Top 10 must-see hidden attractions in France

Tourists visiting France will always be drawn to the star attractions like Mont St-Michel in Normandy and Palais des Papes in Avignon, not to mention the numerous must-see places in the capital Paris. But there is much, much more to see in the world’s most visited country than those sites often included in the “Top Ten” lists at the beginning of tourist guides. The simple fact is that many attractions in France are hidden away or simply not well known enough to pull in the crowds, but that doesn’t mean they’re not well worth a visit – quite the contrary. The Local has teamed up with travel guide publishers Lonely Planet, whose writer on France, Nicola Williams, has helped uncover some must-see sites that are rarely on the radar of most visitors. From villages in Provence to citadels in Alsace and the rutting season in the Loire Valley – here is our top 10 must-see hidden attractions in France. What else have we missed? Send us your own ideas for France’s hidden gems at [email protected] Nicola Williams can be followed on Twitter @tripalong or at

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