Major touristic city in France

Since the 1990s, France is the world's leading tourist destination. In 2012, our country welcomed 81.2 million international tourists, largely thanks to the richness and diversity of its heritage and landscape, but also because of its temperate climate. There are many kinds of tourism. Leisure tourism and cultural attracts the largest number of people. But many foreigners come to France to discover our culinary specialties (Gastronomic tourism). Finally, the bottom of the rankings, there are sports tourism and the wildlife and nature tourism.

Paris, with 30 million tourists per year is the most visited city in French. Lourdes Lyon follow in second place tied with 6 million visitors each. The podium, there are Toulouse and its 5.6 million tourists. Nice concludes the top five with 4.3 million visitors per year. La Rochelle, Honfleur, Carcassonne, Strasbourg and Le Mont-Saint-Michel are ranked between 6th and 10th.

According to the study in 2013 of the World Economic Forum, France ranks seventh among the world's most attractive country for tourism industry. The hexagon is doing with its heritage, events and trade fairs or exhibitions its transport infrastructure. However, for the price, the result is not flattering in the bunch tail prices for hotels, fuel and taxes.

Top 10 des villes touristiques françaises


Paris, city of light

The City of Light is the French town most visited by tourists. Capital of France, Paris has countless attractions. Among the most famous: the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre or the Champs-Elysées.

Les incontournables : la Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, le Château de Versailles, le Musée du Louvre


Lourdes, the holy city

Internationally known center of pilgrimage, Lourdes has a large number of museums on the subject of religion. It also has a rich natural heritage with such caves Saracens and the Wolf.

Les incontournables : le cachot, le Château fort, la Maison Paternelle Sainte-Bernadette


Lyon, the gastronomic capital

Famous for its cuisine, the ancient capital of Gaul has a unique heritage. Lyon is also famous for the many events as it hosts the Festival of Lights and Fourvière.

Les incontournables : la Basilique de Fourvière, le Musée Miniature et Cinéma, le Musée des Beaux- Arts


Toulouse, pink city

The "Pink City" is known for its cultural sites prestige. By visiting Toulouse, you can attend a performance in the theater of the Capitol (famous for its tradition of operas) or in the great theater of the City TNT.

Les incontournables : la Cité de l'Espace, le Capitole, la Basilique Saint-Sernin


Nice, capital of the French Riviera

Due to its mild and sunny climate, Nice welcomes every year millions of visitors. Nice, after Paris, the second French city that has the largest number of museums. Azuréenne The city is also famous for its carnival.

Les incontournables : la promenade des Anglais, la place Masséna, le Musée Matisse


La Rochelle, ancient city

Located along the Atlantic Ocean, La Rochelle has a unique architectural heritage. Tourists visit the city mainly for its historical buildings, old houses and mansions.

Les incontournables : les trois tours, l'Aquarium de La Rochelle


Honfleur, city of painters

Honfleur was often represented by famous painters Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet ... The Normandy port city is famous for its picturesque old port and its houses with slate-covered frontages.

Les incontournables : le Naturospace, Le Musée Eugène Boudin


Carcassonne, a medieval city

Carcassonne with its mild winters and hot summers, is a very popular tourist destination. The city is known for its rich medieval past but also for its gastronomy.

Les incontournables : le Château Comtal, la Basilique Saint-Nazaire, la Cathédrale Saint-Michel


Strasbourg, the cultural capital of Alsace

Symbol of Franco-German reconciliation, Strasbourg has a rich and troubled that left a remarkable architectural history. Intellectual capital of Alsace is also an important cultural center.

Les incontournables : le Musée Alsacien, la Cathédrale Notre-Dame, le Musée archéologique


Le Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is especially famous for its bay and its abbey. Every year, many tourists (up to 20,000 per day) go to discover the town of Basse-Normandie.

Les incontournables : l'Abbaye, la baie