When we think of France, we often only think of Paris. Our favourite country is full of amazing cities that we know you will enjoy, outside of the City of Lights. From Toulouse to Marseille, and more in between, let’s explore our Top 10 French cities you should visit this summer once lockdown is lifted.
Cannes needs no introduction. The famous city is home to the Cannes Film Festival. Every year (pre-covid), Cannes has drawn some of the world’s most famous for its annual film fest. It’s a stunning city, great to party and shop (though on the pricier side) and for a celebrity sighting or two.
Located on the Mediterranean coast, Marseille is full of beautiful monuments and museums. If you only have time for one sighting however, the Vieux-Port is where you should go. It’s the oldest city in France and one of the oldest in Western Europe, thus is full of history. There’s something to do and see for everyone.
La Ville Rose (the Pink City) as its affectionately known, Toulouse is full of gems any tourist would enjoy. From the Japanese garden, to the museums, you’ll always find groups of young and old people alike exploring the sights.
This small city is home to two Michelin star restaurants for you to enjoy French cuisine famous for its quality and amazing flavours. It’s also great for shopping, and boasts many upmarket shops and boutiques. Lourmarin’s main sight is the Renaissance Château de Lourmarin, a beautiful and unforgettable landmark.
The capital of the French Riviera is a city with endless sights to see and things to do. There is no shortage of public and private beaches to choose from when travelling there during the summer months. Nice is also full of restaurants, perfect for every foodie. The old town of Ville Ville is so stunning, and must be added to your travel itinerary, you won’t regret it.
A UNESCO World Heritage site because of its abundance of Roman and Romanesque architecture (a Roman theatre, amphitheatre, baths, necropolis and aqueduct; to mention but a few), Arles is one stunning French town.
SAINT PAUL DE VENCE
Saint-Paul-de-Vence is a gorgeous city, definitely worth a spot on your French summer itinerary. For the modern art lovers, a visit to. The Foundation Maeght is a must. A little over an hour away from Nice, it’s the perfect place to visit for a day trip.
Calling all wine lovers! The capital of wine is the ideal city to visit and enjoy French hospitality in the form of wine-tasting experiences. Enjoy walks on the banks of the Garonne river, and head to Pey-Berland Tower to enjoy views of the city’s little houses. Bordeaux is definitely an adventure for those who enjoy good food and good wine.
Capital of the Hauts-de-France région, Lille may be France's most underrated metropolis. Recent decades have seen the country's fourth-largest city (by greater urban area) transform from an industrial centre into a glittering cultural and commercial hub. The architecture is classically Flemish more than it is French. And the locals are known for being among the friendliest in the country.
Annecy is called the Pearl of French Alps because of its beauty. It may not be your number one destination in France, but we hope to change your mind. It’s famous for its lake, always full of tourists in the summer and has beautiful tourism attractions to keep you entertained during your stay. It truly is one of France’s most picture-perfect cities.
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