FALL FOLIAGE IN FRANCE IS A MUST-SEE
Most tourists like to visit France during the summer when the sun is bright and the trees are luscious shades of green. OuiPlease’s favorite time to travel to France is the fall because of the gorgeous changing leaves, cooler weather, and the abundance of festivals and activities around the country. Furthermore, the fall is the grape harvest season, which means the vineyards are picking the ripe berries and the process of wine-making begins.
The fall is a perfect time to get outside and visit gardens, parks, vineyards, and more. France has no shortage of breathtakingly beautiful nature scenes. You can find places to experience the views anywhere from cities to rural villages. The whole country is filled with special places to see the fall foliage, but here are the places we recommend!
Our Favorite Coats for Fall
Paris does not have as many trees as other parts of the country, but the gorgeous parks are a beautiful alternative! Our favorite place to see the falling leaves is the Jardin Des Tuileries. The reason we love this particular park is because it sits directly in between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde in Paris’ First Arrondissement. This park is a perfect oasis if you are looking for a quick stop to enjoy the scenery. If you are looking to escape the crowds, check out the 19th Arrondissement in northeastern Paris. This gorgeous area has 61 acres of trees that simply glow in the fall. This wide-open space makes the whole city feel even more magical!
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Similar to Paris, Strasbourg is a large city that is bustling with life. But unlike the big bustling city, Strasbourg has plenty of trees along the city streets and beautiful canals that change colors each fall. The stark contrast of the beautiful orange, red, and yellow trees against the rustic cobblestone streets makes fall the ideal time to visit Strasbourg. La Petite France is a fun little neighborhood that is perfect for tourists to see 18th-century architecture and to have some yummy food at the local bars and restaurants. If you really want to enjoy the changing leaves, you can check out one of Strasbourg’s two biggest public parks. The Parc du Palais du Rhin and Parc de l’Orangerie is the perfect place for a fall stroll.
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Limoux is a beautiful small town in southern France which is known for its vineyards. There are Mauzac and Chardonnay grapes almost everywhere you turn! The vineyards in Limoux produce yummy berries that turn spectacular shades of gold and burnt orange when they are ready to be picked! The fall season is perfect for wine-lovers to visit Limoux and to taste local fresh sparkling wine, a Limoux specialty! For sparkling wine lovers, we recommend Maison Guinot, Domaine de Baronarques, and Domaine J. Laurens.
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The Loire Valley
The Loire Valley is another great place to see some gorgeous vineyards that are blossoming with orange and red. Some of our favorite places to visit are gardens attached to grand chateaus. Chaumont-sur-Loire is home to an annual international garden festival that happens during the fall that is a must-see. The Loire Valley was also home to Leonardo da Vinci for the final three years of his life! Artists and art critics alike will enjoy taking a stroll through the historical gardens at his estate.
If that is not enough for you to be convinced to visit The Loire Valley, it also has one of the largest chateaux in the world! The Château de Chambord is a sprawling estate that is perfect to see the fall colors in full force. Try driving through the Foret Domaniale de Boulogne to reach Chambord to experience the magical sights.
Montségur is located right next to the towering peaks of the Pyrenees mountain range. Because it is nestled in the middle of these grand alps, it is an ideal spot for viewing the fall colors. A bike ride is the perfect afternoon activity to get outside and enjoy the sites through the hills of Montségur. If you are up for an adventure, try hiking to Chateau de Montsegur, a former fortress that is filled with history. This abandoned fortification was built in the 13th century! You can take a tour of this amazing structure which is also a perfect place to look out and see a 360-degree view of the fall foliage and the small village below.
The Champagne Region
The Champagne Region is one of the most famous producers of wine in the world, and it’s covered in grapevines whose leaves also change color each fall. This region is a short car or train ride from Paris, making this a great place for a quick day trip!
The Champagne Region is expansive, including Aube, Marne, Haute-Marne, and Ardennes. To begin your tour, try visiting one of the great Champagne houses (such as the Moët et Chandon, Veuve Clicquot Reims, and Champagne Ruinart) and take a tour of the vineyards. While sampling the world-famous wine, you also are able to experience the sea of changing leaves of this region.
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