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6 Not-so-Off-the-Beaten Paths You Need to Visit When in France

When you say “France,” the first place that people readily choose to visit would be Paris. Of course, it’s the most popular city in this country. But what many travelers don’t know is that there are equally beautiful destinations to check out in France.

Etretat

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Etretat is located in the Haute-Normandie region in the north-western part of France. It’s a farming and tourist town about 32 km northeast of Le Havre. Here, you will find three arches off the cliffs of Upper Normandy.

East Coast of Corsica

Corsica’s eastern coast is a more intimate and less populated area, which is perfect if you want some quiet time. Although it’s closer to Italy, it’s not nearly as crowded. Yet, there are lots of places to check out here, including Castagniccia, Col de Bavella and the valley of Fiumorbu, to name a few.

Châlons-en-Champagne

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It’s only an hour and a half from Paris, which means that there’s no reason you shouldn’t visit this place. If you’re a wine connoisseur or want to be one, then this is the place to head to as it has lots of great vineyards.

Clermont-Ferrand

Clermont-Ferrand is a commune situated in the Auvergne region. This city is famous of its chain of extinct volcanoes ring the place. Other popular attractions here include large statue of Vercingetorix in the Place de Jaude, the most famous public square, Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption, Puy-de-Dome, La Fontaine d’Amboise and Notre-Dame-du-Port, among many others.

Ushant/Ouessant

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This island is France’s westernmost point, which is off the coast of Brittany. Here, you’ll find six lighthouses that spread across the island. Why so many? This is considered the entrance to the English Channel. Aside from that, this is also the best place to check out shipwrecks.

Conques

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Conques is one of those must-visit sites for a side trip especially if you’re heading south. For one, this place is pleasantly quiet since there are no cars allowed here. It’s also home to a Romanesque church and a medieval shrine.

Photos by: Cristian BortesDelphine JankowskiYann Caradecjean-louis Zimmermann

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