Meet the Top French Cities

Press release

Top French Cities—Urban tourism at its best

Inviting travelers to explore this group of 28 cities is one of France’s ways to share the rich and varied history, heritage, cultural happenings, gastronomy and all aspects of French joie de vivre that they offer each in their own ways.

What is the common thread that ties these major cities ranging from; the meridional Marseille, the Burgundy city of Dijon, the Alsatien commune of Mulhouse, Flemish Lille, the Breton town of Rennes, the Rhones Alpes region of Clermont-Ferrand or the capital of Occitane, Toulouse? It is idea of France as a whole, the result of millennia of history that has permeated the buildings, traditions, inhabitants. These are all characteristics that make a French city incomparable to any other European destination.

Alongside of brands including Paris, Provence, the Côte d'Azur, Champagne or Normandy, these destinations are also hubs representing modernity, creativity, elegance and the zeitgeist of French culture.

Meet the Top French Cities:

Aix-en-Provence Amiens Angers Avignon
Bordeaux Clermont-Ferrand Dijon Grenoble
La Rochelle Le Havre Lille Marseille
Metz Montpellier Mulhouse Nancy
Nantes Nice Nîmes Orleans
Poitiers Reims Rennes Saint-Etienne
Strasbourg Toulouse Tours Versailles

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Atout France-The France Tourism Development Agency