The Best Cities To Visit In France

France is the most visited tourist destination in the world, with tens of millions of travellers visiting the country every year. There are many great places to visit in France, and with its many UNESCO World Heritage Sites it’s not hard to see why!

The country is world renowned for its art, architecture, fashion, cheese and wine as well as a multitude of other reasons.

The weather also makes for an attractive destination. You will find mild temperatures in the Spring and Autumn, and delightfully warm summers. And the further south you travel, the warmer temperatures you will relish.

We have put together a list of the top cities to visit in France which will really allow you to immerse yourself into the countries culture.

Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the acclaimed capital of the wine-growing region of which bears its name. The surrounding vineyards produce some of the worlds’ finest wine and also provide a picturesque landscape. 

From art, culture and its stunning architecture this exciting, vibrant UNESCO World Heritage city offers something for everyone. Due to its past, and having been controlled by the English, there is a certain English dynamic. And the lively atmosphere around the city is aided by the large university population. Discover more and find things to do in Bordeaux.

When to travel:

Most popular months – May to July
For the weather – April to September
Best deals – September to November

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Nancy

The city of Nancy is located on the banks of the Meurthe River in the northeast of France. The city is known for its eighteenth century architecture and you will see grand examples of this while you roam. This architectural style is especially seen in the Place Stanislas which is now a World Heritage Site. The large gold iron gates show off the grandeur of one of the most impressive city squares in Europe. Nancy is also a hub for art and culture with many museums, theatres and opera houses to explore.

When to travel:

Most popular months – June and August
For the weather – June to September
Best deals – September to November

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Paris

The city of Paris needs no introduction. It is simply one of the best cities to visit in the world. Some of the most recognised landmarks are located in the city of romance. Here you will find the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the stunning Palace of Versailles. 

The French capital exudes elegance. From its stunning boulevards to the beautiful buildings there is so much to take in. Paris is also known for its art and there is no better way to explore this than with a visit to the Louvre Museum. Here you can view works from famous artists including Leonardo da Vinci. Take a trip to Paris and you will really embrace the French culture. Discover more and find things to do in Paris. 

When to travel:

Most popular months – January, June and July
For the weather – April to October
Best deals –  September to November

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Lille

Lille, known as the ‘The Capital des Flandres’ is Frances’ fourth-largest city is located close to the Belgian border in the northeast of the country. It is the perfect city to explore whether you are looking for a bustling nightlife or just some time to relax. 

Many festivals and events take place in the city throughout the year. The most famous being the Braderie de Lille, where 200km of footpaths become the world’s largest flea market for 2 days. Art and architecture are a prominent part of the cities culture with the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille being one of the main tourist attractions. And make sure you leave time for a shopping experience to remember. Discover more and find things to do in Lille.

When to travel:

Most popular months – June, September and October
For the weather – May to Octobe
Best deals –  March to May

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Strasbourg

The beautiful city of Strasbourg is the capital of the Alsace region of France. When you see the Petite France district you’ll know why it is named one of the most picturesque cities in Europe. In the past, the city has belonged to both Germany and France and influences of both are apparent. The canals on the River Ile are one of the best ways to see the city, so it is well worth taking a sightseeing boat tour. Strasbourg is relatively small and is a perfect city to explore by foot. Discover more and find things to do in Strasbourg.

When to travel:

Most popular months – May, August and September
For the weather – May to Octobe
Best deals –  March to May

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Marseille

Marseille, the beautiful historic port town, boasts charm and character. This coastline jewel, with its Mediterranean climate makes for a great destination to visit throughout the year. Renowned for markets, cafes and beaches the city really has something for everyone. 

Walk around and take in the awe inspiring architecture. Be sure to explore the surrounding area too. Here you will find many incredible national parks like the Calanques National Park where you will uncover amazing views of the ocean. Discover more and find things to do in Marseille.

When to travel:

Most popular months – May to July
For the weather – April to June and August to November
Best deals –  September to November

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Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo, is in fact within the principality of Monaco in the south of France along the French Riviera. When you think of Monaco, wealth is the first thought that comes to mind. And a view over the harbour is a perfect example of this. The yachts on show are spectacular. Due to its appeal of glamour and wealth it is home to many celebrities and sporting heroes alike. Discover more and find things to do in Monte Carlo.

When to travel:

Most popular months – April to July
For the weather – May to October
Best deals –  September to November

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Nice

Nice is one of the most popular tourist destinations in France. Due to its exciting street life and beautiful scenery, it is more than just great weather and lavish boutiques. Take a stroll around its historic core, Vieux Nice, and you can purchase some of the local art, olive oil, clothing and enjoy an authentic meal. Walk the Promenade des Anglais embrace the summer sun, take to the pebble beach and enjoy a dip in the sea. Discover more and find things to do in Nice.

When to travel:

Most popular months – April to July
For the weather – May to October

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