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Top 5 cities to discover during a weekend this summer in France

Summer is of course the time when many of us take a long vacation to a place where we can enjoy new landscapes, heritage, cultural offer and gastronomy. With the return of good weather, it is also the time to go on a weekend and discover some of the beautiful cities that France has to offer! The conditions are ideal for strolling through the streets and alleys, stopping at cafés and restaurants, visiting museums and getting off the beaten track. You are planning to visit a French city during the summer and are looking for an economical and secure way to park your car? With Parclick, booking a parking space is very easy in a few clicks, and at the best prices. Here are 5 cities to discover during a weekend in France this summer.

1- Paris, the timeless one

Many people wait for the summer to enjoy the French capital, which then empties of many inhabitants and reveals a more peaceful atmosphere. No need to worry about finding secure parking in the city, including cheap parking at Orly, in case you fly to another destination at the end of the weekend. In summer, Paris is the pleasure of admiring its beautiful architecture while strolling through its emblematic neighborhoods such as Montmartre, the Marais, the Champs-Elysées, the Latin Quarter or the Opera House. There are also always beautiful exhibitions to see in its main museums: the Louvre, Orsay or the Pompidou Center. And then, there is also the inevitable Paris Plage, with palm trees and deckchairs along the quays of the Seine and even pools for swimming along the quays of the Villette. Paris is even more magical in summer!

2- Marseille, the vacations before their time

In the summer, Marseille smells like a vacation at any moment. The city of Marseille is a perfect destination to enjoy the pleasures of a big city and those of the sea. Once the car is parked in one of the parking lots of the center for the weekend, we take advantage of the time that is offered to us to go for a walk on the Old Port and to taste a drink in terrace. We stroll then in the Panier for its typical atmosphere, its art galleries and the proximity of the exceptional cathedral of the Major and the MUCEM. And then, once you have parked your car in Marseille, you can take public transportation to easily reach the most beautiful places to swim. The Anse de Malmousque, the Prado beaches and even the unavoidable calanques are accessible by bus and after walking. It is then that the Mediterranean reveals its most beautiful shades of blue

3- Tours, the pearl of the Loire Valley

Looking for a cultural and bucolic weekend? It is in Tours that you should go in the Loire Valley to enjoy a city of human size and countless charms. The parking lots in the city center offer direct access to the liveliest neighborhoods. You can take advantage of a clear sky to get lost in the streets and alleys of the Old Tours, with its medieval atmosphere. This is an opportunity to have a drink on the Place Plumereau, one of the most beautiful places in France for an aperitif with its beautiful half-timbered houses dating from the 15th century. In the summer, the city of Tours is always alive, with many festive and cultural events, the beautiful exhibitions of the Olivier Debré Contemporary Creation Center and the guinguettes that take over the banks of the Loire. The wildest river in France offers many sandbanks in Tours where you can sunbathe, read and observe a unique biodiversity.

4- Toulouse, heading for the dynamic pink city

In Toulouse, you can park your car and discover a city where many buildings were built with pink clay bricks, which gives it a unique charm. Go to the Place du Capitole to marvel at the monuments, then to the Saint-Etienne de Toulouse cathedral and the Dôme de la Grave. Toulouse is also a city of museums. The Abattoirs are sure to seduce lovers of contemporary art, while aeronautics and astronomy enthusiasts always join the Cité de l'Espace with gusto. If Toulouse is pleasant in summer, it is also for the pleasure of strolling along the quays of the Garonne and why not take a cruise on the river! The city is also the gateway to the exceptional Canal du Midi, the favorite place for locals and visitors alike to stroll or cycle under the cool shade of the plane trees.

5- Lille, heading to the North

Lille keeps pleasant temperatures in summer and the atmosphere is perfect to enjoy all its splendors. It is always a pleasure to walk through the streets of Old Lille and enjoy its beautiful facades, store windows, bars and restaurants. After having admired the Grand'Place and climbed the Belfry to enjoy a breathtaking panorama, we then go to the Citadelle park to get some fresh air. Unless you prefer the Vauban garden or the botanical garden, the choice is wide! Lille also allows you to go to places of choice such as the La Piscine museum in Roubaix, with its Art Deco style, and the Villa Cravois, an unmissable modern castle by Robert-Mallet Stevens. The capital of Hauts-de-France is also a festival for the taste buds. Don't miss the opportunity to sit on the terrace of a restaurant to enjoy mussels and French fries, a welsh or a slice of maroilles pie!

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