9 Charming Small Towns In France

27
9 Charming Small Towns in France you Have to Visit!! When most people think France, they immediately think Paris, and often times it is unfortunately the only city they visit. Here are 9 of the most charming towns in France, that are not Paris.
Hover over the image to save it to Pinterest for later!

Small Towns in France You Have to Visit

When most people think France, they immediately think Paris, and often times it is unfortunately the only city they visit.  Here are 9 of the most beautiful small towns in France, that are NOT Paris.

I have nothing against Paris, as it is still definitely a must see, but I have found that the true beauty and culture of a country can sometimes be found even stronger outside of the big cities (France especially). Next time you are looking to take a French vacation, I recommend renting a car and canvasing the countryside.

Enjoy these photos of the most beautiful small towns in France!

1. Moustiers Sainte-Marie

Moustiers Sainte-Marie! Click through to see 9 charming towns in France! Map of small towns in France.

2. Annecy in FranceAnnecy France! Click through to see 9 charming towns in France!

Annecy France Map
Annecy France map

3. Gerberoy

Small Towns in France You Have to Visit - Moustiers Sainte-Marie. When most people think France, they immediately think Paris, and often times it is unfortunately the only city they visit.  Here are 9 of the most beautiful small towns in France, that are NOT Paris.

France

4. La Roque Gageac

Small Towns in France You Have to Visit - La Roque Gageac! When most people think France, they immediately think Paris, and often times it is unfortunately the only city they visit.  Here are 9 of the most beautiful small towns in France, that are NOT Paris.
Save this image for later on Pinterest!
La Roque Gageac map.
La Roque Gageac map.

5. Riquewihr

Small Towns in France You Have to Visit - Moustiers Sainte-Marie. When most people think France, they immediately think Paris, and often times it is unfortunately the only city they visit.  Here are 9 of the most beautiful small towns in France, that are NOT Paris.
Small Towns in France You Have to Visit - Moustiers Sainte-Marie. When most people think France, they immediately think Paris, and often times it is unfortunately the only city they visit.  Here are 9 of the most beautiful small towns in France, that are NOT Paris.

6. Colmar, France

Small Towns in France You Have to Visit - Colmar, France. When most people think France, they immediately think Paris, and often times it is unfortunately the only city they visit.  Here are 9 of the most beautiful small towns in France, that are NOT Paris.

colmarmap

7. Saint-Cirq-Lapopie

Small Towns in France You Have to Visit. When most people think France, they immediately think Paris, and often times it is unfortunately the only city they visit.  Here are 9 of the most beautiful small towns in France, that are NOT Paris.

Map of small towns in France

8. Gordes

Small Towns in France You Have to Visit. When most people think France, they immediately think Paris, and often times it is unfortunately the only city they visit.  Here are 9 of the most beautiful small towns in France, that are NOT Paris.

France Map

9. Semur – En – Auxois

Small Towns in France You Have to Visit. When most people think France, they immediately think Paris, and often times it is unfortunately the only city they visit.  Here are 9 of the most beautiful small towns in France, that are NOT Paris.
Small Towns in France You Have to Visit. When most people think France, they immediately think Paris, and often times it is unfortunately the only city they visit.  Here are 9 of the most beautiful small towns in France, that are NOT Paris.

France

Thank you so much for reading!

What are some of your favorite towns in France?

Follow us on Instagram @avenlylanetravel for more travel inspiration

27 COMMENTS

    • It depends. They are scattered all over France so it would take weeks to visit them all. If you are just visiting one or two you could do that in a few days depending on how much time you want to spend in each.

        • I would say hit Annecy and Colmar. They are fairly close together so they would be easier to get to quickly. Have fun!!

          • Riquewihr and the Alsace wine route towns in general are beautiful and the road begins at Colmar, so that is also doable with Annecy and Colmar. Don’t skip over Besancon.

  1. Any particular reason for choosing these cities out of the many in France? I personally think Amiens is charming and absolutely lovely (though I am be biased since I spent a semester there in college).

    • Hey Anita! I just chose 9 of my favorite. There are so many I am discovering every day I should probably expand this post! I had never heard of Amiens before you mentioned it. Just googled it and it is beautiful! Thanks for sharing that.

    • Oh wow! I had to google that one and you are right. Colliourie has now been added to my bucket list. :) Have you been Liz?!

  2. Burgundy isn’t actually a town, but a region — many charming towns there, though, including Beaune! :-)
    I have visited most of the town’s on your list (and spent a year in Colmar, decades ago, as an au-pair) but have bookmarked #1! Thank you!

    • Hey Lynn! I had to look up Beaune, so cute. I am so jealous you got to spend a whole year in Colmar! Sounds like the perfect job for someone who loves to travel. Thank you so much for reading along!!

  3. I enjoyed looking at these beautifull pictures. The map was the finest touch. I appreciate maps with travel pictures. I am anticipating looking at the other sets of travel you have visited and photographed. Thanks for a wonderful experience.

    • I am so glad you liked the maps. I should do that more often since the feedback as been so great. Thanks for reading Jane!

  4. Honfleur, on the Normandy coast, is one of my favorites–but it’s so hard to choose because there are so many wonderful places in France. We just returned from a two-week driving trip throughout Normandy, focusing on Impressionist painting/painters, so Giverny, Rouen. Entretat, and Honfleur were on our list of must-sees. (Thanks for the maps with each city. So helpful!)

    • I am so glad you like the maps! We will have to do that on more of our posts. :) And wow, that trip you just took sounds incredible. We are going back to France this year so I will have to look into some of those other towns you mentioned. Thanks for the tips Anita!

  5. The pictures are stunning. The maps, great! I wish you’d actually write more about these charming towns, so your readers have some information to see which may appeal to us to actually visit. What did you find charming about each of these towns?

    • That is a great suggestion! This was actually one of the very first posts I ever published on my blog and let’s just say I had NO clue what I was doing. Haha. But I do need to go back and update these old posts with more helpful information, so thank you for the reminder Rebecca!

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here