France is the most popular tourist destination in the world and is visited by millions of tourists every year. Paris, the capital city of France, is the third most visited city in the world. It has some of the world’s largest and renowned museums, including the Louvre, which is the most visited art museum in the world, but also the Musée d’Orsay which, like the nearby Musée de l’Orangerie, is mostly devoted to impressionism, and Centre Georges Pompidou, dedicated to Contemporary art.
Paris hosts some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, which is the most-visited paid monument in the world, the Arc de Triomphe, the cathedral of Notre-Dame, or the Sacré-Cœur on Montmartre. The Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie is the biggest science museum in Europe. Located in Parc de la Villette in Paris, France, it is at the heart of the Cultural Center of Science, Technology and Industry (CCSTI), a center promoting science and science culture. Near Paris are located the Palace of Versailles, the former palace of the Kings of France, now a museum, and the medieval village of Provins. Both attractions are protected as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
With more than 10 million tourists a year, the French Riviera or Côte d’Azur in southeastern France, is the second leading tourist destination in the country, after the Parisian region.
France has 37 sites inscribed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List and features cities of high cultural interest, beaches and seaside resorts, ski resorts, and rural regions that many enjoy for their beauty and tranquillity. Small and picturesque French villages of quality heritage, such as Collonges-la-Rouge or Locronan, are promoted through the association Les Plus Beaux Villages de France namely “The Most Beautiful Villages of France”. The “Remarkable Gardens” label is a list of the over two hundred gardens classified by the French Ministry of Culture. This label is intended to protect and promote remarkable gardens and parks.
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