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France is one of the most visited countries in the world. And it's perhaps no surprise that the capital of France, Paris, is one of the most sought-after travel destinations in the world. So if you're planning a trip to France and wondering where you should visit (and where you'd rather miss), these are the most visited cities in France by popularity.

The most visited city in France

1. Paris

Paris is the most visited city in France and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The city is notable for iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum and Notre-Dame Cathedral. The city also boasts a rich culinary scene, with famous dishes such as croissants, macarons and escargots to try. In fact, if you have a sweet treat, be sure to allocate at least a few days to visit Paris, as you will be spoiled for choice with the best patisserie in the world.

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Nice is a beautiful city on the French Riviera, known for its long coastline and ensuing beaches, vibrant street life and rich history. With its charming old town and vibrant nightlife, there is plenty to see and do in Nice for at least a few days, before continuing on your journey along the Mediterranean coast.

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3. Lyons

Lyon is the third largest city in France and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is known for its historic architecture, museums and vibrant cultural scene. One thing that struck me during my time in Lyon, was learning that it is the gastronomic capital of France. I am almost certain it is Paris, however, on good authority that Lyon is actually the heart of gastronomy in France. So make sure to pack your baggy pants, the best way to experience Lyon is to eat it!

4. Marseille

Marseille is a bustling port city in the south of France, known for its vibrant street life, historical landmarks and beautiful coastline. If you're in the South of France, don't miss Marseille. From Vieux-Port to Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, there are many reasons to add Marseille to your trip to France, especially in the summer months.

French Bordeaux

5. Bordeaux

Bordeaux is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous wine regions in the world. The city is known for its beautiful architecture, museums and perhaps most importantly wine tourism. If you're a wine lover like me, then you won't want to miss the opportunity to visit Bordeaux, a city and region with a rich history of wine (and drinking) making.


6. Strasbourg

Strasbourg is a beautiful city in northeastern France, famous for its historic architecture, beautiful canals and Christmas markets. If you are looking for an especially beautiful location to visit during the winter, Strasbourg and the greater Alsace region are certainly among some of the top choices for having the best Christmas markets and charm during December.

These are just some of the most visited cities in France, but the country has many other great destinations to explore, from the beaches of the French Riviera to castles in the Loire Valley. Since there are four distinct seasons in France, be sure to check the weather and build your itinerary around the regions of France that thrive in a particular season.

Brooke Saward

Brooke Saward founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen, with a particular weakness for French pastries.

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