France, the land of love and wine. But the country has so much more to offer. We have selected the most popular cities in France. Go Around – Traveling in France. A visit to these cities is an absolute must if you are already studying in this country. Let’s take a look at the best cities for traveling in France.
Paris is the capital of France. The river Seine divides the city into a northern and a southern part. With more than 2.2 million inhabitants, Paris is the fifth largest city in the European Union. Furthermore, it is the second largest metropolitan region in the EU after London with over 12.5 million people. Sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral or the Louvre make the city a popular tourist destination. With around 16 million foreign tourists a year, the city is one of the most visited cities in the world after London and Bangkok.
Lyon is the capital of the Auvergne-Rhones region, where Clermont-Ferrand is also located, and the third largest city in France after Paris and Marseille. It is only about two hours away from Clermont and therefore well worth a visit. Lyon’s gastronomy enjoys a worldwide reputation. The variety of traditional cuisine finds its origin in the rare combination of proximity to the Alps and navigable access to the Mediterranean Sea.
Marseille, a port city in southern France, has been an important centre for immigration and trade since it was founded around 600 BC by Greek seafarers. The heart of the city is the old port of Vieux-Port, where fishermen sell their catch directly at the pier. The Basilica Notre-Dame de la Garde is a neo-Romanesque-Byzantine church. Modern landmarks include Le Corbusier’s trend-setting Cité Radieuse complex and Zaha Hadid’s CMA CGM office tower.
Bordeaux, the centre of the famous wine-growing region, is a harbour town on the Garonne in the south-west of France. Famous landmarks of the city are the gothic cathedral Saint-André, buildings from the 18th and 19th century as well as first-class art museums like the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux. Public gardens extend along the winding banks of the river. On the imposing Place de la Bourse, in the middle of which stands the Fountain of the Three Graces, the Miroir d’Eau creates fascinating mirror effects.
The capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon/Midi-Pyrénées region, Toulouse. It is located in the south of France, and is not far from the Spanish border on the Garonne River. The city owes its nickname La Ville Rose (the pink city) to the terracotta bricks used in numerous buildings. The 17th century Canal du Midi connects the Garonne with the Mediterranean. It can be explored by boat, bike or on foot.
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