With so many amazing cities to visit in France, it can be hard to narrow it down to just five.
Fortunately, we’ve done the hard work of narrowing it down for you with these five best places to visit in France that are worth seeing no matter what your interests are!
Check out our descriptions below, and start planning your trip today!
1) The French Riviera
There’s something magical about being on an island. The sea breeze, colorful homes, tasty food, and fun nightlife are a constant reminder that you’re getting away from it all.
Even if you don’t vacation on an island, you can still experience life as one.
In many French cities along the Mediterranean coast, city life is such that it feels like living on a beach — despite being far from it physically.
Marseille is a great example: It’s often referred to as the younger sister of southern France’s capital city, Paris. The two cities are roughly equal distance from Nice; Paris is about two hours south by car or train and Marseille is about 1 hour 45 minutes north.
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The French Riviera Map
Paris is one of those cities that’s hard to beat—but there are so many great cities in France, that it’s probably best not to be too picky.
The capital city, and of the largest cities in France, has world-class food, an iconic river, amazing museums and architecture, and a terrific art scene; and there’s plenty more on offer within an easy train or plane ride.
If you have time (and money), you could easily spend weeks exploring what Paris has to offer.
Plan accordingly—and book your vacation soon! One thing you shouldn’t miss: Le Jardin du Luxembourg, one of Paris’ finest green spaces.
Map of cities in France
Lyon is a city on France’s Rhone River. It’s known for its iconic Roman-style buildings, cobblestone streets, and historic museums, such as Les Machines de l’Île, which houses giant hydraulic animatronics re-creating historical scenes.
The city also has fun modern attractions, including a 100% solar-powered tramway that goes from downtown to Parc de la Tête d’Or and runs frequently during peak tourist season.
Lyon has been named one of Europe’s top 25 cities for art and culture lovers, so you’ll have plenty to do if you’re visiting from April through October.
4) Bordeaux, France.
Bordeaux is an ideal place for vacation. With a rich history and culture, Bordeaux has much to offer for those looking for both culture and leisure.
Bordeaux is famous for what many wine connoisseurs consider some of the best wines in all of France. And with over 6,000 wineries and vineyards within its borders, it’s easy to see why that reputation persists.
No trip would be complete without a tour through at least one vineyard or winery—and you won’t want to miss out on tasting their fine vintages!
5) Marseille, France.
Marseille, a city in southern France, is famous for its cuisine and its historic buildings.
The most visited place in Marseille is Le Panier, a colorful district with art galleries and cafes lining cobblestone streets.
If you’re into history and are looking for a city that won’t disappoint when it comes to architectural landmarks, then consider going on vacation in French Marseille.
Make sure your camera’s fully charged before heading out. When you’ve run out of things to photograph in Marseille itself, hop over onto nearby islands such as Iles d’Hyères or Ile de Porquerolles or take advantage of Marseille’s location along Italy’s Côte d’Azur.