Planning a trip to France and wondering what’s worth seeing there? Everyone associates Paris or the Côte d’Azur, but France has more to offer!

My partner grew up in France, his family still lives an hour’s RER ride away from Paris and thanks to them I have visited France many times over the last 10 years. I have been to Paris alone dozens of times – staying both with various friends and on my own in hostels. However, I have also visited some less popular – from the perspective of a Polish tourist – places. And although Paris itself is worth seeing at least once in a lifetime, I would just as highly recommend visiting the provinces!

France boasts a huge variety of landscapes – from the highest peaks in Europe in the Alps, to extinct volcanoes in the Auvergne, fields of levendé in Provence, castles on the Loire, chalk cliffs and vast beaches on the Atlantic coast, luxury resorts on the French Riviera, fields of vines that strew a huge part of the country, to historic towns with a soul. If you’re planning a trip to France, be sure to check out my subjective list of 5 beautiful places to see there! I don’t just focus on individual French tourist attractions or monuments, but cities, departments and regions in general.