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110 Captivating Pictures of France That Will Leave You Dreaming of a French Adventure

Looking for beautiful pictures of France to inspire your next trip? Explore the beauty of France through the photos in our captivating image gallery.
If you're like me, you can't resist the allure of France. From the romantic streets of Paris to the sun-drenched Cote d'Azur, France is a place that captures the hearts and minds of travelers from all over the world. 

In this post, I've curated a stunning collection of pictures of France from my personal travels over the last 15 years that will transport you straight to the heart of this enchanting country. This photo showcase covers some of the most iconic landmarks, natural wonders, and historic gems of France. 

Whether you're actively planning a trip to France, looking for vacation destination ideas, or simply dreaming of your next vacation, join us on an armchair travel adventure via this France image gallery. 

I hope that these captivating pictures inspire your own French adventure.

Pictures of the Loire Valley

The Loire valley is a magical place. We were delighted when inspiration struck to undertake a 5 day Loire Valley road trip

In this section of our photos of France gallery, you'll find stunning châteaux, beautiful gardens, and quaint historic towns. Many of the villages in this section are dominated by impressive fortresses. See for yourself!





1.  Château d'Ussé

Photos of France:  Château d'Ussé





2.  Ornate towers at Château de Chambord
Images of France: Ornate towers at Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley





3.  Château de Chambord
Pictures of France: Château de Chambord in the Loire Valley





4.  Half-timbered buildings in Chinon France

France Image Gallery: Half-timbered buildings in Chinon France





5.  Gargoyle keeping watch in Chinon France

France Photos: Gargoyle keeping watch in Chinon France





6.  The spectacular gardens at Château Villandry

France images: The spectacular gardens at Château Villandry





7.  Château du Clos Lucé, one-time residence of Leonardo da Vinci

Photos of France: Château du Clos Lucé, one-time residence of Leonardo da Vinci






8.  Half-timbred building in Amboise, France

France Pictures: Half-timbred building in Amboise





9.  Hall over water at Château de Chenonceau

Images of France: Hall over water at Château de Chenonceau





10.  Magical Château de Chenonceau

Photos of France: Magical Château de Chenonceau





11.  Château Royal d'Amboise

Instagrammable France: Château Royal d'Amboise





12.  Château de Saumur

France image gallery: Château de Saumur in the Loire Valley





13.  Château d'Angers

Pictures of France: Château d'Angers in the Loire Valley





14.  Medieval door in Angers

Photos of France: Medieval door in Angers





15.  Inside the walls of Château d'Angers
Photos of France: Inside the walls of Château d'Angers





16.  Apocalypse Tapestry at Château d'Angers
Cool photos of France: Apocalypse Tapestry at Château d'Angers





17.  Château Villandry
France Images: Château Villandry in the Loire Valley





18.  Light show at Château Royal de Blois
Pictures of France: Light show at Château Royal de Blois

Pictures of Bordeaux (and Nearby)

Bordeaux is another one of our favorite places to spend a weekend in France. Our 3 day Bordeaux itinerary included day trips from Bordeaux city to the surrounding wine regions. 

We also attempted to answer the question: which is the best wine-focused day trip from Bordeaux? Medoc or St. Emilion?

I hope this section of our France picture gallery inspires you to visit this charming French city and the surrounding countryside.





19.  Rain-soaked street in Bordeaux
Pictures of France: Rain-soaked street in Bordeaux





20.  Porte Dijeaux in Bordeaux
Images of France: Porte Dijeaux in Bordeaux





21.  La Cité du Vin
Photos of Bordeaux: La Cité du Vin





22.  Bordeaux Cathedral
Pictures of France: Bordeaux Cathedral





23.  Looking up at Bordeaux Cathedral
Pictures of France: Bordeaux Cathedral





24.  Views over St. Emilion
France Image Gallery: Views over St. Emilion





25.  Vineyards near St. Emilion
Photos of France: Vineyards near St. Emilion





26.  Indulgent slice of chocolate cake in Bordeaux
Pictures of France: Indulgent slice of chocolate cake in Bordeaux





27.  Fountain in a garden in Bordeaux City
Images of France: Fountain in a garden in Bordeaux City





28.  Bordeaux's Miroir d'eau
France Images: Bordeaux's Miroir d'eau





29.  Sidewalk cafe in the shadow of a church in Bordeaux
Pictures of France: Sidewalk cafe in the shadow of a church in Bordeaux





30.  Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Médoc
Photos of France; Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Médoc





31.  Château Cos d'Estournel in Médoc
Images of France: hâteau Cos d'Estournel in Médoc





32.  Elegant fountain in Bordeaux
France Pictures: Elegant fountain in Bordeaux





33.  Checkerboard pavement in Bordeaux
France Picture Gallery: Checkerboard pavement in Bordeaux






34.  Château Prieuré-Lichine in Médoc
Images of France: Château Prieuré-Lichine in Médoc





35.  Château Lafon-Rochet in Médoc
France Photos: Château Lafon-Rochet in Médoc





36.  Château Lagrange in the Médoc wine region
Pictures of France: Château Lagrange in the Médoc wine region





37.  Château Margaux

Iconic Photos of France: Château Margaux

Pictures of Languedoc

Languedoc is one of the more off-the-beaten track places to visit in France. We set up our home base in Montpellier and took the opportunity to explore Languedoc by car

From windswept coasts to towns with imposing fortresses to quiet nature reserves, this corner of France begs to be visited. Do these regional images of France have you convinced?





38.  Fortifications surrounding Aigues-Mortes
Pictures of France: Fortifications surrounding Aigues-Mortes





39.  Entrance gate to Aigues-Mortes
France Images: Entrance gate to Aigues-Mortes





40.  Canal running through Sète
Pictures of France: Canal running through Sète





41.  Giant octopus sculpture in Montpellier
Photos of France: Giant octopus sculpture in Montpellier





42.  Pont du Gard near Nîme
Iconic Pictures of France: Pont du Gard near Nîme





43.  Flamingo taking flight in the Camargue
France Photos: Flamingo taking flight in the Camargue
Pictures of France: Camargue Flamingos





45.  Languedoc dunes and kites
Photos of France: Languedoc dunes and kites





46.  Languedoc horses
France image gallery: Languedoc horses

Pictures of Carcassonne and Toulouse

Carcassonne and Toulouse make for a perfect Ryanair weekend getaway from points across Europe. Fly into one and out of the other with a day to explore in each of these French cities. 

You'll find fairy tale castles and indoor and outdoor markets bursting with amazing food. Steep in the atmosphere of these regional photos and decide if this is where you'll spend part of your French vacation.





47.  Walls of Carcassonne Castle on a foggy day
Photos of France: Walls of Carcassonne Castle on a foggy day





48.  Turrets and roof tiles of Carcassonne Castle
Pictures of France: Turrets and roof tiles of Carcassonne Castle





49.  Loaves of fresh bread at the market in Carcassonne
Quintessential French pictures: Loaves of fresh bread at the market in Carcassonne





50.  Carcassonne Castle after dark
Images of France: Carcassonne Castle after dark





51.  Galerie Le Château d'Eau in Toulouse
France Image Gallery: Galerie Le Château d'Eau in Toulouse





52.  Seafood at Marché Victor Hugo in Toulouse
Pictures of France: Seafood at Marché Victor Hugo in Toulouse





53.  Le Capitole in Toulouse
France Pictures: Le Capitole in Toulouse

Pictures of Normandy

We enjoy visiting places steeped in history and Normandy has more history than most. Grab a car and embark on a Paris to Normandy road trip

You'll find charming seaside villages and plenty of WWII history and memorials to keep you busy for a long weekend. What do you think? Do these images of France have you convinced that you should head for the North coast?





54.  American Cemetery
Photos of France: The American Cemetery in Normandy





55.  Omaha Beach Memorial
Pictures of France: Omaha Beach Memorial in France





56.  Mont St. Michel
Iconic Pictures of France: Mont St. Michel





57.  Church of Saint-Pierre in Caen
Photos of France: Church of Saint-Pierre in Caen





58.  Gargoyles on the Church Saint-Pierre in Caen
Images of France: Gargoyles on the Church Saint-Pierre in Caen





59.  Crooked timbered buildings in Le Havre
Pictures of France: Crooked timbered buildings in Le Havre





60.  Le Havre Harbor
Pictures of France: Le Havre Harbor





61.  Roadside shop near Le Havre
Pictures of France: Roadside shop near Le Havre

Pictures of Alsace

Strasbourg for Christmas is the ultimate French vacation. Visit Strasbourg and the surrounding villages of Alsace and you'll discover some of the best Christmas markets in Europe

Alsace has changed hands over the years, so the architecture may feel a little more German than elsewhere in France. Enjoy these photos of France and inspire a winter trip filled with delightful and warming food.





62.  Alsatian architecture in Strasbourg
Images of France: Alsatian architecture in Strasbourg





63.  Gugelhupf for Christmas in Strasbourg
Photos of France: Gugelhupf for Christmas in Strasbourg





64.  Pharmacie Centrale behind the Christmas Market in Obernai
Pictures of France: Pharmacie Centrale behind the Christmas Market in Obernai





65.  Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Strasbourg
France Image Gallery: Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Strasbourg





66.  Ponts Couverts de Strasbourg
Images of France: Ponts Couverts de Strasbourg





67.  Carousel in Obernai
Photos of France: Carousel in Obernai





68.  La Petite Venise in Colmar
Iconic Photos of France: La Petite Venise in Colmar





69.  École Nationale d'Administration in Strasbourg
Images of France: École Nationale d'Administration in Strasbourg





70.  Bend in the river in Strasbourg
Photos of France: Bend in the river in Strasbourg





71.  Église réformée Saint-Paul in Strasbourg
Pretty pictures of France: Église réformée Saint-Paul in Strasbourg





72.  Escargot
Pictures of France: escargot (snails)

Pictures of Lyon

We spent 3 days in Lyon on a weekend city break in France. Eat your way through the city and indulge in wines from Côte du Rhone. 

Explore Lyon's Roman past in the city itself and on a day trip to nearby Vienne, France (not to be confused with Vienna, Austria). 

What say you? Do these photos of Lyon make you want to visit?





73.  Views over Lyon
Pictures of France: views over Lyon





74.  Place Bellecour in Lyon
Pictures of France:  Place Bellecour in Lyon





75.  Street musicians in Lyon
Photos of France: Street musicians in Lyon





76.  The Weight of Oneself in Lyon
Iconic Photos of France: The Weight of Oneself in Lyon





77.  Cemetery on the hillside in Vienne
Pictures of France: Cemetery on the hillside in Vienne





78.  Roman Temple of Augustus and Livia in Vienne
Images of France: Roman Temple of Augustus and Livia in Vienne





79.  Gate to Parc de la Tête d'Or in Lyon
Pictures of France: Gate to Parc de la Tête d'Or in Lyon

Pictures of Provence

We spent one magical Christmas in Provence. I find that winter is an excellent time to visit Aix-en-Provence because you'll have this popular tourist town largely to yourself. 

Also, Provence has a Christmas tradition called Treze Desserts. Yes, you read that right...thirteen desserts for Christmas!

What do you think? Do these regional photos of France have you in the mood for some holiday cheer in Provence?





80.  Hotel de Ville in Aix-en-Provence
Photos of France: Hotel de Ville in Aix-en-Provence





81.  Old Town Aix-en-Provence architecture
Images of France: Old Town Aix-en-Provence architecture





82.  Santons to celebrate Christmas in Provence
France image gallery: France image gallery: Santons to celebrate Christmas in Provence





83.  Aix-en-Provence Fountain
Pictures of France: Aix-en-Provence Fountain





84.  The Papal Palace in Avignon
France images: The Papal Palace in Avignon





85.  Baux de Provence
Images of France: Baux de Provence

Pictures of The French Riviera

Ah, the French Riviera. Can you think of a more sophisticated part of France to visit? 

We find that the Côte d'Azur is great for festivals from ringing in the New Year to celebrity spotting at Cannes. Take a break from the festivities for a walk along the beach, of course.

Do these French images make you want to visit the French Riviera? I know they make me want to go back again and again.






86.  Flower parade at Nice Carnival
France Image Gallery: flower parade at Nice Carnaval





87.  Carnival party in Nice, France
Iconic images of France: Nice Carnival Party





88.  Bar decorated for Carnival in Nice
Pictures of France: Bar decorated for Carnival in Nice





89.  Buildings on Nice Harbor
Photos of France: buildings on Nice harbour





90.  Deserted beach in Nice in the winter
France image gallery: Nice beach in winter





91.  Fontaine du Soleil in Nice
Pictures of France: Fontaine du Soleil in Nice





92.  Le Negresco in Nice
Images of France: Le Negresco in Nice





93.  Sculpture at the Citrus Festival in Menton
Pictures of France: Sculpture at the Menton Citrus Festival





94.  Menton harbor
France Photos: Menton Harbour

Pictures of St. Jean de Luz in The Basque Region

What do you think of when you hear "Basque Country"? I imagine your first thought was Spain and more specifically Bilbao (not to mention fantastic Bilbao food) and San Sebastian

Did you know that the Basque region extends into France? Check out these photos of St. Jean de Luz and inspire your own trip to the region.





95.  Fishing harbor in St. Jean de Luz
Images of France: Fishing harbor in St. Jean de Luz





96.  Pointe de Sainte-Barbe in St. Jean de Luz
Images of France: Pointe de Sainte-Barbe in St. Jean de Luz





97.  Lifeguard station in St. Jean de Luz
Photos of France: Lifeguard station in St. Jean de Luz





98.  St. Jean de Luz at sunset
Pictures of France: St. Jean de Luz at Sunset

Pictures of Marseille

Marseille is definitely worth a stop if you are visiting Provence. Discover the best of this gritty French city with the photos below.





99.  Christmas ferris wheel in Marseille
Pictures of France: Christmas ferris wheel in Marseille





100.  Cherubs in Marseille
France Image Gallery: cherubs in Marseille





101.  St. Vincent de Paul Church
Pictures of France: St. Vincent de Paul Church





102.  Le dresseur d'oursons de Louis Botinelly
Photos of France: Le dresseur d'oursons de Louis Botinelly in Marseille





103.  Carousel in Marseille
Images of France: Carousel in Marseille





104.  Cathédrale La Major
Photos of France: Cathédrale La Major in Marseille

Pictures of Paris (and Nearby)

No post covering photos of France would be complete without a section about Paris. The French capital is the capstone of our list of places to consider for your next vacation. 

Discover things to do in Paris itself and make sure to plan a day trip or two to places like the Champagne region and Fontainebleau.





105.  View over the Seine toward the Eiffel Tower
Pictures of France: View over the Seine toward the Eiffel Tower





106.  Heart-shaped pastries for Valentine's Day in Paris
France image gallery: Heart-shaped pastries for Valentine's Day in Paris





107.  Gilded clock at Musée d'Orsay
Iconic Pictures of France: Gilded clock at Musée d'Orsay





108.  Chapel of the Trinity at Fontainebleau
Photos of France: Chapel of the Trinity at Fontainebleau





109.  Fontaine de Diane in Fontainebleau
Photos of France: Fontaine de Diane in Fontainebleau





110.  G.H. Mumm champagne cellar in Reims
Pictures of France: G.H. Mumm champagne cellar in Reims

Turning Photos into Action with a Trip to France

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110 Captivating Pictures of France That Will Leave You Dreaming of a French Adventure
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