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Your guide to the top French cities to visit on a cultural, romantic, historic, or gourmet weekend city break or short holiday.
The cities of France evoke irresistible images - romance and chic in Paris, gourmet tastes in Toulouse, sun-soaked elegance in Nice and historical charm in Carcassonne. Make these and many more images real for you with a weekend break or short holiday in one of our top French cities.
We’ve chosen the most alluring destinations for romance, culture and history, the most renowned centres for gourmet traditions, architectural splendour or sporting events and the hottest places to shop. We even reveal cities off the main tourist track that just beg to be discovered.
France has some of the finest destinations in the world for a city break or short holiday. Choose from the romance and sheer chic of Paris to the history of Toulouse or style and opulence of Cannes. Whichever city in France you choose for a short break, you’ll experience great food and drink and the cosmopolitan atmosphere so typical of France.
French city break guides
If you just can’t decide where to go for your city break, take a look through our recommended top picks, choose a destination and then find a great value hotel or holiday accommodation from French Connections.
City breaks in Paris
Paris has so much to offer that you could take several city breaks and never get bored. Don’t miss the incredible art and culture on display at the Louvre or Pompidou Centre, and see the sights of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. When you need to recharge your batteries take a rest in the awe inspiring Notre Dame Cathedral or take in some people watching in a pavement cafe. Whatever you decide to do, Paris is easy to get to and easy to get around with an excellent public transport network.
City breaks in Cannes
Celebrity style, grand yachts and fabulous weather - spend a weekend living the lifestyle of the rich and famous on the French Riviera with a city break in Cannes. Enjoy great restaurants, indulge in some designer shopping, explore the old port and finish the day watching an evening firework display on the beach.
City breaks in Toulouse
Experience this lively and cosmopolitan city in the South West of France. You’ll find great shopping and a historic city centre with many renaissance and medieval architectural gems. But Toulouse is probably most famous as being a major gastronomic centre where you can sample wines, cheese, charcuterie and regional specialities such as foie gras in a wide range of typically French restaurants, bars, cafes and markets.
City breaks in Lille
Lille in Northern France may not be a traditional destination for a French city break, but with Eurostar trains stopping there on the way to Paris, it's now a great option for a break by train, especially if you prefer not to fly. Lille is a combination of the modern and traditional, with many historic buildings and attractions, bars, cafés and a great Christmas market to visit in winter.
City breaks in Bordeaux
Bordeaux in south west France lies at the heart of one of the greatest wine producing regions in the world. Naturally enough, this makes Bordeaux a great city break location for gourmets and fans of the grape. As well being a major wine capital, Bordeaux also has a good climate, pleasing architecture and grand boulevards. There are a number of different quarters to explore, each with its own unique atmosphere, and all easily reached by foot or public transport.
City breaks in Annecy
Normally better known for its skiing, Annecy is also a beautiful place to visit during the rest of the year. The city sits on the shores of Lake Annecy against the stunning backdrop of the Aravis mountains. As if the views aren’t enough, Annecy has a beautiful medieval town centre and plays host to a number of cultural events and festivals.