Best French Cities for Summer Vacations

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France is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Europe, especially during the summertime.

There are lots of incredible options for any taste including Mediterranean beaches, bustling cities, places with timeless architecture, and some villages where you can enjoy local cheese.

Also, France is a perfect vacation spot during the summer.

If you are looking for some great destination spots in France, we’ve prepared for the list of the greatest cities to visit in this country.

Some of these places are well-known and popular among tourists while others can be considered as hidden gems.

Paris
Paris

Paris

Despite being one of the most popular spots in the world, Paris is the city you need to see not because of its popularity.

Paris is a political, economical and cultural capital of France that can offer you a whole variety of memorable things and activities during the summer.

Enjoy some classy French treats while sitting near the Eiffel Tower.

Also, you need to visit local museums and at least one of the festivals held in Paris.

And, of course, spend some time enjoying the view of Canal Saint-Martin.

Cannes
Cannes

Cannes

Cannes is a real ritzy gem of France that is known for one of the most influential film festivals in the world.

The festival is held each year in May which is a period of dazzling fashion, red carpets, luxury bit this city is really gorgeous all year round.

If you visit Cannes during the summer, you can see luxurious yachts, well-known celebrities, and walk through Le Suquet which is one of the oldest quarters in the city.

Also, Cannes is a perfect spot for anyone who wants to enjoy some delicious food.

Marseille
Marseille

Marseille

Marseille is one of the most famous French cities in the world.

This buzzing port becomes even more popular due to recent public works projects, artisanal restaurants, and chic galleries.

Nevertheless, there is plenty of some funky leftovers of the complicated past of this city.

Some buildings are covered with graffiti and there are lots of skateparks all over Marseille.

In fact, this city is a perfect example of the amazing cultural diversity.

Palais des Papes
Palais des Papes

Palais des Papes

You cannot think that your trip to France is successful without visiting one of the local castles.

There are ancient castles, Medieval ruins, and moats all over the country.

Of course, it’s up to which spot to visit but the one you need to see 100% is  Palais des Papes that is located in Avignon.

This Gothic-style building was one of the most important palaces in Europe in the 15th century.

If you are interested in history and architecture, this place should be on your list.

Nice
Nice

Nice

Nice is the largest city of the French Riviera and it is one of the best summertime spots in the country.

This place is a combination of gorgeous beaches, beautiful promenades, amazing shops, and bright alleyways.

In fact, it’s a perfect destination for anyone who wants to have a real Mediterranean experience.

Of course, Nice is known and popular due to its luxurious beaches but still, there are beautiful waterfalls, Cathedrals, unique flower and produce markets, great art museums, delicious Nicoise salads, and tasty ratatouille.

Just keep in mind that this place is really busy during the summertime.

Annecy
Annecy

Annecy

Surrounded by snowy picks of the Alps and warm turquoise sea, the little town of Annecy is a real hidden gem of southern France.

This town can impress you with its bustling summertime markets.

The town has two names – “Pearl of the French Alps” and the “Venice of the Alps” as it is surrounded bu gorgeous nature and covered with beautiful canals.

During your stay, you can enjoy some paddleboarding, biking, and a bunch of other amazing activities for any taste.

Also, it is a perfect destination for some relaxing vacations as you can enjoy grassy picnics, cheese-tasting, and church tours.

Hossegor
Hossegor

Hossegor

You should know that Hossegor is a perfect surfing spot in France.

All year round this town attracts people who like surfing and want to try some of the best swells in the world.

The city is also known for its gorgeous coastline, friendly and warm culture, and amazing local cuisine with its delicious chocolate croissants.

If you don’t feel like surfing, you can enjoy the local stunning nature.

Located not far from the Pyrenees mountains, Hossegor can offer you great camping, a forest, a lake.

1 Comment on Best French Cities for Summer Vacations

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    Barren Evans says:

    My kids have been nagging me since last year to take them on French Summer vacation. I finally had to give in to their requests & applied for a France Visa Appointment. They even found some articles including yours that show the best French cities for summer getaways. We might just shortlist some great places where we can reach easily & have a great time together.

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