Destination Overview

FRANCE

France has it all. It has tourist sites for all tastes; it has some of the greatest beaches in Europe, as well as the highest mountains and the finest historic monuments, the most beautiful cities, the most idyllic countryside, the most magnificent castles, the finest rivers, and plenty more, not to mention some of the best restaurants and the finest wines and more hotels than any other country in Europe.

Capital

Paris

Time

GMT +1

Currency

Euro

Language

French

Religion

Christianity

Population

65 Million

International Airports

Paris, Strasbourg, Nice, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lille

Weather

Summers are warm, with some thunderstorms, and winters are cold. Temperatures can drop below 0 degrees Celsius and, in the mountains, are frequently accompanied by snow. In the South, the climate is Mediterranean. Summers are hot and winters mild and dry.

Top Highlights

Culture & Castles

French museums and art galleries offer a magnificent collection of works of art and artefacts; and France's great cathedrals, medieval castles, and thousands of other ancient monuments are a treasure trove waiting to be discovered. Among the many historic sites are the Roman remains of Provence , the medieval bastide towns of the southwest, and the castles and caves of the Dordogne.

Passionate Paris!

Paris is just wonderful - the French capital city and surely the most interesting city in the world. With its museums and monuments, its fine boulevards and its river Seine, its culture, its restaurants and its unique atmosphere, Paris is a city that you can visit for a week or a month or a year, and never tire of.

Beautiful Beaches

Along France’s coastline you’ll find the famous resorts of Provence and the French Riviera, and the long sandy beaches of the Languedoc. Brittany offers plenty of good beaches too, with the added fun of tides and good waves; and France's Atlantic coast, south of the Loire, has plenty of long sandy beaches. South of Bordeaux, there are mile upon mile of fine beaches too.

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Top Places to Visit

Côte d’Azur

On the Côte d’Azur, admire the vivid blue of the Mediterranean that laps the coves, islands and golden beaches. It’s an incredible natural colour chart that inspired the greatest painters of the 20th century. The Côte d’Azur is also glittering with world-class events such as the Cannes Film Festival.

Alsace and Lorraine

The regions of Alsace and Lorraine in the north east of France are perfect partners and share a taste for a genial outlook on life. Both celebrate Christmas in style and the festive markets of Strasbourg, Mulhouse, Metz and Nancy are famous for their gourmet delights.

Alps-Mont Blanc

Here you can climb to the summit of a mountain or dip your toes in a crystal clear lake: in the shadow of Mont Blanc in the Alps, the pure air will soon have you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Paris

Paris-Each of its neighbourhoods can be explored as a different country, from the village of Montmartre, to the Latin Quarter, through to the cradle of the Île de la Cité. And every stone tells us about art, from the iconic Louvre to the futuristic Louis Vuitton Foundation. Paris is a permanent celebration of culture, as well as gastronomy.

Champagne

Its name sparkles with the promise of celebration – Champagne, with its UNESCO listed cellars, domains and vineyards, is a fitting location for the king of wines! Its grand Champagne Houses are the founders of a festive lifestyle best savoured in the heart of the vineyards.

Pyrenees

If you like skiing, you’ll love the Pyrenees. Family-friendly or sporty and always fun, the range of resorts in the Pyrenees is so wide that there’s something to suit everyone, whatever their ability. And in both winter and summer, you can marvel at the stunning natural surroundings, going hiking or taking a thermal bath with views of the mountains.

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