From the capital Paris, to the Mustard capital of Burgundy Dijon, to the Roman and artistic town of Arles, there are plenty of places to visit in France. See where your favorite cities are on our map.
Carcassonne is the prefecture of the Aude departmen in the newly formed region of the Occitanie. The walled old city and ts medieval citadel is the second most visited tourist attraction in France after the Eiffel Tower. Castelnaudary is "world capital" of the area's most famous dish, cassoulet. Lovely Limoux is known for its sparkling wine called Blanquette de Limoux, and has a fine medieval center, Rennes-le-Château has a long history and great views of the countryside, but folks come in droves for the mystery surrounding its 19th-century priest Bérenger Saunière, the funder of the famous Tour Magdala, and his alleged discovery of a buried treasure which allowed him to spend lavishly on such projects. The Aude river runs through Quillan, considered to be one of the best situated cities in France. From here it is easy to reach the Cathar Castles to the east, marked by red boxes on the map. Just beyond are the beaches. Shouldn't you plan a vacation in the Aude?
The Burgundian beauty sits pretty on the right bank of the Saône. I don't know why people people don't beat a path to its door, especially considering the very interesting 12th century remains of Saint Philibert Abbey, which sits smack in the center of town near the train station, wedged between two towers. If that's not enough, I will mention the incredible foie gras burger, but only once.