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10 Things You Must See in France

Are you planning a holiday to France next year? Good choice, it's a great holiday destination with amazing views, beautiful food and wine and of course, an exciting array of things to do.

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France is a fantastic holiday destination for couples and families alike. From the quiet romantic getaway to the action-packed, all-out summer trip with the kids, the exhilarating hiking and biking expedition to the short touristy city break. There is no better way to holiday in France than by going camping.

France has an exceptional camping and caravanning culture, and it's easy to understand why; it's affordable, easy to plan, relaxed and flexible. It is by far the best way to see everything this magnificent country has to offer. 

So, pack up your camping gear and get ready to plan your next holiday in France. Remember, in addition to the famous hotspots, there are scores of unique and intriguing places to add to your itinerary. Here are a few of our favourite must-see places in France.

▲ The Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures

The Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures

Paris is a gorgeous city full of romance and excitement, and it is the city many of us dream of visiting at least once in our lives. While you are in Paris you have to see all the famous sights;  but how about adding in something a little different to your itinerary? 

The Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures is undoubtedly a hidden gem in the north-eastern Parisian suburb of Les Lilas. As you approach the door, there is a certain air of mystery, but once you step inside, you'll discover the ultimate history lesson -one that focuses on the more macabre side of life. 

The museum was founded by Jacques Sirgent who, although an odd character, is deeply passionate about all things vampiric. Take a look at the darker side of the history of Paris from vampire ceremonies and rituals to a host of exotic artefacts and curiosities. 

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▲ Mont Saint-Michel at dusk

Mont Saint-Michel

A Monastery sitting atop a giant rock, surrounded by sand and sea is a unique experience that you only really get to see in France (St Michael's Mount just doesn't cut it, sorry England). Mont Saint-Michel is one of those places you stop for a quick look and suddenly find yourself lost in for hours as you wander the narrow winding streets of the medieval village that sits below the old abbey. It is no wonder that the settlement and abbey have several legends that surround it including some legends of King Arthur! 

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▲ Museum of the History of Medicine

Museum of the History of Medicine

You don't have to be a doctor to find this museum intriguing, although if you're a little squeamish, then this probably isn't the place for you! This medical museum hosts one of the oldest collections of medical artefacts in Europe - around 1,500 in total. Walk through medical history, starting from the early 18th century to modern medicine, passing autopsy tools used on Napoleon, anatomical specimens, gruesome surgical instruments and intricate medical models. 

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▲ Labyrinth des Dragons

Labyrinthe Des Dragons

The Labyrinthe des Dragons is a maze designed by world-renowned maze designer Adrian Fisher. The well-known designer has designed mazes in over 30 countries, and Labyrinth des Dragons in Peaugres is particularly striking. The maze was designed using angled mirrors that create a confusing yet wonderful optical illusion that makes it seem so as though you have endless paths to follow. 

This is the perfect trip to make if you are in the Lyon area and it is just a 45-minute drive from the city in the Auvergne region. 

▲ Jonas Caves

Jonas Caves

If you love ancient history, then Jonas Caves in the Auvergne region of France are a must-visit. The caves were in use from about 300 BCE until the middle ages when, after expansion, they were largely abandoned. 

These caves are unique because they are entirely human-made and chiselled away bit by bit until they became the sprawling network of tunnels you see today. There are over 70 rooms to explore. Just make sure you don't get lost!

▲ Château d'If

Château d'If

The Chateau d'If is a monument made famous in the classic novel, The Count of Monte Cristo. This old prison was the location featured in the book, and if you visit, you can still see the cell where the fictional character is said to have been held. 

Outside of literature, the Chateau d'If is a fascinating place to visit. Originally built in the 1500s as a fortress used to defend Southern France from invading enemies it never actually saw invasion or battle of any kind. 

Now open to the public, this is an iconic sight on the horizon and is well worth a visit if you are planning a trip in the Marseille area.

▲ Salin Aigues-Mortes

Salin Aigues-Mortes

This grand geographical feature takes unique scenery to the max! Salin Aigues-Mortes is a pink salt marsh located in Languedoc-Roussilon. It isn't every day you get to see natural pink landscapes in nature, so make sure you take the opportunity to take a look for yourself.

If you are lucky, you might even spot another natural pink wonder! This is one of the few salt marshes that flamingos flock to. You can also take a wander around the nearby town and see the industry that has sprung up around the pink salt available here.

▲ Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral

Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral

In the middle of Clermont-Ferrand, stands the imposing Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral. This striking structure is built entirely from black lava stone, giving it a stark appearance and its spires loom over the rooftops of the city.

Gothic in design, this cathedral is as impressive as it is imposing. The difference in design and material from the buildings that surround it make it even more remarkable. So grab your camera, take a photo or two and take a tour of this beautiful, dark cathedral. 

▲ Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe

Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe

Also known as St. Michael of the Needle this chapel sits atop a volcanic plug high above the quiet village of Le Puy-en-Velay.

This isn't a tourist destination for the faint-hearted. To reach the chapel, you'll need to climb 268 stone steps up to a height of 82m. It is worth the effort, if only for the view.

▲ The Lion of Belfort

The Lion of Belfort

Created by Frederic Bartholdi, who previously designed of the Statue of Liberty, the Lion of Belfort was created as a monument to the French Resistance for their work against Prussian forces. This lion is sculpted out of sandstone and sits proudly at the foot of Belfort Citadel as a commemoration of the resistance to Prussian invasions for 103 days and the resistances consequent victory.

Not just a reminder of French Resistance pride, this sculpture is a beautiful sight, and at over 21m long, it's pretty impressive. So if you are planning on exploring Belfort then make sure you take a few moments to stop and pay your respects to the Lion of Belfort first. 

Your Camping Holiday in France

These are just a few of the fantastic and unique experiences you can have while on your camping holiday in France. Now may not seem like the perfect time to book a holiday, but that is no reason to stop dreaming! So even if you aren't ready to book, now is a great time to start planning your camping holiday in France and writing up your holiday bucket list.

We have made finding and booking your campsite easy. Just take a look at the French campsites available and pick your favourite locations. For current advice on Coronavirus and your travel plans, please take a look at our guidance page

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