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Places to visit

About France

Lush green countryside, sun-drenched beaches, vibrant modern metropolises and cultured historical cities - France has all of these places to explore and much more! We've picked some of our favourite French cities and towns to start you off with planning your holiday.

Take a look at our top places to visit in France below. There are many more exciting places to discover in our region guides.

Featured places to visit in France

Bayeux in Normandy is a beautiful medieval city, brimming with history, and is the home of the famous Bayeux Tapestry.
Biarritz in Aquitaine is a refined aristocratic town that is now the surfing capital of Europe.
Blois in the Loire Valley is a charming royal city with an historic château that has been home to 7 French kings and 10 French queens.
Bordeaux in Aquitaine is the region's capital and the home of French wine-making, recognised world-wide for its excellent wines, and is beautifully situated on the River Garonne.
Caen, in Normandy, is one of the oldest university towns in France. Bustling with activity, it is a vibrant and attractive city on the River Orne.
Carnac in Brittany is a small town on the River Crac'h that is most famous for its wealth of pre-historic megalithic monuments, the Carnac Stones.
Cherbourg, in Normandy, is a port town with a seafaring history that is second to none.
Deauville in Normandy is a glamorous town on the Côte Fleurie ('flowery coast'), famous for horse racing and its international cultural festivals.
Dinan in Brittany is a charming riverside town, full of medieval history, with a 13th century castle and ramparts that encircle this well-preserved sanctuary where time has stood still.
Etretat in Normandy is a charming town famous for the stunning cliffs of Etretat on the Alabaster Coast.
Giverny in Normandy is a picturesque village that captured the heart of Monet, becoming his home town and inspiring many of his most famous works.
Honfleur in Normandy is a charming seaside town on the Seine estuary that is immediately recognisable by its tall narrow buildings - which look as though they've been squeezed into the streets!
La Rochelle in Poitou-Charentes is a city by the sea known for its history in trade and fishing and is joined to the charming Île de Ré by a road bridge.
After serious devastation during the WW2 bombings, Le Havre has risen phoenix-like from the ashes to become a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site for its post-war architecture.
Mont St Michel in Normandy is a granite tidal island just off the coast, famous for its majestic abbey. One of France's main tourist attractions, the Mont St Michel attracts over 3 million visitors every year.
Nantes, in Western Loire, is a beautiful city that was once the long-held historical capital of Brittany and is today a vibrant hub for the creative arts.
Orléans in the Loire Valley is a city rich with history and famous for its links to Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orléans.
Paris in Ile de France is France's capital city and a hub of art, culture and fashion that is the most visited city in the world!
Rennes in Brittany is a vibrant capital city of impressive architecture, excellent shopping and wonderful gastronomic delights.
Roscoff is a picturesque fishing village on the North coast of Brittany and is an idyllic introduction to Brittany's rustic charms.
Rouen in Normandy is the region's former capital and has a distinguished history involving such figures as Richard the Lionheart, William the Conqueror and Joan of Arc - a richness of heritage that is also expressed in its outstanding…
Saumur in Pays de la Loire is easily recognised by its fairytale chateau and is famous for its association with horses - the area around the town is even known as the Kingdom of the Horse.
The beautiful city of St Malo in Brittany curves out to sea on a stunning natural harbour that has created some of the best sandy beaches on the Emerald Coast.
Located in Morbihan, on the Southern coast of Brittany, the fascinating city of Vannes is an intriguing mix of antiquity and urbanisation, merging into the incredible Mor-Bihan ('little sea') of the Gulf of Morbihan - 12,000 hectares of…