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From the iconic buildings and classy cuisines of Paris to the vineyards of Champagne, most travelers are more than aware of France’s impressive (and romantic) resume, and already have the country of culture high on their traveling hit list.

Paris doesn’t disappoint for certain, with the grandeur of the Seine (and it’s infamously divided east and west banks), the elegance of Notre Dame and the romance of sunset over the Eiffel Tower. Best of all, it’s not just the sites that are enchanting. People watching is second to none! Paris’ joys lie equally in the stuffy waiters, the coffee shop intellectuals and the enthralling old-town backstreets. Then of course there’s the Louvre, La Centre Pompidou, Montmartre… better put that flight back.

If you’re stacked with cash, head for Monte Carlo and the sunny playground of the rich and famous, or Nice, or St Tropez, which all offer similarly plush jet-set lifestyles. The French Alps – towered over by massive Mont Blanc - overlook lush alpine meadows in the summer, when the sound of cowbells fills the air, and transform into classy ski resorts with pulsating après ski for the frenzied winter seasons.

The fairytale castles of the Loire Valley evoke childhood fairytales, and can be viewed in comfort whilst sipping champagne in the basket of a hot air balloon, or stayed in for a couple of nights of four-poster lavishness. Normandy has the haunting sites of the D-Day landings and those poppy fields, as well as horses and bows and arrows in the Bayeux Tapestry, while Brittany’s impressive beaches and prized seafood draws in the yachties. Then there are the endless alluring small towns, where locals really do wear striped t-shirts, drape themselves in strings of garlic and sell potent soft cheeses from crumbling market stalls. And in France, it feels painfully sophisticated.

There are some things you just have to experience before you die: frogs’ legs, snails, baguettes, real creme brulee and cheese on the slopes of the Alpes and a respectful glance at the sites of the D-Day landings. France won’t let you down, and you’ll leave feeling just that little bit more cultural, and, just maybe, wishing you didn’t have to.

Paris #1 most popular location
It's hard to picture a city more iconic than Paris. With an astounding collective love of art, architecture and good old fashioned romance - as well as a heady new rap scene - the city has so…
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Nice #2 most popular location
As the capital of France’s Mediterranean border district - the arresting Cote D’Azur - Nice’s Bay of Angels curves around a shimmering pale-blue watery background, and is home to plenty…
434travelers 90reviews 67blogs
Cannes #3 most popular location
Quite possibly one of the most luxurious seaside destinations in the whole of France, well-known for the annual film festival that makes its way through and the various luxury accommodations,…
111travelers 18reviews 11blogs
Lyon #4 most popular location
Second only to Paris in terms of that classic French ambience and big city cultural heftiness, Lyon is often overlooked by visitors to France in favour of the capital, the alpine regions, the…
322travelers 94reviews 53blogs
Marseille #5 most popular location
One of the oldest cities in France after Paris and Lyon, Marseille sits on the southeastern coast of the country against the Mediterranean Sea. It serves as a commercial port for France, as w…
228travelers 14reviews 18blogs
Toulouse #6 most popular location
‘La Ville Rose’ named after the colour of the buildings in Toulouse, is the 4th city of France, and picked by the French as ‘most beautiful city’ of their country multiple times. Y…
251travelers 11reviews 8blogs
Lourdes #7 most popular location
Lourdes is a town situated on the foothills of the Pyrenees in Southwestern France. This town is famous for an apparition of Mary, mother of Jesus to Bernadette Soubirous here in 1858 and th…
19travelers 1reviews 7blogs
Strasbourg #8 most popular location
Officially home to the first city center granted status by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and home to some of Europe’s most influential groups such as the Council of Europe, the Eurocorps…
123travelers 20reviews 16blogs
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc #9 most popular location
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Bordeaux #10 most popular location
First things first. Bordeaux is a wine mecca. Devotees make pilgrimages to the Medoc, Pomerol and Saint Emilion. A port city, Bordeaux was an important trade route for many goods other tha…
185travelers 18reviews 13blogs
Antibes #11 most popular location
Antibes is a small town located in the Cote D'Azur in the south of France. It is mid-way between Nice and Cannes, and is a great day trip from either Cannes or Nice. This small town, may b…
25travelers 12reviews 3blogs
Lille #12 most popular location
Lille is a town in the North of France, near Belgium. It is the largest city in the region Nord-Pas-de-Calais. A lot of students live in Lille and it has a vivid, dynamic nightlife with di…
147travelers 19reviews 13blogs
Avignon #13 most popular location
Avignon is a city in Southeastern France in the region known as Provence. Avignon is most famous for the Palace de la Papes, or Papal Palace where several Popes and Antipopes lived in the 13…
43travelers 11reviews 12blogs
Carcassonne #14 most popular location
Carcassonne is separated in two parts (‘La cité’ and ‘ville basse’) by the Aude river. Especially La cité is more than worth its visit. It is one of the most beautiful places in …
34travelers 3reviews 18blogs
Montpellier #15 most popular location
Montpellier is the regional capital of the region Languedoc-Roussillon and the fastest growing town in France (at the Moment 391 162 inhabitants). With its unique mixe of students from all o…
123travelers 7reviews 13blogs
Versailles #16 most popular location
World-famous as the one-time home of King Louis XIV, and still one of the most wealthy neighborhoods in the Paris region, Versailles has long stood as the epitome of what France once was, and…
57travelers 24reviews 23blogs
Nantes #17 most popular location
Nantes is a nice city located on the river La Loire, some 50 km from the Atlantic Ocean.Founded more then 2000 years ago, it is very important in the History of the region of Brittany, having…
120travelers 3reviews 4blogs
Saint-Malo #18 most popular location
Saint Malo is a very nice port located in the north of Brittany, the western part of France. Surrended by a wall, the medieval inner city keeps a peculiar atmosphere in its narrow pictures…
5travelers 2reviews 7blogs
Aix-en-Provence #19 most popular location
Aix-en-Provence is a city in the south of France, in the region Bouches-du-Rhone, 20 km north of Marseille. The city has about 145.000 inhabitants and over 20% of them are students. Aix-en-pr…
55travelers 7reviews 4blogs
Biarritz #20 most popular location
Biarritz is a bustling little beach community on the Bay of Biscay on the Atlantic coast in Southwest France. It is also in the somewhat volatile region of France and Spain known as Pays Basq…
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Tours #21 most popular location
Tours, one of the major cities in the Centre province of France, is called "Le Jardin de la France" (The garden of France). There are several parks located within the city, as well as a cedar…
30travelers 7reviews 9blogs
Reims #22 most popular location
Reims also called "la cite des sacres" ( 180 000 hab ) in the heart of Champagne area. 130km of Paris ( 30min with TGV-high speed train ) Known for his famous cathedral who crown every frenc…
27travelers 8reviews 3blogs
Arles #23 most popular location
Arles is rich in history; the location of some of Van Gogh's greatest inspirations and the site of some of the greatest examples of Roman architecture. Today you can visit the great aren…
13travelers 8reviews 5blogs
Porto-Vecchio #24 most popular location
Very small, not too touristy place, which feels like a small pirat place with an upper village and a nice small porto. Not many nice beaches in the Golf of Porto Veccio, but north and south o…
1travelers 1reviews
Dijon #25 most popular location
Dijon is the capital of Burgundy and was once the home of the Dukes of Burgundy. Fabulously wealthy and more powerful than the King until their empire became part of France in the 15th Centur…
37travelers 8reviews 7blogs
Rouen #26 most popular location
Rouen is located in Normandy, on the North Western part of France. The cathedral of Rouen is arguably one of the most beautiful cathedrals in France, and subject of many of Monet's most …
38travelers 14reviews 1blogs
Annecy #27 most popular location
The capital of the Departement de Haute-Savoie, Annecy, is a small medieval city located at the foot of the Alps along the shores of a lake with the same name. It is about 40km away from Gene…
44travelers 3reviews 3blogs
La Rochelle #28 most popular location
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Nimes #29 most popular location
a city in southern France. Nîmes has a rich history, dating back to the Roman Empire, and it is a popular tourist destination. It as many monument and ancient buidlings dating back from 250…
22travelers 4reviews 2blogs
Perpignan #30 most popular location
Perpignan, is a small town / city in France near the border with Spain. It has a medieval quality about it (in the old part of the city). During the end of August and beginning of September, …
19travelers 3reviews 2blogs
Les Deux Alpes #31 most popular location
Les Deux Alpes is a ski resort in the French Alps. It offers approximately 220km of pisted runs and 2300m of vertical drop. The town is located at 1650m and ski-lifts go up to 3600m . It is …
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Grenoble #32 most popular location
Grenoble is a student city; they have about 5 to 6 universities there. Therefore, you can see many young faces and they can be foreign to Grenoble. This place is better known where it started…
92travelers 3reviews 5blogs
Clermont-Ferrand #33 most popular location
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Rennes #34 most popular location
Rennes is the captital of Bretagne (Brittany) in France. It's a university city, so there are many students studying in this city. Although it's the tenth largest city in France, many people…
62travelers 4reviews 4blogs
Courchevel #35 most popular location
Courchevel is a beautiful ski area located in the French Alps in France. It forms part of Les Trois Vallees (the three valleys), the other two main ski valleys being Meribel and Val Thorens a…
5travelers 1reviews
Colmar #36 most popular location
Colmar is situated 64 km south-southwest of Strasbourg, on the Lauch River. It is connected to the Rhine River by a canal. With an average annual rainfall level of just 530 mm/m² per year…
16travelers 9reviews 2blogs
Calais #37 most popular location
Calais is a town in northern France. It has a population of over 125,000. Calais overlooks the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point in the English Channel, which is only 34 km (21 miles) w…
11travelers 2reviews 9blogs
Morzine #38 most popular location
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Metz #39 most popular location
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Honfleur #40 most popular location
Honfleur is a charming port town on the Western coast of France. The houses are picturesque, and the harbor is historic--a base for the French from which to protect their cities from the Eng…
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Roissy-en-France #41 most popular location
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Caen #42 most popular location
Caen is the second largest city in Normandy (North west of France). It is loaded with European history, in particular with its historical buildings, as William the Conqueror had made it his h…
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Val d'Isere #43 most popular location
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Saint-Martin-de-Belleville #44 most popular location
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Beaune #45 most popular location
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Saint-Remy-de-Provence #46 most popular location
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Calvi #47 most popular location
Calvi is a small city of the Haute-Corse departement. It's situated in the region of "Balagne". The 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) of the French Foreign Legion is based there.
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Limoges #48 most popular location
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Menton #49 most popular location
Menton is beautiful charming small town about an hour train ride from Nice. The old town is very quaint and exceptionally beautiful. The view of the old city rising above the city is quite br…
10travelers 2reviews 4blogs
Nancy #50 most popular location
With no doubts, Nancy is one of the most beautiful cities in France. Nancy is the capital of the French province of Lorraine, in the north-east of France. The old centre of Nancy, as the ca…
43travelers 2reviews 2blogs