When you think of France, most people will automatically think of Paris or the French Riviera. But, there is so much more to France than just the popular cities. Known for its rich assembly of modern and contemporary art, culture and fashion, France epitomizes the true beauty of Europe.
Here’s a list of 10 cities that you should visit instead to truly appreciate the beauty that France is:
One of the most famous holiday destinations in the south of France, Provence stretches from the Mediterranean Sea all the way up to the French Alps. The main attractions in Provence include Nice, Avignon, Cannes, and Marseilles, among others.
GoFro Tip: Get a chance to see fields of beautiful lavender flowers in bloom in Valensole!
If you are a lover of wines, you are in for a real treat in Bordeaux. Known for its vineyards, Bordeaux is the second largest wine-growing region in the world. Sample some of the most prestigious wines in Bordeaux, such as Château Haut Brion, Château Lafite Rothschild, Château Margaux, and Château Grand Renouil.
GoFro Tip: Plan your visit around the Bordeaux Wine Festival in June.
Carcassonne was once a medieval fortress settlement, with a history going back two and a half thousand years. Today it is divided into two parts: the Cité and Ville Basse. Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, Carcassonne Castle is a feast for history buffs.
GoFro Tip: Catch a live jousting match while you’re here to see an impeccable display of horsemanship and combative competition..
A picturesque town, Etretat is a tiny coastal village nestled in Upper Normandy. If you plan to experience peaceful, natural beauty then you must give this town a try. You could go hiking along the white cliffs or challenge yourself to a game of golf on the clifftops.
GoFro Tip: Go down to Jambourg Beach during low tide and discover a hidden cave in the cliffside.
Known as the Venice of Savoy, Annecy is a city in the North of the French Alps. This medieval town was built around a 14th Century Chateau. Lake Annecy is one of the best attractions here with its crystal-clear waters. You could take a boat ride, cycle around the shore, or swim in the lake.
GoFro Tip: Visit in June to catch the annual Annecy Film Festival and get to see some amazing work by budding filmmakers.
If you’re a history enthusiast, then no other city would better quench your thirst than Versailles. The Palace of Versailles and its beautiful gardens are worth a thorough visit. When you are here, take a guided tour that will let you go beyond the regular entrance line to visit the royal palace.
GoFro Tip: Head to the Palace at night for the stunning Fountains Night Show. Held every Saturday, watch the gardens come alive in the night.
Another gem for history lovers, Colmar is a city in Alsace, bordering Germany. The city is trussed up with cobblestone streets and half-timbered buildings. Colmar also has four medieval castles surrounding it which you should check out – Ribeauville, Eguisheim, Orschwiller and Wintzenheim.
GoFro Tip: Take the adorable Little White Train for a guided tour of the old town.
Mont Saint Michel
Mont Saint Michel is an island commune located off the coast of Lower Normandy. A UNSECO World Heritage Site, the island is a place of pilgrimage for Christians from around the world as they visit the abbey and monastery of Saint Michel.
GoFro Tip: Take a ride in an antique-looking horse carriage up to the abbey for a charming experience.
Built on one of the faces of a huge cliffe, Rocamadour is popular for the huge number of buildings cantilevered over its edge. Because of its location, the city is only able to have one street! Rue de la Couronnerie has plenty of restaurants and boutiques, all of which culminate to a flight of 233 steps leading to a cluster of 8 churches and chapels.
GoFro Tip: When you are visiting this city, take a balloon ride over the Dordogne Valley.
Saint Malo was once feared as the base of pirates, and now serves as one of the top tourist attractions of Brittany. When you are vacationing here, you could choose to explore the city beach and walk around the city walls.
GoFro Tip: Visit the Festival des Folklores du Monde that is held at the beginning of July and puts on a show of dance and music from all over the world.
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