testing kit when traveling on French roads. Be sure to purchase one that displays the “NF” logo on the packaging to ensure that it’s a model which complies with the new French driving laws.

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