What Are The Most Visited Monuments In France ?

March 23, 2021 6 min read

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You want to discover new French monuments ? You like atypical places full of history ? You like the French landscape ? 

We are passionate about the subject and know exactly how to help you.

In this article you will discover : 

  • Where are the French monuments
  • What are the most visited places in France
  • What are the assets of tourism in France

Tourism in France will no longer have any secrets for you.
You will know exactly which place is the most interesting to visit ! 

Let's visit them together now ! 

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French monuments : everything you need to know

It is time to discover these prestigious monuments and which ones are the most famous. However, it is not negligible to lay the foundations before entering the heart of the subject. 

Let's start this introduction by discovering where are and what are the French monuments.

 

Where are the French monuments ?

Our beloved country France is full of monuments telling us a different story. These are the vestiges of the past and the heritage of our ancestors.

In France, the monuments are scattered all over the territory. 

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In Each region, each department has a monument which is allotted to him here some opposite regions :

  • Castle of the Dukes of Brittany - Pays de la Loire
  • Aiguille du Midi cable car - Haute-Savoie
  • Dune of Pyla - Gironde
  • Stanislas square in Nancy - Lorraine

The region with the largest historical heritage is New Aquitaine with a total of 6,205 monuments (14% of the total), followed by Occitania and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, each with 11%, and then the Grand Est (10%), closely followed by Île-de-France (9%).

 

What are the French monuments ?


A monument is a work of architecture, a sculpture intended to perpetuate in memory.

Here are some pillars of French architecture:

  • Hospices de Beaune - Burgundy
  • Citadel of Sisteron - Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
  • Castle of Versailles
  • Arena of Nîmes - Languedoc-Roussillon

Here is a little taste of what you will discover next.

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Which monuments are the most famous ?  

After discovering some of the first monuments, let's go to the discovery of our famous monuments and why they are famous. 

Today you will become an expert on France and its prestigious buildings. Let's start now !

 

What is the most visited monument in France ?

At the Champs-Élysées ! At the Champs-Élysées ! It is indeed at the end of this avenue that is the most visited monument in France.

It is indeed the Arc de Triomphe. This one welcomed 1,61 million tourists last year.

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What are the most visited places in France ?

Let me present you a small top 10 for the most visited places in France.

Here they are :

  1. Disneyland Paris
  2. The Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris
  3. The Louvre Museum
  4. The Versailles Estate
  5. The Eiffel Tower
  6. The Pompidou Center
  7. The Orsay Museum
  8. The City of Science and Industry of La Villette
  9. The Puy Du Fou
  10. The medieval city of Carcassonne

  

What is the most visited castle in France ?

The most visited castle or rather the castle transformed into a museum is the Louvre Museum (9 million visitors). Indeed, from the 14th century until the time of Louis XIV the royal family resided there.

On the other hand, the Palace of Versailles follows closely with 7 million visitors.

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What are the famous monuments in France ?

Here are the top 5 most famous monuments in France :

  • The Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris
  • The Abbey of Mont Saint-Michel
  • The Eiffel Tower
  • The Palace of Versailles
  • The Palace of the Popes

  

Which place attracts the most tourists in Paris ?

Currently, the most visited cultural site in the capital is the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, it counts 14 300 000 visitors.

 

Why is France famous for mass tourism ?

Let's continue with this article, which I hope you like. After laying the foundation and discovering what our most famous monuments were.

Let's now move on to the reputation of our country by discovering why it is the most touristic country in the world.

 

What are the assets of tourism in France ?

I have decided to present you the assets in 6 points:

1. Its natural assets : the richness of the landscapes by our regions (land, sea, mountain)

2. Its cultural assets : the diversity of our cultural, historical and artistic heritage as well as gastronomy (monuments, singers, dishes)

3. Its accessibility : via our quality transport infrastructures

4. Its proximity to the main tourist areas : due to its geographical location

5. Its tourism development policy : integrated seaside resorts but also integrated ski resorts

6. Establishment of theme parks : the Asterix Park and especially Disneyland Paris (250 million visitors since 1992)

This is why our country gives tourists so much wonder and pleasure.

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Which are the most touristic regions of France ?

On average, France counts 90 million tourists per year.

Here are the top 5 regions that appeal to these tourists:

  1. Île-de-France
  2. Normandy
  3. The Hauts de France
  4. The Great East
  5. The Pays de La Loire

 

Which tourists visit France ?

According to a survey conducted and published in 2019, tourists from the United Kingdom take the lead representing 14.6% of foreign tourism in France, followed by Germany (13.7%) and then Belgium and Luxembourg being equal (13%).

The biggest foreign tourists are our neighbors indeed.

 

Where do foreign tourists go in France ?

The favorite region of our tourists is : Île-de-France (holding 36.5% of tourists).

The PACA region and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes are next.

 

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What are the different types of tourist areas in France ?

As I explained above we are spoiled in terms of landscape diversity.

This allows us to set up several tourist areas to welcome our precious tourists, such as :

  • the coasts
  • the mountainous areas
  • cultural tourism
  • green tourism
  • amusement parks

 

What are the particularities of Paris in tourism and services ?


As the Île-de-France is the favorite region of tourists, Paris is their favorite city. And why is this so ?  

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Well, Paris has several assets, whether it is thanks to its historical heritage (Eiffel Tower), or cultural heritage (Louvre Museum) but it also offers the world-famous gastronomy : French gastronomy.

In addition, there are the luxury boutiques along the Champs-Élysées avenue.

 

What kind of tourism is there in Paris ?

If you decide to visit the French capital, there are several types of tourism.

Here they are :

  • Cultural tourism : visit the most beautiful French monuments
  • Gastronomic tourism : taste the French delicacies
  • Relaxation tourism : take your time
  • Eco-tourism in Paris : discover the green side of Paris
  • Unusual tourism in Paris : visit splendid little known places
  • Family tourism : enjoy your family in the capital
  • Nature tourism : visit the gardens of Paris
  • Dark tourism in Paris : go on a thrill-seeking trip

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The little extra of Shopping French

I'm back with my column at the end of this article. You must have liked it.

I decided to share with you our favorite place in France and more specifically in Paris. Plus I found out how to visit it at the right time.

 

Our choice

I chose the City of Science and Industry of la Villette. It is a particularly interesting and entertaining place, but it is also a place where my mother often took me when I was a child. 

Today I take my children there myself. Even when they were young they enjoyed it and still do.

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When to go there ?

Here are 6 tips for a pleasant visit to La Villette :

1. Book your tickets online to avoid waiting in line.
2. Don't go during the holidays and All Saints' Day. July and August are the most pleasant months.
3. Tuesdays are not normally a good time to go. But during the months of May and June, school trips are organized to the City of Science.
4. If you go between 3 pm and 6 pm, take advantage of the reduced rate.
5. Are you going with your children ? Choose the 3:15 pm session at the City of Children.
6. Never go during the first and last week of an exhibition, your day may be ruined.

Take a tour of France !

Did you enjoy the visit ? I did too, you noticed that the French monuments are richer in history than the others.

With all this information, you are able to make discover our magnificent country to all your entourage. It is now very easy for you to know which of all these monuments is the most interesting.

This choice is decisive for a happy moment with friends or family.

Today I suggest you to plan your visit inspired by our splendid paintings reflecting the monuments of the French capital.

Discover them now by clicking below.

Arc De Triomphe Painting


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