France has, to date, 41 UNESCO World Heritage sites. In 2010, France was the first nation to have its gastronomy recognised by UNESCO as “intangible cultural heritage”, reinforcing the imperious reputation of French cuisine. France is also a country which offers three very different coastlines (channel, western and Mediterranean), several mountain ranges (Alps, Pyrenees, Jura, Massif Central and extinct volcanos in the Auvergne), a very wide spectrum of food, and different climates.
France also has Paris and Paris has been the most romantic destination in the world in the popular imagination for time immemorial, a perception reinforced by films. It almost goes without saying, but the French capital is a huge draw for foreign visitors, over 30 million of them a year in fact, more than any other city in the world. What makes it so popular beside its city’s romantic image? There are the stunning architecture, the Louvre museum, the iconic Eiffel Tower as well as the simple pleasure of sitting at a café terrace and watching the world go by. And don’t forget Disneyland, which is a destination in itself for foreign visitors.