Nearly one in two French people live in a city of less than 10,000 inhabitants, according to the latest INSEE figures, updated in 2017. From their summer beach resorts to their mountainous destinations, to their Especially popular regions among hikers, France has strong arguments for attracting tourists from all over the world. In 2019, before the health crisis, 90 million visited the country, according to data from the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Recovery. A success that puts it at the forefront of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet.
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A ranking of the most sought after small towns with the queries “What to do”, “What to see” and “What to visit”
And some small towns, among the 4,300 located in the territory, especially attract visitors. La Grande-Motte (Hérault), Saint-Tropez (Var) and Carnac (Morbihan) are among the 20 most searched, every month, on Google, according to a study conducted by Likibu.
The holiday rental search engine conducted the survey in April 2022 to determine which ones are the most popular on the Internet. To do this, their teams collected queries only about the name of the city, and those associated with the phrases “What to do”, “What to see” and “What to visit”. Verdict, is a small village in Normandy the first.
A young city between the sea baths, the luxury shops and the 7th Art
Outside the tourist season, this municipality has less than 4,000 inhabitants (3,595, according to the INSEE census conducted in 2018). But throughout the year, the tourist offices in its territory welcomed 100,000 physical visitors in 2020, despite the health crisis, according to Western France.
It must be said that despite its youth – it was born only 162 years ago – the small town has shown great ambitions. “It arose from the sea and the wetlands thanks to the bold will of the Duke of Morny, Napoleon III’s half-brother, who dreamed of creating the ideal spa.”according to Philippe Augier, its mayor since 2021, it has since multiplied its assets.
Luxury shops, casinos and even a racing circuit delight lovers of opulence and the 7th Art. Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp are some of the many figures on the big screen who have participated in its legendary American Film Festival, created in 1975. We guessed it, the most popular small town in France with tourists on the Internet is … Deauville!
Deauville, the most popular small town in Google
Every month, 145,600 tourist inquiries are made to Google about Deauville. The seaside town, famous for its Promenade des Planches, its 1.5 km beach, its cabins and its flowery coast, offers a wide range of entertainment for passing visitors.
For those who want to stay longer, check out last minute bookings! There are only 1,109 hotel rooms – and there are no campsites, youth hostels or holiday villages – in Deauville, according to INSEE and DGE data recorded in January 2020. However, 1,907 beds are available at the same time. , in the tourist residences of the city.