We are group of five friends. Planning to go to Europe in end june or july. WOuld like to know which are the palces to be visited in France. wE are more nature lovers, scenic beuty rather than night life of visitng city..Ofcourse planning to visit paris..Which are the other good places in and aorund paris...
beside the famous spots in france , these should be on your list
1/ collioure in the south on the med. coast
3/ colmar ( alsace ) region
4/ gorges du tarn
I have never been there, but as far as I know the Provence region is a dream for nature lovers!
Don't forget the mountains! If you go to the Pyrénées, it'll be easy to cross the boder to Spain!! And if you go in the Alpes....well lots of choices (Italy, Switzerland... )
And I would definitly recomend visiting Carcassonne: One of the biggest (if not THE biggest)and well concerved medieval castel in Europe!! huge and fantastic!!
France really is a beautiful country and it's difficult to say where to go first.
But when one can't stay long enough, i'd suggest the following :
Leaving Paris you have to see part of the Loire Valley, at least to visit one or two castles (Chambord and Chenonceau are a must).
Then you go south to visit the Perigord region ("the Land of Mankind") a very very beautiful region with a castle on every hill and a lot of world-famous sites (sarlat, lascaux, les eyzies, etc...)
From Perigord it's easy to go to the Mediterannean Sea through Toulouse and yes Carcassonne (a fortified town).
From Carcassonne you reach the Camargue and the Provence region.
And from here you go north through the beautiful Burgundy region to go back to Paris .
In France there's is a "club" called "Association des plus beaux villages de France". I suggest you get their guide. It will give you an idea of all the amazingly beautiful villages and hamlets you can visit.
Also, in Perigord (dordogne) I own chalets for 4 or 6 guests and i'll be happy to receive you and your friends during your trip. We are open all year and the rates are very cheap
Anyway, don't hesitate to ask me if you need some informations
Normandy is very nice too! If you interested in history check out the NOrmandy beaches and veteran graveyards. Bayeaux and Deauville are also worth visiting.
The Catacombs in Paris are most definitely worth a look, along with Pere Lachaise and Montmartre cemeteries. A little eerie, but Paris (and France in general, I'd assume) has this incredible way of honouring and remembering their dead. You'll see war memorials all over the city, with flowers stuck here and there by passersby. I'm going a little off topic, here - but it's what stood out for me and I'd recommend these if you have time.
Banart, how long do you plan to stay and how far from Paris do you think you will go?
I would suggest the last two weeks of June for your trip. The French holiday season starts in early July and flocks of tourists swarm most interesting places... while the major cities gradually empty themselves!
This is also the right time for some festivals like the "fête de la musique" (21st of June).
If you plan to stay near Paris, there are several large forests, castles and other places of interest in a 60km around the city: Fontainebleau, Rambouillet, Chantilly, Senlis and of course, Versailles.
Check out my website (in profile) for ideas of places to visit in Ile de France and what they look like.
Lille was cultural capital of Europe in 2003. The city has a very nice centre with lots of nice buildings, nice shopping facilities and quite much events going on. From Lille you can easily cross the border one day to go to the Belgian medieval cities of Ghent and/or Bruges (both are less than an hour away from Lille).
Paris is a must-see of course as well. The Eiffel Tower is in the middle of a very beautiful park, and I personally adore the Montmartre, which is the art quarter. It's up a hill with underneath you a big and beautiful church. The quarter itself is full of meditarranean-like narrow streets, restaurants and artists painting on the streetcorners. Definitely a must-see, though keep the visit to Montmartre for a sunny day as the rain will keep anyone inside and then you won't experience the unique atmosphere.
if you like the irish/english countryside, then you should definately visit Brittany... There are some great cities, but if you are heading away from that, then try Belle Isle. Its just off the coast of Brittany, and you can take a ferry ride over... its AMAZING there!!! its a great retreat with cheap prices... and plenty of peace and quiet... im surprised that its so un-touristy for such a gorgeous place!! there is a hostel there, but the name escapes me...