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Tourists visiting France will always be attracted by the famous attractions such as Mont St-Michel in Normandy and the Palais des Papes in Avignon, not forgetting the many unmissable places in the capital of Paris.
But there are much, much more to see in the most visited country in the world than the sites often included in the “Top Ten” lists at the beginning of the tourist guides.
The simple fact is that many attractions in France are hidden or simply not known enough to attract the crowd, but that does not mean that they are not worth visiting, on the contrary.
The Local has partnered with the publishers of Lonely Planet travel guides, whose French writer Nicola Williams has helped to discover some must-see sites that are rarely on the radar for most visitors.
From Provence towns to fortifications in Alsace and the rutting season in the Loire Valley – here are our main 10 concealed attractions in France.
Here are the top 10 hidden attractions you cannot miss in France :
1. Brisach, Alsace:
No incursion into France is complete without walking in a citadel. Vauban built one in France, but Neuf-Brisach on the Franco-German border is the one to be targeted – it is the least known Unesco World Heritage site. Louis XIV commissioned the fortified town to be built in 1697 to strengthen the French defenses. Its walls of red sandstone were built in the form of an eight-pointed star and the sleeping Alsatian town sits inside.
Lake Geneva is not all Swiss. Much of its southern coastline is French. And while tourism has taken walks – on Sundays of the generations of Genevans, to the medieval castle of Yvoire for lunch – this stretch by the lake is an unguided tourist territory. The place is Nernier, a riverfront village with cobblestone streets, a pebble beach and a picturesque harbor where you can lunch at the Restaurant du Lac and sail the lake in an old-fashioned steamer.
3. Le Brame du Cerf, Domaine of Chambord:
The autumn rutting season at the Château de Chambord is a fabulous way to find the most famous Renaissance castle in the Loire Valley, without a crowd. There is nothing more magical than crawling in the dewy forest at dawn or dusk to watch serenades deer, wild boar and red deer from the hidden watchtowers. The domain is the largest hunting reserve in Europe (for the exclusive use of the French government not less).
4. Museum of Modern Art, Ceret, Roussillon:
It exists since the 1950s, but this exceptional modern art museum in the foothills of the Pyrenees is one of those spaces of inspiration where you can always get lost in a dazzling collection filled with Chagalls, Braques, and Matisses. Picasso donated 57 works to the museum and the city itself is a convincing blend of old stone and good living in the sun on Catalan sangria and tapas.
5. Refuge d’Art, Haute-Provence:
The Côte d’Azur is an asset for modern art lovers, but few are as far as the cinematic crests of limestone, the ravines, and gorges of the Geological Reserve of Haute-Provence, a wild desert near Digne- Les-Bains in which the British artist Andy Goldsworthy presents the largest public collection of his work. His dramatic exterior works of art – hives, Cairns, stone sculptures that you can sleep – are dotted with a 150 km hiking trail.
6. Alesia MuséoParc, Alise-Sainte-Reine:
This remarkable historic site in Burgundy only opened its doors last year and remains unknown by the non-French tourist group. Walking around the reconstructed fortifications in the reconstituted Roman camp of Alesia, it is astonishing to think that this was where Julius Caesar beat the chief of the Gauls Vercingetorix once and for all in 52 BC. Actors dressed in Roman legions and in combat demonstrations are particularly entertaining!
7. Arbois & Pupillin:
Wine tourism is a great reason to travel in France and this little-known family of addresses in the Jura region to the east is pure, joy-free wine. In addition to a cellar full of regular wines, the vineyards around Arbois produce wines rich in hazelnuts. Yellow Wine (yellow wine) and Straw Wine (“straw wine”), made from dried grapes on straw mats. End with a visit to the wine cellars in the village of Pupillin built entirely in yellow stone.
8. Postman Horse Palace Ideal:
one of the strangest attractions in France, the Palais Idéal, in the department of Drôme, is an extraordinary example of architecture and the history behind it is equally astonishing. The palace was built by iron guard Ferdinand Cheval, who had the idea of stumbling on a stone in 1879. For the next 33 years, he collected unique stones to build what he called the Temple of nature. The palace was finally classified as a historical monument in 1969.
9. Abbey of Valmagne, Languedoc:
this impressive abbey in the south of France contributes to two great French passions: wine and architecture. Built in the 12th century, it was first inhabited by the Benedictine monks who cultivated vineyards on the estate. With the French Revolution, the abbey church was deconstructed and sold to Monsieur Granier-Joyeuse, a winegrower who transformed the Gothic stone church into a magnificent wine cellar. Never the wine tasting was so good!
10. Ventabren, Provence:
All the point of Provence in the south of France is to relax too much time at lunch – extremely well. Enter Ventabren, a magnificent Provencal village at the top of a hill, just 14 km from Aix-en-Provence. After having walked through the narrow streets lined with golden stones and castle ruins, there is only one place for outdoor lunch with a panoramic view: La Table de Ventabren.
This comes to the end of top 10 hidden attractions of france if you are never checked out any one of the places then plan for it wisely and grab the beautifull pictures of these locations. If you like this article do share it with your friends and on your facebook wall.