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France isn't just Paris. It is filled with wonderful cities, large and small, each with its own character. Find out details about France cities.
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Top Attractions and Things to Do in Lyon in Rhone Alpes
Lyon is France's second city and a great place to visit. Stroll through Vieux Lyon on the banks of the Rhone River; visit some of the great museums from the history of cinema to the Fine Arts Museum. And eat in some of Lyon's restaurants, from cosy bouchons to restaurants from Paul Bocuse.

Pictures of Lyon
A photo gallery of Lyon, a wonderful city in the Rhone-Alpes region of France. From secret passageways to glorious views, Roman remains to gourmet delights.

Aix-en-Provence, City of Paul Cezanne
Aix-en-Provence is one of the most attractive cities in southern France. It’s elegant with wide boulevards, 17th and 18th century houses and fountains everywhere. Paul Cezanne was born and lived here, along with his friend the writer Emile Zola. It’s a big university town as well, with students from all over the world, and particularly the...

Aix-en-Provence Top Attractions
Aix-en-Provence, the city most associated with Paul Cezanne, is one of the most attractive cities in the south of France and its old town is delightful with grand squares and boulevards sheltered from the hot sun by mature trees and splashing fountains.

Guide to Lyon in the Rhône-Alpes
Lyon is one of France's most vibrant cities. It has Roman remains, great museums, parks, old winding streets and new quarters. And it is known as the gastronomic capital of France.

Top French Cities You Probably Won't Visit (But Should)
Say "French city," and most people immediately think of Paris. France is filled with bustling, hip and happening cities that are well worth a visit. Find out the coolest cities you probably won't visit, but should.

Avranches in Normandy and its World War II Connections

Bourges Guide to the Cathedral, Hotels and Restaurants
The city of Bourges at the southern end of the Loire Valley has a world-famous cathedral, an old quarter at its heart and good restaurants. The wine-growing areas around Sancerre, chateaux and gardens are very near and all worth a visit.

Charming Undiscovered Dole in the Jura Region
Dole is a delightful, small and elegant town on the river Doubs. Designated as a Town of Art and History, Dole has classical buildings, and quiet streets and squares to wander through. Located very near Dijon in Burgundy and easily accessible by train and air, Dole makes a great city break destination.

Top Roman Cities and Ancient Sites in France
Roman France or Gaul was vitally important to the ancient Roman Empire. The ancient Romans built magnificent cities and left marvelous engineering works. Here is my list of the top Roman sites.

France Itinerary of Major Cities
This France itinerary is ideal for those who seek out urban adventures, taking travelers along a route that hits some of France's major cities. Start your France itinerary in the French capital of Paris, then hit major cities east, south and west. Before your trip, consult this France Itinerary of Major Cities.

Guide to the city of Tours in the Loire Valley
Tours is at the junction where the Loire and Cher rivers join. It’s the chief town of the Loire Valley and is less than an hour away from Paris by TGV. It’s particularly known for good food and wine and is a bustling, lively city with an old center.

Largest French Cities
The largest French cities feature a wide variety of wonderful French destinations, from the most-visited Paris to the Mediterranean city of Nice to the German-influenced Strasbourg. Here is a list of the largest French cities.

Visitor Guide to Calais in Nord Pas de Calais
Calais is mainly known as the gateway to Europe, the place you pass through quickly on your way to somewhere else. But that's a shame, and with the addition of the new Lace and Fashion Museum, some great new shops and good hotels and restaurants, this former fishing port deserves better. Whether you're staying the night or plan a longer stay,...

Guide and Attractions in Orleans in the Loire Valley, France
Orleans, capital of the Loiret department, is the Loire’s most northern city. At the heart of the Loire Valley with its chateaux, gardens and historic attractions, Orleans is easy to reach by train and car from Paris. It makes the city perfect either for a short break from Paris or for the start of a longer Loire Valley tour. Check out this...

Boulogne-sur-Mer Guide
Boulogne-sur-Mer on the north French coast is a surprisingly charming town. Boulogne has good accommodation and restaurants and attractions ranging from Nausicaa to the old fortified city.

Shops and Shopping in Calais
Shopping in Calais is big business, with huge hypermarkets at malls like Cite Europe. Calais is the leading shopping center in northern Europe. But there are also gems to be found in Calais itself, from lace shops to specialised delis. Check out this guide to the best shopping in Calais.

Le Touquet Paris-Plage
If you think of Le Touquet as a stately old lady, then think again. The resort on the north coast of France that was the darling of the jet setters of the past is still a lively, sporting, all-year round seaside holiday town with plenty to attract everybody.

Guide to Lille in North France
Lille in north France is an attractive, lively city. It makes a perfect short break if you’re coming from the U.K. on Eurostar or by ferry, and the city is just a couple of hours drive north of Paris, and only one hour by TGV. It has a good selection of restaurants, plenty of excellent accommodation, a lively nightlife, good shopping and many...

Beziers, France
Man has lived in Beziers, a charming small city on Southern France, for over six millennia for a reason. Stroll along the café-lined and tree-lined Allées Paul Riquet. Gaze up at the majestic Cathedrale Saint Nazaire, which can be seen on its hilltop perch from almost anywhere in the city. Marvel at the rose-tinted wrought iron balconies.

Paris and London to Lyon by Train, Car, Bus and Flights
How to get from Paris and London to Lyon by various forms of transport, by train, car, bus and flight.

Guide to Saint Tropez in the South of France
Discover what to do, what to see and where to stay in this guide to Saint-Tropez, the Mediterranean resort in the south of France. The former fishing village has attracted the rich, the famous, the curious and the ordinary vacationer since it was discovered in the 19th century, and today is as popular as ever.

Paris to Angers by train, bus and car
Details of how to get from Paris to Angers in the western Loire Valley by various forms of transportation. Use these information resources to plan your journey.

Guide to Montreuil-sur-Mer
Montreuil-sur-Mer in the Nord Pas-de-Calais region is a lovely old town with a fortified citadel and a luxury hotel, the Chateau de Montreuil. It’s a good basis to explore the surrounding rolling countryside with 16 loops of walks ranging from 4 kilometers to 30 kilometers. It’s in an area known as the ‘Seven Valleys’, 7 river valleys with some...

Blois in the Loire Valley
Blois, which is roughly half way between Orleans and Tours in the Loire Valley, makes a perfect center for exploring the gorgeous towns with their impressive chateaus (castles) nearby. Blois is a delightful city in its own right, dominated by the huge Chateau de Blois in the center of the town. From here the winding streets spread out, full of...

Paris to Blois by Train, Bus and Car
Details of how to get from Paris to Blois by various forms of transportation. Use these information resources to plan your journey.

Villefranche sur Mer
Nice and Cannes lie just to the west and Monte Carlo is just to the east, but nicely undiscovered is the charming small beach city of Villefranche sur Mer. With a sandy shore, small medieval village and relaxed atmosphere, Villefranche sur Mer is a lovely escape from the bustle of bigger Cote d'Azur cities mere minutes away.

Historic Arras is a good place for a short break
Arras, capital of the Artois region of northern France, is best known for its spectacular Grand’Place and the smaller but delightful place des Heros. One of the prettiest towns in northern France, it was also vital in World War I, and contains the famous Wellington Quarry.

Sete France
Sete, France is a lovely fishing city which has much allure, from its beaches to its port lined with buildings painted rich ochres, rusts and azures. This is the spot to sample some of the world’s best seafood, usually prepared from the morning’s catches. Several canals wind their way through the city. Find out about travel to Sete, France.

Plan a Visit to Caen, Normandy
Plan a visit to Caen, Normandy. Caen is famous for William the Conqueror, hero of the Battle of Hastings 1066, and for the D-Day Normandy Landings in World War II.

Guide to the Palace of Compiegne
The Palace of Compiegne is well worth a visit. This gracious, mellow stone, neo-classical building north of Paris and just far enough away from prying eyes, was where French Kings surrounded themselves in luxury, followed in almost indecent haste after the French Revolution of 1789, by Napoleon Bonaparte and his successors. It has three museums,...

Monstegur somehow has the power to cast a spell on its visitors. On paper, it is hardly remarkable. It’s a small town with a few streets, a couple cafés and a museum. In reality, though, there is some intangible allure here that draws people back again and again.

Argeles-Gazost, France might be a bit small, but it has a lot to offer. It has a cute and compact downtown lined with shops and cafés, a thermal spa and a casino. It is close to ski slopes, a medieval abbey, several lakes and numerous mountain peaks. Nestled in the Pyrenees Mountains just a short drive south of Lourdes and close to skiing, this makes an excellent getaway spot for nature-lovers who also prefer to be based in a civilized and charming town.

Christmas Illuminations in France
Illuminations in France - Cities with Illuminated Buildings in France

Agen France
Agen, France, situated halfway between Bordeaux and Toulouse, is probably best known for its prunes. There is much more to this charming small city: gothic arches, a daily covered market, narrow medieval alleys, and a canal and river. The people of Agen are infinitely friendly, and avid rugby fans. Find out more about charming and unique Agen, France.

Narbonne Attractions
Narbonne attractions include a beach, a maze of Medieval streets, and the busy Hotel de Ville area with shops.

Albi, France
The pretty village of Albi France, with its old building facades and its quaint old town, is probably best known for an ugly chapter in its history. This was the first city to provide refuse to the Cathars, and is the origin of a later name that was bestowed on the religious sect, the Albigensians. On a lighter note, this is the birthplace of the famous artist, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. A visit to the cityÂ’s museum of the artistÂ’s work is time well-spent.

Avignon: Former Home of the Papacy
Few people realize that the pope's palace was relocated to France during the Middle Ages. In lovely Avignon, visitor's can still visit the former seat of the papacy in this lovely, thriving southern city.

Tucked into a rounded nook of the Lot River, Cahors is a lovely medieval city almost entirely surrounded by water. At the heart of wine country, the city’s most memorable landmark is the Valentré bridge and the nearby ramparts.

Evian-les-Bains - Destination with a Spa Flair on the French-Swiss Border
A trip report on Evian-les-Bains, a lovely mountain city on the French-Swiss border. It is best known for its spring waters, establishing this as a prime spa resort destination. There is also a casino and a lovely downtown here.

Foix, France
Foix, France is a small city with a big personality. Surrounded by mountains and sliced with rivers, this is a true gateway to the Pyrenees. Situated about 30 miles from Toulouse or 40 miles from Andorra, it is also quite central.

Limoux: Home of Blanquette, the Real First Sparkling Wine
Most of the world credits the invention of sparkling wine to the Champagne region, and to Dom Perignon. The legend, and possible real story, is far more interesting. According to Limoux natives, it was really invented there when Blanquette was created. When the great dom passed through, he stole the idea, they allege. No matter who is right, Limoux is a lovely small town with a big heart in the Languedoc. It is home to one of Europe's most popular Carnavals.

Lourdes Travel Guide - Famous Virgin Mary Sightings Attract Millions of Pilgrims
Lourdes is the second most popular tourism city in all of France, attracting pilgrims from throughout the globe to the cave where a peasant girl had several visions of the Virgin Mary. Today, this is a bustling Pyrenees village that is central to several other great cities and attractions. Lourdes is second only to Paris in the number of hotel rooms available. Before you go, here is a guide to surviving a spiritual voyage to Lourdes, France.

Mende, France and the Lozere
Mende, in the rural and mountainous Lozere, is a small city of about 12,000 people. This is a wonderful destination for anyone who wants to be in a town, but in the midst of nature at its finest, unique wildlife and outdoor activities like hang gliding, mountain climbing and canoeing.

Montpellier, France
Montpellier, France is a bustling and vibrant city in the South of France often overshadowed by neighboring cities in Provence,but it is well worthy of a visit. The city is beautiful, filled with architecture and rich in history. It's lined with boutiques and sidewalk cafes, and dotted with magnificent squares. Here is a guide to the city of Montpellier, France.

Narbonne, France
Narbonne, France is a charming small city in the Languedoc, featuring wonderful historic attractions as well as a relaxing beach along the Mediterranean.

Pau, France
What Pau, France lacks in personality it makes up for with location. While the city is a bit drab, its surroundings are not. Much like nearby Tarbes in the Midi-Pyrenees, the city itself doesn’t have too much to offer and is a little dreary in spots. Its best features are some of its historic attractions such as the history-rich and impressive Chateau de Pau. But it is a short hour drive to the sea and the Spanish border. It is right at the doorstep of the mountains.

Perigueux and the Dordogne
P�rigueux and the surrounding Dordogne is the place for anyone who loves historic attractions but hates the accompanying crowds. With the exception of Paris, there is nowhere else in all of France with so many historic monuments and attractions. P�rigueux is also an ideal place to sample regional flavors and food.

Rodez, France
Situated as it is in the middle of the mountains, it can be surprising to come upon Rodez. Unexpectedly urban, this tiny city features wonderful shopping and dining. The city’s striking cathedral features a Virgin Mary that is about 250 feet tall. Find out more about the wonderful discovery that is Rodez.

St-Jean-de-Luz, France
Easily the most attractive city in the Basque Country, from its cozy beach to its alluring downtown, Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a jewel in the Basque Country. Find out about the pretty and charming beach city of St. Jean de Luz.

St. Paul de Vence - Before You Go
Saint Paul de Vence is a charming hilltop fortified village in Provence, filled with art galleries, boutiques and sidewalk cafes. It's hard to find something ugly about this quaint village. A walk through its winding streets reveals elegant fountains, vine-covered stone walls and statues tucked into nooks in the walls.

Toulouse Travel Guide & City Guide: Visit a Historic, Lively,...
Steeped in history, yet hip and lively, the enchanting Toulouse is one of France's most beautiful cities. The food here and in the rest of the Midi Pyrenees region could be among France's most memorable. The shopping options are vast. Some of France's best cities and attractions are mere minutes or a couple hours from Toulouse, blessed with a...

Juan-les-Pins on the French Riviera
Juan-les-Pins - a guide to the French Riviera town of Juan-les-Pins on the Cote d'Azur in the South of France region.

Beautiful, Historic Sarlat in the Dordogne
Sarlat, officially Sarlat-la-Canéda, is the capital of the Black Perigord in the Dordogne. It's known for its 15th and 16th-century houses and markets.

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