8 Cities You MUST Visit in France

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France is probably my favorite country in the world (after the US, of course!) and I’ve traveled it extensively. In fact, I think I’ve seen more of France than the US overall (probably because the latter is just so expansive). France is super easy to get around and they have some of the fastest trains in the world which can zip you between cities, making it perfect for young tourists who want to save money.

Must-Visit Cities in France

Narrowing down the country to just a few must-see cities in France is tough. France is one of the most diverse and culturally rich countries in Europe. Each region is quite unique from the next!

You’ll notice this list of the top cities to visit in France is somewhat partial to the southern region of Provence, and that’s because I just adore it! Don’t worry, there’s more than just the Côte d’Azur, although… it is a great place to start!

Without further ado, here are my top eight cities to visit in France:

1. Paris

France’s capital city is the most popular vacation destination in the world, and for good reason! Paris is one of the beautiful places on earth, and if you visit France, there’s a good chance you’ll fly in through here, so you should absolutely take several days and visit the city of light!

Cities you MUST visit in France - Paris Architecture

2. Nice

To me, Nice is the Miami of France! Full of colorful buildings, this seaside city is a delight to visit, especially in the summer. It’s also a great base to explore the greater Provence region.

Nice Vielle Ville

3. Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence is a delightfully colorful city that is a great starting place to explore the beautiful Provence region. Don’t forget to stay a few days in the city itself so you can discover all the magical places it has to offer!

Places you MUST visit when in France – Rue Fernand Dol, Aix-en-Provence

4. Lyon

Lyon is a gastronome’s paradise. It is a city is known for its delectable, high-quality cuisine, so be sure to look up the trending restaurants before going here!

Places you MUST visit when in France – Place des Jacobins, Lyon, France

5. Bordeaux

Bordeaux is world famous for its wine, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that because you’re drinking from the source, wine is not expensive at all here!

Top Cities to Visit in France: Bordeaux

6. Tours

Tours is just a couple hours train ride away from Paris, and it’s the perfect city to stop in if you want to discover all of France’s most beautiful chateaux in the region: Loire Valley.

Cities you MUST visit when in France – Cathedral Saint Gatien Tours

7. Biarritz

Biarritz is a beautiful coastal city in the southwest corner of France, where you can surf and eat delicious seafood all summer long! It’s also a short bus ride away from Spain.

Awesome Cities You MUST Visit in France – Le Carlton Biarritz, Basque Country

8. Avignon

Be sure to visit the lovely lavender fields surrounding this UNESCO heritage city of Avignon!

Best Cities to Visit in France – Palais des Papes, Avignon

I hope you’ve found this list of the best cities to visit in France useful! Leave a note in the comments if you advice for travelers to France!

February 19, 2018
I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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Eugenie Barra
October 11, 2018 5:15 pm

I’m french and all the cities you listed are wonderful !! They are most of my favorites cities too ! I heard Rennes is a great city, maybe you’d like to go there ? And Bretagne has a lot to offer I think, there are amazing forests like the Forêt de Brocéliandre! You should look it up if you like more of a “nature” trip!


Hi Eugenie! I used to live in Bretagne when I was younger; it’s so beautiful! Thanks for the suggestions, I’ll have to visit them!



I loved Paris, but I’ve been wanted to visit another place or two in France. This post helped so much! Thanks
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