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What to Do When in France

Attention, this article is special “Cocorico”! We are fortunate to live in a country with a great diversity of heritage and landscapes. It is not for nothing that France is the first tourist destination in the world. Visiting France, do you have any doubts? Let me tell you about medieval villages, magnificent surf spots, our beautiful beaches on the Côte d’Azur, huge flea markets, or even regional culinary specialties that you may not yet know.

Come on, let yourself be tempted by our beautiful country which has many advantages and which will change you as much as Bali or Peru. And if you were still reluctant, know that going backpacker can be interesting for your vacation budget. Yes, yes! Even in cities like Paris, there are a lot of things to do for free or at low prices.

Then what are you waiting for ?! If you have decided to visit France, here is our selection of the best places to visit in France for a memorable summer holiday.


Perched on a hill in the South-West, Rocamadour is undoubtedly one of the most typical villages of the Dordogne. There’s a good chance that this beautiful Unesco-listed site is stealing your heart and blowing up your Instagram account. Discover the castle (OH MY GOD this view !) and get lost in the small cobbled streets of the city. You will leave relaxed and relaxed as after two weeks of a Buddhist retreat. If you are staying in the Toulouse region, Rocamadour will be ideal for a day of adventure. Rent a car with the new friends you will have made at the youth hostel and then in 2 hours you are there. Oh, and if you needed an additional argument: yes, that’s where the delicious goat’s cheese of the same name comes from.


The street cred of Lille is no longer to do but in case you don’t know; this city is just super cool and ideal for a weekend with friends when you’re broke and want to visit France. We love the Museum of Natural History, which is very stylish, especially with its Insectarium (by the way, one of the best in the world). We also love its citadel of the 17th century and especially its huge sale that takes place every year in September. Like walking or negotiating, it’s hollow; it’s more than necessary to fill the can. We recommend the pizzeria Il Piccolino, which serves cheap pizzas.

It is really easy to get to Lille from Paris (1H15 of TGV) and at affordable prices! And for non-Parisians, the city has an airport!

The dune of the Pilat

One can hardly believe that one is in France when one is faced with this huge white dune that stretches over 616 m and measures 110 m high, wedged between the ocean and a pine forest. With these dimensions, it is the highest dune in Europe, ideal for a beautiful parachute landing fall to death ! Just an hour from Bordeaux, it can park easy on the road to visit the beaches of Hossegor or Biarritz!


Situated in the New Aquitaine region, Collonges-La-Rouge did not steal his name. This cute little town wasn’t born out of the last rain. Indeed, behind its red bricks lie more than 1,000 years of history. Go and discover the Castel De Vassinhac, the very photogenic House of The Mermaid and in fact, all the houses of the village that make you want to let go and settle in the corner.


Nice is the second most popular city, after Paris, among the community of our travelers. This may seem quite surprising when we know that the Côte d’Azur, it is not-given. But, it’s possible to visit this beautiful city when you put your wallet in the diet. Already, you can sleep in hostels at 12 euros at night, then there are plenty of free stuff to do (the beach, for starters) and eat for cheap and well is not super complicated. We advise you to try the “socca”, a fine pancake made from chickpea flour and olive oil. This is typical of Nice and not expensive at all.