The 10 most beautiful squares in France where it is nice to stroll when the sun comes out
The arrival of the sunny days makes you want to stay on the terrace? France has splendid squares where it is nice to stroll on Sundays in the sun! Petit Futé gives you its ranking of the 10 most beautiful places in France
Saint Nicholas Square, Bastia
For many, Bastia is the gateway to Corsica. Place Saint-Nicolas is an essential stopover in the city. Located just in front of the port, it is a pleasant place to relax after a rather long trip from the mainland. Its layout dates back to 1834. It takes its name from the Saint-Nicolas chapel, destroyed to allow the expansion of boulevard Paoli, the city's artery. The monumental statue of Napoleon that stands in the centre gives the local colour and the small flea market held there every Sunday makes it possible to find treasures
The Grand'Place de Lille
Also known as the Place du Général de Gaulle, the Grand' Place is the nerve centre of Lille. It is here that all the inhabitants meet to enjoy the sun (when it comes up!). The square is dominated by four statues with, in the centre, the goddess who recalls the heroism of the inhabitants during the siege of Lille in 1792. It is surrounded by three graces representing the three provinces of the region: Artois, Flanders and Hainaut. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Grand'Place is a concentration of Flemish and French architecture
The Place du Vieux-Marché, Rouen
The Place du Vieux-Marché is the historical place of Rouen. Its fame is mainly due to Joan of Arc who was burned alive there. Today, a cross is still present next to the stake, as the process of annulling the sentence stipulated in 1456. The Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc church, built in 1979, is also remarkable for its very original architecture. The "Place du Vieux", as the people of Rouen call it, is surrounded by many half-timbered or corbelled houses that are typical of Normandy. An unforgettable experience during a getaway in the city of a hundred bell towers!
La place des Terreaux, Lyon
Located at the foot of the Croix-Rousse hill, Place des Terreaux owes its name to its location on an old bed of the Rhône, now filled with earth. At the end of the 19th century, Bartholdi built the fountain in the centre of the square. The four sea horses represent the Garonne and its four tributaries. In 1992, the square was renovated and new fountains were added. Contemporary and old architecture then blend together in perfect harmony. The Place des Terreaux is not the largest square in Lyon but its beauty is undeniable!
Place Stanislas, Nancy
A very fine example of 18th century architecture, Place Stanislas (or Stan' for friends) is the jewel of the city of Nancy. Its neoclassical style dates back to the time when Nancy was the capital of the Dukes of Lorraine. Its name comes from Stanislas Leszczynski, the last Duke of Lorraine, who wanted it built. Formerly the royal square, it is now the centre of the city: it is here that the various commemorations and also the feasts of Saint Nicolas take place
La place de la Comédie, Montpellier
Also known as "Place de l'Œuf" for its oval shape, Place de la Comédie is one of the largest pedestrian complexes in France. In the heart of the Crest, the historic centre of Montpellier, it is the meeting place for all Montpellier residents and tourists. There is always something going on, day and night! Place de la Comédie takes its name from the monumental municipal theatre located near the famous Fountain of the Three Graces.
Rossetti Square, Nice
Place Rossetti is the heart of the city of Nice. It appeals to tourists and locals alike, who come to enjoy a good ice cream in front of the Sainte-Réparate cathedral. Its ochre facades illuminated by the sun and its fountains give it a particularly picturesque look... A foretaste of the dolce lived a few kilometres from Italy!
The Palace of the Popes Square, Avignon
The Popes' Palace is one of the most visited monuments in France. This masterpiece impresses with its monumental architecture. Pride of Avignon, it is the symbol of the city's splendour at the time when the pope lived there. Avignon residents and tourists, after a visit to the palace, enjoy a drink in the shade of this impressive residence
La place du Tertre, Paris
What would Paris be like without Montmartre? The Place du Tertre is a must during a stay in the capital. Only a few metres from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, we enjoy admiring the works of the many painters who remind us every day of the time when Montmartre was a Mecca of modern art. It is the perfect place to have a drink or sit down at one of the many restaurants despite the tourist excitement that takes away a little of the charm of the place.
The Place du Capitole, Toulouse
It is the Place du Capitole that is at the top of our ranking. Emblem of "the pink city", it makes visitors want to stroll in the sun... It is one of the few places that has not yet been disfigured by the shops. The municipality asked them to respect the premises by harmonizing the space with brass signs. No construction is present on the square except for an Occitan cross drawn on the ground. The Place du Capitole takes its name from the capitulants, inhabitants of the different districts of Toulouse who sat on the Capitole in the Middle Ages and under the Ancien Régime. A real jewel!