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In this section, we will give a brief account of the most famous and beautiful French cities and their respective distinctive characteristics. There are several reasons why each separate French city is a wonderful tourist destination: cuisine, regional customs and beautiful natural landscapes are just some of these reasons. We recommend working out your vacation plan in detail, taking into account the distances between the cities you wish to go. Otherwise, you will spend more time aboard than in the cities themselves.

French cities are completely unlike each other, and choosing between two of them makes all the difference. We advise you to choose in advance and not to be influenced by what people comment. Just as two countries are not the same, so neither are two cities. Probably, you identify with one particular city, or perhaps you feel attracted by those cities belonging to one specific region. In any case, what really matters is to be able to differentiate one city from the other. For this end, we provide the following list including the most outstanding of them.

Toulouse photo

Toulouse: located in southeastern France, this city is far from the main tourist routes. However, it has a long artistic and historic tradition. Architecturally speaking, brick is remarkably present everywhere. What is more, it has been used to build the ancient palaces and churches, owing to the fact that the city is far from any stone quarry. The (almost) exclusive use of brick for construction gives the city a certain modest, rustic air. Due to its geographical location and history, Toulouse has a strong Spanish charm. The Capitol (l’ Capitole), located in a square named after it, used to serve as the Communal House for the Capitols, who were in power during the twelfth century. This brick-and-stone construction is the most representative building in the city, and clearly depicts what architecture was like in the eighteenth century.


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Versailles: located 19 kilometers southeast of Paris, this city is famous worldwide thanks to its homonymous palace, also known as Sun King’s palace, which used to be the residence of French absolutist monarchs. In architectural terms, this palace stands out as one of the best in the world; in fact, splendid architecture abounds all over the city. One thing you have to do if you are in Versailles is visit the old towns, whose architecture has remained intact for centuries. You can do it on foot, by tourist-bus or even by riding a bicycle.


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Marseilles: located in southern France, it is the most ancient city in the country, and one of the most ancient in the European continent. Founded by the Greeks in 600 AD to exchange goods across the Mediterranean, Marseilles became the first port in France. However, little of the old appearance is preserved: the city has gone through many wars and, therefore, it has had to be reconstructed several times. There is a bay in Marseilles consisting of several islands, including that where the castle mentioned in Alexander Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo is situated.


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Bordeaux: located in southwestern France, it is worldwide famous for having been named after a wine. In fact, wine is the main attraction in Bordeaux. Experts affirm that the best wines of the world are produced in this city. Approximately, there are 14,000 wine producers, 117,514 hectares of vineyards and 400 wine businesspersons. Bordeaux is home to the Wine Academy, an institution that legitimizes and transmits the long-term wine tradition of the region. If you are fond of fine wines, you cannot fail to visit this wonderful and delicious city.


Lyon photo

Lyon: among French cities, Lyon is the third biggest in size and the second biggest in density of urban population. It is located at the confluence of the rivers Rhone and Saone. Its architecture is impregnated with the commercial aspects of European history. In 1998, UNESCO declared the center of the city world cultural heritage, thanks to its impressive and marvelous buildings. There is a strong possibility that you could stop over in Lyon, as the city has its own international airport: the Saint Exupéry. Now, if you are keen on arts, you must visit Lyon, since it is considered an artistic and cultural city.


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Cannes: located in the southern corner of the country – the French riviera, more precisely – Cannes is celebrated for its famous and prestigious international Film Festival, which congregates many movie stars year after year. However, there is more in Cannes than just this festival: Boulevard de la Croisette, in the heavenly Mediterranean coast, is a wonderful place, and so are the Lerins islands. Although not so well-known, another important festival takes place in this resort town: the Cannes-Lions International Advertising Festival.


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