With nearly 80 million visitors in 2007, France remains the world’s top tourist destination, followed by Spain and the United States. In fact, France has been the most visited country in the world for over a decade now.
France has always attracted many people for its various climates (all temperate) and reliefs (mountains, splendid Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, wine-growing regions, forests, dormant volcanoes…), for its culture (12,000 historical monuments, more than 1,200 museums, including the biggest in the world: the Louvre museum in Paris, and many historical cities). France is also famous for its refined cuisine, and Historical past (Gallo-Roman origins, many sites badly damaged by WWI and WWII).
France is also highly visited for its Gothic cathedrals, some of them being real masterpieces; they are located in the following cities: Paris, Chartres, Bourges, Reims, Amiens, Beauvais, Strasbourg and Rouen just to name a few. France has about a hundred Gothic cathedrals. The Gothic art was born in France in the XII century in the Ile-de-France region and is an urban art. The primary Gothic art mediums were sculpture, panel painting, stained glass, fresco and illuminated manuscript. From the XIII century, the Gothic art was adopted in the whole western world.
France is also highly famous for its forts and castles (France has hundreds of castles, many of them are wine-producers).
But France is also a highly geological country with its dormant volcanoes (especially in the Auvergne region) that attract many tourists and scientists from all over the world.
The “Puy de Dôme” (French volcano) in the Auvergne region.
The Auvergne region is in pink on the map.
France is also famous for its quality products such as wine, cheese, perfume, and flower industry.
Many people believe that French people enjoy eating dishes made of snails or frog legs… This is a big stereotype! I am French and I have never eaten such dishes! And I don’t know anybody around me who would feel attracted towards them! I think this stereotype comes from the fact that one day, a very prestigious French restaurant decided to cook snails and frog legs… people have a tendency to generalize very fast!
No responses yet