The capital of France is also known as the City of Light and Romance. There are so many sites to highlight, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or even the “Avenue des Champs Elysées” just to name a few of them. Explore Paris and all she has to offer, from Notre-Dame’s gargoyles peering over the cityscape to the Sacré-Coeur sitting high on the hill of the bohemian district of Montmartre.
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The capital of the Rhône-Alpes region and France’s third largest city, Lyon is rich in culture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site where foodies can indulge in Lyonnais cuisine at a typical “bouchon” or bistro style restaurants.
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The oldest city of France, with its new cultural attractions, is the hotspot Mediterranean destination. With mild weather all year round, there is no doubt that you will fall in love with this city, with its old village atmosphere, its fishing port and typical local cuisine. The Old Port, including historic monuments, is something you can’t miss
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Toulouse is the capital of the Midi-Pyrénées region and is well known for its sunny climate, gastronomy and aeronautical history. Beautiful private mansions, churches, museums and landmarks made from terra cotta bricks has earned Toulouse the nickname, “La Ville Rose” (The Pink City).
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Salvador Dali is said to have declared the Perpignan rail station as the ‘Center of the Universe’ and in the Middle Ages, Perpignan was the economic, political and cultural center of the Mediterranean. In the town center, Castillet, the ancient main gate, still stands today having been transformed from a prison to the Catalan Museum of Popular Art and Traditions.
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Montpellier is a contemporary and multi-cultural city with an exciting ambiance, not lacking in historic heritage. Enjoy a coffee in one of the many cafes that line Place de la Comédie, the main square, then leisurely make your way to the Antigone district to experience Montpellier at its most modern.
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Nimes is located 25 miles inland from the Mediterranean Sea, and is most notable for its many Roman remains, including arenas, towers, monuments, and aqueducts. Built in the sixth century, this city became the birthplace of denim, “de Nimes” meaning from Nimes, exporting the cloth to the United States to make sails for ships.
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Carcassonne, a fortified city with 2,500 years of history and home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Canal du Midi and the Citadel, is at the heart of the Toulouse – Montpellier-Barcelona triangle. The gem of Carcassonne is its skyline which is easily recognizable and famous all around the world with its medieval spires and fortresses.
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Barcelona, with its unique and creative Catalan vibe dazzles and inspires all who visit it. No trip is complete without experiencing Las Ramblas, a pedestrian walkway complete with cafes, restaurant, shops and fantastic people-watching.
Known for “modern” art, this city is home to The Sagrada Familia Basilica (which is still being built), Gaudí and Miró artwork dotted throughout the city, and a Picasso museum full of early sketches.
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Madrid, the capital of Spain and its main city! With over one thousand years of history, Madrid is one of the Spanish cities that best reflect the mixture of cultures that have passed through it. Not-to-miss sights include the Prado Museum with one of the world’s finest collections of art, including its most famous piece, Las Meninas by Diego Velázquez, Plaza Mayor (more great people-watching), Royal Palace and the majestic Buen Retiro park.
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Located in northern Spain, Zaragoza has more than 2,000 years of history. This city was built on the banks of the Ebre river and preserves many remains of all the civilizations that followed one another in this attractive region. Each of the four cultures, Romans, Muslims, Jews and Christians have left behind a rich monumental legacy that can be seen throughout the city.
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This city of Catalonia is close to the French border and is home to Castell de Sant Ferran, the largest fortress in Europe. Figueres is particularly known to be the home town of the famous artist Salvador Dali and features the Dali Theatre-Museum with a wide assortment of Dali’s works on display.
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Referred to as “The Tuscany of Catalonia”, Girona is a beautiful coastal city with a medieval Old Town. Still visible are the original walls of the town which just enhances its rich architectural heritage and numerous cultural activities, making Girona a captivating city.
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