Why is France the Most Visited Country in the World?

Nobody can deny that we all enjoy a good vacation. And there are many options to think about while deciding where to go.

However, which country attracts the most visitors worldwide?

You might be surprised by what we find. With 89.4 million foreign visitors in 2018, France topped the list of most popular tourist destinations worldwide, as the United Nations World Tourism Organization reported.

So, what makes France so tempting to visitors from all over the world?

ETIAS France

Traveling to France has been much easier with the launch of ETIAS France, and eligible passport holders will be able to get an ETIAS to enter France and the rest of the Schengen Area.

ETIAS France aims to simplify the visa application procedure and strengthen border security within the Schengen Area.

“Paris is always a good idea.”

No one can deny that Paris is one of the world’s most stunning cities. Paris will enthrall you with its rich architecture, stylish cafes, and endless art galleries. To get the fullest out of your trip to Paris, strike a balance between being a tourist and visiting the top of the Eiffel Tower and living like a local. To truly experience the Parisian culture, you must visit one of the city’s many bars and get a Pastis to enjoy among the locals.

Visit the top of the Montparnasse Tower for a breathtaking panorama of the city. There are fewer people in line, and you can see the Eiffel Tower in the background.

And if you didn’t know, in the film Sabrina from 1954, Audrey Hepburn says, “Paris is always a good idea.”

Landscapes are mesmerizing

France is one of the most visually stunning countries in the world. The French Riviera’s shimmering shoreline, the Loire Valley’s patchwork farmland, the snow-capped Alps, and the Normandy coast’s centuries-old harbor towns all contribute to France’s diversified and magnificent landscape. Fans of nature will find this quite intriguing!

France is a great vacation destination since you don’t have to pick between mountains and beaches. This maximizes your vacation’s value and enriches your experience. Bring your camera because the scenery here will make your friends jealous.

Fine Dining

The imperious reputation of French cuisine was bolstered in 2010 when UNESCO declared French gastronomy to be a part of the organization’s intangible cultural heritage program. Is this still true, or is it just a rumor that refuses to die?

It’s true that in France, each area is known for its distinct cuisine. The more of France you see, the more you will encounter (and enjoy) culinary specialties you were unaware of.

Basque country offers some mouth-watering traditional food you might have experienced. You can savor delicious dishes like duck confit, rillettes, beef Bourguignon, and more in other places. Also, bring your appetite for fresh baguette and stinky cheese washed down with a fine Bordeaux.

Exquisite wine

All levels of wine enthusiasts can find a bottle they’ll appreciate in France, from experts to novices to those who like to have a glass with dinner. The country has the best spots for guests to sample wines from all over the world, from the vineyards of Bordeaux to the cellars of Burgundy to the bistros of Paris.

Here are the wineries that welcome guests to ride on golf carts and set up picnics in the middle of the vineyards, taking in the stunning vistas. We highly recommend the wine tasting at O Chateau if you find yourself in Paris. It’s just a short walk from the Louvre museum at 68 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau. You can make your wine-tasting reservation online.

Unparalleled skiing options

During the winter, the French Alps play host to skiers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels. Skiing in France is a unique and enjoyable experience–you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy it. Most resorts have broad open pistes on mild slopes for beginners, fast-paced, exhilarating red runs for intermediates, and more challenging, daring black runs for experts.

Moreover, experienced skiers who wish to venture “off-piste” can usually find a variety of fantastic terrains open to them. Skiers visiting the Alps during the winter frequently stay in well-known destinations like Chamonix, Courchevel, Morzine, Tignes, or Val d’Isère. Les Trois Vallées, the largest linked ski region in the world, features some of the best high-altitude skiing in the world.

Art and culture

The cultural legacy of France includes the world-famous Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Grand Palais, as well as the artists Cézanne, Monet, and Matisse. Tourists in Paris can get lost not only in the city’s museums and galleries but also in the city’s streets, captivated by the city’s architectural splendor.

Some people will go to France to follow a particular artist trail—such as Matisse on the French Riviera—or to discover the area that inspired them. The Tour de France, Mardi Gras, and Bastille Day are just a few examples of the cultural celebrations that draw tourists to France. Since there is always something new to learn or experience in France, it’s apparent why the country is so popular.