Top 10 Most Popular French Cities on the Internet

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What if the Easter holidays were an opportunity to discover new cities to spend a few days with family or friends all over France? This Wednesday, the online vacation rental comparator, Likibu, announced its ranking * of the 50 most sought-after small French towns (population between 2,000 and 10,000 inhabitants) on the Internet this year. Among more than 4,300 cities, the Normandy or Mediterranean seaside resorts have the coast. The ranking is based on the average monthly Google searches for cities, along with the terms “what to do” and “visit.” Challenges reveals the top-10 most popular small towns with travelers.

10. Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

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With more than 95,000 requests, the small town in the south of France looks especially attractive. Located at the gates of the Camargue, this village promises walks on the seafront, the discovery of the Pont de Gau park for nature lovers and will seduce history lovers with its fortified church.

9. Lege-Cap-Ferret

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UGO AMEZ / SIPA

The Cap Ferret lighthouse and the Pilat dune are still two must-sees on the Atlantic coast. Between the ocean and the Arcachon basin, this city in the south of France is located on a peninsula made up of a dozen villages. Its large expanses of sand and well-equipped bike lanes make for a peaceful and relaxing holiday environment.

8. Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

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In summer and winter, Chamonix Station is an impressive destination. At the foot of Mont Blanc, this small village in Haute-Savoie offers a host of activities. You can enjoy a rich ski area in winter, reach the Aiguille du Midi by cable car in summer, or even try high-altitude hiking.

7. The Grau-du-Roi

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With more than 105,370 applications, Grau-du-Roi ranks seventh in this top-10. Particularly popular in summer, this family-run resort attracts tourists with its lively town center, wild Espiguette Beach and lighthouse. Le Grau-du-Roi is also known for its Port-Carmargue district or for its horseback riding.

6. Sarlat-la-Caneda

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How about exploring the French city with the highest density of listed historical monuments? Located in the Périgord Noir, Sarlat-la-Canéda offers guided tours to learn more about all the buildings that line the cobbled streets of the medieval city.

5. Collation

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Between sea and mountain. On the shores of the Mediterranean and at the foot of the Pyrenees, Collioure generated about 115,000 requests from the French. Bordered by the turquoise waters of the Vermeille coast, this small village in the Eastern Pyrenees invites you to discover many hiking trails, their colorful houses and many activities at sea.

4. Cassis

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Not far from Marseille and many streams, Cassis embodies the quintessential Provencal destination. Swimming, diving or even a small train, you can also taste the specialties with sea views and admire its colorful fishing port.

3. Honfleur

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An unmissable stopover in Normandy, the city of Honfleur will delight art lovers with its museums. It houses a small harbor surrounded by narrow, colorful houses, and offers water activities.

2. Hossegor

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A paradise for surfers, Hossegor remains one of the must-see spas on the Atlantic coast. Lake, hiking under the pine trees, paddle, this small village located in the Landes offers a wide selection of extensive beaches and many cycling routes.

1. Deauville

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Head to Normandy and to the seaside resort of Deauville. The city of the Côte Fleurie is known and appreciated for its Promenade des Planches or its American film festival.

* Methodology: This study was conducted between 11 and 18 April 2022. All French cities with less than 10,000 inhabitants were taken into account, ie any municipality with a population between 2,000 and 10,000 inhabitants (INSEE 2018 database). The data is the average number of monthly Google searches over the last 12 months for:

– the different most searched queries between “What to do”, “What to see”, “What to visit” + the name of the city (for example, “What to do in Deauville”, “What to see in Deauville”, “Visit Deauville”, etc.)

– city name only (e.g., “Deauville” has an average of 135,000 monthly queries over the past 12 months on Google).

Cities with a monthly search volume of less than 500 for the “What to do”, “What to see”, “What to visit” queries were not taken into account for the overall ranking.

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