The most beautiful cities to visit in France in 2017

Cannes' promenade illuminated by the summer sun. Image credit: gpluxurycarhire.com

Cannes' promenade illuminated by the summer sun. Image credit: gpluxurycarhire.com

Are you planning a weekend getaway or an afternoon escape, but don't know where to go? Read on the following list of the country’s most attractive cities.

Montpellier

Montpellier's stunning Jardins des Plantes. Image credit: gpluxurycarhire.com

Montpellier's stunning Jardins des Plantes. Image credit: gpluxurycarhire.com

Montpellier is a popular place for tourists in the French south, offering something for everyone. The city has tons of museums, monuments and ample outdoor activity.

In addition to those draws, Montpellier also has beautiful parks, gardens and other natural attractions. Definitely check out the “Jardins des Plantes”, one of Montpellier’s hidden gems. Don't miss out the ‘Little Garden’ that boasts fabulous green grassy escapes. You are encouraged to explore every inch of the garden, making for an adventure-filled afternoon with children.

While in the city, visit the “Musée du Vieux Montpellier” that holds exhibitions under its spectacular glass-domed ceilings. However, anyone with a genuine interest in street art will not be disappointed at the AD Galerie. This is an obvious choice for you. But if you are feeling adventurous, try kite surfing in Maguelone or hiking and biking trails in the Bear Lake area. Other than that, if you call yourself a foodie, the city offers a plethora of quirky restaurants and food trucks.

Want some ideas of what to do in Montpellier? Then check out The Crazy Tourist's 15 best things to do in Montpellier, France!

Cannes

Cannes is an annual destination for some of the planet's finest actors and directors, who head to the city for the Cannes Film Festival. Image credit: gpluxurycarhire.com

Cannes is an annual destination for some of the planet's finest actors and directors, who head to the city for the Cannes Film Festival. Image credit: gpluxurycarhire.com

Cannes is a popular destination, widely known for its famous festival, its historical monuments and its beautiful museums. Places like Le Suquet, Castle Museum, Old Port, la Croisette, La Malmaison and the park of La Croix des Gardes are just a handful of what keeps things exciting in Cannes. Snake your way up Le Suquet to take in a truly spectacular view of the entire city.

If you want a little culture you can visit the Castle Museum, which hosts the largest collection of antiquities. On the other hand, traveling with a luxury car rental in Cannes did give a good chance to see the famous film Festival of Cannes, as you can see at gpluxurycarhire.com. In truth, the Cannes Film Festival will be held from 17 to 28 May 2017 that is the most well-known film festivals ever. For those who are exactly seeking out luxury, this festival is definitely worth a visit.

Marseille

Villa Méditerranée is a conference centre located along the Marseille waterfront. Image credit: gpluxurycarhire.com

Villa Méditerranée is a conference centre located along the Marseille waterfront. Image credit: gpluxurycarhire.com

Marseille is a picturesque little city found in Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur, France. The city is a must for its glorious coastal setting, historical sights and great food.

Have a religious experience by discovering the medieval St. Laurent church, which is a must-see on your trip to France. In the event you’re looking to get sucked into some architecture, Marseille is a great spot for you. The Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée continues to attract tourists each year that you must uncover. Make sure to check out the luminous Regards de Provence. It's got a major dose of history and hosts acclaimed revolving exhibitions of Provence artists.

But apart from all of that, there are also much more to uncover. Explore the Old Port when you travel to Marseille, where you can step back in time or rush forward into the future at every turn. Moreover, it is the perfect place for a quiet stroll. If spectacular views are your thing, then you should head to the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde.

Last but not least, Marseille is also home to boutique shops and restaurants. Plus, everyone’s really nice.

Nice

Park Phoenix in Nice. Image credit: gpluxurycarhire.com

Park Phoenix in Nice. Image credit: gpluxurycarhire.com

Situated on the Côte d’Azur, Nice particularly appeals to nature seekers, parks and beaches.

Firstly, top up your tan on a public beach or private beach. Pay a visit to the Jardin des Arènes de Cimiez, which is adorned with thousands of centuries-old trees. It’s a perfect weekend spot for families.

Whether you want to relax or have fun, you should plan a trip to Parc Phoenix, where the offerings are always plentiful: hands-on activities and exhibits for kids. The city also boasts many museums and churches to keep any history buff happy for days. Afterwards, find out the most beautiful Orthodox church outside Russia called “Russian cathedral”. 

Also, there’s plenty to see all over the city such as its old town, its old port and its renowned flower market. The old port is probably the most important part of Nice. You can take photos, watch the boats or even ride the giant Ferris wheel. Walk along the Promenade des Anglais for an amazing view. In fact, the view of the surroundings make you get your camera out. On top of that, if you stroll along the Promenade, you can spend almost an entire short break there.