France is not a big country, but it has a city for all tastes! Therefore, it cannot be left out of the list of “places to visit in Europe”

when you think about France, It's impossible not to see the charming sceneries and with unique beauties. There are several wineries, many colors and large buildings that make the country a magical place.

Therefore, in this list, we have separated some of the most beautiful cities in France to increase your desire to explore the region.


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Of course, this list couldn't start without mentioning Paris. With several cafes scattered along the city's sidewalks, boutiques, magnificent squares, enchanting landscapes and the best museums in the world, the "City of Light" is one of most beautiful metropolises from all over Europe. As a result, it's on virtually every traveler's bucket list.

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As it is not possible to think about capital of France without thinking about some “cliché” tours, tourists cannot miss the city's main postcard: the Eiffel Tower. Whether climbing to its top for a full view of the entire city or having a picnic in your garden, this tour should make the list of priorities on your travel itinerary.

By the way, it is important to remember that, for this, it is necessary to buy the entrance ticket in advance.


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One of the most complete destinations in the French Riviera, nice it has breathtaking landscapes and, therefore, is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. After all, after Paris, it is the French region that receives the most foreign tourists.

Located between the sea and the mountains, the capital of the Costa Azul is a destination for those who enjoy the beach and outdoor sports. To contemplate all these beauties, nothing better than a walk along the Promenade des Anglais, a five-kilometre-long promenade full of shops, galleries and hotels.

The museums in Nice that are definitely worth a visit are the Musée Matisse, which is housed in a large house and has more than 300 works (including paintings, drawings and sculptures) by Henri Matisse.



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Lyon, the third largest French city is full of colors, smells and flavors. Despite having more than two thousand years of history, the region attracts more and more people from all over the world because of its futuristic style and constant growth. 

Visitors to the city must visit the Notre Dame de Fourvière basilica, which has a church in its basement. To get the best view of the trip, you don't have to go far: just visit the viewpoint on the left side of the basilica and see the famous rivers Rhône and Saône, the historic buildings of Old Lyon and the whole new part of the city, full of of tall and modern buildings.

Lyon is still considered the international capital of gastronomy, so you don't have to walk far to come across Michelin-starred restaurants. But what a tourist cannot miss in the city are the traditional bouchons, which are simple restaurants that combine popular and rustic food with the noble regional cuisine, that is, an unforgettable experience.


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Located on the French-German border, Strasbourg has become one of the most searched destinations for merging the culture of these two countries and, consequently, being the owner of a modern and historical scenario at the same time. Especially in winter, the city is among the most sought after in europe.

The postcard of the region is Notre-Dame de Strasbourg (or Cathedral of Our Lady of Strasbourg). Considered one of the greatest human constructions on the planet, the Gothic church is the sixth largest in the world and the second largest in France, second only to Notre-Dame de Paris. To have a complete and panoramic view of the city, just climb 332 steps of the cathedral and visit its platform. 

During the months of November and December, the Strasbourg Marche de Noel, which is the oldest Christmas market in Europe, starts its work and attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world due to the sales of Christmas items and, of course, food. typical.


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It's impossible to think about Cannes without thinking about one of the most important film festivals in the world, isn't it? But what many do not know is that the city has much more to offer tourists. With well-marked seasons (long and hot days in the summer and quite cold during the winter), it is possible to visit the city at any time of the year, it all depends on the tourist's preference.

Between the places that cannot be left out of the itinerary are the Boulevard de la Croisette, which is considered the heart of Cannes; the seafront promenade houses the city's main attractions and overlooks the port of Cannes. The île Saint-Honorat is also a place that attracts travelers from all over the world, especially those looking to shop for wine, honey and lavender (which are produced by the monks of a 5th-century monastery that still operates there today). 


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Imagine a small town full of canals, flowers scattered everywhere and half-timbered houses: this is the charming Colmar. Located in the Alsace region, in the northeast of France, precisely on the border between Germany and Switzerland, the city is a popular destination, mainly for couples, due to the romantic atmosphere of a “small country town”.

The great postcard of the region, the Place de la Cathédrale, is home to the Collégiale Saint-Martin, a Gothic-style church and the Masion Adolph, one of the oldest buildings in the area, two places that tourists are sure not to miss. regret visiting.

If you are the type of traveler who does not fail to click on the cities he knows around the world, you will surely fall in love with Colmar. In Little Venice, a small area of the city with canals that resemble Venice, it is impossible not to take pictures so fabulous that they are worthy of a true professional.



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Located in the southwest of France, Annecy is the kind of city that can – and deserves – to be visited at any time of the year. The scenery is fascinating, with beautiful and flowery canals, turquoise waters, bridges, medieval couples and the mountains of the Alps in the background, which makes the city look like a real painting.

In addition, one of the great attractions of the city are the canals scattered throughout the region, so much so that one of Annecy's nicknames is "the Venice of the Alps". Have you ever imagined visiting a prison from medieval times? The Palais de l'Isle, one of the best-known sites in the French city, is now a museum, but was once a prison for many years.

The building, inaugurated in the 12th century, is located on an island in the Le Thiou channel, that is, in addition to a unique tour, travelers also have fun taking countless photos.

Finally, couples who embark on this journey together cannot fail to visit the Pont des Amours, an iron bridge that crosses the Canal du Vassée and which, in addition to being the most romantic place in the city, is well known for a legend that says that couples who kiss on the bridge will be together forever.



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A region that seems straight out of a fairy tale, Carcassonne is the third most visited city in France and one of the first medieval reconstructed for tourist purposes in history. 

Within the city walls is La Cité, a small medieval town that enchants for being quite preserved and, thus, transporting tourists directly to the Middle Ages. Another of the places that draw the most attention is the Gothic Basilica of Saint-Nazaire, which houses stained glass windows that are over 700 years old and, consequently, with a lot of history (the objects were dismantled and hidden from the Nazis on the mountain around).

Speaking of historical facts, lovers of local culture cannot fail to visit the Comtal castle, which served as the city's last line of defense and which, to this day, still preserves characteristics of the time.

As French cuisine is one of the most traditional in the world, it is not difficult to imagine that there are very different typical dishes in each region. Therefore, anyone traveling to Carcassonne cannot fail to try cassoulet, which is a kind of French feijoada and a classic of the country's cuisine.


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The fifth largest city in France, Bordeaux is located in the southwest of the country and, for sure, attracts tourists from all over the world due to its wide boulevards, several public parks, quality transport and for being the gateway to one of the wine regions. most prestigious in Europe.

In front of the Garonne, the river that cuts through the city, is the Place de la Bourse, one of the most famous tourist attractions in bourdeaux. Due to a water mirror that reflects the sky, it is possible to see a true show of colors at certain times of the year.

In addition, the traveler cannot say goodbye to the trip without first taking a walk at night to see the square all lit up.



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Located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Marseille is the kind of destination that enchants, pleases and attracts the most different types of tourists. That's because the city mixes beautiful old buildings with modern buildings, which makes its atmosphere even more full of character.

Therefore, the best tip to start the tours is the Vieux Port, or rather, Porto Velho, where you can enjoy good cafes, restaurants, souvenir shops. Every morning, fishermen sell their fresh catch.

In addition, a must-stop for anyone visiting the site is to take a photo at l'ombrière de Norman, a metal roof structure that reflects people and the sea.



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Finally, full of Gothic and neoclassical buildings, those who know Rennes, the capital of Brittany, guarantee that visiting the city is like taking a trip back in time.

Even though it retains an old part of its history, the city is also quite modern, especially as it is a French university center and the fact that it is one of the best cities to live in France. This is because it is safe, has large green areas, little pollution and quality transport.

Finally, the main address to admire contemporary art in the city is, without a doubt, La Criée. And for those who like museums, you can't miss the Museum of Fine Arts, which is dedicated to archaeology.

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