If you’re considering traveling to Europe this year, France should definitely be your top choice. Along with the most romantic city in the world, there are so many other incredible cities just waiting to be explored. France is a captivating country with language, culture, history and food like no other. Here are just a few places you should be sure to visit:
Bourdeaux is located in Southwest France, and parts of the city are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. If you’re interested in wine, this is the place to go, with countless vineyards, plenty of wine tours, and museums that teach visitors about the history of wine in the area. If you want to enjoy excellent food and wine, top-rated hotels and guesthouses and splurge on some shopping, be sure to visit Bordeaux while you explore France.
There’s a reason why Paris is one of the most-visited cities in the world, and the city is known to be one of romance. You’ll need at least four days here, although a week is preferable, and you’re sure to want to visit again and again. Visit the Champs-Elysees, gaze at the Arc de Triomphe and be sure to spend some time wandering around the Louvre. For something a little different, a tour of the Parisian sewers is an interesting (and kind of creepy) way to learn more about the city.
While most people see the huge Notre Dame church, you’ll find countless photo opportunities at the Saint-Chapelle Church, where the sun streams through the gorgeous stained windows. Don’t forget to book your airport transfer so you’ll have more time to see the sights in Paris.
If you want to rub shoulders with the rich and famous, Nice is officially the “place to be seen”. You’ll find picturesque beaches, plenty of hilltop lookouts, excellent food, and a great bar scene.
While Nice is somewhat pricey, you can still have a great time if you’re on a budget since there are so many free sites and activities. Stroll down the Promenade des Anglais where you’ll see music and street performers every night, and check out Viieux Nice, Jardin Albert and the many hikes available in the area.
The second largest city in the country, Marseille is known for its rich and interesting history. While some people consider the city to be a little industrial, you’ll only need to spend a little time enjoying the gorgeous waterfront, eating at the excellent restaurants, partying until dawn with the top-notch nightlife, strolling through the many museums and visiting the theatre.
La Plaine and Le Cours Julien is one of the trendiest parts of the city, and is well worth a visit if you enjoy browsing through bookstores, sipping coffee in cafes and watching children play by the many fountains. There’s a market in the area on Thursdays and Saturdays if you’re hoping to find some souvenirs as well.