While Paris is one of the world’s greatest cities and an absolute must-see, France’s charm lies in its quaint towns and villages. Whether it’s throughout the French Alps or along the Northern coasts, you’ll always find beautiful buildings and friendly people throughout. And the journey to and from them is half the fun! Take a look at Panrimo’s top 7 French getaways.
France’s second largest city, Marseille has been designated one of Europe’s cultural capitals. The city is quite different from the rest of France, and is actually proud of this distinction. Marseille is known for its opera houses, several museums and art galleries, and numerous cinemas, bars, clubs, and restaurants, making this unique destination a fantastic weekend getaway.
Nestled along a bend in the River Doubs, Besançon is an ancient village that’s managed to remain well-preserved over the years. In pre-Roman times, the city was already the capital of the surrounding area. When Julius Caesar conquered France, he declared Besançon “the jewel in my crown.” Now, Besançon is a thriving city, with a large university, two major museums, and the Citadel, a UNESCO Heritage Site consisting of a massive 17th century military structure stretching across a massive outcropping of rock above the River Doubs.
5.) Les Baux
One of the most beautiful sights in France, the village of Les Baux de Provence sits atop a huge outcropping of rocks overlooking the expansive plains below. While the village relies on tourist visitors for a large amount of income, the ruined castle perched at the top of the village is a sight to behold, especially when looking down among the fields.
4.) La Baule
One of France’s high-society getaways, this seaside resort town is the perfect place to relax along the beach. While there are dozens of beautiful villas strewn about and several hotels and casinos, La Baule retains its ancient Breton culture, giving it an exciting twist of old and new.
Located in the French Riviera, Saint-Tropez was formerly a quaint fishing village and minor military outpost. However, Saint-Tropez holds the distinction of the first town to be liberated during World War II. As a result, the city became an international fixation after the war, with an influx of artists in French New Wave cinema and musicians, and has now become a popular vacation spot for celebrities and tourists alike.
2.) Dom Pérignon – Champagne Region
Escape the drudgery of the city and head to the Champagne wine region of France. The hillsides roll along with towns and vineyards dotting them, and rivers add to the scenic views. Associated with the wealthy, brought out for celebrations, and endlessly bubbling, champagne was actually created by Dom Pierre Pérignon of the Benedictine Order in 1670, in the Champagne region (hence the name). So dabble into the lives of the wealthy and head over to Dom Pérignon’s vineyard, where you can sip champagne like the best of them.
1.) Courchevel, France
There’s no sight more picturesque than chalets scattered throughout the French Alps, with alpine trees breaking up paths of snow leading down the mountains. Treat yourself to a weekend skiing the French Alps at Courchevel, an internationally renowned ski resort located in Saint-Bon-Tarentaise in the French Alps. Even if skiing isn’t your thing, the crisp air and pleasant weather will have you wandering through the snow in wonder and awe.