I have travelled to France and explored its depths many times and I have to admit it is one of the most beautiful countries to visit. France radiates of history and culture with a hint of elegance which I feel makes it one of the countries to head to first, especially if you live in the UK as it is only across the drink. My top five cities in France are those that are maybe less known to the average holiday maker and of course some of the tourist hotspots, but either way I hope that reading my account on France and my top five cities will spur you on to take your own French adventure.
It may be the obvious choice, but Paris is most definitely one of my favourite cities in France and possibly Europe. Paris offers an incredible amount of attractions and places to visit along with a range of architectural and historical buildings and sites. Not only can you make your way over to the infamous Eiffel Tower or the Notre Dame but you are also encouraged to visit of many museums and outstanding art exhibits in the capital. For all you food lovers out there, you will not be disappointed. Although there are commercial chain restaurants around the city, you are also spoilt for choice with traditional, rustic and quaint restaurants and cafes that you can dine in.
Located on the west coast of France, La Rochelle offers a tranquil break away from the norm and allows you to really feel at ease whilst taking a walk around its beautiful harbour as well as the seaport on the Bay of Biscay. Taking a walk through the old town and enjoying some of France’s finest freshly caught seafood can put a smile on even the moodiest traveller’s face and if walking along the Atlantic Ocean isn’t what you were looking for then there are numerous museums, galleries and traditional French shops.
Still sticking to the western coast of France but travelling a little further south is the city of St. Emilion. This rustic city is a world heritage site and is home to some truly spectacular ruins and Romanesque churches. In addition to your cultural stay in this picturesque city, you can also lay your head in one of their traditional Chateau’s which are on offer, some for only £35 per night! St. Emilion is also home to some of the best French wine with a vast number of vineyards for you to explore and of course taste traditional French wine.
Better known for its film festival, Cannes is also one of the most lavish seaside destinations in France. Cannes offers a range of luxurious shops, restaurants and hotels, fit for any traveller who likes to holiday in style. This is a city which boasts luxury and wealth with private beaches and some of the world’s most expensive yachts which can be found in it port. I understand that it may be a more expensive destination than others, but Cannes is a city which is for those not necessarily looking for history and culture but are looking for a more luxurious holiday and a chance to relax and unwind at some of France’s best hotels and resorts.
Strasbourg offers two countries in one city by not only showing off their French culture but also showing us their roots of German making this an incredible city to visit. Like most cities in France you can enjoy fine wines, impeccable food and architecture to die for but I personally feel that Strasbourg does it best. Although, beautiful, scenic and boasting full of old timber buildings, Strasbourg is a bustling city with much to be observed out on the streets and I for one cannot wait to make a trip back there and rekindle my love for this incredible city.