Eiffel Tower, Paris
It is easy to understand why France is the number one travel
destination worldwide. Travel to and around France is easy, there
is a wide range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets and
so much to see. Try to avoid August If possible, when most French
people take their holiday and are travelling to the same areas of
France as you and I.
France has just about everything in terms of landscape. Plains
and gently rolling hills in the north and west, the mountains of
the Pyrenees in the south and the Alps in the east, not to mention
over 3,000 km of coastline along the Mediterranean, the Atlantic
Ocean and the English Channel. Did I mention the many lakes and
Although today France is the largest nation of Western Europe,
and one of the most modern countries in the world it is steeped in
history and culture.
Each region has its own distinct character; the people, the
climate, the food and often the language. Although the official
language is French you may hear regional dialects, and languages,
such as Provencal, Breton, Alsatian, Corsican, Catalan, Basque and
Fairs, fetes and all manner of festivities are a common
occurrence throughout France. Rural areas in particular celebrate
anything from saint?s days to the harvest. Many towns host music
and performing arts festivals and of course the national days are
celebrated by all particularly May Day and Bastille Day.
There is something for everyone in France.
Time: GMT +1 hr
Currency: euro (EUR)
France has 22 regions each of which is divided into
administrative departments (97 in all). Each of these departments
are numbered making the origins of things easy, For instance the
department of the Var in the region of Provence-Cote-d'Azur carries
the department number of 83. Cars registered in Var are prefixed
83, post codes and telephone numbers start 83 etc.
Alsace | Aquitaine | Auvergne | Lower Normandy | Burgundy | Brittany | Centre |
Champagne-Ardenne | Corsica | Franche-Comté | Upper Normandy |
Ile-de-France (inc. Paris) | Languedoc-Roussillon | Limousin |
Lorraine | Midi-Pyrénnées | Nord-Pas-de-Calais | Picardy |
Poitou-Charentes | Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur |
Rhône-Alpes | Pays-de-la-Loire | Monaco (Principality) |