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and the top ten most searched medium cities are…

The Likibu holiday rental comparator publishes a ranking of the French cities most searched for by Internet users. In the category “less than 100,000 inhabitants”, the winner is…

Less than 100,000 inhabitants, but much more research on the internet. Some medium-sized cities are particularly popular destinations for the French. This is evidenced by their success with holidaymakers.

After its ranking of the most searched small French towns, the travel comparator Likibu analyzed the number of Google searches carried out over the last twelve months with the queries “What to do”, “What to see”, “What to visit” for cities less than 100,000 inhabitants of France. In short, it identified searches related to weekends and holidays.

Of the ten most sought-after cities, only two are not located on the coast. So the French would like the beach? Hard to believe…

10. Les Sables d’Olonne

Les Sables d’Olonne (Vendée). The seaside resort narrowly enters the ranking for its openness to the sea. bios48 / Adobe Stock

Starting and finishing point of the Vendée Globe, the seaside resort of Les Sables-d’Olonne also appeals for its water sports: sailing, paddleboarding, kitesurfing, jet-skiing, kayaking or towed buoys. Bordered by salt marshes that can be explored during bike rides, the city also has a zoo and an ornithological park.

9. Sete

Sète (Hérault), Languedoc’s little Venice, boasts a town center full of colour. Picturereflex / Adobe Stock

Comfortably housed between the Mediterranean and the Etang de Thau, Sète boasts a colorful town center and squares adorned with welcoming terraces. Stronghold of Georges Brassens, it houses a museum dedicated to poet-singer. After a swim, the summit of Mont Saint-Clair offers an exceptional panorama of Provence.

8. Valves

In Vannes (Morbihan), French gardens line the ramparts. daliu / Adobe Stock

Half-timbered houses, medieval ramparts, cobbled streets and peaceful port… Vannes benefits from an exceptional heritage in the heart of the Gulf of Morbihan. This jewel of Brittany can also be visited for its French gardens, its creperies and its fascinating museums, such as the La Cohue Fine Arts Museum.

7. Colmar

Colmar (Haut-Rhin) and its colorful half-timbered houses. hr2010

The oldest city in Alsace seduces for its half-timbered buildings including the emblematic Adolph, Pfister and Têtes houses, but also for its charming districts: Little Venice, the Tanners district and the Quai de la Poissonnerie.

6. Bayonne

A few kilometers from the ocean, Bayonne is the gateway to the Basque Country. Its half-timbering and the narrowness of its streets give it incredible charm. Regis Guichenducq

Its famous festivals which, at the end of July, bring together crowds of locals and tourists dressed in red and white. Fireworks, concerts and parades punctuate the week. The opportunity, also, to visit the Basque museum, the Sainte-Marie de Bayonne cathedral or the chocolate workshop.


The large beach and the Hôtel du Palais, the famous 5-star hotel in Biarritz. saiko3p /

Never far from Bayonne, Biarritz is much more than a haven for surfers. The seaside resort shines on the Basque coast for its beaches, its rock of the Virgin, its lighthouse and its Atalaye plateau, from where you can enjoy an impressive view of the waves.

4. Narbonne

The Palace Museum of the Archbishops, one of the marvels to discover in Narbonne. stock. adobe

Former capital of the Gauls, Narbonne enjoys its rich ancient and medieval past. An archaeological museum and the chapel of the Pénitents Bleus, but also the Gilles Aycelin dungeon or the former palace of the archbishops. Without forgetting its beach and its pretty marina.

3. Saint Malo

Panoramic view of Saint-Malo. s4svisuals /

Medieval city surrounded by thick granite walls, Saint-Malo is a pearl on the Emerald Coast. The historic center of the city has splendid buildings such as the residence of the Corsair, the Saint-Vincent cathedral, and the island of Grand Bé which cannot be reached at low tide.

2. Avignon

On the banks of the Rhône, between Alpilles, Luberon and Mont Ventoux, Avignon sits majestically. lamax /

The city of the Popes bustles during its prestigious theater festival every year. But it vibrates all year round with these visitors who come to admire these extraordinary monuments: the famous Avignon bridge, the Notre-Dame des Doms cathedral and, of course, the Popes’ palace.

1. La Rochelle

The entrance to the old port of La Rochelle, guarded by the Saint-Nicolas and La Chaîne towers. Charles Lima /

With its harbor guarded by two monumental towers, La Rochelle can compete for the title of the most beautiful port in France. After climbing the medieval towers of Saint-Nicolas, the chain and the Lantern, you have to go through the aquarium, the natural history museum and the halls of the city of Charente-Maritime.


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