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13 Most Visited Tourist Attractions in France in 2024

In 2024, France recorded more than ninety million international traveler arrivals, becoming the leading tourist destination globally. With such famous attractions as the Eiffel Tower, mouthwatering food, charming medieval towns, a sunny Mediterranean coast, picturesque Alpine ski resorts, and exquisite wine-making areas, France is a country for any traveler. 

1. Eiffel Tower (Paris)

The single most famous landmark of Paris and perhaps, of France – the Eiffel Tower – was visited by more than 7 million people in 2024. People went up the three terraces to marvel at the city scenery and the new glass floor added on level 1. The light show also continued to be a major attraction when the palace was alight at night.

2. Disneyland Paris

Europe’s largest park of entertainment for people of all ages received about 6,5 million visitors who wanted to shake hands with Mickey and Minnie, feel the adrenaline in fairy-tale zones, and scream in terrifying amusements. Disneyland Paris, however, grew in size with the addition of a Frozen area and new areas dedicated to Marvel superheroes.

3. Louvre Museum (Paris)

Reporting over 6 million visits in 2024, this is the largest and most well-known art museum worldwide. Travelers from all over came to see the finest pieces of art, including Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa. These relics span many civilizations from around 35000 years in past times.

4. Palace of Versailles (Versailles)

The former royal palace with beautiful grandeur Hall of Mirrors, Royal Apartments, magnificent garden with fountains, and the Petit Trianon was visited by 5.5 million people. Excursions to Versailles were always entertaining and interesting, so people could make an entire day trip to this wonderful place, visiting the annual Fountain Show.

5. Mont Saint-Michel

The island abbey site stands out as an architectural icon which ensured that more than 3.5 million people visited the sites. It experienced pedestrians in the medieval streets, sightseeing of the English Channel, visiting the monastery, and fine dining at Michelin-star eateries on the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

6. Musée d'Orsay (Paris)

This former railway station located at the Seine River had more than 3.1 million visitors interested in arts in 2024. The impressionist gallery contains masterpieces of Monet, Renoir, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Van Gogh housed in a high-tech white cube.

7. Château de Chambord (Chambord)

About 2.8 million visitors visited the beautiful Château de Château to be enthralled by the French Renaissance architecture and the designs of the castle interiors including the well-known double helix staircase allegedly constructed by Leonardo Da Vinci, according to 2024 data. During summer nights, on boat trips for instance one may pass the palace, equestrian displays, the gardens, and son et lumiére performances.

8. Musée National Picasso (Paris)

Just honoring Pablo Picasso, this museum will draw 2.5 million people annually in 2024. Picasso collected some 200,000 ceramics, drawings, sculptures, and other things during his career; the current exhibit displays this collection housed in one of the most grandiose structures in Paris.

9. Pont du Gard (Vers-Pont-du-Gard)

This ancient Roman aqueduct bridge is in very good condition and it is seen that 2.2 million visitors came to see an architectural marvel in the form of a bridge built across the Gard River. Some tourists came specifically to have a view over the river, to visit the local museum, and such activities as canoeing were a possibility in summer.

10. Futuroscope (Poitiers)

Futuroscope which is France’s Disneyland equivalent had 2 million visitors who enjoyed the theme park which incorporated multimedia, themed environment rides and attractions, augmented reality, and special effects. Among the new attractions for 2024 one can mention a thrilling ride through deep space, sailing near Arctic giants, and slaying dragons to rescue a beautiful princess.

11. Basilique du Sacré Cœur located in Paris 

The Sacred Heart Basilica on Montmartre Hill also received approximately 1.8 million people in 2024. Some visitors were eager to see breathtaking views of the whole of Paris, impressive Gothic and Romanesque Churches, famous pop music festivals, and artists’ squares where painters and street performers, both singers and actors, ensure the spirit of the bohemian movement continues to live on.

12. Cité de l'Espace (Toulouse)

This space tourism in Toulouse was one of the most popular aerospace amusement parks in 2024 with 1.6 million people visiting the park. Planetariums, space museums, moon walking experiences, and other live demonstrations and experiences make it possible to transport people to space without physically moving them. A new for 2024 is Mars exploration complete with augmented reality hikes across the red planet.

13. Parc Astérix (Plailly)

Visitors flocked to this amusement park north of Paris that was built on the concept of the comic book hero Asterix to have a rollicking good time with over 40 thrilling rides, shows, and attractions spread across six themed zones. New to the park will be a flying theatre ride Celtic Britain and live show attractions featuring Asterix and Obelix and dancing druids.

Famous for art, gourmet food, monuments, themed parks, famous historic attractions, and natural scenery across plains, mountains, and coast, France remained the most popular country for tourists in 2024. New and improved attractions have landmarks, museums, and theme parks to welcome millions for the unique French moments that are unforgettably unique and can only be lived once.

FAQ

What kind of attractions are on this list?

Does it include a mix of historical sites (Palace of Versailles, Mont Saint-Michel), museums (Louvre Museum, Musée d'Orsay), natural wonders (French Riviera, Loire Valley), or cultural experiences (wine tasting, Parisian cafes)? This helps users know if the list aligns with their interests.

Are these attractions spread across all of France, or is there a focus on a specific region?

Knowing the geographic spread is important for planning logistics. Does the list cover all areas, or is it concentrated around Paris, the French Riviera, or historic regions like Normandy or the Loire Valley?

Is this a good list for a first-time visitor to France?

This can be a good starting point, but consider your interests. If you love art, prioritize museums. If history is your passion, delve deeper into medieval sites or World War landmarks.

How much time do I need to spend in France?

This depends on how many places you want to visit and the pace of your trip. Seeing all 13 attractions would likely require a longer trip (2+ weeks) compared to focusing on a specific region (Paris & Loire Valley - 1 week).

What's the best time to visit France?

France has a temperate climate with pleasant springs and falls. Summers can be hot and crowded, especially in popular areas. Shoulder seasons (spring & fall) offer good weather and fewer crowds.