7 Off-the-Beaten Path Places to Explore in France

France is full of beautiful, unique, and interesting cities and towns to explore. Although more tourists visit Paris than any other place in the world, there are many stunning areas of France that are more off the beaten path that make fantastic holiday and vacation spots. Check out a few French towns that you may not have heard of before in the list below.

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Sète

Sete is a gorgeous seaside town in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, and is the host city of a major water jousting tournament every year. Water jousting is practiced primarily in France, and is played with boats equipped with small, narrow platforms. A jouster equipped with a lance stands on each platform, and the goal is to push one’s opponent off the platform while maintaining balance. People flock to Sète every year to watch jousters on the canals fight for dominance. The canals of Sète have earned it the nickname “The Venice of Languedoc.”