With a rich culture, fantastic cuisine, and varied landscapes, France is every tourist’s dream. Whether you’re looking for a city break, ski adventure or beach retreat, it caters to all interests and preferences. This combined with a whole host of interesting attractions entices over 80 million tourists to visit France each year. But can joining the crowds at these French destinations and attractions show you the real France? While climbing the Eiffel Tower or wine tasting in Bordeaux are top things to do, they can leave your trip feeling a little predictable. If you’re longing for a more unique French experience, this list of unusual activities is for you.
Spend the night in a castle
If you’ve always had dreams of being a princess in a castle, France might be able to make this a reality. Throughout France, you can find a number of large houses and castles, otherwise known as a chateaux. Many of these buildings were built centuries ago and have a real sense of grandeur about them. They are ideal for weddings but also tourists who want to feel like royalty for a few days. Despite their appearance, they are more affordable than you think. With the help of the internet, you can find affordable chateauxs to spend a night or a week in without spending a fortune. So why not live like a Queen while you are here. Your friends are bound to be green with envy when you tell them that you’ve spend time in a chateaux in France.
Go on an archeological dig
If you’re interested in history and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, this is the ideal activity for you. France’s long history means that the country is full of archeological sites from caves to historic buildings. Unlike many countries, France has many archeological societies that welcome volunteers to help them excavate these sites. You don’t need to have any previous experience as they will teach you all the basics before you get started. This is an experience that is unlike any other, and you never know what you might discover in that French earth. If this sounds appealing, look at the Ministry of culture’s lists to see which digs you could get involved in.
Visit the Statue of Liberty
You don’t have to travel all the way to New York to see the Statue of Liberty. Even though she is now an American icon, Lady Liberty was created in France and gifted to the US in 1886. Many other versions of the statue were made during this time and can still be found today. They vary dramatically in size and materials but are still just as magnificent to see up close. You can find three in Paris alone. So why not discover the locations of each statue and create a tour around the country to see them all.
These are just a few examples of the many unusual activities you can try during a visit to France. So don’t feel pressured to do what every other tourist does. Seek out unique opportunities and make this visit to France one that is truly unforgettable.
*This is a collaborative post but all love for France is my own*