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5 Most Beautiful Cities To Visit In France 

5 Most Beautiful Cities To Visit In France 

France is not only the most visited countries in Europe but it is the number one tourist destination in the world, welcoming nearly 90 million tourists every year. The country has some of the most beautiful cities among which some are worldwide famous while some are still underrated and are lesser know by tourists.   

Whenever you will hear about France, the first thing that will come to your mind is the most popular French city “Paris”, due to the fact it is home to some notable landmarks. However, there is a huge list of beautiful cities in France that are worth a visit other than Paris. Before planning your trip, let’s take a look at the top 5 best cities to visit in France in the upcoming season. 

Top 5 Cities To Visit In France 

1. Paris 

The incredible capital of France and a dream honeymoon destination for many, Paris is a city which you must visit while making a list of the top 5 cities to visit in France. Paris is one most iconic and most popular cities in the world that houses famous historical landmarks such Eiffel Tower and Louvre. 

The city is filled with several other landmarks, that may take you around a week or more in order to explore the famous historical sites. Other than its landmarks and places to visit, you can also try the authentic french food or visit the designer boutique that attracts most tourists to come here. 

Best Time To Visit: February to April

Things To Do:

  • Latin Quarter’s arthouse cinemas tour 
  • Visit the historic Parsian market “Marche’des Enfants Rouges
  • A masterpiece of modern art at Centre Pompidou
  • Visit the Opera House of Palais Garnier 

Notable Tourist Attractions:

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Jardin du Luxembourg
  • La Conciergerie
  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
  • Place de la Concorde
  • Place de la Bastille

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2. La Rochelle

La Rochelle is the ancient port town of France filled with several historical buildings dating back to the middle era to the 18th century. The city is quite famous for its housing range of museums and other places to discover. Not only this, La Rochelle is a good place for a perfect beach gateway and plenty of outdoor activities. 

While on tour to La Rochelle, don’t forget to visit La Rochelle’s state-of-the-art Aquarium which is listed among the most beautiful aquarium in Europe and one of the major centers of attraction in the country. It contains three million liters of water and within the water lives 12 hundred marine animals.  

Best Time To Visit: June and August

Things To Do:

  • Climb Above three Towers
  • Shop At Rue Saint Nicolas
  • Take a trip to Atlantic Islands 

Notable Tourist Attractions:

  • Old Harbour
  • La Rochelle’s Beaches
  • Old Quarter
  • Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle de La Rochelle
  • La Rochelle

3. Marseilles

The gorgeous city of Marseilles is preferred by travelers who are looking to soak in the vibrant atmosphere of the city on its working seaport. Marseilles is believed to be the oldest city in France and its heritage dates back to 2,600 years. 

Though being one of the most underrated cities to visit in France, there various sites in Marseilles that are worth checking out. Marseilles will make you feel like the city was made to wander around. The city was completely destroyed by the alliance of Germany and Italy but was later rebuilt and contains a mix of old and modern architecture styles.

Best Time To Visit: September to November 

Things To Do:

  • Take a tour of 16th century Castle named Chateau d’If
  • A Boat ride to Les Calanques
  • Spend some time Marseilles largest venue “La Canebiere”
  • A trip to the old town of Marseille Old Town
  • Explore the Oldest Musume Marseill i.e Pala Longchamp

Notable Tourist Attractions:

  • Le Panier
  • MuCEM
  • Boulevard Longchamp
  • Calanques National Park
  • La Corniche

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4. Nice 

The breathtaking coastal city of Nice is more like Paris’s own Italy as some places hold so much resemblance to Italian streets. Nice is one of the most diverse cities in France having different cultures, cuisines, and much more. What makes the city more special is its vibrant street life, stunning beaches, and rich history. 

The city mostly attracts beach lovers and historians who come for holiday in the Mediterranean region. Here you will find some of the architecture inspired by Italian style and colorful that you must have seen in most Italian cities. Furthermore, you will have plenty of delicious street food to eat in Nice with “salade Nicoise” being the most popular one.   

Best Time To Visit: mid-March to April/September to April. 

Things To Do:

  • Hit the Beach at Promenade des Anglais
  • Take a Walk at Vieille Ville Square
  • Try the French Cuisine, especially Salade Nicoise and various others 
  • Visit the Art Museum

Notable Tourist Attractions:

  • Musée Matisse
  • Place Garibaldi & Le Petit Marais
  • Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain
  • Cathédrale Orthodoxe Russe Saint-Nicola
  • Monastère Notre-Dame-de-Cimiez

5. Lyon 

No city offers a clear picture of French history other than Lyon, the third-largest city in France. Having a rich history of more than 2,000, Lyon city has suffered numerous calamities and stands strong as one of the top cities in France. There is a huge list of UNESCO heritage sites in Lyon accompanied by crazy food scenes and cultural heritages. 

In Lyon, you will find some of the most exceptional artworks that you may not see anywhere else in Frace.  

Best Time To Visit: September to November 

Things To Do:

  • Visit the Gourmet Restaurants 
  • Take Cooking Classes

Notable Tourist Attractions:

  • Musée des Beaux Arts
  • Basilique Notre-Dame de Fourvière
  • Cathédrale Saint-Jean Baptiste
  • Parc de la Tête d'Or
  • Presqu'île District

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