France is the world's most visited country for many reasons. The country offers a lot for travelers to explore – from diverse culture, food, and history to beautifully scenic attractions, including sandy beaches, rolling vineyards, and fairy tale castles. France boasts of many beautiful travel destinations to visit and explore. But travelers looking for a chunk of French culture, tour the country's top cities. Decided to visit France yet? Conduct a little research on the specific spots to explore in each city. Each of these cities offers a unique and different kind of experience. Be sure to explore these cities and discover the unique features each.

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8 Paris

Do we need to introduce the Capital of France? Not really! Paris is always charming and is worth exploring at any time of the year. Nestled in the Northern part of France over the Seine River banks, Paris’s cityscape is truly a dream destination. The world’s fashion capital has a lot in store for travelers – from stunning parks and museums to restaurants and cafes serving the most delicious French dishes. The city has an array of activities to experience the rich culture of France. The spectacular Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre Museum are some of the city's most exciting sights, attracting families, historians, couples, and photographers.

7 Lyon

If one is looking for a spot in France with endless opportunities, they should look no further than Lyon! The country’s 2nd largest city is a large UNESCO World Heritage Site founded over 2000 years ago – and is situated at the confluence of two rivers; Rhone and Saone. Famous for being the culinary capital of the world, one can't get enough of this city. Although Lyon does not receive as many visitors as Paris, the most ancient ruins, beautiful Renaissance houses, medieval quarters, and many other cultural treasures await those who make it to the city.

6 Nice

Situated in the Cote d'Azur (the French Riviera) area of France, Nice has a lot to explore and is definitely worth every penny! Regarded as the French Riviera's crown jewel and provides a spectacular space for artists, celebrities, explorers, and adventurers, alike. With a splendid climate year-round, a spectacular waterfront (Promenade des Anglais), flourishing natural scenes, a vibrant culture, delicious foods, and museums rich in Franco-Italian architecture – Nice is a destination not to be missed.

5 Bordeaux

While southwestern France's jewel is known for high-quality wines that date back to the 8th century, that city has a lot of other attractions waiting to be explored. The 6th largest city in France is dazzling with stylish architecture, beautiful vineyards, restaurants, bars, and cafes. While visiting the city’s flourishing vineyards and wineries top the list of activities to enjoy around, a taste of some of the yummiest dishes is not something travelers would want to miss.

4 Marseille

Marseille is a perfect tourist destination and has a rich history dating back to 600 BC (The Greek age). In the 6th largest city in France, travelers have delicious street food, music, dancers, and various art exhibitions to experience. The city is known for its iconic museums where travelers can visit and get an insight into the history and culture of the local people. They can then head to explore that famous Calanques National Park and enjoy a fascinating experience of nature. Marseille is a perfect adventure destination to enjoy rock climbing, boat rides, hiking, swimming, and kayaking.

3 Nantes

If one has been looking for a perfect spot for a city break, Nantes is the ideal destination. With a vibrant culture, architecture, and tasty cuisine, Nantes is an impressive city to explore. The city boasts rich cultural treasures, one of which is Nantes Cathedral, a historic landmark that took more than 457 years to construct. Nantes is obviously progressing and has a lot of other attractions that every traveler should visit and explore.

2 Strasbourg

Strasbourg is France's Alsace region's capital and has a rich culture of France and Germany as it is situated squarely at the countries' crossroads. When travelers visit Strasbourg, the locals may speak in German or France, even though they are in France. The city is also a perfect spot for exploring the Alsatian wine route and offers a wide variety of foods from both cultures to enjoy. One of the most enjoyable activities in this city is attending one of the Christmas markets, where the locals sell food, beautiful handicrafts, and Christmas decorations. The Christmas markets offer a great deal of festive experience and are considered some of the most ancient Christmas markets ever held on French soil.

  • Best times to explore: Spring, Summer, and December


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1 Montpellier

Lying in the South of France, Montpellier is the country's fastest-growing city and is known to be highly cosmopolitan. The city attracts many tourists due to its pristine buildings, beautiful hotels, grand mansions, and a nearby beach, perfect for relaxation. The city is also home to several stunning city squares, including the Place de la Comedie. Montpellier offers travelers easy access to some of France’s best beaches, such as Plage de Maguelone and Carnon Plage. Visitors have all the reasons to visit this vibrant city and explore the best it has to offer.