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If asked to name a city in France, most people would mention Paris….
…but what about the rest of France?
…cities that have enormous riches to offer to those who love architecture, culture, shopping and everything else that can only be experienced in a city.
With this in mind we have compiled a list of 5 suggestions for your next city-break in France.
Read and discover a different place for your next trip.
Normandy is full of lovely little cities and Honfleur is one of them.
It’s a picturesque port town and was painted by numerous artists such as Monet.
The town also shelters the largest wooden church in France called Saint-Catherine church.
Honfleur is a perfect get away for a weekend.
If you are staying for a bit longer, rent a car and drive to Deauville or even Etretat- Normandy coast is boasts a lot of scenic destinations.
2. Le Touquet
Cities along the seaside are really gorgeous and the town of Le Touquet in the North of France follows the rule.
The city is very popular in the summer and has a reputation of being the most elegant holiday resort of the North of France.
The architecture of the town is really nice so don’t hesitate to walk around town and even in the ‘suburbs’.
A lot of people have their second-house there.
Also, it is really nice to just walk along the sea as the beaches of the north are huge.
Lyon is the third biggest city in France and is absolutely lovely.
The architecture of the city is really impressive and many monuments are part of the list of UNESCO World Heritage.
Just like many other big cities, Lyon is full of charming areas with the old town being absolutely gorgeous.
Lyon offers visitors and locals alike a huge array of activities: festivals, exhibitions, concerts, unique shopping experience and much more….
How about a trip to the biggest French city in the eastern part of France?
Let’s discover Strasbourg the capital of the Alsace region, a city that has many things to offer.
Strasbourg is often called ‘Little Venice’ as there is a river that flows in the middle of the city, plus the architecture here is really fascinating.
The town has a peculiar history – it changed nationality 4 times in just 70 years!
Bordeaux is a must-see city if you go to France, especially if you love wine!
It is one of the most exciting and dynamic cities in France, there is always something happening, you won’t get bored….
If you have a car, don’t hesitate to go to the countryside to discover the vineyards and maybe do some wine tasting at some point.
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Claire is an intern at Alliance Française de Cork from March-July 2016. She studied English as a foreign language in Arras and got her degree after an Erasmus year at UCD in Dublin. She then taught French for a year in England. She is now studying international culture and cooperation at the University of Lille, in the North of France.