Top 10 cities to visit in France

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Much more than just Paris, France has a number of unbelievably and beautiful cities that are waiting to be explored. History abounds throughout the land, and cathedrals, castles, culture and refined cuisine combine to entice you on a journey of discovery of all things French.

With such a wealth of wonderful sights on offer, the best cities in France are simply a joy to visit. So, what are you waiting for? Bienvenue and happy travels!

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1- Paris

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With some of the most recognizable architectures and monuments in the world, Paris is a must-see city to visit. Situated on the banks of La Seine, the elegant and stylish capital of France is a romantic place, with lovely boulevards, beautiful buildings, restaurants, and sights like the Eiffel Tower and gleaming Sacre-Coeur rising towards the heavens. Renowned for its cuisine, Paris has an innumerable amount of restaurants to choose from.

From the stunning art collections at the Louvre to the eerie catacombs beneath the streets and the breathtaking Notre-Dame Cathedral, you could spend a lifetime getting to know all of Paris´ wonderful sights.

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2- Bordeaux

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Strolling around the banks of the Garonne River, Bordeaux is a large city with a lot to offer. It’s an impressive old town that is delightful to walk around, and the architecture on the show is ravishing. Surrounding Place de la Bourse, you can find 18th-century mansions rubbing shoulders with decadent palaces, as well as a number of great art museums.

With a modern feel to it, Bordeaux has a thriving university community. For a great walk, head to Les Quais and gaze out over the waters of the river – at night, the view of the city lights from the Napoleonic-era Pont de Pierre is magical. Home to some of the best wines in the world, make sure to give them a taste before you head off.


3- Marseille

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France´s second city is a diverse melting pot of people and cultures that all call Marseille their home. The busy port city has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years, though its primary attractions remain the same.

The old harbor, for instance, is a magical setting from which to watch fishermen returning to shore with their catch. It is the heart of Marseille, and you´ll really get a feel for the city here. The oldest neighborhood, Le Panier, is definitely worth checking out, as is the stunning Notre Dame de Major cathedral that overlooks the sea.

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4- Nantes

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Situated on the banks of the Loire, Nantes´ long and tumultuous history has seen the city constantly reinvent itself. As such, it has numerous sites from different epochs that entice visitors to its shores.

As the historic capital of Brittany, Nantes´ old medieval center, with its cathedral and castle, is enchanting to explore. In recent years, it has developed a thriving student body that gives the city its energetic vibe.

An incredible and unique attraction to visit is the Machines de l´Ile. It is fantastical and futuristic exhibition of giant mechanical animals.


5- Biarritz

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Formerly a playground for the rich and famous, this seaside resort now attracts families, surfers and sun-worshippers alike. Situated in the Pyrenees-Atlantiques, Biarritz´s town center lies on the Bay of Biscay, and is famed for its beautiful coast and excellent beaches, which are its main attraction.

While the town is not the most picturesque to look at, its great location right next to the water more than makes up for that slight downfall.

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6 – Dijon

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Formerly a capital to the Dukes of Burgundy, Dijon flourished in the 14th and 15th centuries, as the city-sponsored the arts and sciences. As such, the old city center is lovely to walk around due to its delightful sculptures and architecture, with the cathedral being particularly resplendent.

While it is not enormous, Dijon is definitely worth stopping by for a couple of days, as it is one of the best-looking French cities.


7- TOULOUSE

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The fourth-largest city in the country, Toulouse is a lively place, in part thanks to its huge university community. With bustling markets, a vibrant music scene, and a penchant for the alternative, there are different sides to Toulouse. The old town remains a peaceful and picturesque place to wander around.

Nicknamed ´the Pink City´ due to its rose-colored buildings, a lovely way to see Toulouse is to go on a boat trip along the Canal du Midi or Garonne River that frames the center.

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8- Ajaccio

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Located on the lovely Mediterranean island of Corsica, Ajaccio – its capital city – is worth stopping by. Even if only to use it as a base from which to explore the beautiful landscapes surrounding it.

The old town itself has some nice streets to wander around, while the harbor surrounding it conjures up images of the Cote d´Azur. Famed as the birthplace of Napoleon, Ajaccio is pleasant enough to visit without setting the world alight.

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9- La Rochelle

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Nicknamed the ´White City,´ due to its limestone edifices that are so beautifully illuminated at night. La Rochelle is a charming place to visit. Once an important seaport in centuries gone by, the old port, historic center, and picturesque waterfront are reason enough to visit La Rochelle. With a huge marina at Port des Minimes and sandy beaches in the vicinity, it´s a nice laidback place to spend some time.

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10. Colmar

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Situated in the Alsace region, Colmar´s proximity to Germany has meant that it has changed hands numerous times between the two nations over the course of its history. Tourists flock to the city for its stunning old town that so perfectly combines weaving cobblestone alleys with delightful canals, and the distinctive houses that line its streets.

Churches and museums are dotted around the place, and the Isenheim Altarpiece is particularly impressive to behold. As it is in the wine region, take the time to sample some of the best wines that Colmar has to offer.

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