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An insider guide to the best of France by theme : cities, villages, historic sites, rural France and much more

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  It should be no surprise that France is Europe's top tourist destination. It just has so much to see, and such variety .... France is so much more than just Paris. Its historic heritage is second to none in its extent and its variety – which can sometimes be a problem in itself. With so much to see, so much history, so many different rural and cultural environments, it can be a hard task for visitors to decide what to see and where to go. What is best ? And where ?
   This page is a starter page, a very compact guide to the best that France has to offer in ten different categories. From each of the categories below, you can follow links to more detailed thematic listings, and dedicated pages full of useful information about the most interesting and often fascinating places to visit in France.

Best cities

Best small towns

Best villages

Best rural areas

Best chateaux and castles

Best medieval cathedrals

Best museums and art galleries

Best ancient sites

Best beaches

Best free tourist attractions

Best routes

Best offbeat attractions

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