Annecy: the best place to live in France


Following a two-year study …

Annecy, in Haute-Savoie, was declared the best place to live in France following a two-year study by the “Association of Cities and Villages where it is good to live”, which examined the 34,841 municipalities in the country. and rated them on criteria such as education, employment, commerce, leisure facilities and transportation.

Nicknamed “the Venice of the Alps”, thanks to its three canals and the Thiou river that crosses it, it is easy to understand why Annecy is the winner. Located on the shores of the lake of the same name, it exudes historical charm with its imposing castle, the history museum of the Palais de l’Île, a Fine Arts museum and the annual International Animated Film Festival, to boot. .

While Annecy led the way with more than 2,000 inhabitants, Peltre, in Moselle, was named the best of small towns.

High Life: The best of France

A short tour of the finalists in the list of the best places to live in France.

Bayonne Center. Photo © Marc Ryckaert


With its Vauban citadel, the powerful Bayonne stands proudly between the Atlantic Ocean and the foothills of the Pyrenees. And in August, the Fêtes de Bayonne – the biggest festival in France – are a pleasure to see.

La Rochelle
La Rochelle. Photo © Shutterstock

La Rochelle

The charming port of La Rochelle is the perfect place to watch the world go by. For activity, climb the Twin Towers, tour the bay by boat, or take a bike ride. And whatever you do, don’t miss the amazing aquarium.

Angers. Photo © Shutterstock


This historic town is home to the Chateau d’Angers, where you’ll find the Apocalypse Tapestry, the largest set of medieval tapestries in the world, and the picturesque Loire Valley is also on its doorstep.

Le Mans
Le Mans. Photo © Shutterstock

Le Mans

Best known for its iconic motor racing, Le Mans is worth more than a pit stop. Located on the Sarthe, you can discover its picturesque old town and its Roman ruins, as well as the museum dedicated to the 24 Le Mans.

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