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8 Most Romantic Destinations in France

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One of the iconic places of Paris - Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe, Paris

When you think of romantic Europe, one of the first countries to come to mind is France, with true romance present in many cities, towns, and villages. When you visit one of the 8 most romantic destinations in France, you can make your romantic dreams come true.

From the lights of Paris, the regal feel of Versailles, the castle lifestyle of St. Malo in the north, or the passionate scenery along the French Riviera, romance is alive and all yours to discover, no matter where you visit across the country.

With so many choices for your perfect trip, the right destinations and their highlights can make your romantic getaway as easy and enjoyable as possible, ensuring all your expectations come to life.

1. Paris

Eiffel Tower in the morning sun, Paris

Paris,France

Fashion meets food fusion, art meets aesthetic charm, and music suits the mood in Paris, undoubtedly one of the most romantic destinations in France, if not the world. Stroll down the charming Champs Elysée or past the captivating Eiffel Tower at night, enjoy a sunset cruise down the Seine or a picnic in the Luxembourg Gardens. Visit visible romantic spots in Paris such as Montmarte’s Wall of Love or the famous Lock Bridge, Pont des Arts, or just take in the ambiance that is romantic Paris, the city of love.

Highlights: Eiffel Tower | Pont des Arts | Eiffel Tower | Arc de Triomphe | Louvre | Champs Elysée

2. Annecy

Sailboat on Lake Annecy, France

Lake Annecy, France

Castles and cathedrals set in a picturesque town in the southeast of France make Annecy a truly romantic destination in France. Winding waterways replace paved roads in the old part of town and colorful, quaint buildings stand side by side, making Annecy one of the most charming destinations in the world. A city of bridges, discover the L’Ecluse Fleurie, or Bridge of Flowers; or the Pont des Amours, which offers stunning views of Lake Annecy. Surrounded by the beautiful French Alps, escaping to romantic Annecy should be high on any couple’s list.

Highlights: Pont des Amours Bridge | Lake Annecy Boat Rides | Château D’Annecy | Colorful buildings of Old Town | Gardens of Europe

3. Aix-en-Provence

 Fontaine de la Rotonde,Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence,France

Bustling streets, mesmerizing fountains, and stunning architecture make Aix-en-Provence, or just Aix, a popular romantic destination in France. The city is set in the south of France overlooking the Arc River and paints a picture recreated by French impressionists, color, and textures brought to life. Trees and fountains line the Cours Mirabeau separating the old town from the new. Besides exploring local monuments, shrines, and chapels, Aix-en-Provence serves as a gateway to even more beautiful and charming escapes in the surrounding areas.

Highlights: Cours Mirabeau thoroughfare | Fontaine de la Rotonde | Aix Cathedral | Old Aix | Musée Granet

4. Bordeaux

Place de Exchange is one of the most visited attractions in Bordeaux, France.

Place de la Bourse,Bordeaux,France

Impressive from the moment you set eyes upon its 18th-century iconic cityscape, Bordeaux brims with charm and rich history, with palaces, castles, and bridges completing the romantic fairytale picture. Bordeaux lies perfectly positioned on the River Garonne and offers romance and intrigue in the city and on the outskirts in the famous wine region. From chateaus to chardonnays, the Bordeaux region is breathtaking, has a wealth of history, and is most definitely considered the definition of romantic destinations.

Highlights: Cité du Vin Wine Museum | Bordeaux Cathedral | Place de la Bourse | Port Cailhau | Palais Gallien | Pont de Pierre

5. La Rochelle

Steeped in rich French history and said to be one of the most beautiful towns in France, La Rochelle, in the Bay of Biscay on the coast of western France, is the perfect place for a romantic escape. Pale, stone-clad buildings and walkways take you back in time as you weave in and out of lanes and discover key landmarks, such as the city’s Chain and Lantern Towers, as you learn of their significance and marvel at their charm. Known today as one of Europe’s biggest marinas, dramatic scenes as new blends with old create the perfect backdrop for capturing romance.

Highlights: Vieux Port | Towers of La Rochelle | Port de la Grosse Horloge | Chain and Lantern Towers of Old Ramparts

6. Mont St. Michel

Mont Saint-Michel at twilight, in Normandy

Mont Saint-Michel, France

A castle-like experience in Normandy, picturesque and bursting with timeless romantic touches, Mont St. Michel has to be one of the most romantic destinations in northern France. Dating back to the 9th century, the magical village lies on an island accessible by a causeway that comprises cobbled lanes, quaint shops, restaurants, and accommodations, and is flanked by the impressive and breathtaking Abbey. With 20 rooms to explore, stained-glass windows and beautiful pillars encasing a garden with incredible views from the top make this a fairytale destination.

Highlights: Mont St. Michel Abbey | La Porte du Roy | Eglise Saint-Pierre

7. Villefranche

Colorful pearl of the French Riviera, Villefranche harbor, between Nice and Monaco, France

Villefranche-sur-Mer, French Riviera, France

A colorful gem located along the French Riviera, the small harbor area of Villefranche is a charming village perfect for romantic travelers looking to escape to a seaside haven. Visit the Citadel at night and gaze in awe at spectacular views, spend time lazing on a sun-kissed beach, and swim in the warm Mediterranean waters. Nestled between Nice and Monaco, this picturesque village, set against a green hillside, offers an authentic medieval and charming experience. Enjoy romantic restaurants and take a walk hand-in-hand as you watch the sunset.

Highlights: Citadel | Local markets | Inviting beaches | Fort du Mont Alban | Rue Obscure

8. Nice

Promenade des Anglais at night, Nice

Nice, France

Nice is one of the French Riviera’s most famous cities, boasting one of the best beaches in France and filled with sites and scenery to captivate visitors looking for something special on their romantic getaway. Quaint streets give way to a captivating coastline and your table for two at a Michelin-Star restaurant sustains you before you venture to the top of the hill to take in impressive views or wander through the outdoor markets. Museums, art galleries, and cathedrals abound, and at the end of the day, take a walk along the Promenade des Anglais.

Highlights: Walk the Promenade des Anglais | St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral | Tour the Chagall and Matisse Museums | Explore the streets of Old Town | Enjoy the views from Castle Hill

Want to Embrace True Romance in France?

A couple walks through the cobbled streets of the village of Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

Bordeaux, France

When thinking about France with romance in mind, romantic music, charming cities, quaint towns, and vineyard-filled countryside immediately come to mind. Mountain wonders to seaside escapes, cities filled with art to charming lanes make France the ultimate romantic destination. To discuss options for your romantic getaway in France, we invite you to fill out a Trip Request or call our team at 1-888-265-9707 to speak with a France travel specialist.

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