Whether for business or pleasure, French cities attract tourists from around the world, but which are the most popular and why?
France’s Capital City is the most visited city in the world, with around 45million people walking its streets every year. Its association with romance, fashion, art and fine dining, along with the must see sight of the view from the Eiffel Tower, combine to make this high on many people’s list of places to go.
With an accessible location on the French German border, Strasbourg is visited by many business travellers, as well as tourists. The city is home to important institutions including the European Parliament but the majority of visitors are drawn to the Grande Ile in the historic centre of the city.
On the other side of the country and bordering Spain is one of the country’s most popular seaside cities. Biarritz evolved as a tourist resort due to the stunning beaches, ideal waves for surfing and hot climate that line the South West Coast of France. It has long been a popular destination for French tourists looking for a lively holiday destination.
Another popular seaside city is Marseille on the South Coast. As a prominent university city, Marseille attracts students from around the world. Its old city is full of architecture with historic interest, although most visitors to the city spend more time on the sunny beaches and around the stylish ports.
Not far from Marseille, but with a very different feel, is the city of Arles. Vincent Van Gogh helped to put this city on the map for many visitors and you may recognise many of the sites in this city from his canvases. This city also boasts many well preserved Roman remains, including an impressive amphitheatre.
Located on the River Garonne, this elegant city is world famous due to its wine. The grapes are grown in vineyards that surround the city and tours to wine producers are popular for visitors to the city. Bordeaux has more to offer than wine. As a city full of cultural delights, with much of it designated a UNESCO world heritage site, it is an ideal city for exploring French style in all its glory.
Any of these cities make for a fantastic day out if you are staying in France, or maybe a good place to stop for the night on route to your holiday destination. Biarritz is worth a visit if you are staying at our campsite in Messanges and Bordeaux is about an hour’s drive from our Biscarrosse campsite.
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