39 Must-Visit French Speaking Countries/ Territories

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It would be a very nice idea to visit all of the 38 French Speaking Countries and Territories (French Polynesia, Clipperton, Quebec, Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, Haiti, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthelemy, Guadeloupe, Martinique, France, Guyana, Mayotte, Reunion, Crozet, Amsterdam, Saint-Paul, Kerguelen, New Caledonia, Wallis-et-Futuna, Belgique, Suisse, Mauritanie, Senegal, Mali, Guinee, Cote D’Ivoire, Burikina Faso, Niger, Tchad, Cameroun, Benin, Togo, Rep Centraficaine, Rep Dem Du Congo, Gabon, Congo, Seychelle, Maurice, Madagascar, Vanuatu).

It is actually part of the 35 Travel Goals After the COVID lockdown article I wrote during this time of the pandemic. As I still do not have a job and I have already written out my Americas tour plan first quarter of next year, I am now researching about places I can visit in these 38 French Speaking Countries and Territories. I am also preparing for it linguistically as I am now on a very competitive French learner level in Duolingo.

Here are our 38 Must-Visit French Speaking Countries/ Territories. (Note: we checked out some instagram photos and posted below for inspiration.) We will be replacing below instagram photos with our own once we visited any of those countries. We will also add the blog links. Hopefully, as soon as possible!

1.) Saint-Paul

I just found out that it is just a small volcanic outcrop in the Indian Ocean. No one really lives here except the French Weather Scientist who comes here from time to time.

2.) Martinique

Places to visit are Mount Pelee, Beaches such as Grande Anse des Salines Beach, Anse Dufour (Les Anses d’Arlet), Les Salines Beach (Saint-Anne), Anse Couleuvre (Le Precheur), Anse Noire (Les Anses d’Arlet), La Pointe Marin (Saint-Anne), Petit Anse (Les Anses d’Arlet), Anse Mabouya (Sainte-Luce), Baie d’Anse Mitan (Les Trois Ilets), Ilet Chevalier (Saint-Anne), L’Habitation Clément (Rum distillery), The Caravelle, Dubuc Castle, The Amazing Balata Garden, Fort-de-France and Cap 110 Memorial Park.

3.) Gabon

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Places to visit are Libreville, Loango National Park, Pongara, Fernan Vaz Lagoon, Ivindo National Park, Makokou & Kongou Falls, Franceville, Port-Gentil, Point Denis, Réserve de la Lopé, Lastoursville, Lambaréné, Minkébé National Park, Mayumba National Park, and Akanda National Park.

4.) Vanuatu

Places to visit are Tanna Island, Espiritu Santo Island, Port Vila, Efate Island, Malekula Island.

5.) Belgium

Places to visit are Bruges, Ghent, Durbuy, Antwerp, Ypres, The Hoge Kempen National Park, Leuven, Brussels, Mons, Spa, Namur, Liege, The Ardennes, Ostend, Bastogne.

6.) Madagascar

Places to visit are Ranomafana National Park, Masoala National Park, Andasibe-Mantadia, Royal Hill of Ambohimanga, Ifaty, Avenue of the Baobabs, Nosy Be, Tsingy de Bemaraha, Isalo National Park, and Ile Sainte Marie.

7.) Democractic Republic of the Congo

Places to visit are Kinshasa, Lola Ya Bonobo, Kahuzi Biega National Park, Nyiragongo Volcano, Virunga National Park, Lake Kivu, Garamba National Park, Salonga National Park, Okapi Wildlife Reserve, Maiko, Falls of Zongo, Boyoma Falls, Idjwi, Kisangani.

8.) Benin

Places to visit are Cotonou, Ouidah, Porto Novo, Abomey, Grand-Popo, Natitingou, Bohicon, Tanguieta, Parakou, Lake Nokoue, Tchaourou, Nikki, Pehunco, Boukoumbe, Malanville.

9.) Cameroon

Places to visit are Yaounde, Maroua, Limbe, Douala, Waza National Park, Bamenda, Foumban, Bafoussam, Kribi, Korup National Park, Dja Faunal Reserve, Mefou National Park, Dschang, Garoua, and Campo Ma’an National Park.

10.) Central African Republic

Places to visit are Bangui, Zinga, Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park, Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, Boali, Chinko Nature Reserve, Andre Felix National Park, Bouar, Kembe, Lobaye, Birao, Mbaiki, Bamingui, Bimbo, Berberati.

11.) Chad

Places to visit are N’Djamena, Sarh, Faya-Largeau, Zakouma National Park, Am Timan, Bol, Ennedi, The Lakes of Ouianga, Tibesti Mountains, Moundou, Douguia, Abeche, Aouk National Park, and Goz Beida.

12.) Mauritania

Places to visit are Chinguetti, Nouakchott, Atar, Terjit, Banc d’Arguin, Ouadâne, Tichit, Oualâta, Nouadhibou, Kiffa, Néma, Kaédi, Sélibaby, Zouérat, Diawling National Park.

13.) Seychelles

Places to visit are Mahé Island, Praslin Island, La Digue Island, Cousine Island, Aride Island, Bird Island, Moyenne Island, Silhouette Island, Aldabra Island, Fregate Island, Anse Lazio, Anse Georgette, Anse Source D’Argent, Beau Vallon Beach, Anse Intendance, Vallée de Mai National Park, Sainte Anne Marine National Park, Morne Seychellois National Park, Seychelles Natural History Museum, Domaine de Val des Prés, Rita’s Art Studio And Gallery, Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market, The Little Ben Clock Tower,  Cathedral Of Our Lady Of Immaculate Conception, Mission Lodge Lookout.

14.) Togo

Places to visit are Kpalime, Koutammakou, Lome, Togoville, Agbodrafo, Aneho, Fazao Malfakassa National Park, Keran National Park, Fosse aux Lions National Park, Sokode, Kara, Bassar, Mango, Atakpame, Tsevie.

15.) Senegal

Places to visit are Dakar, Saint-Louis, Ziguinchor, Popenguine, Touba, Joal-Fadiouth, Kafountine, Tambacounda, Kaolack, Kedougou, Mboro, Palmarin, Fatick, Thies, Richard Toll.

16.) New Caledonia

Places to visit are Mont Dore, Musée de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale (WWII Museum), La Parc de la Rivière Bleue, Fort Tereka, Ile aux Canard (Duck Island), Phare Amédée, Musée de la Nouvelle Calédonie.

17.) Wallis and Futuna

Places to visit are Basilica of St. Peter Channel in Poi, Lalolalo Lake, Lanu’tavake, Le Toagatoto, Loka Cave, Mata-Utu Cathedral , Talietumu (Kolo Noi), and Tepa Church.

18.) Guyana

Places to visit are Georgetown, Linden, Kanuku Mountains, Bartica, New Amsterdam, Port Mourant, Kaieteur National Park, Orinduik Falls, Parika, Shell Beach, Mount Roraima, Iwokrama Forest, Kamarang, Fair View, Anna Regina.

19.) Kerguelen Islands

Places to visit are Courbet Peninsula, Péninsule Rallier du Baty, Péninsule Gallieni, Péninsule Loranchet, Péninsule Jeanne d’Arc, Presqu’île Ronarc’h, Presqu’île de la Société de Géographie, Presqu’île Joffre, Presqu’île du Prince de Galles and Presqu’île du Gauss.

20.) France

Places to visit are Paris & Versailles, The Charming Countryside of Provence, The Côte d’Azur, Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy, The Châteaux of the Loire Valley, Reims & its Magnificent Gothic Cathedral, Fishing Villages, Historic Ports & Beaches in Brittany,  Biarritz & Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Joan of Arc Monuments in Chinon, Rouen & Orléans, The Alsace Region, Mont-Blanc & Annecy in the French Alps, Prehistoric Caves in the Dordogne & the Pyrenees, Rocamadour: A Medieval Pilgrimage Destination, Bordeaux & Saint-Émilion, The Burgundy Region: Quintessential France, Cirque de Gavarnie in the Pyrenees Mountains, Lourdes: France’s Biggest Catholic Pilgrimage Site, Gourmet Restaurants & Cultural Attractions in Lyon, Gascony Region & Toulouse in the South of France, The Camargue, Island of Corsica.

21.) Guadeloupe

Places to visit are Pointe des Chateaux, Guadeloupe National Park, La Soufriere Volcano, beaches and distilleries of Marie-Galante, Pointe-a-Pitre, Carbet Falls, Rum Museum, Plage La Grande-Anse, Zoological and Botanical Park of Guadeloupe, Plage Caravelle, La Desirade, the Iles des Saintes, Paradise Kafe, Deshaies Botanical Garden and La Touna.

22.) Niger

Places to visit are Zinder, Niamey, Agadez, W National Park, Ayorou, Abaaba National Park, Nguigmi, Maradi, Tahoua, Timia, Kouré, Dosso, Balleyara, Arlit, Diffa.

23.) Burkina Faso

Places to visit are Ouagadougou, Bobo-Dioulasso, Banfora, Gorom Gorom, Tiebele, Arli National Park, The Ruins of Loropeni, W National Park, Nazinga Reserve, Sindou, Ouahigouya, Ziniare, Lake Tengrela, Bangr Weogo Park, Sabou.

24.) Switzerland

Places to visit are Chateau de Chillon, Lake Geneva, The Matterhorn, St Moritz, Rhine Falls, Abbey of Saint Gall, Kapellbrücke.

25.) Guinea- Bissau

Although Guinea-Bissau is a portuguese speaking country, French is a mandatorily learned in schools. Places to visit are Orango Island, Bubaque Island, Dulombi-Boe National Park, João Vieira Island, Bissau, Bafatá, Lagoas Cufada Natural Park, Cacheu, Bolama Island, Varela, Rubane Island, Gabú, Farim, Saltinho, Florestas de Castanhez National Park.

26.) Cote d’Ivoire

Places to visit are Grand-Bassam, Abidjan, Man, Taï National Park, Jacqueville, San-Pédro, Yamoussoukro, Korhogo, Bouaké, Comoe National Park, Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, Assouinde, Sassandra, Marahoué National Park and Abengourou.

27.) Mauritius

Places to visit are Trou Aux Biches, Belle Mare Plage, Ile Aux Cerfs, Pereybere, La Cambuse, Le Morne , Ilot Gabriel Beach, Chamarel Coloured Earth, La Cuvette Beach, Flic En Flac Beach, Mont Choisy Beach, Poste Lafayette Beach, Black River Gorges National Park, Casela World of Adventures, Parc Francois Leguat, Trou Aux Cerfs, Tamarind Waterfalls, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, Rochester Falls, Mauritius National Botanical Garden, La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park, La Vanille Crocodile Park, Casela Nature Park Segway Tour, Chamarel Waterfalls, Blue Bay Marine Park, Le Pouce, Eureka House , Photo Museum, Sugar Museum, Blue Penny Museum, Light House of Albion, Mahebourg, Grand Bassin, Mauritius Photography Museum, Rodrigues, Aapravasi Ghat , Chateau De Labourdonnais, L’Aventure du Sucre, Champ de Mars Racecourse, Grand Baie Bazaar, Port Louis Market, Moka, Flic En Flac, Mahebourg Market, Le Craft Market, Quatre Bornes Market, Flacq Market , Bagatelle Mall .

28.) Mali

Places to visit are Timbuktu, Gao, Bamako, Djenné, Mopti, Ségou, Hombori, Sikasso, Kayes, Boucle du Baoulé National Park, Ansongo, Kidal, Douentza, Bandiagara, Taoudenni.

29.) Saint Martin

Places to visit are Red Bay, Orient Bay, Maho Beach, Fort Louis, Loterie Farm, Seaside Nature Park, Friar’s Bay, Good Life Spa, Pinel Island.

30.) Mayotte

Places to visit are Mont Choungi, The islet of Saziley, The Coconi botanic gardens, N’Gouja beach, Lake Karihani, Dzaoudzi village, The fields of the Guerlain plantation, The 210 steps of Acoua, The small town of Mamoudzou, The Bouéni peninsula.

31.) Haiti

Places to visit are Bassin Bleu, Port Salut, Labadee, Kokoye Beach, Il’s-a-Rat Beach, Gelee Beach, Wahoo Beach, Saut Mathurine, Citadelle Laferriere, Jacmel Beach, Site des Ramiers, Cormier Plage, The Palace of Sans-Souci, Chouchou Bay Beach, Grann Do Beach, Port-Au-Prince and Around, Cap Haitien, Jeremie, Les Cayes, Furcy.

32.) Crozet

As per research it is inaccessible to the public. The place has been cited though in novels such as Moby Dick, Desolation Island, and Biggles Cuts Its Fine.

33.) Saint Barthelemy

Places to visit are Gustavia, Colombier, Saint-Jean beach, Gouverneur beach, The fishing village of Corossol, The coconut grove in Anse de Marigot, Grande Saline Beach, Anse des Flamands, Anse de Grand Cul-de-Sac, Fort Gustav.

34.) Reunion

Places to visit are Le Piton de la Fournaise, Cite du Volcan Musuem, The Natural History Museum, Saint Paul’s Market, La Saga du Rhum Museum, Musee de Villele.

35.) Saint Pierre and Miquelon

Places to visit are The colourful wooden houses of Saint-Pierre, The island of Grand Colombier, Cap Persé, The L’Anse à Henry archaeological site on Saint-Pierre, L’Arche Museum & Archives in Saint-Pierre, The Île aux Marins and its Archipelitude Museum in Saint-Pierre, The Grand Barachois lagoon on Miquelon, The Cap de Miquelon nature reserve, The La Cormorandière valley in Miquelon, The Cap au Diable on Saint-Pierre.

36.) French Polynesia

Places to visit are Bora Bora, Moorea, Nuva hiva, Tahiti, Caroline Island, Tubuai, Mataiva, Puka-Puka, Raivavae, Eiao.

37.) Clipperton Island

It is actually a coral atoll south of Mexico and west of Guatemala. It is an uninhabited island.

38.) Quebec, Canada

Quebec is one of the provinces of Canada. Places to visit are Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Montmorency Falls, La Citadelle de Québec, Quartier Petit Champlain, Plains of Abraham, Museum of Civilization, Parliament Building, Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral, Aquarium of Quebec, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Place Royale, The Battlefields Park, Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site of Canada.


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