Released: Wed May 25 2022

France — Top 10 Cities for 2022

Who hasn’t heard the famous Audrey Hepburn quote, “Paris is always a good idea”? Well, let’s go a little further and say that visiting France’s cities is a very good idea overall.
Indeed, France is loaded with beautiful medieval cities full of culture, art and vibrant people. Whether you’re looking for quiet accommodations, spectacular food, or incredible architecture on your next getaway, here are 10 of the most beautiful corners in France where you can find just that.

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Also known as the Ville Rose (the Pink City), Toulouse is a very popular city among students.
Younger people in particular like to gather in one of the city’s many squares for a leisurely drink and a chat.

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The Place du Capitole is the most famous and impressive square of the city and is located in the heart of the city.
From there, you can take one of the many streets that jut out from the square to further explore this beautiful city of France.
To add a serene touch to your stay, you should visit the relaxing Japanese garden near the convention center.

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With its long history, Lyon is now the third largest city in France, known for its historic architecture, gastronomy and vibrant cultural scene.
A culinary high is inevitable on a weekend getaway in Lyon.
The city truly leaves no culinary wish unfulfilled, offering a healthy mix of Michelin-starred restaurants and traditional street-side restauants.
For example, Lyonnaise bouchons, Quennelles de Brochet and tasty St Marcellin cheese are served here.

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Lyon is made up of different neighborhoods, each of which offers its own share of interesting treasures. For example, Presqu’île is the heart of the city with its restaurants and bars, while Croix-Rousse is known for its hundreds of hidden passages. Fourvière offers Roman ruins and Gothic churches, and Brotteaux is the affluent neighborhood with the beautiful Tete d’Or park.

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Nice, the capital of the Côte d’Azur, is beautifully curved around the Promenade des Anglais and has some of the best pebble beaches in France.
When in Nice, be sure to visit charming St. Jean Cap Ferrat, where you can lie on the beach or visit historical monuments (right by the sea).

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There is Nice and there is the beautiful Old Town Nice, the oldest part of the city in France. In the old town of Nice you will find many typical stores selling olive oil, spices and flowers.
But despite this name, there are not only old things here. In the area you can find modern stores like cloth stores, supermarkets and tattoo parlors.
At sunset, the old town comes to life with numerous typical restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs — perfect for going out and partying.

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With over 15 million visitors annually, Paris is one of the most popular cities for tourists from all over the world.
It is nicknamed the “City of Lights”, “City of Love” and “Capital of Fashion”.

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The city consists of so many secrets and hidden beautiful places that you can not get bored.
Among the must-do’s can be listed the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Sacré-Coeur and the Louvre.
In addition to iconic sights, Paris is also home to some of the best museums in the world, including the Louvre Museum and Musee d’Orsay.
Check out our blog article solely dedicated to Paris here.

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Nantes was once a powerful port made rich by the slave trade, but is now largely unvisited by tourists.
In fact, this lively university town is full of attractions and some incredible seafood restaurants.

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Visitors will want to visit the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany with its cathedral.
This houses the beautiful tomb of Francois II from 1502 and the impressive botanical garden.
There is also a museum that tells the history of the city and region.
The former shipbuilding district is perhaps the most underrated part of the city. Here you will see strange machines on which you will be guided through the beautiful neighborhoods in Nantes: sightseeing with a difference.
This city is built for walking through its graceful squares, past the big houses and through the streets.

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Located near the Belgian border, Lille is a charming city in northern France and famous for the Grande Braderie de Lille, which takes place in September when street markets line the city for 48 hours.

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Lille is the best city to visit if you love delicacies like waffles, mussels and fries.
Then, after a hearty meal, roam the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, one of the largest art museums in France.

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If you’re more of an urban person, then you should definitely head to Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. This cute town is dotted with fountains and small squares full of restaurants to welcome you on hot summer days.

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Its leafy boulevards and public squares are lined with 17th- and 18th-century villas with haughty stone lions.
Aix-en-Provence is a city of art, light and activity. It is also home to several universities and art schools.
The center of this city is the old town and small enough to explore on foot.

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Marseille is one of the oldest cities in Europe and the second largest city in France. With its idyllic climate, Roman ruins, medieval architecture and remarkable cultural institutions, Marseille is also a working-class city with several universities and industries.

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The life of Marseille is still centered on the Old Port.
This lively port, dominated by two historic fortresses, is lined with waterfront cafes, stores and bars. There you will see street musicians, dancers or art exhibitions so typical of this charming city in France.
If you get tired of the bustling city, you can always escape to the Calanques (cold stone coves), the idyllic steep valleys partially flooded by a rise in sea level.

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Strasbourg is located near the German border and is known as the seat of the European Parliament. Here you will also find one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe.

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You don’t have to wait until December to admire this French city, because there is a lot to see.
In spring, enjoy a lush picnic in the sunshine at the Parc de l’Orangerie.
In winter, be sure to try a rich choucroute (sauerkraut platter).
And at any time you can visit the European institutions or climb to the top of the cathedral for one of the most impressive views of this beautiful city.

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Visit Bordeaux to stroll through the most beautiful streets of France, here they eat well and drink even better. Bordeaux is the capital of wine and the ideal city for an unforgettable wine tasting.
The city in the Aquitaine region of southwestern France is full of bars à vin.
Especially the area around Rue Parlement Saint-Pierre, where you can indulge in the different varieties of the national drink.

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Bordeaux is located just half an hour from the Atlantic Ocean and on the Garonne River. This important port city is full of beautiful architecture, historic sites, exceptional shopping, and has a world-class arts and culture scene to offer.
Bordeaux’s city center boasts more than 350 historic buildings and landmarks, including medieval churches and charming old bridges like the Ponte de Pierre. The city also has several beautiful squares, the most impressive of which is the Place de la Bourse with its mirror-like effect.

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