France has 45 World Heritage listings from UNESCO, welcoming millions of visitors every year. Here you will find a varied selection of these listings as well as the cultural diversities to discover in different regions.

08 February 2024  |  Virginie Erre  |  UNESCO

The Cordouan lighthouse

The Cordouan lighthouse has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2020. This maritime treasure stands majestically at the mouth of the Gironde estuary. Like an emblematic guardian, the Cordouan lighthouse can be visited from April to October.

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01 February 2024  |  Amélie Roca  |  UNESCO

Fortifications of Vauban

Vauban's work includes 12 groups of fortified buildings and constructions along the Northern, Eastern, and Western borders of France. The Vauban fortifications refer to a set of fortifications designed by the French military engineer Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban during the 17th century.

© Herver Roussy

28 January 2024  |  Amélie Roca  |  UNESCO

Cordouan Lighthouse

The Cordouan lighthouse stands on a shallow rocky plateau in the Atlantic Ocean located at the mouth of the Gironde estuary in New Aquitaine, in a dangerous and inhospitable environment. Built with white limestone blocks between the end of the 16th century and the beginning of the 17th century.

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27 January 2024  |  Amélie Roca  |  UNESCO

Fontainbleu Palace, south-west Paris

The Château de Fontainebleau, located in Fontainebleau, south-west Paris is surrounded by magnificent gardens of nearly 130 hectares, it is renowned for its beauty, and its very well maintained gardens and its fountains. Its 130 hectare estate deploys various buildings between four main courtyards, three gardens and a park.

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25 January 2024  |  Amélie Roca  |  UNESCO

Maison Carrée of Nîmes

The Maison Carrée in Nîmes is the best preserved Roman temple in the world. This building is dedicated to the cult of the imperial family, inspired by the temples of Apollo and Mars Utlor in Rome, the Maison Carrée impresses with the harmony of its proportions and the majesty that emerges from this exceptional monument.

Villefranche de Conflent

24 January 2024  |  Amélie Roca  |  Tourism, UNESCO

The charming villages of the Pyrenees-Orientales

The Pyrénées-Orientales, a region in the south of France which offers many picturesque villages, steeped in history, culture and Mediterranean charm. As you wander through these hidden gems, you will be transported to a world where cobbled lanes tell centuries-old stories and landscapes offer breathtaking vistas.

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13 December 2023  |  Lee Jones  |  Events, UNESCO , Culture

Carcassonne International Festival 2024

Enjoy music, theatre and dance in the South of France at the 2024 Carcassonne International Festival. A festival of performing arts with international acts performing in venues all over the city. The main venue is the Théâtre Jean-Deschamps, a small amphitheatre within the walls of the citadel with a great atmosphere and a fabulous view from every seat.

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27 September 2023  |  Amélie Roca  |  UNESCO

UNESCO classified sites in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Nouvelle-Aquitaine has a large list of UNESCO world heritage sites, some world famous like Bordeaux or Saint-Emilion, others to rediscover like the Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe. You will find 15 sites listed throughout the region which bear witness to the richness of our heritage: prehistory, fortifications but also places of pilgrimage.

© Mont-Saint Michel

28 December 2022  |  Amélie Roca  |  Tourism, Architecture, UNESCO

Le Mont Saint-Michel

A heritage not to be missed, you can visit Mont-Saint Michel on a guided tour. The village, the abbey, the museum, Founded at the request of the Archangel Michael by the Bishop of Avranches Aubert, the first sanctuary was consecrated on October 16, 709.

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24 August 2022  |  Amélie Roca  |  Holidays, Nature , Tourism, UNESCO , Culture

Holiday homes in Occitanie

Occitanie is the 4th most frequented region by foreign tourists. In addition, it is also the region which attracts the most French tourists. No wonder, its offer is very varied, with its coastline, its countryside and cities. We have a large choice of holiday home rentals in Occitanie for you. First-class vacations, in an exceptional property.

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26 August 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  Nature , UNESCO

The volcanoes of Auvergne

Located to the west of Clermont, many towns such as Ceyrat and Orcines are part of the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park. Sites not to be missed during your vacation in the region. You will find many trails around the volcanoes, with hikes and walks that will take you to the peaks of the most beautiful volcanoes.

17 August 2021  |  Hugh Atkins  |  Architecture, UNESCO

Arles Amphitheatre

The Amphitheatre in Arles is one of the greatest remaining examples of Roman architecture in southern Europe. It is a beautiful structure, intact for the most part and dominates the fascinating southern French town of Arles, on the edge of the Camargue National Park.

© Paolo Costa Baldi - Wikimedia

08 June 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  UNESCO , Tourism

UNESCO sites in France

Holidaying in France, there are some wonderful sites making Francethe most visited country in the world the most visited country in the world. France has forty five listed UNESCO sites - come and discover some of the most famous; Carcassonne, Paris and more.

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06 June 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  UNESCO , Tourism

The Pyrenees and Mont-Perdu

Mont-Perdu designates a vast mountainous area between France and Spain. Registered since 2007 on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Let's go and explore this mountain range. Mont-Perdu is a vast mountainous area between France and Spain. The eastern part of the Pyrenees National Park in the Hautes Pyrénées department as well as the Spanish park of Ordesa and Mont-Perdu.

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31 May 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  UNESCO , Tourism

Bourges Cathedral

Located in the department of Cher in the Center-Val de Loire, it is a Catholic cathedral, built between the end of the 12th and the end of the 13th century. Architecturally, the building is remarkable both for its proportions and for the structure of its sculptures and stained glass windows.

© Wikimedia

29 May 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  UNESCO , Tourism, Holidays

Port of the moon in Bordeaux

Since the Middle Ages, the port of the Moon has been the name given to the port of Bordeaux due to its crescent shape as it crosses the city. It is also represented on the coat of arms of the city. This part of the river which is also called "the harbour" which today has a strong tourist activity.

© Wikimedia

24 May 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  UNESCO , Tourism

Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe

Let's explore the Abbey of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe. It is one of 45 French heritages classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. Located in the Vienne department of New Aquitaine, it is known for its perfectly well-preserved Romanesque murals, unique in Europe.

© Wikimedia ID1862 Abbaye de Fontenay PM 48238

11 May 2021  |  Amélie Roca  |  UNESCO , Tourism

Fontenay Abbey

The Abbey of Fontenay is located in the north of Burgundy, founded in 1118 by Saint Bernard de Clairvaux, one of the greatest French saints, it is today the oldest preserved Cistercian abbey in the world. It is listed among the 45 UNESCO World Heritage sites in France.

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