Places to visit in France – 50 most beautiful cities, towns and villages

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26. Colmar

Situated in the northeast of France, Colmar is a very attractive historic city full of sights and monuments and beautiful architecture.

Among its most beautiful sights include Maison Pfister house, St Martin’s Church, 13th century Dominican monastery Unterlinden, and many more.

Colmar, Places to visit in France

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27. Eguisheim

Eguisheim is a small village situated in the eastern part of the country, just at the borders with Germany. It has only around 1500 residents but it boasts nice romantic streets with colorful houses.

Eguisheim, Places to visit in France

Photo credit: Eguisheim, Places to visit in France by Russ Bowling

28. Gordes

Another beautiful small village can be found in the southern part of France. Gordes is a hilly village known for the castle that sits on top of the hill and walls that surrounds the village.

Gordes, Places to visit in France

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29. Lourmarin

Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region is full of small and beautiful villages that are spread all around and Lourmarin is just another picturesque example of them. You will definitely fall in love with this cute corner of southern France.

Lourmarin, Places to visit in France

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30. Cucuron

Cucuron is another extremely beautiful village in Provence region in the southeastern part of the country. You will find some churches as well as medieval keep here, but its main attraction is just walking through its streets.

Cucuron, Places to visit in France

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31. Riquewihr

If you want to get back in time into the 16th century then visiting Riquewihr village would be a great option. Located in the northeastern part of the country, you will find here half-timbered houses, beautiful streets, medieval fortifications and even a castle.

Riquewihr, Places to visit in France

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32. Rochefort-en-Terre

One of the most beautiful and visited places in Brittany region is that of Rochefort-en-Terre. Take a walk around its picturesque narrow streets and enjoy medieval atmosphere enhanced with lots of flowers all around.

Rochefort-en-Terre, Places to visit in France

Photo credit: Rochefort-en-Terre, Places to visit in France by Nicolas Vollmer

33. Piana

Even mountainous island of Corsica has a lot to offer to its visitors. Here you will find Piana village, which is also among the most beautiful villages in France.

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Piana, Corsica, Places to visit in France

Photo credit: Piana, Corsica, Places to visit in France by Paul Arps

34. Dinan

Dinan is a beautiful medieval town in the region of Brittany. You will be amazed by its chateau, walls, bridges, old houses as well as its location around the Rance river.

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Dinan, Places to visit in France

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35. Locronan

Locronan is one of the most beautiful villages in France, which is a group of 155 villages known as Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. It can be found in the Brittany region only 7 kilometers from the Atlantic coast.

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Locronan, Places to visit in France

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36. Saint-Véran

Saint Veran is the highest situated village in France and the third one in all of Europe (just after Juf, Switzerland or Trepalle, Italy). It is popular for its location within French Alps both in winter as well as in summer.

Saint-Véran, Places to visit in France

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37. Pérouges

Many historical films have been filmed in the medieval village of Pérouges. The village has a rich history and will easily make you feel like being in the Medieval Times.

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Perouges, Places to visit in France

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38. Kaysersberg

If you like half-timbered houses then you won’t go wrong with a small town of Kaysersberg. Situated in the northwestern part of the country and dominated by the high fortress and medieval church this picturesque town will not disappoint you.

Kaysersberg, Places to visit in France

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39. Gaillac

Surrounded by some of the best vineyards in the area, Gaillac town can be found in the southern part of the country. Its main landmark is 10th century Saint-Michael Abbey but there are many other places to see here.

Gaillac, Places to visit in France

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40. Albi

If you haven’t seen this town before, you won’t believe how beautiful one town can be. Albi has a medieval appearance featured by monumental Cathedral of Sainte-Cécile, Palais de la Berbie and few other amazing churches.

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Albi, Places to visit in France

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41. Cordes-sur-Ciel

Another beautiful medieval village in the southern Midi-Pyrénées region is that of Cordes-sur-Ciel. It was founded back in the 13th century and you will still feel like the time has stopped here already at that time.

Cordes-sur-Ciel, Places to visit in France

Photo credit: Cordes-sur-Ciel, Places to visit in France by Frédérique PANASSAC

42. Castelnau-de-Montmiral

Midi-Pyrenees region is full of tiny picturesque villages and Castelnau-de-Montmiral is definitely one of the most beautiful ones. You will find amazing medieval houses in its main square Place des Arcades.

Castelnau-de-Montmiral, Places to visit in France

Photo credit: Castelnau-de-Montmiral, Places to visit in France by Alain Colomb

43. Puycelsi

You were wrong if you thought that I have finished with Midi-Pyrenees region. It would be a big mistake to forget visiting small village of Puycelsi. It is a fortified medieval village with lots of 14th century houses, gates and nice narrow streets.

Puycelsi, Places to visit in France

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44. Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val

If you are on your pilgrimage way to Santiago de Compostela you will certainly stop by at Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val. It’s narrow medieval streets really worth exploring!

Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, Places to visit in France

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45. Arles

City of antiquity, artists and romantic streets, Arles is a mixture of everything that made Provence famous. Arles was even a home to famous van Gogh or Pablo Picasso. The city was founded back in the 6th century BC and is full of ancient monuments.

Arles, Places to visit in France

Photo credit: Arles, Places to visit in France by Wolfgang Staudt

46. Beynac-et-Cazenac

Listed among the most beautiful villages of France, Beynac-et-Cazenac will surprise you with the location and beauty of the village’s main sight – Château de Beynac. Narrow streets, or Dordogne River that flows through the village are a guarantee of the views that you will never forget.

Beynac-et-Cazenac, Places to visit in France

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47. Moustiers-Sainte-Marie

Another amazing village that cannot miss on this list is the southeastern commune of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie. Its main landmark is the limestone cliff towering just a few meters from the village.

Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Places to visit in France

Photo credit: Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Places to visit in France by Salva Barbera

48. Bastia

Baroque gem of Corsica is no other than Bastia In the past it was the island’s capital, now it is the second largest city in Corsica. Located on the east coast of the island, Bastia serves as the gateway to the island.

Immediately upon arrival you will experience the real atmosphere of Corsica: the heat, the sweat, the salty air, narrow roads and many cars. But that’s not all what this 14th century city offers to its visitors.

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Bastia, Corsica, Places to visit in France

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49. Bonifacio

Magnificent, majestic, breathtaking or just beautiful. This is how Bonifacio could be described, a city built high on the white cliffs.

Situated in the very south of Corsica, you will be amazed by its narrow streets, huge walls that are 3 kilometers long, or its amazing architecture and natural scenery.

Bonifacio, Corsica, Places to visit in France

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50. Calvi

Calvi is a small town in Corsica, from one half it is a military center and from another one a holiday resort. The local citadel from the 15th century is occupied by the French Foreign Legion.

You can enjoy spectacular views from the hill which is a home to the church Chapelle de Notre-Dame de la Serra from the 19th century.

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Calvi, Corsica, Places to visit in France

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That’s all folks! 🙂 Sorry, I know, looking at such a great beauty should never end but I have one good news for you! These are just a few of beautiful French cities, towns and villages.

They have much more in this country and I could easily list additional 100 and this list would not be completed either. However if you feel there are any that really should not miss on this list, please let me know below in the comments.

France is also famous for its impressive castles, chateaus and cathedrals. The country also has 39 places on the UNESCO World Heritage List!

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  1. How long to you need to see all these beautiful places in France since you can only be in France for 90 days?
    Thanks

    • Julius

      Honestly we wouldn’t recommend you try to visit all 50 places in just 90 days, it would be a marathon of traveling and you would spend most of your 90 days in France on the road.
      We would recommend you pick a few cities and places out of the list, perhaps taking into account their geographic location as France has a good train and road system but is still fairly large. Some of the larger cities in the list have lot to offer and it would be a shame to just skip through without taking them all in. The smaller villages we selected can probably be visited in a few days, although you will find many of them are quaint and relaxing and you might want to stay longer to enjoy their charms.
      That is why in our opinion, you should probably make several trips if you want to really enjoy your tour of France lest you end up rushing through and barely seeing anything.

  2. Dannemoi is one of the most beautiful villages of france, just outside of paris. Must visit by everyone.

  3. A complete list that contains everything I need to know! I’m saving this for later as I am doing a road trip through france soon 🙂

  4. Can I please ask where in France is the very first photograph taken wirh the differe t course house with the flowers hanging outside. It looks beautiful. How was it?

    • Julius

      Hi Donna, it is Eguisheim, a small village (#27 on our list!) and it is full of such houses with flowers. 🙂

  5. We visited the city of Marseiile. Marseiile has beautiful port, cathedrals and very nice city.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saixwuWqJfY

  6. I was in France in 2012 through to 2013. I visited Nantes, Lille, Paris, Rennes. It is amazing how each of these places have their own rich yet distinct story. Loved every bit of it.
    Here, you see my experience in Lille http://lefrenchbuddy.com/lille-the-junction-of-europe/
    And here I suggest a few places in Nantes http://lefrenchbuddy.com/5-must-see-places-in-nantes/

  7. Nice

  8. Southern france is really kool. Loved Najac, cordes sur ciel, albi, millau, averyon etc…. toulouse

  9. I wish ‘Corsica’, ‘Guadeloupe’, ‘La Réunion’, ‘Guyane’ or ‘La Martinique’ (inter alia) were in the list somewhere … Those places where French before Nice after all (!), and they surely deserve to be mentioned (Corsica -along with its cities- was recently elected France most beautiful region in a popular French TV programme )

    • Julius

      Hi Peter, there are some 4 towns from Corsica on the list. I’ll check the other islands you mentioned and choose some towns from them as well, any tips?

  10. “The city is located close to the German border and as such, the most commonly spoken language in Strasbourg is not French, but rather German.”
    I choked on my cereals after reading this.
    You can say German is more common than English yes, but than French?! Hell NO!
    Have you ever been there before writing this?
    Also I am sorry if I seem aggressive it’s just that our fellow countrymen like to remind us that we have been German and make jokes about us being German so it is hurtful to read this on a website I actually like

    • Julius

      Thanks for your aggressive 🙂 comment, Catherine! Well… Unfortunately I have never been to this part of France, only to the south of the country, to Nice, Cannes, Saint Tropez, Port Grimaud and Monaco, of course :). The articles were written based on some other resources, such as wikipedia, tripadvisor and lonelyplanet mostly and this information is only what I found 🙂 Check here: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/europe-western-europe/france/does-anyone-speak-french-in-strasbourg?page=1#post_14869483

      We also have some towns (villages) here in Slovakia, which are e.g. on the borders with Hungary and the major language there is not Slovak but Hungarian. Do not want to know how they speak in the Ukraine-Poland borders 🙂 Its a mix of 3 languages – Slovak-Polish-Ukrainian and I suppose that noone from these three countries understand it, unless they live there on the borders. 🙂

      • Well, the link you quote is basically a lot of people saying how wrong the lonely planet is and also was last answered in 2008.
        You can trust someone born in Strasbourg we do speak French haha
        We have a dialect that is derived from German but mostly spoken by the elderly or in rural areas. And then speak it with each other not to people who don’t understand it.
        It is however true that speaking German can help you with older people but young people in Strasbourg mainly learn English as a 2nd language 😉
        I just wanted to let you know that this is a false information and that it can be hurtfull.

        • Julius

          Hi Catherine, I have just replaced this information with something else. Thanks for your valuable comments as well as for reading my articles!

          • Thanks for changing the info 😉
            If you ever stop by send me an e-mail I’ll give you a tour of the city !

  11. I was only in Paris and Montpellier and to be honest didn’t like them much. But all those little towns look just amazing. I have to plan a trip to France 🙂

  12. Wow, what a great list. Unfortunately I’ve only been to Paris and Strasbourg. I’d really love to go to Mont Saint-Michel since I’ve read so much about it. Anywhere in France really, since I’d love to learn more about the history and culture.

  13. We’ve been to 11 on your list and agree; there are so many beautiful towns to visit in France! The photos are beautiful, and make me want to go back and explore more!

  14. I LOVE that you have Annecy up on your list because it’s one of my favorite places in France! Anyhow, this is an amazing compilation. I’m definitely taking note of it for next time!

  15. Fabulous list! We actually really loved the South of France as opposed to the bg cities like Paris in the North. I felt personally like Paris was way too overhyped so I travelled with really high expectations and was let down by the experience. Though the South of France blew us away. Would spend a lifetime there is we could 🙂

  16. Hi! Thanks for great list of places to visit in France! I am always afraid of the language barrier, but I think the south must be great in the summer!

  17. This is really a great list that I can use as a reference later on! I’ve been to a few of the bigger cities in France, and some smaller ones as well. And, although I love Paris, I am more interested in the bottom half of the list. It would be great to get to some of these lesser known towns and cities 🙂

    • Julius

      Hi Natalie, I also like those at the bottom more than the bigger ones at the top. I’ve only been to these on French Riviera unfortunately, including Nice, Cannes, Saint Tropez or Port Grimaud + Monaco. All of them are very nice!

  18. What an exhaustive list! I’ve been to a few but there’s so much more to explore.

  19. I really wouldn’t want to first guess the prettiest places in France – there are so many. I love St Jean de Luz and Sarlat for example. REALLY pleased to see Annecy included, it’s a place in France that so often gets overlooked

  20. I’ve only been to 7. I have a long list to go through. 🙂

  21. Simply fabulous. Great collection of French cities. Love them.

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