When you think of France you think of romance, the Eiffel Tower, fashion, sophisticated cuisine, wine and art. So when making your way through Europe you have to stop in France.
This is a trip the whole family can enjoy as there are a variety of things to see and do. Here are some top must see attractions.
The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is the most recognized tourist attraction in the world. Visitors from all over come to see this massive wrought iron lattice tower built by Gustave Eiffel.
The Eiffel Tower is fun for all ages. There are many shops, vendors and restaurants to enjoy. You must experience the elevator ride to the top overlooking the beautiful city of Paris. This is a great photo opportunity. You will also want to see the Eiffel Tower illuminated at night as this is a stunning sight.
Notre Dame Cathedral
This famous cathedral is one of the most the prominent and oldest in France. It is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in the world.
The architecture of the cathedral is amazing. With the gorgeous stained glass windows, statues and the rich history this is something you must experience in your lifetime. Be sure to be respectful of the people during mass as this is still a functioning church.
Free to get in but donations are appreciated. You can’t leave Paris without getting a picture of this beautiful cathedral.
You can’t leave France without visiting one of the most famous art museums in the world.
The Louvre, located on the Right Bank of the Seine, is a massive art museum with over 38,000 objects. You could spend days visiting the Louvre and still not see everything. It is best to plan your day and get there early so you can see the top attractions like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.
Enjoy strolling around the outside and appreciate the architect of this massive museum.. It is definitely worth coming back at night. Seeing the glass pyramid in the main courtyard illuminated at night is a vision of beauty. This is a place you must add to your itinerary.
This Caribbean island is situated next to the Dominican Republic and towards the western side of the Virgin Islands. Puerto Rico’s location is critical to the shipping community as it lies on the shipping lane which leads to the Panama Canal. Its most significant assets are its exquisite beaches such as the mostly undiscovered beaches of Isabella and Aguadilla, particularly for kite boarding and windsurfing. Certainly, Rincon is the perfect spot for windsurfing in Puerto Rico. Tour Puerto Rico if you want to experience tranquil, natural beaches perfect for this kind of active pursuit.
Wait a minute – perhaps Puerto Rico’s best asset is its food. There is a large local type of cuisines which you will surely try during your visit. The food here is the most different among all the Caribbean islands. La Bombonera one of the oldest establishments in the city where you can try mofongo. It is the unofficial namesake of Puerto Rican cuisine and for a good reason. It is a combination of mashed plantains and seasonings to which you add any fillings such as steak, shrimp, fish, or various vegetarian choices. Old San Juan
In Old San Juan, the most recognizable sight is the Castle Castillo de San Felipe Del Morro. The foundation of the fort began in 1539 at the entry to the bay of San Juan and was completed only in 1589. Essentially, the fort was used for the protection of the harbor of San Juan. Till the Second World War, El Moro remained a substantial military base for a long time before an American military bunker was built. Eventually, the castle and its surroundings were declared a World Heritage Site and a National Park.
The National Reserve of El Yunque
It is also known as ‘The Anvil’. It is one of the largest resources of tropical forests, protecting intact ancient nature of Puerto Rico. The sanctuary is located in a two-hour drive from San Juan. While on this reserve, hike through the rainforest trails; advance to the waterfall and relax in the pristine nature.
North-west of Puerto Rico is where this little coral island that extends 1 mile in length is situated. Tourists are attracted to the beaches of the island, especially the Flamenco Beach. The clear water with a blue tint washes the white sandy beaches forming an image of a tropical utopia. The primary attraction of the island is Playa Tortuga, named after the sea turtles that use its sands for laying their eggs.
Rio Camuy Caves are the most famous caves in Puerto Rico. They are the third cave system in the world and have some of the largest cave systems of the Western Hemisphere. These caves are situated in Camuy Park, and where they also offer weekly night tours. The park is outfitted with picnic areas, walking trails, tourist locomotive, and a gift shop.