Do you want to travel to enjoy the last days of fine weather? Discover 10 destinations to go on weekends for cheap
Located at 2h40 from TGV just Paris, Avignon is one of the most beautiful cities in France. You will be able to admire the famous Pont Saint-Bénézet (part of which was destroyed during the flood of the Rhone in 1669) as well as the Palais des Papes, a magnificent Gothic fortress in which the popes once lived. UNESCO. If you have a rental car, be sure to visit the Pont du Gard (a 30-minute drive from Avignon) and the Ochres de Roussillon trail (1 hour drive from Avignon).
Welcoming more than 3 million tourists each year, Mont Saint-Michel is the most visited tourist site in the province. It should be said that this abbey, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site, does not leave marble. Built more than 1300 years ago on the top of a rocky island, Mont-Saint-Michel is a magnificent abbey. Do not miss the abbey, the knights’ hall and of course … the magnificent view you will have from the top of the abbey, located 170 meters above the waves.
Located 2 hours by train or 5 hours drive from Paris, Alsace is one of the most beautiful regions of France. We recommend you visit Strasbourg and the center of Colmar, two magnificent cities to be missed under no pretext. Alsace is also home to many picturesque villages such as Eguisheim or Riquewihr. If you like good wine, take a walk along the wine trail in search of a small winegrower who will have you taste the Riesling or the Gewürztraminer from behind the fagots. Finally, you can also visit the famous Haut Koenigsbourg castle or spend the day at Europa-Park. Located 50 minutes from Strasbourg, Europa-Park was voted Europe’s best amusement park on TripAdvisor.
Besides its famous prisons, celebrated by many singers such as Tri Yann, the historic capital of Brittany has tremendously to offer passing visitors. You can visit the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, the Belem – a ship-museum – as well as the beautiful garden plants. Do not miss a visit to the Natural History Museum. This museum is very inexpensive – € 4 per adult and € 2 per child – and houses many interesting collections such as a temporary exhibition entitled “Dinosaur Feathers”!
Marseille is the ideal destination for a weekend getaway. The sunny city of Phocéenne is home to many places to discover, such as the picturesque Vieux-Port or the magnificent Basilica of Our Lady of La Garde, where you will have a magnificent panorama of the city and the mediterranean sea below. Elected “European Capital of Culture” in 2013, Marseille is home to many museums like the Museum of Civilization of Europe and the Mediterranean. If you like the great outdoors, do not hesitate to take a boat trip along the islands of Friuli or hike in the park of the Calanques, one of the most beautiful natural parks in France.
Nicknamed the city Rose, Toulouse is one of the most beautiful cities of France. The picturesque city center is home to a number of buildings worth visiting – such as Saint-Sernin Basilica, the Jacobin Church or the Place du Capitole. If you are a fan of airplanes, be sure to visit the Airbus factory where you can admire the A-380, the giant of the air. If you love nature, be sure to admire the beautiful Japanese garden. Rent a bike and stroll along the Canal du Midi, a beautiful 241-kilometer long canal that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Renowned throughout the world for its wines, Bordeaux is a lovely town where you have to spend a weekend. During your stay, do not miss to visit the Place de la Bourse. Formerly known as Place Royale, this square houses a water mirror that allows you to take magnificent pictures (as you can see below). Do not miss to visit the Saint Andrew Cathedral and the Grand Theater. If the Bordeaux sun has given you thirst, we suggest you take part in an oenological visit (with Rustic Vines or Bordeaux with Elodie). During your visit, you can discover picturesque villages, meet winegrowers and taste delicious local wines.
Located 55 km north of Paris, Chantilly is home to a magnificent castle that was built from the 14th century to serve as a residence for the powerful Montmorency family. It was in this castle that François Vatel – a talented butler – served to the guests a delicious whipped cream that will eventually take the name of … Chantilly cream!
Carcassonne is one of the best preserved fortified cities in France: the city center is surrounded by 3 km of walls with no less than 52 towers! Carcassonne is the ideal destination for a romantic weekend in the company of the chosen one of your heart. You can walk around the walls, visit the Castle Comtal, walk along Lake Cavayere and participate in wine tasting sessions. Have a nice week end.
Nice is one of the most beautiful cities in France. Renowned for its enchanting climate, Nice is home to many interesting places to visit such as the Orthodox Cathedral of St. Nicholas – the largest Orthodox cathedral outside Russia – as well as a pretty town center with a picturesque harbor. If you are in charming company, we recommend you to walk along the Promenade des Anglais or climb to the top of the hill of the castle, from where you will have a magnificent view of the city below. Do not miss a visit to the Matisse Museum. If all these visits have starved you, enjoy the chops and eat a succulent _socca, a local culinary specialty that is a kind of crepe made from chickpea flour, olive oil and water. Enjoy your meal.