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Last Updated on 25th September 2017 by Sophie Nadeau

As a self-confessed Francophile, there are few countries I love more than France. The sweets, the sites, and of course the language… All come together to form l’Hexagon: officially the most popular tourist destination in the world! Though the list of reasons to love France is easily a mile long, here are some of the very best!

8 Reasons to Love France (and I promise that each is almost as intoxicating as the last…)

ALL of the pastries

Sweet doesn’t even cover it: France is filled with pastries, treats, and enough other delicacies to make you drool at the thought. With macarons in Paris, the Kouign-Amann in Brittany, and the Navette de Marseille in Provence, you could quite literally eat your way around the country purely in pastries.

And while we’re on the subject of food: once you’ve tasted bread in Paris, there will be no going back. There is nothing quite like a genuine French baguette, with its crunchy exterior and fluffy interior. After picking up your €1 baguette, still warm from the oven, at your local Boulangerie, no bread product will ever taste the same again…

kouign-amann dinan

Life outside of Paris

When you first think of France, you’ll probably imagine the wide streets of Paris, pavement cafés and the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower. Well, while all of these things may exist in real life, France is so much more than its capital city, Paris. And if you choose to visit only Paris, then you’ll be missing out on plenty of cultural and enriching experiences…

Louveciennes: A Guide to a Charming French Village Not far from Paris, France


In certain regions of France, you can sip on wine from grapes grown on the very land you’re stood on. There’s nothing quite like that sip of sweet rosé at the very base of the mountain on which it was grown. Head to Bordeaux for the best red wines, Champagne for the iconic bubbly, and Provence for the best rosé!

wine in la ciotat france

Contrasting landscapes

Entre mer et terre (between sea and land for all my English speaking readers!), France truly has it all. From winding lanes in small villages to the rugged coastline in Brittany and the crumbling châteaux in Provence, there’s something for everyone to see and discover.

autumn in fontainebleau

The language

They often say that French is the language of love, and perhaps there’s something to be said for this. After all, French is lovely to listen to, and the accent is just as wonderful.

“On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.” – le Petit Prince (We can only see well with the heart. What is most needed is invisible to our eyes)

beautiful and useful french words and phrases

Café Culture

Coffee culture is alive and well in France, particularly in all major cities. In every new town, and even many villages, there is at least one or two quirky café to be visited; all with good coffee. If you’re looking for the very best and cutest cafés in Paris, I have you covered…

Ordering Coffee in Paris, France: Tips, Tricks and Advice for how to order an expresso or other type of coffee in the french capital. Also include French coffee vocabulary

ALL of the architecture

From the gothic spires of Rouen Cathedral to the foreboding architecture of Mont Saint Michel, and further inland into the wide, Haussmanian streets of Paris… The architecture is wide and varied throughout the country.

parisian architecture


And, of course, I’ve saved my very favourite of all the reasons to love France until last. From crumbling ruins to grand Renaissance palaces, Châteaux can be found en masse in France. Whether you’re in the countryside or exploring a charming French town, you can be sure that a French Château is never very far away…

versailles window view8 Reasons to love France- food, culture, history and more!8 Reasons to Love France! (and why you should visit)

About Author

Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!


  • Khourshem
    20th November 2017 at 8:41 am

    This was really enjoyable to read. Having read this there seem to be some wonderful places to visit.Had a quick look at your blog and love it already. Have subscribed. Looks like you’ve spent time in many of the places listed in this post.

  • game
    6th October 2017 at 4:31 am

    Thank you for information.

  • Zazie
    28th July 2017 at 4:48 pm

    I absolute love visiting France — for all of the same reasons as you! xx

  • Justine | The Iridescent Wings
    28th July 2017 at 4:22 pm

    I visited France a couple years ago and all the reasons you had are the same I love it. Great post and pictures 🙂

    Justine | The Iridescent Wings


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