One of the most beautiful and exciting countries in the world

France is one of the most beautiful and fascinating countries in the world and offers the gourmet traveler a heady mix of gorgeous landscapes, medieval hamlets, Renaissance towns, extraordinary wine country, and unforgettable dining experiences (in both Michelin starred high end locales to charming, rustic countryside restaurants). On our list of city guides to France we highlight some of our favorite French villages and cities. You will find a background and overview of the town, food and wine background and the main attractions.

  • Ainhoa

    Ainhoa

    Ainhoa is a gorgeous little hamlet in the French Basque Country, known for its quaint art shops, gourmet restaurants and pelota athletes.

  • Aix-en-Provence

    Aix-en-Provence

    One of our favorite towns in Southern France, Aix-en-Provence is a darling place with great bistros, gourmet restaurants, high end shops and neat wine bars.

  • Avignon

    Avignon

    Avignon is the pearl of Provence, a gorgeous historic town located close to the wine regions of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas.

  • Beaune

    Beaune

    Beautiful Beaune is one of the principal winemaking centers in the world famous Burgundy region, and a great base to explore this delightful area.

  • Biarritz

    Biarritz

    Biarritz is a glamorous and yet relaxed seaside town on France's golden Basque Coast, famed for its mythical Hotel du Palais and surfing.

  • Bordeaux

    Bordeaux

    While the wines of Bordeaux are what made the name famous, the beautiful city is like a mini Paris and a terrific base for exploring wine country.

  • Carcassonne

    Carcassonne

    Carcassonne is the quintessential fairy-tale medieval city, a unique and captivating destination that attracts millions of visitors in the summer months.

  • Chateauneuf du Pape

    Chateauneuf du Pape

    Chateauneuf du Pape has a place in every oenophiles affections. One of France’s most fascinating and beautiful wine villages, in the southern Rhone.

  • Chinon

    Chinon

    Chinon is a beautiful winememaking hamlet in the Loire Valley in Northern France, and a beautiful historic hub to explore the surrounding vineyards.

  • Dijon

    Dijon

    Dijon has to be one of France´s most beautiful and elegant cities and a mecca for foodies with a number of top Burgundian vineyards in easy reach.

  • Gigondas

    Gigondas

    Gigondas is a hamlet, yet commands great affection from both locals and visiting oenophiles, as one of the southern Rhone’s most important wine villages.

  • Lyon

    Lyon

    Lyon is a mecca for food and wine lovers around the world, known for its charming bouchons, historic streets and sublime restaurants.

  • Montpellier

    Montpellier

    Montpellier where students make up a third of the population, is innovative, fast-growing, self-confident and one of southern France’s most exciting cities.

  • Orange

    Orange

    Orange and it's region epitomizes the Provencal cliché: rolling lavender fields, blue skies, wonderful food and superb wine can all be found.

  • Paris

    Paris

    Paris is one of the most exciting and beautiful cities on the planet, not to mention it's famed food, wine and art.

  • Reims

    Reims

    Reims is the largest town in the Champagne wine region and a must see for gourmets as the town houses famous wine hosues like Taittinger and Pommery.

  • Saint Emilion

    Saint Emilion

    Saint Émilion is a darling medieval hamlet located in the heart of the Right Bank Bordeaux wine country, right in the center of wine country.

  • Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

    Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

    Spectacularly situated among rolling hills of vineyards, olive groves and orchards, St Remy de Provence offers the quintessential Provencal experience.

  • Sarlat

    Sarlat

    Sarlat is a perfectly preserved medieval village in France and apart from its great beauty it is a hub for gourmets, with terrific artisan foie gras.

  • St Jean de Luz

    St Jean de Luz

    One of the most beautiful villages in France, St Jean de Luz is a treat for foodies & as a base in its own right or a fun excursion from San Sebastian.

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