France is a real jewel that can keep the most restless travelers busy for months. Imagine picturesque medieval cities, surf spots, sunny Mediterranean shores, wine and cheese. In terms of having options, France is hard to beat. Each city has its own identity, and the Riviera lives up to its fame.
The best of all, is that traveling in France does not have to cost a fortune. Even in the most expensive cities like Paris, there are many ways to save money. Here we tell you how: How to Save Time and Money in Paris.
Here is our selection of the best places in France to visit for an unforgettable summer trip.
Rocamadour is located on a hillside in the southwest of France. It is one of the most emblematic cities of the Dordogne. This impressive World Heritage Site will conquer your heart instantly. Discover the castle of Rocamadour and wander through the beautiful streets of the city. If you are near Toulouse, Rocamadour is the perfect place for a day trip. You could rent a car with some hostel friends to save money. And make the trip less than two hours. If you still need something more to convince you, you have to know that Rocamadour is also famous for its creamy goat cheese.
Near the Belgian border, you’ll find Lille. One of the best cities in France for an economical and relaxed getaway. There are countless things you can do in Lille. Visit the great Museum of Natural History, or the striking Citadelbuilt in the seventeenth century. In September, you can find the largest flea market in Europe.
3.Dune du Pilat.
You will not believe that this place is in Europe until you see it with your own eyes. Imagine a huge dune of white sand, with the sea on one side and the forests on the other. The Dune du Pilat in southwestern France must be on your wish list to visit.
You should also know that it is the highest sand dune in Europe and a beautiful and peaceful place. Despite his growing fame on Instagram. From Bordeaux you will only need an hour by car, which makes it a perfect destination for a day trip.
Collonges-La-Rouge is located in the French region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine and gives meaning to the word ‘red’. This great small community is more than 1000 years old. A must is to visit the beautiful Maison de la Sirène and the houses that line its streets in the village. Without a doubt, it is one of the best places you can visit in France.
5. Nice, a jewel in France.
Nice is for any traveler community one of the most famous tourist centers of France. It’s really amazing, although most people think it’s incredibly expensive. But it is also possible to visit this beautiful French city at a reasonable price. With hostels starting at € 12 per night, and lot of free things to do. Stunning beaches and delicious street food. Definitely try the famous snack ‘socca’, which is a healthy crepe made from chickpea flour and olive oil.
With white cliffs, dramatic stone formations, turquoise waters and sandy beaches, Étretat is one of the most beautiful cities in Normandy. Not only that, it also houses an impressive sculpture park. The Jardins D’Étretat, which is one of the most beautiful and craziest places in France. You would be surprised to know that even some French people have never heard of this place. On the top of the rocks overlooking the bay are the gardens, full of enormous grimacing heads and strange figures of straw.
Hardcore surf fans will know this little place in southwestern France. For beginners, Hossegor is one of the best surfing destinations in the world. All of this, thanks to the warm waters, the incredible waves and the friendly surfing community. In addition to surfing, you can do many more activities in Hossegor; like windsurfing, skateboarding, cycling and hiking.
Issigeac, located in Périgord, is a small medieval town full of history. With less than 1000 inhabitants, you can have a relaxed and authentic experience here. Walk through the cobblestone streets, enter the beautiful church of Saint-Felicien d’Issigeac. Enjoy a French beer on the terrace of one of the many local bars. If you come on Sundays, you definitely have to go to the weekly market.
Bordeaux is fast becoming one of the most fashionable urban getaway destinations in Europe. The region is already known for its excellent wine. But the experience of Bordeaux comes also with a fantastic gastronomic scene. If you have time between eating and drinking, there are beautiful walks along the river, as well as small vintage shops.
10. Mont Saint-Michel.
Mont Saint-Michel is 100% real and even more beautiful in real life than in a photo. For this and more is considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It can get very crowded during holidays and weekends. So if you can visit this place during the week, do it so. Then, you will not find too many people.
This small village in the Dordogne has to be one of the most beautiful places in France. The picturesque streets and the rustic wooden porticos are like a fairy tale. And the view from the Chateau de Castelnaud, which dominates the village, is unreal. From the nearest city, Bordeaux, it takes approximately two and a half hours by car. Time will fly just admiring the stunning landscape.
The port city of Marseilles has always had a somewhat murky reputation. But it has evolved silently to become one of the most alternative and lively cities in southern France. Marseille is a treasure filled with colorful graffiti, epic skate, cultural gems and beautiful beaches. Of course, the weather is mostly always pleasant. One of the best and craziest things you can do in Marseilles is to visit the Château d’If. This is located on a small island, where you can easily access the old prison of the Old Port of Marseille. The Château d’If is also famous for The Count of Monte Cristo.
Alpine landscape located next to the Italian border in the southeast of France. Montgenèvre is a beautiful place with a lot of fresh air for any type of traveler. In addition, it has a touristic versatility according to the season in which you are there. In summer, you can walk along the flower-filled paths and visit the parks. But in winter, it comes alive as an international grade ski center.
Lyon is secretly one of the best places in France to party. It is the second metropolitan area in size of France. Although it may remind you a bit of Paris, it has fewer tourists. If your visit coincides with the annual Nuits Sonores (one of the best festivals in the world), you will find yourself in a large playground filled with fans of electronic music.
On the south coast of France, on the outskirts of Montpellier, you will find Aigues-Mortes. A historic city. It is speculated to be more than 2000 years old. You can walk along the historic city walls. Also, in words of those who have done it, you should try the hamburgers at Le Petit London. Then you can enter the great National Park of the Camargue, home of wild flamingos. You must finish the visit with a dip in the Mediterranean on the beach of Espiguette. All this while watching a wonderful sunset.
Chantilly is on the outskirts of Paris. Definitely an obligatory destination if you are already in the city. You can stroll through the beautiful gardens of Le Potager des Princes and visit the Chateau de Chantilly before returning to the bustle of Paris. The train will take you from the center of Paris in 30 minutes.
It is located twenty-five minutes from the coast. Currently, Nimes is the ideal place to assimilate the south of France at a low cost. It is also an ancient Roman city that has many attractions both beautiful and historical. As is the Maison Carrée, one of the few remaining Roman temples in the world. You may visit the Roman amphitheater, and walk to the famous hydraulic bridge Pont du Gard. You can also go to Creperie Le Frenchy and enjoy delicious homemade crepes.
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