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This summers’ 31-day long football festival is over now! France has won against Croatia in the highest-scoring final since 1966 (when England beat West Germany with 4 -2).

Although it would have been amazing to hold the 18-carat gold, 14-inch, 11lb trophy ourselves, we have to keep in mind, that France holds the trophy for the second time ever and the second time in 20 years. We are not begrudged, hm?

world cup winner france has secrets

This is even a great opportunity to have a closer look to the country of the World Cup Winner. We have found 10 places you won’t believe are in France!

Whenever we think of France, the first things that come to mind are: (apart from the world cup :-D) the Eiffel tower, Notre Dame and all the museums we’ll be able to visit. But there’s much more to see either than Paris!

Join us and we’ll show you 10 places you won’t believe are in France!

1. The Grand Canyon?

Source : Flickr (by marcovdz)

No… It’s Rustrel, in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France! The World Cup winner has not just got the best football team of the world obviously, but also places you won’t believe are in France!

2. The Sahara?

Dune Pilat
Source : Flickr (by Islxndis)

Nope! It’s the famous Dune of Pilat, located in La Teste-de-Buch in the Arcachon Bay area, France, 60 km from Bordeaux.

3. The Balearic Islands?

Calanques d'en vaut
Source : Flickr (by Thibault Houspic)

The World Cup winner France has secrets! Not anymore: you’ll find this view at Calanques d’En-Vau, between Cassis and Marseille.

4. Connemara?

Source : Flickr (by Mathieu Brient)

You’re so lost! These are the magnificent cliffs of Etretat! How tremendous is this? You want to go there? Look for your best flight offer now.

5. New York?

La Défense
Source : Flickr (by harmishhk)

Almost… This is the “Quartier de la Défense” in the suburbs of Paris.

For more stunning views and nice cocktails, make sure you check our article about The 9 Best Rooftop Bars In Paris!

6. Venice?

Port Grimaud
Source : Flickr (by Cosmo Dudley)

It’s actually Port Grimaudin in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in southeastern France.

7. Iguazu Falls?

Cascade Tufs
Source : Flickr (by claudia)

Not at all! These are the “Cascades des Tufs” in Baume-le-Messieurs, Jura.

8. Rome?

Source : Flickr (by Wolfgang Staudt)

Yes, it’s an arena from ancient Rome, BUT you’ll find this one in Nîmes.

9. Frankfurt?

Source : Flickr by (Nicolas Winspeare)

Almost… it’s Colmar, north-eastern France. You’ll find cobblestone streets run next to Canals. They are lined with houses in so many colourful shades you will be remembered of the sky, flowers, the sun, summer.

10. Byron Bay?

Source : Flickr (by Laurent GUERIN)

It could be, but it’s actually Hossegor, a commune in the Landes department; south-western France! It is a world-renowned surfing mecca with the longest uninterrupted stretch of sandy beach in Europe!

The World Cup winner has secrets, you think? Go find them because France is much more than Notre Dame and the Eiffel tower!


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