Top 10 sunniest cities in France
The end of winter makes everyone want to enjoy the sun and the outdoors! In France, not all cities are equal when it comes to sunshine. It is even sometimes a rare commodity in some parts of the territory. The wind or the relief play a role in the way we receive the rays of the star that is most dear to us. As a matter of fact, it is in the South of France that the sun is the most generous, even during the cold season. While it is time to think about the future summer vacations, you are looking for a destination where you can make the most of the good weather? Here is the ranking of the 10 sunniest cities in France according to Futura Sciences.
1- Marseille, the beauty of the Bouches-du-Rhône
The city of Marseille is the most spoiled in terms of sunshine with 2,858 hours of sunshine over the year and no less than 170 days when the sun is generously displayed. If many holidaymakers like to recharge their batteries in peaceful places in the summer, those who are fond of urban environments will find in Marseille everything they need to have a good vacation. The cultural offer is overflowing with places like the MUCEM and the Friche La Belle de Mai, picturesque neighborhoods where it is good to stroll or have a drink like the Panier and the Cours Julien, and, above all, a simply incredible location along the Mediterranean. You can swim in the center of the city at the Catalans or on the beaches of the Prado. And in no time at all you can reach the jewels of the area: the splendid creeks with their translucent waters, Morgiou, Sormiou or even En-Vau
2- Toulon, the dynamic of the Var
Only about 60 kilometers separate Marseille from Toulon in the Var. Obviously, the city is also particularly bright, with 2,839 hours of sunshine per year. It is pleasant to explore the city in all seasons, although spring and summer offer the opportunity to swim on the Mourillon beach or on the wilder Mitre beaches. The city also has beautiful Provencal streets where you can stroll to do some shopping or stop for a coffee. The Place Puget is the place to be for those who want to relax on a terrace. Art and culture are also omnipresent, between the bookstands of the street Prosper Ferrero, the street of Arts, the opera and the National museum of the Navy. In Toulon, there is nothing like waiting for the sun to set to take a marked path leading to Mount Faron, and then enjoy a sublime panorama of the Big Blue.
3- Ajaccio, the Corsican soul
It's hard not to think of Corsica when we talk about generous sunshine in France. On the island of Beauty, Ajaccio enjoys 2,756 hours of sunshine per year. One of the many good reasons to discover the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte as soon as possible! The childhood house of the emperor can be visited. It is now a museum where you can learn about the history of one of the greatest figures in France. You can then take the opportunity to stroll through the streets and alleys of the old town, which has perfectly preserved its Mediterranean village charm. The port is another place not to be missed, for its atmosphere that smells good vacations and its terraces of cafés. During the summer season, a stay in Ajaccio also includes moments on dream beaches, such as the one of Saint-François at the foot of the city, or those of Capo di Feno, where the sea reveals its most beautiful shades of blue
4- Nice, the French dolce vita
There is no ideal season to marvel at the beauty of the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes. Nice enjoys 2,724 hours of sunshine a year, with almost always blue skies for strolling along the mythical Promenade des Anglais. The view of the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean is a delight, and in summer you can't miss the opportunity to go down to the beach to swim in the pleasantly warm water. The rest of the time, we take advantage of the sun to go and lose ourselves in the colorful streets of Old Nice, where there is an air of Provence and Italy. Nice is a city where you can marvel at every moment of the heritage, as in front of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint-Nicolas, but also at the art, by going to the Matisse museum. Water sports activities, a visit to the Cours Saleya market to stock up on good local products: Nice is a destination for all pleasures.
5- Montpellier, the elegant city of the Hérault
Still in the south of France, but a little further west this time, the most important city of the Hérault is a delightful destination for a weekend or a vacation. With 2,668 hours of sunshine per year, the weather conditions are almost always ideal for a visit to the Place de la Comédie or theArc de Triomphe. It is after this last monument that we find the Promenade du Peyrou, a park dating from the 17th and 18th centuries and which reveals a breathtaking view of the sea and the Cevennes. A stroll under the blue sky in Montpellier also leads to the historical district of the Ecusson, with its beautiful stores, private mansions and ochre-colored facades. While in Montpellier, don't miss the nightlife that is always lively with students, and then go and rest the next day on the Grand Travers beach in nearby Grande Motte.
6- Bastia, the charm of Haute-Corse
2,579 hours of sunshine per year, which gives you the opportunity to visit the superb citadel of Bastia under a bright blue sky. Terra-Nova is magnificent with its picturesque streets and colorful facades. After a stroll on the Old Port with its charm of yesteryear, we then join the nerve center of the city which is the Place Saint-Nicolas. Palm trees, bourgeois houses, statues, cafes and restaurants: the place is perfect to let yourself go to the simple pleasures of life. Later on, a walk in the Romieu garden allows you to enjoy a bucolic green setting. Bastia being one of the sunniest cities in France, one can also take advantage of its idyllic location on the seaside to go jet-skiing or take a boat trip to Cap Corse.
7- Perpignan, the beautiful Catalan
In the Pyrenees-Orientales, Perpignan enjoys 2,465 hours of sunshine per year. Although visitors are quick to head for the coast or the Pyrenean mountains, they should take the time to visit the city, its citadel and the heart of the city. You will discover beautiful colored facades and the Catalan atmosphere from the terraces of cafés and restaurants. The city is not lacking in architectural assets with buildings such as the Castillet, the old gate of the medieval wall, the Gothic-style Sea Lodge and the Palace of the Kings of Majorca. On another day, you can admire Catalan Gothic art and modern art at the Hyacinthe-Rigaud museum, before taking the coastal road under the blue sky, for a stopover at the beach such as the Bourdigou in Torreilles.
8- Montélimar, the unexpected in the Drôme
Montélimar is not talked about enough as the next destination for vacations. Yet, the city of the Drôme has a lot to offer. And good news, the sun shines 2,405 hours a year. We rarely worry about the weather, and we can count on a bright sky to go for a walk in the historic center with its Provencal atmosphere, or on the Allées Provençales, a paradise for shopping and relaxing on the terrace. Montélimar is also a cultural destination with places like the museum of contemporary art and the European Museum of Fighter Aviation. There is also the unmissable "Palais des Bonbons et du Nougat": Montélimar is a destination for food lovers. And then, we like to go up, whether to visit the castle of Adhémar, from the 12th century, or the perched villages of the Drôme such as La Laupie, Mirmande and Grignan
9- Carcassonne, medieval sunshine of the Aude
Lovers of heritage, history and sun must go to Carcassonne for an unforgettable stay. 2,119 hours of sunshine per year to discover the largest and best preserved medieval fortress in Europe. You can take a real trip through the ages by getting lost in the charming cobbled streets. The castle is sublime, as well as the door of Aude and the basilica Saint-Nazaire. Multiple museums retrace the history of the city of Carcassonne and after that, we will take a well-deserved break in a restaurant to taste a good cassoulet. In the summer, when the temperature rises too high, you can go and cool off in the surroundings of the city at the lake of Cavayère or in the depths of the magnificent chasm of Cabrespine.
10- La Rochelle, the unexpected in Charente-Maritime
The city on the Atlantic coast stands proudly on the path of the cities on the Mediterranean coast. La Rochelle enjoys 2,106 hours of sunshine a year, which leaves plenty of time to wander around its Old Port and photograph its mythical Saint-Nicolas, Chaîne and Lanterne towers. We then take the Grosse Horloge gate to enter the old town and discover the arcaded street, the old facades and the beautiful private mansions. On the hottest days, the museums of La Rochelle offer a little coolness. Go to the Fine Arts Museum, the Maritime Museum and the New World Museum. And then, there are the beaches which attract solitaires, couples and families. The beach of La Concurrence is a 5-minute walk from the city center, while the large beach of Les Minimes has a real seaside atmosphere.