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France is filled with to the brim with fantastic locations for photography so we are only going to covering our very best France photo locations in this photography guide. We will start out in the north before making our way to the east before finishing up in Frances crowing jewel, Provence.

Loire Valley

The Loire valley located in the north east of France is littered with chateaus and medieval villages located along the banks of the Loire river. From sweeping views over the river to a perfectly preserved chateau to the winding cobbled streets of Amboise will always provide a vista that wont disappoint.

Top photography locations

  • Chateau de Chambord
  • Château de Chenonceau
  • Château de Cheverny
  • Azay-le-Rideau
  • Amboise
  • Blois
  • Saumur

Entrance fees – Towns are free but entry to Chateaus range from 5 to 15 euro. Lots of the best shots of Chateaus are taken from a a distance so you wont need to pay an entrance for most unless of core you want to see inside.

Best time to visit – The best time to visit the Loire is during Spring or Autumn when the summer crowds have left the temperature is a little cooler. The Loire valley is as lovely in spring when all the fresh blooms start to arrive as it is in Autumn when the rich yellows and reds come to life in the early morning mist.

Top photo tip – Shoot sunrise on the river to capture the mist and really add some atmosphere to your shots.

Frances best Photo Locations Provence
Frances best Photo Locations

Champagne

The champagne is a relatively un-photographed location but with half timber medieval towns surrounded by grape vines it provides some of the most sweeping views in all of France and could not be misted in our list of France best photography locations. Compact and easily accessible the Champagne is one of the quietest and most beautiful landscapes in the country.

Top photography locations

  • Troyes
  • Hautvillers
  • Vezy
  • Ville-Dommange
  • Chamery
  • Oger
  • Cumières

Entrance fees – You can walk or drive the small roads amongst the vineyards for great views of the towns and villages using the grape vines as the most perfect lead in lines ever.

Best time to visit – The fall harvest is at the end of September and the grape vines look particularity stunning as the leaves turn to yellow and the villages are shrouded in mist.

Top photo tip – Get up high above the villages to really utilise those lead in lines of the vines.

Frances Top Photo Locations
Frances Top Photo Locations

Alsace

Quaint and colourful towns with half timber houses on the banks of the Rhine and surrounded by grape vines should just about tell you everything you need to know about this unique region and when you see it for yourself you will understand how it made my list of France best photography locations.

Top photography locations

  • Strasbourg
  • Colmar
  • Riquewihr

Entrance fees – N/A

Best time to visit – Spring is delightful in the Alsace. Villages are full of flowers. Wineyards are green again and the weather is not too hot.

Top photo tip – Get up early and capture the villages as the locals go about their daily lives.

Frances Top Photo Locations

Dordogne

Medieval towns and chateaus are scattered amongst the lush green and vibrant country side that makes up the Dordogne. This is my personal favourite area of France to photograph. The perfectly placed towns are very quite with almost all locations offering stunning views of the light brick chateaus. Its also nice that the Instagram brigade don’t seem to have fully discovered the beauty of the Dordogne.

Top photography locations

  • Castelnaud-la-Chapelle
  • Beynac-et-Cazenac
  • La Roque-Gageac
  • Sarlat-la-Canéda
  • Rocamadour

Entrance fees – Entrance fees apply to some chateaus with prices ranging from 5 to 15 euros

Best time to visit – May, June and September are all great times to visit the Dordogne. The summer crowds haven’t arrived or have gone after summer and the weather is generally very pleasant.

Top photo tip – Take a a few step backs to capture the setting of these stunning towns.

Frances Top Photo Locations

Provence

From the lavender fields of the Valensole Plateau to the picture perfect villages of Gordes the bustling market towns of Avignon & Aix en Provence and the culture hub of Marseilles the surrounding calanques Provence really dose have it all and will probably be top on most peoples list of France best photography locations.

Top photography locations

  • Valensole Plateau
  • Gordes
  • Aix en Provence
  • Avignon
  • Bonniuex
  • Sault
  • Roussillon

Entrance fees – N/A

Best time to visit – Late June until mid July when the whole region is covered in Lavender. Especially the areas surrounding Valensole. This does mean the area will be a busier than usual but most photo locations are still relatively quite and can be enjoyed freely.

Top photo tip – Scout the area and find a unique shot of the lavender fields that hasn’t been shot a thousand times before. Its easier than you might think.

Frances Top Photo Locations
Frances Top Photo Locations

I hope you enjoyed our list of Frances top photo locations and if we have missed anything and you cant believe it then let us know in the comments.


Jordan Banks is a successful travel photographer with almost 20 years of experience shooting assignments and campaigns for some of the worlds leading brands and companies. If you would like to learn more, why not join one of his travel photography workshops.


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