The best places to visit in France besides Paris

When we think of France, we all think of Paris; the Eiffel Tower, the grandiose Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris, the Sacré Coeur, Montmartre, etc. However, France has so much more to offer than Paris. That’s why I would like to share my top French places I would like to see (except Paris of course).

The countryside of Provence

We all picture the South of France with long white beaches or the famous town of St Tropez, however the south countryside is a real French treasure with its olive groves and lavender fields. This dreamy landscape has been the source of inspiration for numerous artists and impressionists. 

You could, for example, visit the beautiful village of Le Castellet perched on a hill. This little medieval town is ideal if you want to escape the beaches for the day, you’ll definitely enjoy walking through the cobbled streets and discovering the different wines and olive oils.

However if you want to make the most of your trip, you could embark on a cruise along the Canal du Rhone where you could explore the Camargue Area on a beautiful barge (péniche).

The Alsace Region

Alsace is often misplaced as Germany however this beautiful region is definitely French! First of all, you should definitely visit Strasbourg and Colmar, with their brightly painted old houses, timbered buildings and gothic churches. Strasbourg is loved by its visitors for its beautiful cathedral and its young and buzzing atmosphere.

Alsace is also home to amazing white and fizzy wines and many of the villages are listed as the most beautiful villages of France for their vibrant potted flowers and colourful houses such as Riquewihr or Ribeauvillé.


No need to go to Spain or Portugal, Corsica is the place to visit in France if you are a lover of the warm weather. This island has a raw beauty that you won’t see everywhere… 

Home to crystal-clear water with dramatic white beaches but also snow-capped mountains and wild forests, this island will please sun worshippers and hard-core hikers. If you like to party, you should definitely visit Porto Vecchio but if you’re into dramatic landscape, Bonifaccio is for you. 

France is unique for its varied climate, landscape and culture, you could easily feel like you are in three or four different countries by just travelling across different regions. Don’t let Paris fool you into thinking you’ve visited France because there is so much more to it. Where should I go next?

Nb. Collaborative post.