When you want to go to France for a weekend, you often think of big cities or classic destinations like Paris, Lyon, Bordeaux, Toulouse… But some more “unusual” cities are worth a detour. In addition, they are often easily accessible by train.
Here are 5 cities that you would (perhaps) not have thought of visiting in France., and to discover the time of a weekend
Located in the heart of Finistère, on the edge of the Elorn, Landerneau is a wonder for the eyes as much for its architecture and its typical houses as for the originality of its Pont de Rohan. Ideal destination for a weekend, visitors will discover a peaceful city where history, nature and seascapes combine.
City of the mountains, Sallanches has an exceptional setting with the Mont-Blanc horizon. Skiers will enjoy the slopes of Chamonix in winter, and walkers will survey the Savoy countryside for hikes in summer. Also on the program, swimming or picnicking on the shores of Lake Geneva or Annecy. A change of scenery is guaranteed in a region rich in green nature and in a welcoming and warm city.
Dax is the festival, the thermal baths, the joy of living and rugby. Gourmets will also be able to taste Gascon cuisine in a city where gastronomy is part of the heritage. During a weekend, there will be many possibilities for walks, with the green circuits of the Adour, the parks and gardens of the city or on the edge of Lake Estley. Also to be discovered, the Gallo-Roman architecture which is typical of Dax, a town steeped in history where there are many signs of the past.
At the foot of the Alps, between body of water and mountain landscapes, Chambéry offers a magnificent setting and a postcard decor. Influenced by Italian architecture, the center of the city can be visited through the maze of alleys, discovering old buildings and mansions. A true local curiosity, the capital of the Dukes of Savoy is also home to the largest carillon in Europe, with its 70 bells weighing a total of 41 tonnes.
The Provencal resort is a haven of peace and a paradise on earth. The walks in the town center by the sea will take on an idyllic character. Bathed in the sun and the sweetness of life, Saint-Raphaël is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the Mediterranean climate. The Var city offers exceptional views both on the sea and on the Estérel massif.
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