The Top 10 Most Beautiful Cities To Visit In France and Reasons to visit them.

France, in Western Europe, encompasses medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Paris, its capital, is famed for its fashion houses, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman theater and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history.

France is divided into 18 administrative regions which are traditionally divided between 13 metropolitan regions, located on the European continent, and 5 overseas regions, located outside the European continent. The 12 mainland regions are each further subdivided into 4 to 13 departments, while the overseas regions consist of only one department each and hence are also referred to as "overseas departments". Similarly, Corsica is a "territorial collectivity" that also consists of only a single department. The current legal concept of region was adopted in 1982, and in 2016 what had been 27 regions was reduced to 18. The overseas regions should not be confused with the overseas collectivities, which have a semi-autonomous status.

1- Paris
The Top 10 Most Beautiful Cities To Visit In France: Reasons

Paris is a magnet for lovers. It's a sleepless and urban capital fueled by champagne and dreams – and an unbeatable epicenter for the world's art and culture experts. No trip is complete without diving head first into the city’s 20 “arrondissements” or neighborhoods. The Louvre’s impressive collection beats out almost all competition, while Musée d'Orsay is a dream come true for fans of impressionism.

Elaborate fountains and pockets of counterculture exist at every turn, making any trip an explosion of your senses. Run around the luxurious Champs-Élysées, then enjoy the city's bohemian roots in Le Marais. Devour a baguette in Place des Vosges (Paris' oldest square) or get all lovey-dovey with a moonlit walk along the Seine.

Paris, France's capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

As the birthplace of the Enlightenment and a trailblazer in the fashion world, Paris has cemented itself as one of the world's must-see cities. In a country known for exceptional food, style, and art, the capital delivers on all three counts.

The city is split into 20 districts ("arrondissements"), each with its own distinct vibe. Le Marais (in the 4th arrondissement) is famous for its narrow, medieval streets full of traditional bakeries and chic boutiques. The area is also home to the iconic cathedral of Notre-Dame, one of the best examples of French Gothic architecture.

The 7th arrondissement is home to some of the city's most famous landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, and Musée d'Orsay. Neighboring districts have plenty to offer, too, like the iconic Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, and Opéra Garnier. In the center of Paris, you'll find the world-famous Musée du Louvre, featuring tens of thousands of classic artworks including da Vinci's "Mona Lisa." Right outside the city are the mysterious Catacombs and the Château de Versailles.

Paris, like every French city, takes pride in its cuisine and offers some of the world's best food. You'll find everything from 3-Michelin-star spots like Restaurant Guy Savoy to laid-back bistros like La Mascotte.

Promising fun for all ages, Disneyland Paris is in the eastern suburb Marne-la-Vallée, just a quick train ride from the center.

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2- Cannes

The Top 10 Most Beautiful Cities To Visit In France: Reasons

Cannes, a resort town on the French Riviera, is famed for its international film festival. Its Boulevard de la Croisette, curving along the coast, is lined with sandy beaches, upmarket boutiques and palatial hotels. It’s also home to the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, a modern building complete with red carpet and Allée des Étoiles – Cannes’ walk of fame.

3 reasons to visit Cannes: beaches, restaurants & shopping

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3- Nice
Nice

Nice, capital of the Alpes-Maritimes department on the French Riviera, sits on the pebbly shores of the Baie des Anges. Founded by the Greeks and later a retreat for 19th-century European elite, the city has also long attracted artists. Former resident Henri Matisse is honored with a career-spanning collection of paintings at Musée Matisse. Musée Marc Chagall features some of its namesake's major religious works.

3 reasons to visit: Promenade des Anglais, Monte Carlo & Cote d'Azur

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4- Marseille
Marseille

Marseille, a port city in southern France, has been a crossroads of immigration and trade since its founding by the Greeks circa 600 B.C. At its heart is the Vieux-Port (Old Port), where fishmongers sell their catch along the boat-lined quay. Basilique Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde is a Romanesque-Byzantine church. Modern landmarks include Le Corbusier’s influential Cité Radieuse complex and Zaha Hadid’s CMA CGM Tower.

3 reasons to visit Marseille: Notre-Dame de la Garde, Old Port & The Calanques

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5- Chamonix
Chamonix

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (usually shortened to Chamonix) is a resort area near the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy. At the base of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps, it's renowned for its skiing. Year-round, cable cars take visitors up to several nearby peaks with panoramic views, including Aiguille du Midi above town, and Pointe Helbronner, across vast glacier fields on the Italian border.

3 reasons to visit Chamonix: Mont Blanc, cable car & Aiguille Du Midi

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6- Lyon
Lyon

Lyon, the capital city in France’s Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, sits at the junction of the Rhône and Saône rivers. Its center reflects 2,000 years of history from the Roman Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules, medieval and Renaissance architecture in Vieux (Old) Lyon, to the modern Confluence district on Presqu'île peninsula. Traboules, covered passageways between buildings, connect Vieux Lyon and La Croix-Rousse hill.

3 reasons to visit Lyon: old town, city walks & gourmet food

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7- Cap d'Agde
Cap d'Agde

Cap d'Agde is a seaside resort on France's Mediterranean coast. It is located in the commune of Agde, in the Hérault department within the region of Occitanie. Cap d'Agde was planned by architect Jean Le Couteur as part of one of the largest state-run development schemes in French history.

3 reasons to visit Cap d'Agde: beaches, oceanside & sunshine

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8- Bordeaux
Bordeaux

Bordeaux, hub of the famed wine-growing region, is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France. It’s known for its Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, 18th- to 19th-century mansions and notable art museums such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux. Public gardens line the curving river quays. The grand Place de la Bourse, centered on the Three Graces fountain, overlooks the Miroir d’Eau reflecting pool.

3 reasons to visit Bordeaux: architecture, wine & city walks

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9- Toulouse
Toulouse

Toulouse, capital of France’s southern Occitanie region, is bisected by the Garonne River and sits near the Spanish border. It’s known as La Ville Rose (‘The Pink City’) due to the terra-cotta bricks used in many of its buildings. Its 17th-century Canal du Midi links the Garonne to the Mediterranean Sea, and can be traveled by boat, bike or on foot.

3 reasons to visit Toulouse: architecture, city walks & old town

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10- Montpellier
Montpellier

Montpellier is a city in southern France, 10km inland from the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The town's stately Gothic Cathédrale Saint-Pierre, distinguished by conical towers, dates to 1364. The city's Antigone district is a chic, modern development inspired by neoclassical motifs. Paintings from French and European Old Masters hang at the Musée Fabre.

3 reasons to visit Montpellier: city walks, old town & architecture

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