Largest Cities In France

France is a beautiful country situated on the western edge of Europe sharing its border with the Bay of Biscay from the west, the English Channel in the northwest, and the North sea from the north. France is also ranked #1 tourism destination by approx 89.4 million people arriving there annually. 

The country has many reasons like art, culture, history, food, wine, and an end number of beautiful tourist spots with an aesthetic natural view of mountains, sea and sun make it the leading tourist destination for decades.

Also, it has great connectivity and a friendly environment that makes people visit the country again and again.

Being a country of 643,801 km², it becomes a bit difficult to figure out what will be your destination, so choosing the places or cities also depends on your interest and preferences, as every city is different in its unique way. 

Here is a list that can help you to figure out where you can visit :


Paris is undoubtedly the biggest and most visited city in France with almost a population of 2 million and 18 million people visiting every day. The most visited destination spot is Eiffel Tower: it is often known as the symbol of love and liberalization built almost 130 years before, by the company of Gustave Eiffel’s and named after him, it attracts the whole world by its stature and daring design and also showcases the industrial capability of French.

Along with the Eiffel tower, Paris is also famous for the Louvre and the Notre Dame Cathedral, which is popular among everyone because of its architect and history it is holding and standing tall with.


This is often referred to as the oldest city of France, it was founded 2600 years ago and also the second largest on the basis of a population of about  869,815 (INSEE 2019 figures) people residing there. Its area is about two hundred and forty kilometer square including hundred kilometers of natural areas. Marseille is unique because of it’s French and African culture which also attracts tourists by its vibrant mix of cultures, cool renovated industrial spaces, and nightlife club scene. and can be the reason for its increasing population. Calanques National Park which is the Largest European suburban park is a part of marseille. It has a Coastline of fifty-seven kilometers including twenty kilometers in the Calanques. It gets a hundred days of sunshine per year. Its average temperature is 19°C in the spring season,  25°C in the summer season, 14°C in the rainy season, and 12°C in the winter season.


                                                                                                                                                                                                     It is considered as the third-largest city area wise and also stands on the second position of urban areas in France. It is the capital of the Metropolis and the region of Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes. Economically, Lyon is a major center for banking, as well as for the chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries. It is located at the confluence of the rivers Rhone and Saone, about 470 km (292 mi) south of Paris, 320 km (199 mi) north of Marseille, and 56 km (35 mi) northeast of SaintEtienne.

Here is a list of some awesome places where you can visit :

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière

It was Built in the late 19th century to honor the Virgin Mary.The neo-Byzantine basilica has unsurprisingly is the symbol of Lyon. Localities often call it as the “upside-down elephant” for its large body which is rounded with four main towers resembling legs.

The Gallo-Roman Museum

This museum was built into the side of Fourvière hill so that it could preserve the archeological site above.


Toulouse is the fourth largest city in France. It is filled with colorful streets, an ancient center, and a vibrant nightlife. Including one of France’s best food markets and you have the perfect city break. This city is an amazing place for any tourist as it is easy to navigate where you can fall in love with its beautiful streets just the moment you enter. Toulouse is often referred as Pink City or  La Ville Rose,  because  most of its buildings are of  pinkish-terracotta brick facade. The city is also nominated as one of the most beautiful cities to be visited by the natives and tourists.


Nice is a pretty good place for a tour. Nice is the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast and the second-largest city in the Provence-Alpes-Cotes d’Azur region after is the second-most populous urban area in France Nice is approximately 13 kilometers. It is the capital of the Alpes-Maritimes Department. It is nicknamed Nice la Belle,  which means Nice the Beautiful. The city is also having the second largest hotel capacity all over the country  and comes in the list of most visited cities, with an average of 4 million tourists visiting the city every year, Nice also has the third busiest airport of the country for the same reason.


It is the sixth-largest city of France with a population of approx 3.03 lakhs with an area of about 66 km. Nantes is situated at the banks of river Loire in the western part of France. The city has its own very significant historic importance as it is the home for medieval Château des Ducs de Bretagne. Along with this, it is also the center of industries and also has a large port. The city also comprises various museums, galleries, and beautiful sceneries. So if you are a nature and history lover then this city is a good option for you.


This city is situated on the south coast of France on the Mediterrane sea, with an area approx 57 km and a population of 285,121.

This city is known for its history, heritage, culture, and fashion. Like other France city, this is also a historic city since 985 AD. A walk through this city will help you in experiencing the beautiful work by French architects.


This France city is famous for its business, culture, and commercial centers. This city is also occupied with various institutes like the European Parliament, The Council of Europe, and the European Court of Human Rights. So, this is the best place if you want to experience beauty along with the officialities of Europe.


This city is in the southwest of France with an area of 59 km and a population of 254,436. The city also has the world’s largest wine museum and also offers you the best and incredible food that you can’t get everywhere. The old museums and art often attract all the art lovers out there and which make it to be marked on the top list of tourists and also a large number of shops offer you the best shopping spots . The most famous and historical part of the city is called Port de la Lune and is recognized on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.


This city is located on the borders of Belgium and also the showcase of both France and Belgium cultures, especially the food which treats you in the best way of both the traditions. Lille also has a good and well-known market like Braderie de Lille (giant flea market) and also has a variety of weekly local markets.

So, If you are planning for a good vacation then France is no doubt the best option for you. Different cities of this country excite you with different experiences but one thing in common which is the natural serenity and along with beautiful art and heritage.

France offers the tourist the best traveling experience along with the best food, wine, and markets too.

If you want to plan your trip to get the best experience without any regret of missing something then you can easily plan your trip according to your preference and the offerings of beautiful cities in the country.

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