Paris should be the top destination for anyone visiting France, and for good reason. With so much to see and do, it is an absolute must for vacationers, especially for first-timers to this beautiful country. But France is so much more than the capital city, and so once you’ve gotten a taste of France through the city of Paris, you definitely need to expand your horizons to other less-traveled cities.

Lyon is another one of the best cities in France and the third largest city in the country where the Rhone and Saone rivers merge. Its strategic location has attracted merchants and industry to the city since its founding by the Romans. Lyon combines old and new and has a rich cultural heritage that combines culinary delights with beautiful architecture. Lyon Cathedral is the most impressive attraction, and the old city is the perfect place to stroll for travelers as well as locals.

Beautiful Bordeaux in southwestern France is the gateway to the eponymous wine region and an ideal haven for lovers of food, fresh air, art and of course wine. Located on Garonne, Bordeaux is a small and elegant city with wide boulevards and restored neoclassical architecture. Be sure to walk along the river bank and visit Place de la Bourse while you are there. 

Orleans is another great place to visit in France. Just a few kilometers from Paris, the city has a strategic position in the Loire Valley, and the fight here was a turning point in this war. The most impressive is Place du Martroi, where you can take a break in one of the many restaurants and cafes or browse the Friday market. Regional venison dishes from the nearby Sologne forest, Loire fish and cave mushrooms in Saumur. 

La Rochelle is one of the most beautiful places on the west coast of France, a historic port city in the Charente region and an ideal base for exploring the beautiful bay of the Bay of Biscay. Port Vieux or Old Harbor is the most atmospheric place in the city, especially in the evening when restaurants and bars are full of life. One of the main clusters is Tour de la Chaine and Tour St Nicolas at the entrance to the port. The old town of La Rochelle is also very pretty, many of them from the 14th and 17th centuries, when the port reached its peak. 

Marseille is a port city in southern France, located near the port, suitable for trips around the island or by boat along the coast, and is a great place to organize many historic buildings and monuments. The attractive center is located in the oldest city of France, which settled near the Old Port. Marseille is a beautiful city. If you’re traveling to Marseille, discover the old port where you can go back in time and plan your arrival here in the future. 

The city of Dinan is located in northwestern France and has many beautiful churches and museums. Musee du Rail is one of the most popular tourist destinations in this region of the country due to its impressive monuments and exhibits. If you are fascinated by history, visit this city after arriving in France. 

The Loire is the heart of France, the place from which centuries ago the French kings ruled kingdoms. Some of these cities, such as Amboise, are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and are famous for their historical significance and beauty. Many tourists are attracted to the magnificent castles in the Loire Valley in particular.

France is famous for its wine and other things and the most popular tourist destination in the world. Although you are unlikely to visit all of the aforementioned cities (at least not in a single trip), at the very least you can see just how amazing this beautiful country is as a whole, and now know that any city you visit in France will be a really wonderful experience.