French Towns and Villages

French Towns

Regions Towns and Villages of France

We know it's a bit of a root trying to find anything in France. Hopefully, we've made this task easier. Below we have listed the regions of France with information on their towns.

On each of our French Town pages we have included attractions and landmarks of general interest.

French Regions and Towns


Regional capital: Strasbourg

On the left bank of the Rhine, lies the French Province of Alsace, France's nexus to Germany, whose geographical location within the European context is of economic import.

Towns in Alsace

Colmar - This city is an industrial port on the Rhine with tourism, metallurgy, and textile activities.

Mulhouse - Mulhouse is another French town of multiple personalities based upon its tumultuous history of allegiance to France, Germany, or Switzerland at various times in its history.

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Obernai - The historical roots of Obernai are found as early as the 12th century A.D. and its weekly market dates to 1302.

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights, Council of Europe, and European Parliament are just some of the major bodies that maintain seats in Strasbourg.


Regional capital: Bordeaux

Historically, Aquitaine essentially owed its wealth to its famous vineyards in the Bordeaux region and vast pine forests.

Towns in Aquitaine

Agen - In France, Agen is famous as the capital of the prune.

Arcachon - Arcachon is a water sport community also known for its thermal baths and plentiful gardens and parks.

Bayonne - Bayonne, at the junction of the rivers Adour and Nive, is a busy commercial town, with a long history.

Bordeaux - Bordeaux is a major metropolitan area (approaching 1 million wine lovers) with a diverse array of industries. Dax - Dax is the top spa retreat in France providing temperate weather due to its proximity to the Atlantic and Europe's largest forest.

< Pau< - Since the 19th century Pau has been extremely popular with English tourists for health reasons due to its favorable climate, both summer and winter.

Saint Jean de Luz - With the Pyrenees as a back frame, this idyllic little commune is a convenient launching spot to the Basque region containing both French and Spanish cities.


Regional capital: Clermont-Ferrand

The mountainous features of this region, in central France, have always contributed to its relative isolation feeling of going back in time.

Towns in Auvergne

Aurillac - Former the umbrella capital of France, the frosty town of Aurillac is generally considered one of the coldest cities in the country.

Clermont-Ferrand - Surrounded by a chain of volcanoes and a major industrial area, the city of Clermont-Ferrand is one of the oldest in Europe.

La Bourboule - This tiny commune in the Auvergne region is a get-away spa destination located in a scenic narrow valley.

Montlucon - In central France on the Cher River, Montlucon is an industrial commune.

Vichy - Renown for its therapeutic waters since Roma's founding of the city, circa 52 B. C., contemporary Vichy continues the therapeutic tradition with increasing attention to beauty products and health aids in general.

Brittany - Bretagne

Regional capital: Rennes

Brittany currently is the main agricultural area of France and improved roadways and railroads have spurred new industrial development in its cities (motor vehicle plants in Rennes, engineering and electronics in Brest). Tourism also plays an active economic role.

Towns in Bretagne

Brest - Yachting, windsurfing, and fishing are popular activities here. Interesting culinary offerings include Traou Mad (butter biscuit), Breton crepe, and Breton cider.

Carnac - Close to the seaside resort of Carnac-Plage, this small town is also well known for it camping activities and lakes.

Dinan - Dinan contains well-preserved ramparts, towers, and a castle complete with entrancing art and buildings.

< Dinard - What was once a nondescript fishing commune is currently a popular resort.

Lorient - Lorient is a commune/seaport that welcomes the rivers Scorff and Blavet. Both empty into the Atlantic Ocean there.

Quimper - Unlike its almost namesake, Quimperle, Quimper is more populous and has a renown pottery industry featuring traditional Breton blue and yellow designs.

Rennes - Modern Rennes offers a diverse economy of tourism, telecommunications, and automobile (Citroen) production.

Saint Malo - Saint Malo's swashbuckling past includes a period of time in the 16th century when it was under the control of an aggressive band of buccaneers.

Vannes - Established more than 2,000 years ago, Vannes is situated at the joining of the Vannes River and Gulf of Morbihan.

Burgundy - Bourgogne

Regional capital: Dijon

Burgundy can be likened to a great autobahn on the north-south axis of the European continent.

Towns in Bourgogne

Auxerre - This lovely town in Burgundy has an active commercial life and is located on two hills northwest of Dijon, above the left bank of the Yonne River.

Beaune - Historically, Beaune flourished as a residence of the dukes of Burgundy.

Dijon - Dijon's patron saint, Saint Kelly, reportedly introduced Christianity to the region before embracing (worshipfully, we might add) martyrdom.

Macon - The Macon wines are predominantly light red, must be imbibed young for their best effect, and are most compatible with red meat and mild cheeses.


Regional capital: Orleans

This region is of very high agricultural importance to France's cereal production.

Towns in Centre

Amboise - Amboise is located on the Loire's left bank and was formerly home of the French royal court and the focus of much political intrigue, religious and secular.

Blois - During the Medieval era Blois was the home for more than 400 years of French Kings and Queens.

Bourges - Bourges sits at the convergence of the Yevre and Aveyron Rivers, and hosts a university and major industries devoted to armaments, tyres, and engineering.

Chartres - Chartres is considered the commercial focal point of the plains of Beauce, known as the granary of France.

Chateauroux - Local fare in Chateauroux is basic but savory as it is enhanced by a selection of interesting goat cheeses and wines.

Chinon - On the banks of the Vienne River, Chinon is noted for its fine Cabernet Franc red wine.

Orleans - Somewhat less than a 100 miles southwest of Paris on the Loire River, Orleans was established by an influential Celtic tribe and later became a Roman outpost.

Tours - Tours is also referred to as the "garden of France? because of its plentiful city public gardens.


Regional capital: Chalons-en-Champagne

The Champagne region sports rich agricultural resources such as cereal crops and vineyards which produce the famous vintage, Champagne.

Towns in Champagne-Ardenne

Chalons-en-Champagne - Capital of the Champagne-Ardenne region, Chalons-en-Champagne sits along the right bank of the Marne River.

Epernay - Epernay is the 2nd largest producer of champagne (after Reims) though it is only 1/6th as populous as its more acclaimed competitor.

Reims - Reims is one of the most historically significant cities in France as the coronation site for French kings from 988 to 1825. It also was the site where Germany surrendered in a formal ceremony to the Allies in May 1945.

>Corsica - Corse

Regional capital: Ajaccio

The island of Corsica is a self-contained region with a small population attributed to emigration, based upon poor economic prospects.


Regional capital: Besancon

Besanonc is the hub of France's watch and clock-making and high precision engineering industries.

Towns in Franche-Comte

Besancon - Besancon has won the title of France's greenest city and offers a fine university and many types of festivals.

Dole - Another of France's lovely communes, located on the Doubs River. Dole is the birthplace of Louis Pasteur and a popular barge tour destination.

Montbeliard - Dating from the 8th century A.D., Montbeliard's economy is almost exclusively devoted to the Peugeot plant that employs two-thirds of its working citizens.


Regional capital: Paris

The region includes about 1/5 of the population of France, including the Paris metropolis, and has the highest concentration of economic activities in the country.

Towns in Ile-de-France

Chaumont - A suburb of Paris.

Fontainebleau - This city lies 35 miles southeast of Paris in the largest state forest in France (50,000 acres) and is a favorite weekend get away for Parisians.

Montigny-le-Roi - A small hamlet, Montigny-le-roi is a rural area located near a densely-forested area, approximately equidistant from Dijon and Nancy.

Paris - The capital of France, Paris is, arguably, the most popular tourist destination in the world.

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Provins - Over the years Provins and its historical ruins have been chronicled by Marcel Proust, Umberto Eco, Victor Hugo, Honore de Balzac, and others.


Regional capital: Montpellier

Languedoc-Roussillon is currently enjoying a rebirth as a result of agricultural diversification, expansion of tourism, and the establishment of advanced technology industries and research, especially around Montpellier, an important university center.

Towns in Languedoc-Roussillon

Aigues Mortes - This is an attractive medieval walled city with ancient Roman roots that, to its benefit, has not been unduly restored.

Albi - Constructed from red materials from the River Tarn, Albi is a charming town in appearance and an unexpected site of much of the art of Henri Tolouse-Lautrec.

Ales - Punky Connors Irish Pub is supposed to have a brilliant lamb stew. No report in, thus far, on the Ales but we suspect the Porter might be quite good.

Beziers - An industrial city in southern France, Beziers was formerly a Gallic fortress; currently has an important wine trading industry.

Carcassonne - The enclosed section of this town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that presents itself as a walled, Medieval city.

La Grande Motte - A well-known, beach resort by the Mediterranean in southern France, La Grande Motte has modern marinas and sporting facilities.

Montpellier - Modern Montpellier is a mult-national city with only about 20 percent of its populace being native. This is a rare circumstance in France.

Narbonne - The first French area colonized by the Roman Empire, Narbonne today is a beautiful, wine-growing community with other industries that produce sulphur, clothing, and copper.

Nimes - Attractively situated at the base of the Cevennes mountains, Nimes sports an active textile industry,

Perpignan - Perpignan lies on the Tet River in southern France with easy access to Spain and the Mediterranean.

Saint Paul de Vence - Saint Paul de Vence encompasses a village-fortress-on a narrow ridge between two deep valleys-and outlying residences.

Sete - An important commercial and fishing port, Sete lies at the foot of Mont St-Clair and is crossed by an elaborate canal system with 14 bridges.


Regional capital: Limoges

Limousin is important for its agri-foodstuffs and leather industries. The "Porcelaine de Limoges" which produces world renown wares is also here.

Towns in Limousin

Brive - Brive still retains its medieval center, though it is now commercialised with retail shops and cafes.

Limoges - A major crossroads on the Vienne River, Limoges can be discovered in an appealing agricultural area of central France.


Regional capital: Metz

Lorraine is now engaged in a far-reaching program of industrial conversion and diversification of activities in Metz and Nancy, the university center.

Towns in Lorraine

Epinal - Cloaked with extensive forests on both banks of the Moselle River, this city is famed for its colored prints.

Metz - Of no little historical import, Charles II (Charles the Bald) was crowned in Metz in the 9th century A.D.

Nancy - Nancy, another industrial city, is located in northeastern France on the Meurthe River with habitation roots dating to 800 B.C.


Regional capital: Toulouse

The largest of metropolitan France's 22 regions and traditionally an agricultural area.

Towns in Midi-Pyrenees

Cahors - Cahors, on the River Lot, can be discovered in southwest France along with some interesting, yet little known, wines.

Castres - Castres has been a textile hub since the 13th century and currently also produces furniture and pharmaceuticals.

Figeac - Primarily a market town, Figeac can be found on the Cele River.

Lourdes - Comfortably situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains, Lourdes' quantity of hotels are said to be exceeded only by those in Paris.

Moissac - The town is known for its foie gras and an extremely tasty gold grape, the Chasselas de Moissac AOC.

Montauban - The second oldest bastide (a medieval fortress or town), after Mont-de-Marsan, Montauban dates from 1144 A.D.

Montbard - Montbard is a small, industrial commune in eastern France on the Brenne River.

Rocamadour - Known as one of seven most famous pilgrimage sites during the 10th through 12th centuries, Rocamadour borrows its name from Saint Amadour, whose well preserved body was uncovered there in 1166.

Rodez - Aside from tourism, Rodez has an agriculturally-based economy.

Tarbes - Tarbes is situated on the Adour River within a large fertile plain. It is ideally placed for access to the Pyrenees National Parc and religious activities in Lourdes.

Toulouse - Toulouse is the focal point of European aerospace activities and home to Airbus.

Nord Pas-de-Calais

Regional capital: Lille

The Province, France's major industrial region in the 19th century (thanks to the coal and textile industries) and the most heavily populated.

Towns in Nord Pas-de-Calais

Arras - Arras has a different ambience than many French towns due to its spacious arcades and burgher-type residences that lend a Flemish flavor.

Berck Sur Mer - Berck is a seaside resort in northern France that hosts giant kite festivals attracting fans and participants world from Australia, Europe, the United States, China and other countries.

Calais - Old Calais is encircled by canals and harbors and rests on a man-made island. It is considered the most English of French communes.

Cambrai - A textile town since the 14th century, Cambrai is noted for fine linen. Its surroundings are fertile fields used for growing cereals and beets.

Douai - Douai is a community in northern France on the Scarpe River that produced English translations of the Bible in the 15th and 16th centuries.

>Dunkerque - Exporter of steel products, sugar, fruits and vegetables, and cement, this town has historical note as a place of infamy for the British army retreat during World War II.

Le Touquet - This town is a forested, seaside resort with numerous luxury hotels on the north coast of France, and enjoys a reputation as a playground for uber wealthy Parisians.

Lens - Lens is a coal mining hub that has been the focus of many historical struggles for this "black gold."

Maubeuge - Maubeuge has primarily a manufacturing economy delivering machine tools, glassware, china, and railroad equipment.

Montreuil-sur-Mer - Encircled by mediaeval ramparts, Montreuil-sur-Mer was the staging ground for the early action in Victor Hugo's Les Miserables.

Saint Omer - This is a market village with additional industries of paper and glass manufacturing and textiles.

Lower Normandy - Basse-Normandie

Regional capital: Caen

Formerly, an agricultural region its economy has undergone some change recently with the development of the agri-foodstuffs industry and the creation of a number of light industries (engineering, automobiles, electronics).

Towns in Basse-Normandie

Alencon - Out-of-doors devotees will relish a visit to Alencon for easy access to the Normandie-Maine Regional Nature Park nearby.

Antibes Juan Les Pins - Antibes is a French Riviera (Cote d'Azur) community located on the western edge of the Bay of Angels.

Bagnoles-de-l'Orne - This town is famous for its hydrotherapy baths, reputed to have healing powers for rheumatic, gynecologic and circulatory problems. Bayeux - A town in northern France best known for the Bayeux Tapestry, one of the few remaining artifacts recording the defeat of King Harold and the subsequent conquest of England by William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, in 1066. Caen - Caen is located 5 miles from the English Channel, has historical structures that date to the reign of William the Conquerer (11th century A.D.).

Cabourg - Reputedly Marcel Proust's favorite vacation spot in early 1800's, Cabourg is a popular Normandy seaside resort.

Cherbourg - One of two seaports in Normandy, Cherbourg is also teeming with gardens and exotic plants.

Coutances - Coutances is a venerable city located on a long hill above extensive plains in Basse-Normandy.

Deauville-Trouville - The general area was popularized in the mid 19th century due to the visits of Napoleon III, who was once referred to as an "imperial jackass."

Honfleur - Situated on what is known as the "Flower Coast" of France Honfleur is a small port city that shares a common geography with the British Channel and the Seine estuary.

Lisieux - St. Therese, canonized in 1925, is buried in Lisieux and spent much of her childhood there. Pilgrimages are still made to her final resting site in the Basilica of St. Therese.

Mont St Michel - Connected by causeway to the mainland, Mont St Michel dates to the early 700's A.D.

Upper Normandy - Haute-Normandie

Regional capital: Rouen

The main feature of Upper Normandy economy is the extensive development of the Lower Seine with its two major ports of Le Havre and Rouen (France's 2nd and 5th largest).

Towns in Haute-Normandie

Dieppe - This town is a pacific, seaside resort on the Atlantic and provides important ferry and maritime industries.

Eu-Le Treport - Generally considered two separate resort communities in Normandy, Eu is located near the edge of a forest, while Le Treport is noted for its seaport.

Evreux - An important commercial and market city in northern France, near the Iton River, whose name derives from a Gallic tribe (Eburovices), literally meaning "those who were overcome by the yew."

Giverny - Giverny is best known for Monet's Garden.

Le Havre - This town reputedly was the most heavily damaged port during War World II resulting in a paucity of post-war buildings.

Pont Audemer - A small agricultural hamlet, Pont-Audemer delights in its attractive architectural legacy.

Rouen - Rouen is the site where Joan d'Arc was burned at the stake in 1431.

Pays de la Loire

Regional capital: Nantes

The region is second in France in terms of agricultural production and first place for livestock breeding.

Towns in Pays de la Loire

Angers - At various times Angers has been the capital of the country of Anjou, an English possession, and home to the polish provisional government.

Cholet - Cholet sits on the right bank of the Moine River and is noted for its linen products.

La Baule - The nearby bay is said to be the most beautiful in Europe.

La Roche Sur Yon - This government developed community in western France is primarily an agricultural center but does have tanning, hardware, and household appliances industries.

Laval - Modern Laval is an industrial community in northwestern France situated on the west bank of the Mayenne River.

Le Mans - Located on the Sarthe River Le Mans beckons to auto racing enthusiasts everywhere and is also known as the birthplace of Henry II of England in 1133.

Les Sables d'Olonne - This community offers a diversion from the exaggerated tourism world of Paris with its efforts to out-French the Capital.

Nantes - A city in western France on the Loire River, Nantes traces its lineage to a Celtic tribe (Namneti) about 70 B.C.

Saumur - Another former Roman outpost and occupying a bank of the Loire River, Saumur has a highly-regarded religious medal industry that originated in the 17th century.

Picardy - Picardie

Regional capital: Amiens

Picardy is another rich agricultural area which has an enhanced agri-foodstuffs industry (sugar, flour mills).

Towns in Picardy

Amiens - Sited on the left bank of the Somme River and famed for its linen, wool, and cotton ware, Amiens was previously, a chief town of the Ambiani, a Celtic tribe conquered by Rome.

Beauvais - Among Beauvais' economies is the interesting enterprise of tapestry manufacturing begun in the 17th century.

Chantilly - Located near Paris, Chantilly has parks, lakes and beautiful countryside.

Chateau-Thierry - This small town, located on the Marne River, was a prominent location of the last German offensive of World War I.

Compiegne - Compiegne is an industrial city on the Oise River noted for its large glassworks.


Regional capital: Poitiers

The Poitou-Charentes region has been experiencing increased industrialization for the last few decades after evolving from an agrarian economy devoted essentially to cattle raising and vineyards to produce Cognac.

Towns in Poitou-Charentes

Angouleme - Angouleme is the centre of cartoon enterprises in France. 

Cognac - The name of the town is synonymous with the world's finest brandy, which is produced here by Remy-Martin, Courvoisier, Camus, Hennessy and other prominent firms.

Ile de Re - A popular island resort off the west coast of France, Ile de Re is accessible by motorcars by a 3 kilometer (2 mile) long bridge.

La Rochelle - Though located at the same latitude as Montreal, Canada, this city is remarkably warm during the winter as a result of the gulf stream and certain geographical features.

Le Vigeant - This small community is located in a beautiful river valley fed by the Vienne River and contains a motor racing circuit.

Niort - Discover Niort in western France on the Sevre Niortaise River where it is famed for its angelica herb cultivations.

Noirmoutier - Noirmoutier's economy boasts tourism, oyster harvesting, fishing, and sea salt exports from its extensive salt marshes.

Poitiers - Home to the 2nd oldest university in France, with Francis Bacon, Francois Rabelais, and and Rene Decartes as former students, Poiters also offers an economy based upon agriculture, communication services, and other industries.

Saintes - In Saintes one can find physical reminders associated with the Gothic, Roman, and Romanesque dominions in the array of stone monuments remaining.

Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

Regional capital: Marseille Tours

Provence is called Provence, because it was the Roman Province where they loved to come to escape the heat of Rome.

The place is built out of Roman ruins, some of which are still standing like the Antique (meaning old) theatre in Orange, a glorious amphitheatre where Pavarotti once sang, and one of the original Arcs de Triomphe, which is riddled with very un-Roman bullet holes.

This region owes its wealth to its Mediterranean coastline, excellent climate and natural beauty.

Towns in Provence

Aix-en-Provence - Site of thermal baths developed circa 15 B.C. from local mineral springs. Aix-en-Provence is home of art schools and several universities and features many fountains, museums, and historical architecture.

Arles - There are a large number of Roman structures and ruins around Arles that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHO).

Aubagne - This is another one of those prosaic, Cote d'Azur communities located about 10 miles east of Marseille. Avignon - Not just another boringly beautiful Cote d'Azur city, Avignon is considered one of the most attractive towns in France.

On this Grand tour of Provence you will first visit Orange, founded by the Romans in the 1st century BC. You will see the Triumphal Arch, one of the most remarkable of its kind in France.

The arch is decorated with friezes commemorating Julius Caesar's victories over the Gauls in 49BC. You will also visit the Antic theater, built during the time of August Caesar.

Enjoy a scenic drive in the vineyards around Chateauneuf du pape, where you will learn about grape varieties, vinification and aging cellars and wine tasting.

Your tour will continue to the Pont du Gard, the best preserved roman aqueduct, Les Baux de Provence, a picturesque medieval village in the Alpilles mountains, and then in the Luberon region, the famous villages of Gordes and Roussillon which rank among the most beautiful villages in France.

Bandol - A port and holiday spot between Toulon and Marseilles, Bandol has two beaches of fine sand and one with coarse sand and pebbles, and its promenades delight the eye with a profusion of floral designs, palm trees, and pine trees.

Cannes Tours - Home of the internationally famous Cannes Film Festival (held annually in May), this city enjoys its place in the sun on the French Riviera. Most of the eye-candy beaches are open to the public.

Cavaillon - Situated smartly on the right bank of the river Durance, Cavaillon has thriving canning and melon-growing industries.

Draguignan - Primarily an agricultural haven in southeast France, Draguignan is the self-proclaimed City of Artillery.

Gap - Gap is located in an alpine setting on the Luye River near its confluence with the Durance River.

Hyeres - The roots of this city can be traced to Greek and Roman artifacts found there dating to the fourth century B.C.

Les Baux-de-Provence Tours - The community is said to have inspired Dante in his place renderings in "Purgatory", and many artists, including Van Gogh.

Mandelieu-La-Napoule - A renown beach resort located 5 miles from Cannes at the base of the Tanneron-Massif and mouth of the Siagne River, Mandelieu-La-Napoule affords all the modern delights.

Marseille Tours - The largest port in France, Marseille is the oldest city in France, tracing its roots back 30,000 years.

It is also the oldest city in France, tracing its roots back 30,000 years. Marseille has also won the honor of being the European Capital of Culture in 2013.

Martigues - About 20 miles northwest of Marseille, one can discover the ancient town of Martigues located on the Canal de Caronte.

Menton - Menton enjoys a Mediterranean climate that is quite supportive of its renown gardens and citrus industry.

Nice Tours - Because of its historical vassalage to varied nations and cultures, Nice offers a potpourri of linguistic dialects and culinary features.

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Discover the picture-postcard city of Nice on the French Riviera on a small group morning or afternoon sightseeing tour by minivan. Enjoy panoramic views over Nice from Mt. Boron, visit the Castel Park, and see the famous Promenade des Anglais.

Start your Nice City Sightseeing Tour with a visit to Castel Park overlooking the Bay of Angels and Old Town, site of the trading town founded by the Greeks 2,700 years ago.

Immerse yourself in Nice's history on Place Garibaldi in the Old Town and marvel at the modern New Town as you stroll along along Promenade des Arts, home to the Modern Art Museum, Sosno's library and the Acropolis center.

Arriving in Cimiez, winter home of Queen Victoria, you will have the opportunity to visit the Matisse Museum (closed on Tuesday) or walk among the olive tree gardens and the 15th century garden of the Franciscan Monastery. You will also visit the extraordinary Russian Cathedral, the most beautiful outside of Russia.

Return by Promenade des Anglais passing its famous landmarks and "Belle Epoque" buildings. End your Nice City Sightseeing Tour with a visit to the flower market in Cours Saleya.

Minivans hold a maximum of eight passengers, and a small group tour is the perfect way to see all that Nice has to offer.

Orange - Recognized for its Roman architecture and as having one of the best kept Roman theaters in Europe, you can find this Orange in southeastern France.

Saint Raphael - Saint Raphael is a Cote d'Azur resort that is especially noted for its winding streets, tree-lined promenade, excellent beaches, and period villas of Palladian and Belle Epoque styles.

Saint Remy de Provence Tours - Celebrated as the birthplace of Nostradamus (Michel de Nostredame), Saint Remy de Provence is also considered a hermitage for celebrities seeking privacy on the Cote d'Azur.

Saint Tropez Tours - A post-War World II summer refuge for French existentialists, Saint Tropez first achieved its exalted status in the 1950's due to its selection as a site for several movies.

Salon-de-Provence - One of the most ancient Provence communes, Salon offers beautiful views of countryside where the olive tree is venerated. Its oldest section rests on a small rise overseeing the narrow city byways.

Toulon - Harboring a large French naval base Toulon is also fortunately situated on the Cote d'Azur with all of its amazing beauty and attractions.


Regional capital: Lyon

Rhone-Alpes ranks second in importance in population and economic development among metropolitan France's 22 regions.

Towns in Rhone-Alpes

Aix-les-Bains - Aix-les-Bains is a spa resort in eastern France whose sulfur springs and hot baths are popular with tourists.

Annecy - Annecy has sometimes been called the Venice of the Alps because of its extensive canal system.

Chambery - This city can be found in southeast France, between the massifs of Beauges and La Grande Chartreuse. Its industry includes metallurgy, confectionary and shoe factories.

Evian-les-Bains - Evian is an internationally famous resort and natural spa on the south bank of Lake Geneva.

Grenoble - A former site of the Winter Olympics, Grenoble is also an industrial hub on the Isere River located amidst three ranges of the Alps.

Lyon Tours - Credited with having made major historical cinematic contributions, Lyon is also touted as the culinary arts capital of France and has earned a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.

Geographically, Lyon displays intriguing features attributable to the confluence of the Rhone and Saone rivers to the south, two large hills-one to the north and one to the south, and a large flatland expanding to the east of the original downtown.

Montelimar - Highly regarded as the nougat capital of the world by some sources, Montelimar offers two variants, brown and white.

Roanne - Located on the Loire River Roanne's chief products are cotton and metal goods with secondary industries of automobile manufacturing, tanning, and artificial silk spinning.

Saint-Etienne - Saint-Etienne is now noteworthy for its major bicycle manufacturing activities and has often played host to a stage of the Tour de France.

Valence - Valence is a terraced city on the Rhone River in southeast France with roots dating to the 4th century A.D.

Villefranche-Sur-Saone - On the Saone River, Villefranche-Sur-Saone is a port and trade center for Beaujolais wine produced in the area.