Mont Saint Michel is one the best small towns in France

15 Charming Small Towns in France Near Paris

Would I recommend exploring small towns outside of Paris? Emphatically, YES!

Visiting Paris, France is a bucket list for many. BUT… if you only visit Paris, you are missing out on the amazing charm of so many other small towns in France.

Sycamore lined roads in the south of France on a rainy day

Whether you make plans for a day trip or plan for a two- or three-day excursion to destinations in the north, south, east and west of France, you will absolutely LOVE the dreamy small towns in France outside of Paris.

And you may find that a quick jaunt to neighboring Belgium to discover Ghent and Bruges will round out your list of must-see small towns outside of France.

If you plan to rent a car as you visit the most beautiful small towns in France, be sure to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy during your adventures as you set off along the winding back roads of the French countryside.

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Hint * I always pack a foldable insulated cooler in the bottom of my suitcase when I know that we will be renting a car. It makes bringing a picnic lunch doable.

Travel by Train in France

Europeans have train travel dialed in.

If you wish to explore dreamy small towns in France while visiting Paris, planning day trips or overnight travel from the heart of Paris is a snap when you take the train!

Day trips mean that you can keep your home base in Paris and avoid packing up, checking out and lugging your bags with you when you travel.

You can book directly on SCNF using their App or use trainline.com to effortlessly plan your train travel in France and throughout Europe.

What may appear to be a great distance when looking at a map is doable as a day trip with the high speed trains (some travel up to 320 km/h) that whisk you to your favorite destinations all over France.

Chris and I would both recommend booking your tickets in advance whenever possible. Ticket prices increase substantially the closer you get to your departure date. Tickets can be purchased online as well as at transit stations throughout Paris.

Some destinations such as Normandy and the south of France do not offer great options nor direct routes for train travel. If you want to visit the coast of France or the south of France, renting a car from Paris or a major hub nearby would be your best bet.

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Types of Trains in Paris

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  • Train à Grande Vitesse or TGV – High speed trains that provide a comfortable and spacious travel experience. Enjoy WiFi onboard, first-class travel options, luggage accommodations, and options to travel with your bike for an extra €10.
  • Réseau Express Régional or RER – The Regional Express Network, Paris’ commuter train system is the underground or subway train connecting the Paris city center to the suburbs and popular destinations such as Disneyland Paris and Versailles. The RER, Paris’ commuter train system gets you to your destination faster than the Metro since it makes fewer stops.
  • Metro de Paris or Paris Metro – The Metro is much like the RER but it stops just outside the Paris city limits.

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15 Charming Small Towns in France

1. Aix-en-Provence

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 Day Excursion (or more to explore the south of France)

Aix en Provence is a charming small town in France

Have you ever dreamed of visiting Aix-en-Provence in the south of France? Did you know that it makes a great choice for an off-season getaway for an adventurous couple?

Plan your visit in the Fall or Spring and you’ll encounter fewer tourists, temperate weather, and a more relaxed vibe.

Book your tickets in advance and plan to spend a day or two or seven exploring “Aix” and all of the south of France. These small towns in the south of France are idyllic and picture-perfect.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

  • Stroll along the Cours Mirabeau
  • Visit the Christmas Market that begins around the end of November
  • Tour Aix Cathedral
  • Explore “Old Aix”
  • Enjoy a beignet from PAUL bakery
  • See the studio of Paul Cézanne where he worked for the last four years of his life
  • Don’t forget Camp des Milles—France’s only World War II internment and deportation camp

Cours Mirabeau, the main street off the rotunda, had once been a dividing line of class—the poor on the left side of the street, the rich on the right side. At night the gate to the poor section used to be locked so that no one could sneak out!

2. Bayeux

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 Day Excursion (give yourself time to explore Normandy and Mont-Saint-Michel)

Bayeux is a charming small town in France

As you drive through the French countryside in the summer time, you come to beautiful little villages adorned with brilliant pink hydrangeas, white hydrangeas, roses, and red geraniums. It is amazingly picturesque.

It is possible to take the train to Bayeux, but you may wish to rent a car to get around once you arrive so that you can properly explore another one of the small towns in France that is sooooo worth visiting.

Things to do in Bayeux:

  • Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Wander through the Botanical Gardens of Bayeux
  • Plan a tour to the beaches of Normandy
  • Visit the Bayeux War Cemetery
  • Shop at the Bayeux Market on Saturday morning
  • Tour the Baron Gérard Museum
  • Visit the Old Town with its historic waterwheel on the beautiful Aure River
  • Eat at Le Moulin de la Galette Restaurant

3. Cassis

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 Day Excursion (or more days to explore the south of France)

Cassis is a charming small town in France

Following the advice of your hotel concierge, when you arrive in Cassis, you may wish to head down to the harbor to buy tickets to visit the calanques (calancas) on a boat tour. Or better yet, schedule an exciting day tour.

“The Calanques are a series of rocky cliffs and bays between the city of Marseille and the town of Cassis, in the south of France. They’re essentially inlets that have been formed in the limestone cliffs, leaving behind a series of beautiful little bays.”

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Things to do in Cassis:

  • Book a boat tour of the calanques
  • Kayak along the coastline
  • Wander around the harbor
  • Drive up above the harbor for stunning views of Cassis along the Route des Cretes
  • Visit the seafront along the Mediterranean for a little sunbathing
  • Enjoy Plage de la Grande Mer, Cassis’ main beach, with the family
  • Walk or hike in Calanques National Park
  • Spend the afternoon people watching
  • Shop

This idyllic little port side town of Cassis is gaining in popularity and is the perfect place to enjoy a sunny afternoon. Discover this charming small town in southern France.

Due to its distance from Paris, you may wish to explore Cassis on a weekend or overnight getaway.

4. Colmar

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 Day Excursion (plan to explore Riquewihr as well)

Colmar is a charming small town in France

Colmar is one of the pretty French towns you absolutely need to visit; it might just remind you of a Disney fairytale.

Things to do in Colmar:

  • Visit Little Venice or “Petite Venise” with its colorful half-timbered buildings along the canal
  • Wander through the Old Town along cobbled street
  • Shop at the quaint shops and boutiques
  • Order from a patisserie and sample traditional Alsatian biscuits
  • Visit St. Martin’s Church in the city center
  • Cruise the canal on a flat-bottomed boat
  • Experience the markets in the Alsace region
  • Spend a leisure afternoon relaxing at Champ de Mars park
  • Visit the Bartoldi Museum, home of Colmar’s most famous son, Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi. Bartholdi, the creator of the Statue of Liberty, has a museum dedicated to his sculptures located in the home where he was born
  • Visit Pfister House with its colorfully painted facade and octagonal turret

Ever wonder why Colmar’s houses are so colorful? (Or many of the homes in the beautiful small villages of France?)

In order to more fully understand the reasoning behind the vibrant color choices of Alsatian homes, you need to venture back to the Middle Ages when very few people knew how to read.

Color Code was established to help citizens identify the business or trade they wished to find on city streets by its color.

  • Emerald Green – represented sewing, fabric and leather trades
  • Navy Blue – designated wood working trades
  • White & Cream – represented construction trades
  • Magenta Red – designated iron workers
  • Ochre Yellow – signified businesses for bakers and pastry chefs

It is also important to note that the color of one’s home also indicated a religious preference: Red for Protestants and Blue for Catholics.

Now you really have to visit Colmar to check it out for yourself, right?

5. Disneyland Paris in Chessy, France

Recommended Length of Stay: Day Trip from Paris (If you want to spend more time at Disneyland Paris, be sure to book rooms at one of the amazing Disneyland Paris hotels.)

Disneyland is a great day trip from Paris

As a day trip from Paris, visiting Disneyland Paris is amazing.

Chris and I were exploring Paris with our three girls and managed to keep our plans to visit Disneyland Paris a secret until two days before our scheduled visit. Talk about the ultimate way to surprise your kids with an adventure!

Things to do in Disneyland Paris:

  • Visit Adventureland, Discoveryland, Fantastylaynd and Frontierland in Disneyland Park
  • Visit the “New” Avengers Campus, Worlds of Pixar, Toon Studio and the Production Courtyard in the Walt Disney Studios Park
  • Get your camera ready for Meet n’ Greets with your favorite Disney characters and Princesses
  • Dance along at the Main Street Parades
  • Visit the shops & boutiques
  • Buy a pair of Mickey Mouse ears
  • Stroll along Main Street, USA
  • Stay for the Disneyland Paris Spectacular finale at the end of the day

Be sure to download the FREE Disneyland Paris Mobile App before you arrive at the park.

Among other things, the app shows a map of the park, displays your current location in the park, indicates which rides are open or closed, identifies times and locations to meet characters, and is handy for displaying the current wait times for rides!

If you plan to visit both Disneyland Paris parks, you will definitely want to plan for more than one day. Book your stay at one of the amazing Disneyland Paris hotels.

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6. Fontainebleau

Recommended Length of Stay: Day Trip from Paris

Fontainebleau is a charming small town in France

Fontainebleau is most notably known for the historic Château de Fontainebleau, a palace which once belonged to the kings of France—including Napolean. You can spend most of your day visiting the palace and surrounding gardens.

Things to do in Fontainebleau:

  • Take a tour of the 1900-room Château de Fontainebleau
  • Stroll through the scenic forest and gardens surrounding the palace: Jardin de DianeJardin Français (French Garden) and Jardin Anglais (English Garden)
  • Rent a small boat on Étang des Carpes (Carp Pond) next to the palace

As a small town near Paris, France, planning a day trip to Fontainebleau will allow for a relaxed trip via train to begin and end your day.

7. Giverny

Recommended Length of Stay: Day Trip from Paris

Claude Monet called Giverny home for 43 years of his life. He was content to live, relax, be inspired, and paint in this lovely small French town. Surely he was inspired by the beauty of each season and the flowering blooms of his garden in Giverny.

As the second busiest tourist attraction in Normandy, France, you will want to plan for an early start to visit Monet’s home and gardens.

Things to do in Giverny:

  • Visit art galleries, museums, and gardens
  • Enjoy lovely cafes and restaurants
  • Visit the Église Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny church
  • Find Monet’s family gravestone
  • Visit Monet’s Garden and Home

8. Gordes

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 Day Excursion (or more to explore the south of France)

Gordes is a charming small town in France

Historically speaking, the residents of Gordes, called Gordians, are known for their rebellious spirit: they sparked medieval invasions, supported fighters during World War II as one of the most active hubs of German resistance, and resisted the ruling French Vichy government.

Today, Gordes continues as a spectacular Luberon Valley village in the heart of Provence. The town itself was built into the hillside with stunning views of the whole valley stretching for miles below.

The amazing views and the unique lighting began attracting artist in the 50s and 60s to this small town in France. Gordes’ artsy reputation continues today.

Things to do In Gordes:

  • Visit the legendary market on Tuesday mornings
  • Stroll through the lavender fields of the Abbey de Senanque in the summer
  • Visit le Château de Gordes where you can find art exhibitions by local artists
  • Walk along the cobbled streets and explore side streets
  • Enjoy the view
  • Visit L’Eglise Saint Fermin (Church of Saint Fermin)
  • Browse local boutiques

Outside of Gordes, lives the Abbey de Senanque. In the summer time, it is surrounded by fields of lavender, brilliantly purple and aromatic. Plan your visit at the peak of the growing season.

Renting a car to explore Gordes, Les Baux-de-Provence, Lourmarin, Aix-en-Provence and other villages in the south of France destinations is highly recommended.

9. Les Baux-de-Provence

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 Day Excursion (or more to explore the small towns in the south of France)

Baux is a charming small town in France

Les Baux-de-Provence is nestled in to the Alpilles mountain range of France. The village sits atop a rocky outcrop, crowned with the ruins of a castle that overlooks the plains to the south.

Did you know that “Baux” has less than 25 residents in the upper part of the commune and approximately 440 for the whole commune?

Chris and I spent the morning wandering around the ruins of the castle in November of 2018. It was later in the Fall and we pretty much had the ruins to ourselves for most of the morning.

Things to do in Les Baux-de-Provence:

  • Visit the village of “Baux” with its many tourist shops, classed among one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France
  • Explore the castle ruins and plateau also known as the “the dead village”. Walk around the ruins of the castle, the houses, the dungeon tower, and catapults.
  • Visit Eglise St. Vincent with its beautiful bell tower
  • Discover the magic of Carrieres de Lumieres (quarry of lights). This non-functioning limestone quarry in a hill, blossoms with a cool light show that projects images of works of art by the masters onto the massive quarry walls.

10. Lourmarin

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 Day Excursion (or more to explore the south of France)

Lourmarin is a charming small town in France

When Chris and I visited the south of France in November of 2018, our first stop in the Luberon Valley was Lourmarin. It was just a lovely small French village with the cutest shops. I mentioned to Chris that the French really know how to create a vignette to draw you into their stores and villages.

Lourmarin is simply beautiful. I took one of my favorite pictures of all time as Chris and I wandered through the village on a rainy overcast day.

Things to do in Lourmarin:

  • Visit the Lourmarin Château
  • Peruse the Isirdi Gallery
  • Shop local boutiques and shops
  • Enjoy the Friday market
  • Visit fruit orchards, olive groves and vineyards
  • Rent a bike
  • Wander the quaint streets of this pretty village in France

11. Mont-Saint-Michel

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 Day Excursion (give yourself time to explore Normandy and Bayeux as well)

Mont Saint Michel is a charming small town in France

Mont-Saint-Michel, an island commune, sits a little more than half a mile off the coast of Normandy. It is the #1 tourist attraction in the area. 

There is no train route to get from Paris to Mont-Saint-Michel. Either rent a car or plan for a guided tour.

If you are renting a car, parking is available about 3 km from the Abbey where you can then take a shuttle bus.

If you are a photographer and wish to take pictures, either arrive early in the morning or simply get used to the idea that your photos will feature many tourists.

The Mont-Saint-Michel is one of Europe’s most unforgettable sights. Set in a mesmerising bay shared by Normandy and Brittany, the mount draws the eye from a great distance.

This staggeringly beautiful location has long captured the imagination. The story of how the mount came to be a great Christian pilgrimage site dates back to the early 8th century, when Aubert, bishop of the nearby hilltop town of Avranches, claimed that the Archangel Michael himself had pressured him into having a church built atop the island just out to sea.

Normandy Tourism

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

  • Visit the Abbey
  • Admire the views and majestic setting
  • Try an omelette at La Mère Poulard, the most famous restaurant and inn on Mont-Saint-Michel
  • Stroll along the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel. Research the tide schedule before removing your shoes and going barefoot in the sand.
  • Explore Mont-Saint-Michel’s main street—La Grande Rue. The buildings lining the street date from the 15th and 16th centuries!
  • Walk along the mount’s impressive fortification ramparts
  • Rent a bike and follow the path along the Bay

12. Normandy Beaches & Towns

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 Day Excursion (give yourself time to explore Bayeux and Mont-Saint-Michel)

Normandy is a great area of charming small towns in France

If you have an interest in World War II history and Inspiring War Memorials Around the World , schedule a tour to visit the beaches of Normandy and learn more about the D-Day invasion. It was the most perfect way for our family to celebrate the 4th of July in 2017.

Things to see on your tour of Normandy Beaches and Towns:

  • Visit the German cemetery
  • Explore Sainte-Mere-Eglise – An effigy of John Steele, a paratrooper with his snagged parachute that caught on the church’s spire, is maintained on the church even today Check out the day our family Toured Normandy on the Best 4th of July Ever.
  • Tour the Normandy Beaches – learn the history of Utah and Omaha beaches
  • Stop at Pointe du Hoc
  • Feel the reverence and peace at the American Cemetery

13. Riquewihr

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 Day Excursion to explore Colmar as well

Riquewihr is a charming small town in France

On our way from Strasbourg, France to Freiberg, Germany we made a detour to visit two charming small towns in France—Colmar and Riquewihr. The scenery was beautiful as we zoomed through the French countryside.

After arriving in Colmar, we quickly found the bus to Riquewihr for the noon departure. Our family were the only riders on the bus as we passed through the French countryside dotted with vineyards and farms.

We stepped off the bus into a fairy tale with this small French village. Apparently, the animators and creators of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast came to Riquewihr and Colmar when looking for inspiration in designing that old provincial town. 

If ever there was a charming small French village, this was it.

And you could see the charm the moment you stepped under the arch into Riquewihr.

Things to do in Riquewihr:

  • Know that you are visiting a village that has been designated as one of the most beautiful villages in France or Les Plus Beaux Villages de France.
  • Discover Vieille Ville, the medieval Old Town of Riquewihr
  • Visit Musée du Dolder (museum)
  • Enjoy the wine tasting room of Hugel et Fils
  • Enjoy lunch at Restaurant-Pizzeria du Vignoble. It was out of the way of the main flow of tourists and a perfect place to enjoy lunch on the patio
  • Wander the idyllic streets
  • Take lots of pictures
  • Browse the many shops and boutiques
  • Avoid the crowds by visiting earlier in the day

14. Roussillon

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 Day Excursion (or more to explore the south of France)

Roussilon is a charming small town in France

Roussillon is outstanding for its signature red rocks. It is a small French village where writer Samuel Beckett hid from the Germans during World War II (1942 to 1945). He worked heavily with the French Resistance in Paris and fled to Roussillon to avoid the Gestapo.

Things to do in Roussillon:

  • Visit art galleries
  • Take a day trip to Colorado Provençal not too far from Roussillon and outside the village of Rustrel. It was somewhat similar to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado, but on a much smaller scale.
  • Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate on a cold afternoon in Bistrot de Roussillon
  • Walk along the Ochre Trail
  • Rest for a bit in Place de la Mairie or the Town Square right next to the picture-perfect Town Hall. You’ll probably want to take pictures here and post them to Instagram!
  • Come for Market day on Thursday

15. Versailles

Recommended Length of Stay: Day Trip from Paris

Versailles is a charming small town in France

The Palace of Versailles is absolutely worth seeing as a day trip from Paris; it is one of the great reasons to visit Paris and beyond.

The Palace of Versailles is the former royal residence of King Louis XIV in the small French village of Versailles approximately 12 miles west of Paris. The Palace has been listed as a World Heritage Site for 40 years.

Things to do in Versailles:

  • Schedule a tour of the Palace of Versailles – The Sun King Louis XIV oversaw construction of the Palace of Versailles from 1631 to 1634 from a former small hunting lodge.
  • Wander through the palace gardens and discover sculptures, fountains, trees, and flower gardens.
  • Download the FREE Palace of Versailles App
  • Enjoy the Musical Gardens
  • Experience the Great Musical Waters
  • Eat gelato
  • Visit the stables
  • Experience the Royal Chapel
  • Stroll along the Grand Canal
  • Visit the Queen’s Cottage: Hameau de la Reine
  • Because Louis XIV didn’t have enough space in the palace, he had the Grand Trianon built
  • Peruse the farmer’s market on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday or the indoor market (open daily except Monday)

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Bruges

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 Day Excursion (you will want to explore Ghent as well)

Bruges is a charming small town near France

While Bruges is in Belgium, it is one of the best small towns outside of Paris to visit. This charming village is often referred to as the Venice of the North.

There is a lot to do in Bruges, but if you are only visiting on a day trip from Paris, you want ideas for the best things to do to maximize your time and experience.

Things to do in Bruges:

  • Visit the heart of the city center in Bruges Market Square. You will find the tourism information center here.
  • Visit the picturesque Wijngaerde’ Beguinage. A home for religious, single, and widowed women still used today. These women chose a life a poverty and fidelity but did not wish to commit fully to a religious order. 
  • Take a horse and buggy ride through the cobbled streets
  • Enjoy the market on Wednesday morning
  • Take a canal boat tour
  • Discover the Bruges Photo Point at the corner of Rozenhoedkaai Street and Huidenvettersplein town square – Quay of the Rosary
  • Climb the 366 steps of the Belfry of Bruges
  • Visit the Historium Museum and climb the Historium Tower
  • Discover the Instagrammable Blinde Ezelstraat (The blind donkey street)
  • Visit the windmills
  • Try beignets

Try an inexpensive but delicious lunch at t Zand 27. When Chris and I visited in 2017, they advertised Pumpkin and Tomato soups for 5 Euros.

Ghent

Recommended Length of Stay: 2-3 Day Excursion (you will want to explore Bruges as well)

Ghent is a charming small town near France

Ghent is THE quintessential charming European town.

We were fortunate to stay in Ghent for a couple of nights and absolutely LOVED it. On our first morning in the Old Town, we exited our hotel onto Korenlei Street, and it was just as if we had walked into a fairytale.

Things to do in Ghent:

  • Tour St. Bavo’s Cathedral and Abbey – There was something like 300 crazy narrow steps to the top of the church to the bell tower! Good to note that there is an elevator that you can take part of the way up. Every 15 minutes the bells chime and on the hour music plays.
  • Tour St. Nicholas’ Church
  • Visit Gravensteen or the Castle of the Counts in Ghent. If you tour the site, you will be able to see the castle’s gatehouse, keep, ramparts, count’s residence, and stables. And don’t overlook the castle’s unique collection of torture devices.
  • Take a boat tour along the canal
  • Enjoy the views of St. Michael’s Bridge during the day and at night
  • Visit the Vrijdagmarkt or Friday Market – a tradition since the 12th century
  • Enjoy a Ghent Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt

I would say that Ghent was one of the MOST charming towns outside of Paris that I have ever visited.

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Charming French Villages outside of Paris

Final Thoughts on the Best Small Towns in France Near Paris

First-time tourists in France really need to plan a visit to Paris. As the “City of Love” AND the “City of Lights”, discovering major attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Sainte-Chapelle, the Seine… all are sights worth seeing.

Once you have had the chance to explore Paris to your heart’s content, then you need to start exploring the small towns in France outside of Paris: Versailles, Aix-en-Provence, Fontainebleau… The charm of these small towns in France will have you coming back again and again.

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Laura
1 month ago

I didn’t realise there are so many options for charming villages outside of Paris! I’ve seen images mont-saint-michel but never knew it was called that. Great post! Thanks for the inspiration

kmf
kmf
1 month ago

I think I’m planning my next workcation in France so I can explore all these charming villages. I’ve stayed at a chateau twice near Giverny and would love to return to that area especially.

Liv
Liv
1 month ago

I’m yet to explore France properly so this was a very helpful post! Very insightful!

Jan
Jan
1 month ago

Wow! I love your list of small towns in France. I have been only to Paris and Versailles .There is so much to do in and around France. I have to make another visit to cover these. 🙂

Nikki
Nikki
1 month ago

Wow, thanks so much for this guide! I’ve never been to Paris, but it seems like some time out of the big city is needed to visit these adorable towns. 🙂

Millette
1 month ago

What a comprehensive guide to all the small towns accessible from France! Colmar has been a long dream of mine and I had no idea that the color coding had some practical reasoning behind it! So great! Also thank you for the tip on the TGV trains!

Jeanine
1 month ago

Great post, I love the small towns especially when overseas this has given me great inspiration to go explore the French landscape.

Isabella
1 month ago

I know that France is much more than Paris. I’ve visited some other towns and villages in France including Bruges and I love how authentically different they are from Paris. Thanks to you, I can add more places to my France Bucketlist. Thanks!!!

Josanne
1 month ago

This is an extensive guide to small towns around Paris! Very helpful for planning a trip to France! Thank you for sharing!

Susan Whited
1 month ago

I want to do everything on this list! These places sound amazing!

Julia
1 month ago

A trip through France has been on my list for ages! Can’t wait to do that soon, and I’ll definitely check your post when I start planning 🙂

Karen
1 month ago

This is a fabulous list of the most charming small towns outside of Paris. I would love to take an extended stay and explore all of them.

Jenn P.
Jenn P.
1 month ago

This post makes me want to explore more friends than we have! These towns look so charming and quintessential

JJ Jordan
1 month ago

So many cute towns to explore! I really need to spend some more time in France

Tanya T
1 month ago

Wow, what a list! I would love to explore these towns by car during spring. France is a wonderful country to visit and I would enjoy exploring the cafes.

Travelling Tam
1 month ago

Such dreamy small towns that epitomise charming France! I must admit I am not the biggest fan of Paris, so the next time I visit France, I’ll definitely try to go somewhere like a town from this list. Beautiful!

Brittany
1 month ago

My husband and I loved visiting Disneyland Paris when we were in Paris a few years ago! The next time we are in Paris, I would love to visit Versailles and Colmar. Thanks for these other ideas, too!

Earth Jubilee
1 month ago

Thanks for the article. I’ve been to Versailles before but none of the other cute towns. I’ve also been to Bruges which was amazing. I was supposed to go to France again in 2020 but we know what happened there.

Jenn
30 days ago

This is a great list to help get out of the “only visiting Paris” rut! I am so excited to visit some of these places, and I think you’ve convinced me that Disneyland Paris is definitely worth visiting as well.

Denise
29 days ago

I always say I’m going to do day trips from Paris and I wind up not leaving the city. Thanks for the motivation!

Sandra Ans
27 days ago

Wow, such beautiful places! Mont-Saint-Michel is already on my bucket list! ♥