The 20 Best Places to Visit in France
This year discover the Best Places to Visit in France. Find inspiration and make your own à la carte trip with this selection of the very best destinations to visit in France, the most incredibly charming places in France.
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The Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysées, the Montaigne Street, Montmartre, the Luxembourg Gardens, the Louvre, the Pompidou Centre, the Rodin Museum, Notre-Dame, need we say more? Paris is the Best Place to Visit in France!
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Where to stay: "Hôtel Raphael" situated a 2-minute walk from the Champs-Elysées.
Colmar is one of the jewels of Alsace and one of the most beautiful destinations in France.
You can only be seduced by this city straight out of a fairy tale. Enjoy your stay in Colmar to taste the local specialty: kougelhopf. This Alsatian cake is a delicious brioche in the shape of a "top hat".
How to get there: Book your flighs to Basel (40 min by car, 1h by train).
Where to stay: "Le Colombier" located in the district of "Little Venice" the most beautiful area of Colmar.
3. Monet's garden
Giverny - Normandy
Once in a while, the hand of man intervenes to create a magnificent landscape and sublime gardens. This is the case for the Giverny gardens, one of the Top Rated Places to visit in France.
Without a penny in his pocket, the painter Claude Monet had to leave Paris and moved in as a single tenant in this house located in Normandy.
The property underwent major landscaping work including the creation of a pond and the building of three greenhouses. Monet finally acquired the house after 7 years of tenancy. These gardens were to inspire him with his most famous paintings including "Les Nymphéas".
Come relax in this soothing and inspiring place just 1 hour’s drive from Paris and book your flights and accommodation at the best price and your tours and activities in France such as a "Half-day trip to Giverny from Paris".
How to get there: Book your flights to Paris (1h by car).
Where to stay: "Le Jardin des Plumes" located in Giverny. Monet's house and gardens are only 500 m from the Hotel.
4. Etretat Cliffs
Etretat - Normandy
The cliffs of Etretat are one of the emblematic places of Normandy, in the same way as Mont Saint-Michel. Its large white chalk cliffs inspired painters such as Gustave Courbet and Claude Monet.
Let your mind get lost in the beauty of these natural landscapes. Relax, make the most of your stay in Normandy and discover one of the Most Stunning Places to Visit in France.
How to get there: Book your flights to Caen or Rouen (1 hour by car).
Where to stay: "Castel de la Terrasse" located 500 metres from the beach.
Gordes - Luberon
The Notre-Dame de Sénanque abbey is located in the town of Gordes, awarded as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
You will be able to visit the two places, the Abbey Notre-Dame de Sénanque and the village of Gordes and its famous ‘gories’ on the same day.
The Abbey is still occupied by Cistercian monks. You can enjoy a spiritual retreat in the Abbey since the monks of Sénanque offer rooms for travellers who want to gather in silence.
Come visit this place in spring and early summer when lavender is in bloom and discover one of the 20 Best Places to Visit in France.
How to get there: Book your flights to Avignon (30 min by car) or Marseille (50min)
Where to stay: Stay at "Hotel Les Bories & Spa" and pamper yourself like a star in this hotel bordered by olive and lavender trees.
6. Mont Saint-Michel
It may be a bit of a cliché but what a pleasure it is to step out of time for a moment by enjoying a delicious pancake and a sweet cider made in Normandy in an inn at the Mont Saint-Michel.
Mont Saint-Michel is one of the most visited tourist sites in France, so it's no wonder you've ranked it among the best places to visit in France.
You can get there yourself by car and stay in a hotel in Mont-Saint-Michel or enjoy a guided tour with transfer from Paris and book your accommodation at the best price in Paris.
Where to stay: "Les Terrasses Poulard" is a historical property in the heart of Mont Saint Michel
Bonifacio is certainly one of the most beautiful destinations in France.
The island of beauty, the other name for Corsica, is itself one of the most beautiful islands in Europe.
How to get there: Book your flights for the "Figari-South Corsica" airport (30 min by car) located in the south of Corsica and discover Bonifacio but also the sublime islands of Lavezzi.
Where to stay: "Solemare" offers views of the old port and the Citadel and you can enjoy its heated swimming pool and air-conditioned rooms.
Marseille is a magnificent destination that is constantly reinventing itself to become ever more beautiful, ever more attractive. Large cultural projects have been developed in recent years in this lively and bubbling city one of your Top-Rated Destinations to Visit in France.
Marseille is a city of contrast with very popular neighbourhoods, fish markets on the old Port but also an increasingly high-end offer for demanding travellers.
Book your flights to Marseille, your accommodation at the best price in Marseille and your activities in Marseille such as a "Catamaran cruise & lunch in the Calanques National Park".
How to get there: Book your flights to Marseille.
Where to stay: "Sofitel Marseille Vieux-Port".
Bordeaux was once called "The Sleeping Beauty” but pollution, cars and traffic had tarnished the natural radiance of this city. Today, cars have been driven out of the city centre and replaced by a tram and the houses’ facades have been cleaned.
Elected “Best European Destination”, Bordeaux has not slept for many years. It has become one of the trendiest cities in France and one of the European cities offering the best quality of life. Creators, start-ups, students, families, everyone wants to settle in Bordeaux,, one of the Best Destinations in France.
Bordeaux is an ideal city for wine tourism and you will have only need to travel a few kms to discover Saint-Emilion. Just one hour by car (or one hour by train) from Bordeaux you can also visit the Bassin d'Arcachon and take a dive in the Atlantic Ocean.
Where to stay: "Mama Shelter Bordeaux" Stay in the heart of Bordeaux.
Provence-Alpes Cote d'Azur - France
This city, ranked among the 10 Best Places to Visit in France is truly magical and unique with its ochre and pastel colours, citrus smells of lemon and gorgeous fruit.
Menton is dazzling and warm like a summer’s sun. The city and a multitude of small villages nestled in the hills create an amazing mosaic, a true gem of the French Riviera.
Not only do Its exceptional gardens, sandy beaches and colourful houses make it one of the most attractive destinations in France, but its subtropical microclimate guarantees sun all year round.
How to get there: Book your flights to Nice Airport (50 min by car).
Where to stay: "Best Western Plus Hotel Prince de Galles" located in the seaside town of Menton.
Grenoble has an exceptional geographical location, nestled at the heart of emblematic mountain ranges like Vercors, Chartreuse and Belledonne. A pioneer, innovative and inspiring city, the Capital of the Alps, one of the 20 Best Places to Visit in France is constantly reinventing itself.
It is the ideal destination for an urban and nature-based stay, accessible without a car, offering a subtle balance between culture, living arts, wide open spaces and outdoor activities in winter as in summer.
Everything is possible in Grenoble and in the neighboring massifs so close and so different from each other!
How to get there: Book your flighs to Lyon (1h by car or public transport).
Where to stay: "Okko Hotel Grenoble" Great location to explore the city on foot.
Strasbourg is the capital of Alsace, the Christmas capital, the capital of love and of course the capital of Europe. This multifaceted city is perfect for a city break for lovers, friends or family. Strasbourg is also the starting point for exploring the Alsace region.
You can also stay in Strasbourg and enjoy its many restaurants offering traditional cuisine. For gourmets, treat yourself to a "2.5-hour gourmet walking tour in Strasbourg".
How to get there: Book your flights to Strasbourg or Basel (1h by car)
Where to stay: "Regent Contades" located in Strasbourg city centre.
If you want to discover one of the trendiest destinations in France, Metz is definitely the place to go!
The city attracts artists and travellers from around the world. Young designers, investors, start-up companies, have settled in Metz for years. Major cultural institutions like the Pompidou Centre and renowned creators such as Philippe Starck have decided to launch their projects in the city.
Situated in the north-east of France and only 82 mins from Paris by train, Metz is the perfect sized town for a short break.
Its combination of lively shopping streets and riverside walks makes it ideal for pedestrians, cyclists and people looking for amusement and relaxation.
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Where to stay: One of the favourite family hotels is the “Disney's Davy Crockett Ranch”.
Nice is one of the most beautiful cities in France. It has always attracted wealthy families and aristocrats for its high quality of life. Nice has also always attracted travellers looking for authenticity, encounters and discoveries.
Nice is the cultural and economic capital of the South of France. Far from being a destination offering only relaxation and beaches, Nice offers a whole array of museums. Did you know that there were almost as many museums in Nice as in Paris?
Nice is a colourful city, festive, alive. You will find its colours on the houses’ facades, on the stalls of its markets or during major events like the "Carnival of Nice" which traditionally takes place in mid-February for nearly two weeks.
Where to stay: "Best Western Plus Hotel Brice Garden Nice" located at 5 minutes’ walk from the famous Promenade des Anglais.
Sainte-Maxime has kept its Provencal soul and offers travellers a cocktail of authenticity, sun, beach, Provencal markets and culture.
Do you know that the Elephant Beach owes its name to Babar the Elephant? One of Babar’s adventures is a flight over the beach of Sainte-Maxime in a hot air balloon.
Come in March for the Salon des Vignerons and Gastronomy, in summer to enjoy its beaches and many events and in September to celebrate the harvest.
How to get there: Book your flights to Saint Tropez Airport (20min by car) or Nice (1h)
Where to stay: "La Belle Aurore - Les Collectionneurs" with views of the Mediterranean Sea
You will fall in love with the city of Auxerre and its intact medieval historic centre. The city is rich in architecture and has some fine renaissance buildings. Auxerre is a city on a human scale, very welcoming and endearing. It is the cultural and tourist centre of Burgundy, a region famous for its wines such as Pinot Noir.
Fly over Auxerre and its region by hot air balloon while savouring a glass of Chablis, take a walk on foot, on horseback or by bike and discover one of the most beautiful cities of France.
How to get there: Book your flights to Auxerre airport or Paris-Orly airport. Auxerre is located only an hour and a half from the French capital.
Where to stay: "Ibis Budget Auxerre Centre". Couples particularly like the location.
Lille is a welcoming and friendly city, one of the 20 Best Places to Visit in France, a perfect destination for a city shopping break.
Lille is quite different from other French cities. Old Lille, the historic centre of the city, offers many independent shops, designer boutiques, antique shops, cafes and restaurants.
Lille's Grand Place is one of the most beautiful squares in Europe, with a mix of architectural styles from the 18th century to the present day.
How to get there: Book your flights to Lille or reach Lille by train from Brussels or Paris.
Where to stay: Be pampered like a star by reserving your room at the best price at the "Clarance Hotel Lille", one of the most beautiful hotels in the city.
19. Massif of Esterel
This imposing volcanic mountain massif is one of the Best Places to Visit in France.
The Massif de l'Esterel is located in the Var, a department known for the beauty of its landscapes and its beaches which have been elected as being among the Best Beaches in France.
The Var is also famous for its sunny and authentic destinations, such as Sainte-Maxime and Saint-Raphaël. The best way to enjoy these landscapes is to hike. You may see deer, wild boar or turtles and be overwhelmed by the scents of thyme, rosemary, lavender and mimosa.
Where to stay: "Tiara Miramar Beach Hotel & Spa". This design hotel features a free onsite spa. Massages and treatments are also available.
The Dordogne Valley is certainly one of the most beautiful places to visit in France with incredible sites.
The village of Rocamadour is ranked among the most beautiful villages in France.
The Dordogne Valley also holds treasures of natural beauty such as the "Gouffre de Padirac".
You can also discover this region by boat or carriage. For the more active, go for a canoe ride, horseback ride, rock climbing or stand up paddle. There are a thousand ways to discover the Dordogne!
How to get there: Book your flights to Bergerac Airport (2h by car).
Where to stay: "Domaine du Fraysse". Guests can swim in the outdoor swimming pool.
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