Need a break to breathe while waiting for the next summer holidays or simply to escape for a long weekend... But where to go for a weekend in France? You live there, but do you really know its territory well? It is time to discover our dear beautiful France! The most visited country in the world, France has splendid cities and monuments. We bet you didn't see everything? From North to South, from East to West, from the English Channel to the Mediterranean, Petit Futé takes you on a journey to discover the most beautiful and best destinations for a weekend in France.
No. 10 - Strasbourg, European city
A few kilometres from the German border, Strasbourg is a very popular international destination, home to the major European institutions. Its majestic cathedral is the most visited in France, after Notre-Dame de Paris. A symbol of the city, it was built in 1220 and remains one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic architecture. The Great Island where it is located is the historic centre of Strasbourg. After discovering it, give yourself a well-deserved break from sauerkraut and Alsatian beer for a typical Alsatian weekend!
N° 9 - Noirmoutier-en-l'île, treasure of the Vendée
Accessible at low tide by the passage of the Gois, a road completely submerged when the tide rises, Noirmoutier-en-l'île enjoys a rather mild climate all year round. Nicknamed "the island of the mimosas" for its lush vegetation, it is the ideal place to pitch your tent and immerse yourself in nature. His "Bois de la Chaise" inspired the greatest, such as Auguste Renoir, who painted it twice in a row. Today, it is the most popular place on the island, a timeless place on the Atlantic coast where it is good to swim in the sunny days....
N° 8 - Grasse, a city of a thousand scents
Raised at an altitude of 350 m, on the Provençal Alps, Grasse is a charming medieval city founded in the 7th century. World capital of perfumery since the 18th century, it is surrounded by vast plains of roses, jasmines and olive trees. Every year, it attracts many curious people who come to discover its legendary craft in one of the three perfumeries that open their doors to the public: Fragonard, Galimard or Molinard. You can even create your own perfume and participate in all the stages of its production: from picking up flowers to bottling. A nice souvenir!
N° 7 - Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, Channel Garden
A renowned seaside resort, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage seduces holidaymakers and families with its long dikes and high dunes, making it one of the best destinations for a weekend in France. Facing this waterfront is a forest of poplars and maritime pines populated by many villas. These impressive residences are architectural testimonies of the late 19th century, when the city welcomed the upper middle class from all over the world. Today, we are charmed by its slightly aging architecture, its chic boutiques, its long sandy beach and the bay of La Canche and its seals... And we are not the only ones, it would even seem that Le Touquet-Paris-Plage has attracted many curious people since the last presidential elections, for whatever reason!
N° 6 - Annecy, pearl of the Alps
Bordered by a lake, at the foot of the Semnoz mountain, Annecy enjoys an exceptional geographical location. A real postcard, the city is a succession of charming places and views of the Bauges and Aravis mountains that surround it. In summer, a dive into the lake is highly recommended! In winter, long walks by the water's edge will give you a taste of the tranquility of the area... If you come with your half, don't forget to kiss him on the Bridge of Love, you will be bound for life, I hear! One of the best places to go to France for a weekend if you want to log out
N° 5 - Toulouse, the unmissable pink city
Well known for its gastronomy and culinary specialities, from cassoulet to duck confit and the famous sausages, we readily acknowledge that Toulouse is a great place to live! The small streets in the centre that lead to the famous Place du Capitole where the Gascon cross is the masterpiece will give you a glimpse of this sweet atmosphere. Let yourself be guided by the Garonne or the Canal du Midi for the rest... You will not be disappointed!
N° 4 - Saint-Jean-de-Luz: sea, surf and sun
South of the Basque coast, near the Spanish border, Saint-Jean-de-Luz enjoys a prime geographical location. Bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and all its vigour, it is particularly appreciated for its surf spot. But Saint-Jean-de-Luz also enjoys a surprising cultural heritage: it is here that the famous Louis XIV married! An ideal starting point for discovering the Basque Country, it is located near Biarritz or Bayonne and not far from the small typical villages such as Espelette or Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.
N° 3 - The Pilat dune, an unexpected setting in the Arcachon basin
Sahara Desert? No, you are in France, on the Atlantic coast to be precise. At the entrance to the Arcachon basin is the highest dune in Europe: the Pilat dune. Its reputation is well established, but you have to see it to believe it: with its 115 m high and 500 m wide, its measurements are impressive! But what really takes your breath away is your ascent! At the top, there is a splendid panoramic view of the ocean, the forest and the Cap Ferret peninsula. At sunset, it's even more beautiful... Without a doubt one of the most exotic destinations in France for a weekend
N° 2 - Blackcurrant and its creeks
Located 20 km from Marseille, Cassis (pronounced Cassi!) is a small pearl nestled between the calanques and Cap Canaille, one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe. Its charming port surrounded by mulberry trees gives it a picturesque atmosphere, typical of Mediterranean villages. But what would Cassis be without his creeks? By foot or by boat, go on an excursion, mask and snorkel in hand, to discover these heavenly coves. You will better understand the city's motto: "Qu a vist Paris, se noun a vist Cassis, n'ai rèn vist ! " (Whoever saw Paris and not Cassis didn't see anything!).
N° 1 - Saint-Malo, the corsair city
The pretty Breton woman never stops seducing her visitors. Above its beaches and port, it proudly erects its ramparts, which give it the appearance of a stone vessel. The tour of the walls is a very nice walk which, from tower to tower, will make you discover Saint-Malo in a different way. A famous seaside resort in Brittany, but also throughout France, you can also find many very pleasant beaches when the weather is mild....