France! The country of love and romance, the Eiffel Tower, the Palace of Versailles and many, many other great tourist destinations. But if you go a little deeper into some of the smaller French locations you will soon discover that it is also home to the weird and wonderful…
10 – Poitiers
What could be better for a weird tour of France than first staying the night inside a giant snail! Just don’t try and eat it as the French do.
9 – Paris
The Catacombs of Paris is visited by millions of people every year. But it’s a tunnel of skulls and it doesn’t get much weirder than that!
8 – Tarascon
This statue is of a “Tarasque” that was a fearsome legendary dragon from southern France. Who’d have thought, a French Dragon!
7 – Nantes
Have you ever wanted to be a human hamster? Well, now you can by staying the night in the “hamster hotel”. Here you get haystack beds and even human hampster wheels! You even get a hamster mask at check-in.
6 – Corsica
The Plage de Saleccia beach is one of the most scenic beaches in the world. But also the only beach in the world that is essential farmland and is still used today as such. So both you and the cattle swim and bath in the same place.
5 – Normandy
Not only is it a whole town on an island (see many other strange islands), but this is a tidal island. When the tide is in it’s surrounded by water, when the tide goes out it’s surrounded by land!
4 – Manses
This unusual hotel is the perfect place to stay while on a tour of the weird. With a choice of 10 authentic American aluminium trailers from the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. And it even has a bar made from them as well!
3 – Dordogne
Also called the overhanging gardens of Marqueyssac in Dordogne it has 6 kilometres of paths in a maze of 150,000 hand-trimmed boxwood plants!
2 – Cannes
The Palais Bulles (Bubble Palace) is not located on Mars or the set of some cheap sci-fi movie but in Théoule-sur-Mer located just outside Cannes.
1 – Hauterives
No tour of the French weirdness would have been compleat without a trip to Le Palis Idéal. Built by just one man it took him 33 years, it’s 85 feet long, 50 feet wide and is about 32 feet tall and is all built of random stones and pebbles. Weird for sure, but also truly amazing.