48 Hours

City Breaks: France

Whether you’re just passing through or making a weekend of it, we give you the 48-hour lowdown on cities across the globe. What to see, what to do, what not to miss...

  • Toulouse

    Toulouse Europe, France

    Travel Time

    2hrs 10mins

    It has the history, art and café culture of France’s bigger cities but is small enough to walk around and enjoy a laid-back southern European vibe, says Lizzie Frainier
  • Le Havre

    Le Havre Europe, France

    Travel Time

    5hrs 30mins

    The cradle of impressionism, this seaside city has bags of art, modern architecture and Breton crepes in-store, making it a real hidden gem, says Emilee Tombs
  • Limoges

    Limoges Europe, France

    Travel Time

    1hrs 30mins

    The famous home of French porcelain and traditionally a city of butchers, this medieval jewel in west-central France is full of charm and history, writes Heidi Ruge.
  • Albi

    Albi Europe, France

    Travel Time

    5hrs 10mins

    From its Unesco-listed episcopal buildings to the pretty Tarn river, this compact city in the Midi-Pyrénées has southern style and classic food to boot, says Alex Mead.
  • Avignon

    Avignon Europe, France

    Travel Time

    3hrs 30mins

    Sip Châteauneuf-du-Pape, soak up the Provençal sunshine and sing the town’s famous song in this 14th-century papal seat and Unesco-listed site, says Alicia Miller.
  • Metz

    Metz Europe, France

    Travel Time

    3hrs 10mins

    A mere train ride from Paris, the capital of Lorraine is a world apart. Jessica Basi gets a taste for its market food stalls, bountiful limestone architecture and epic cathedral.
  • Troyes

    Troyes Europe, France

    Travel Time

    5hrs 10mins

    The capital of France’s Aube region is home to champagne – as well as stained glass windows, the Knights Templar and the mighty andouillette, discovers Alicia Miller.
  • Montpellier

    Montpellier Europe, France

    Travel Time

    1hrs 20mins

    The beauty of Montpellier may lie in its historic town and medieval streets, but the city’s recently developed new districts are where its future lies, says Keya Modessa.
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