Amazing List of 15 Castles, Chateaux, Palaces and Fortresses to Visit in France

Château d’Abbadie

The Observatory Castle of Abbadia (Château d’Abbadie) has a neo-gothic architectural style that is quite striking at first glance.
Fortress of Aigues-Mortes

The medieval fortress and walled city of Aigues Mortes, Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France.
Château d’Ainay-le-Vieil

Surrounded by a beautiful green park, this castle dates back to the 12th century. A moat goes around the outer wall, and it has been used by many important historical figures throughout the years. 
Château D’Alleuze

Located in south-central France, this castle was constructed in the 13th century and was once owned by the bishops of Clermont. It is one of the oldest ruins in the country, and those who are interested can visit.
Chateau d’Amboise

Construction of the Chateau d’Amboise first started in the 1400s and ended in the early 1500s. Amazingly enough, this castle is still mostly intact with some incredible architecture. 
Fort de la Bastille in Grenoble

Bastille is a 17th-century fortress that was built for the sole purpose of defending the Daphine from their enemies. It is now a cultural centre with numerous art pieces that you can walk through and see. 
Bénédictine Palace

Bénédictine Palace is located in the town of Fecamp, which is known for its historic attractions and art galleries. Anyone who wants to learn more about the history of this country should think about visiting this place.
Berzé-le-Châtel castle

Berzé-le-Châtel castle is a medieval fortress that has a total of 13 towers. Each of the rooms in this fortress is furnished with old pieces from up to two hundred years ago.
Blaye Citadel

The Blaye Citadel is situated above the Gironde estuary, and it was once home to a prison as well as fortified barracks. You can come here to learn more about the structure itself as well as the surrounding region. 
Bordeaux Vineyard

The Bordeaux Vineyard is made up of over 115,000 hectares of land that is used to grow wine. The entire area boasts an amazing number of 8,000 castles, chateaux and palaces. S
Boulogne Castle

This medieval castle can be found in Saint-Michel-de-Boulogne tucked away in the Ardeche Mountains Regional Nature Park. The structure still stands strong and is considered one of France’s best historic sites to visit. 
Burgundy Vineyards are made of more than 9,000 hectares of land. Here you will also find several castles that were built back in the medieval times. 
Cité de Carcassonne

The castle in the town of Carcassonne was once home to many different counts. The stained-glass windows and towering statues outside of this structure are very impressive. 
 Château de la Brède

Château de la Brède has a gothic architectural design and once served as a fortress. There are over 100 hectares of forested land surrounding the castle with some paths that you can use to explore the area.
Château d’Aubenas
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In Aubenas you will find Montlaur Castle, which has some very unique Ardeche architecture. It is paved with smooth varnished tiles and boats two large pepperpot towers that overlook the beautiful surrounding landscape. 

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