Almost every traveler has a relationship with France. Many dream of its joie de vivre shown in the countless restaurants, picturesque villages, and world-famous gastronomy. Some come to follow the trail of France's great philosophers, writers, and artists, or to immerse themselves in the beautiful language it gave the world. Others are drawn to the country's geographical diversity with its long coastlines, massive mountain ranges, and breathtaking farmland vistas.
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for over 20 years. In 2014, it received 83.7 millions visitors; although, these figures are highly skewed by the number of people who frequent the country for the weekend, in particular to visit Disneyland Paris, Europe's most popular visitor attraction.
All these people come to France for many reasons. Its cities contain some of the greatest treasures on the continent. Its countryside is prosperous and well-tended and boasts dozens of major tourist attractions. France is one of the most geographically diverse countries in Europe. It contains areas as different from each other as urban chic Paris, the sunny French Riviera, long Atlantic beaches, the winter sports resorts of the French Alps, the castles of the Loire Valley, rugged Celtic Brittany, and the historian's dream that is Normandy.
France is a country of abundant emotions and turbulent politics but also a place of rational thinking and enlightenment treasures. Above all else, it is renowned for its cuisine, culture, and history. Whatever you want from a holiday, you're about to find it in France.
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