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 overall than the US overall (probably because it’s 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.

You’ll notice this list is somewhat partial to the south of France, and that’s because I just adore it. Don’t worry, there’s more than just Provence, although, that is a great place to start!

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! The city 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!

Nice Vielle Ville

3. Aix-en-Provence – Aix-en-Provence is a delightfully colorful city. Click here to read about the 16 magical places you must discover if you visit!

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!

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

What are your favorite cities in 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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